Caribbean Medical School Rankings: A Student's Guide
One of the most common things prospective applicants ask when researching offshore medical schools is either, "What are the top Caribbean medical schools?" or, "What are the top ranking Caribbean medical schools?" While it makes sense to look for an objective assessment of the options as a starting point, certain complications arise in regards to these topics.
The US and Canada have a number of internal rankings from trusted publications out there that provide great, useful school data for students and their families—and unfortunately, this just doesn’t exist for Caribbean medical schools.
While there is no trusted or official ranking system by which to list our competitors and colleagues, below is a quick overview of what is important to look for when considering a Caribbean medical school.
1. Are They an Accredited Caribbean Medical School?
When looking for an offshore med school, make sure to consider med schools that are accredited by an internationally recognized body. Accreditation ensures that the medical school has been independently evaluated. This evaluation typically includes a visit to the school as well as an assessment of the quality of the school's administration, facility and education to confirm that it meets the accreditation body's standards.
The Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) developed a clear and authoritative mandate for accreditation that includes site visits, preset standards, self-evaluation, and external reviewers to accredit medical schools.
The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) compares accreditation agencies against globally-accepted criteria for quality measures that demonstrate that a medical school meets rigorous standards.
The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) is a non-profit foundation of the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). It produces a comprehensive resource detailing information about foreign medical schools. Known as the World Directory of Medical Schools, it provides data regarding a school's curriculum, enrollment, and accreditation or program recognition.
The National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) is part of the United States Department of Education. This agency does not provide accreditation to foreign medical schools. Instead, it reviews the standards that the country uses to accredit medical schools that operate within its borders.
2. Do They Have Individual State Approvals?
In addition to securing accreditation, another important ranking factor is the school's individual state approval.
New York, California, Florida, and Texas are often used for state approvals because of the rigorous process involved in gaining this distinction. Trinity graduates face no barriers applying for residency or licensure in the US or Canada.
3. What Are Their Match Rates?
Beyond accreditation and approvals, most applicants already know what else to consider, and match rate is a big one. Trinity’s residency match rate is 86%. Each year, Trinity School of Medicine graduates make us proud. Whether they do this through their dedication to pursuing a career in medicine, their deep connection with the community of St. Vincent, or their continued leadership after they move on to the next phase of their training, they prove that we were right to open the doors they needed to not just survive, but thrive as physicians.
At Trinity, we do not "gate" our published numbers based on test scores, nor do we throw the door wide and let everyone sink or swim. Rather, we strive to select candidates that have been overlooked by the United States and Canadian medical school systems and give them a supportive environment to thrive and achieve. Student success is our success, which is why we keep our classes so small.
4. What Are Their Average Medical Student Board Scores?
A med school's board scores are a reflection of its curriculum and the methods it uses to prepare students to practice medicine. Schools with a high pass rate and average scores that continue to climb indicate continuous attention and adaptation of standards to reflect the needs of the medical system as a whole.
Trinity is proud to note that our USMLE Step-1 pass rate is 94% with an average score of 220. Our Step-2 average score is 234 (both continue to climb, as well).
As a final note, Trinity has an unbroken streak of recognizing multiple chief residents from every graduating class since our charter class graduated.
5. Where are the Caribbean Med School's Clinical Locations?
One thing applicants may overlook when considering a top Caribbean medical school is the location of, and number of times they’ll have to move, clinical rotations.
There are Caribbean medical schools that spread their clinicals across the US, requiring students to move upwards of thousands of miles every eight weeks to finish their education.
We offer the choice of two U.S. clinical campuses; Trinity students can complete their full 48 weeks of core rotations in one location at our affiliated hospitals and clinics – no waiting for rotations slots to open and no waiting between rotations.
An extensive list of fourth year elective rotations is also available in both locations. Students can finish on time and stay on track for their residency match cycle.
6. What Makes a "Top Caribbean Medical School"?
In the absence of a true objective ranking system, students will have to look more thoroughly at the offshore medical schools they may be considering. In addition to the above factors, prospective med students should also consider:
- Class sizes
- Research opportunities
- School culture
- School location
- Level of support
- Access to global outreach opportunities
There are numerous offshore options available to any future medical student, and while Trinity School of Medicine is only one of them, it has many student advantages. Trinity’s students and their outcomes agree, too.
If there’s one thing we ultimately want applicants to consider when deciding on a top Caribbean medical school, it’s this: what environment do you want to spend your medical education learning in? Trinity represents small class sizes, a supportive culture, constant bedside experience, unparalleled access to global health outreach, a unified clinical program in one US city, and most importantly—strong outcomes.
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