Caribbean Medical Schools Ranking: Which Schools Are Best?

Succeeding even in top Caribbean medical schools will be difficult. Go to the Caribbean medical school sections for the reasons why it will be a tough road to doctorhood.

That is why it is imperative to find out which of the top 4 schools you should attend. You want to pick a school that gives you the highest chance to become a doctor.

If you fail to do so, you will lose several years (the years preparing for medical school and years during medical school) and hundreds of thousands of dollars. So which school is the best?

Ranking Criteria

The ranking of the top Caribbean medical schools were determined based on the following criteria for 2011-2012, from most important to least important:

  • drop-out rate
  • availability of rotations
  • tuition
  • class size
beautiful view overlooking the ocean

Remember not to choose a medical school based on how much you will enjoy the place as a vacation. You are here to study!

Drop-Out Rate

The drop-out rate is the most important criteria because you will need to graduate from medical school before you can become a doctor.

In addition, it is an indication of how much the school cares for its students. When the school accepts you, does it really believe you have what it takes to become a doctor? Or does it just want you for your money?

The drop-out rates for the top Caribbean medical schools are listed below:

  • St. George Medical School: 10%
  • AUC Medical School: 13%
  • Saba Medical School: 40% – 50%
  • Ross Medical School: 40% – 50%

Availability of Rotations

Availability of rotations is the second most important criteria because it will determine how smoothly your third and fourth year of medical school will go.

If rotational spots are constantly unavailable, it could delay or even impede your path to becoming a doctor. The less you worry about securing spots for rotations, the more time you have to impress your attendings and do well.

The availabilities of rotations for the top Caribbean medical schools are listed below:

  • St. George Medical School: excellent (in fact, they get preferential treatment over other schools)
  • AUC Medical School: good
  • Saba Medical School: fair
  • Ross Medical School: fair

For Saba and Ross, you will get to complete your rotations. But it could be accompanied by wait time and last minutes changes.

Price of Education

Tuition is the third most important criteria.

This should be pretty self-explanatory. Less tuition means less debt which means more money in your pockets. The less debt you have, the better you are able to choose a specialty based on your interests and instead of the accompanying salary. Also, if you drop out, a lower tuition would reduce the damages of school debt.

The total tuitions for the top Caribbean medical schools are listed below:

  • St. George Medical School: $230,000
  • AUC Medical School: $170,000
  • Saba Medical School: $110,000
  • Ross Medical School: $180,000

Although Saba Medical School has the lowest tuition, it is ineligible for US federal loans. Therefore, you will need a private lender to fund the tuition. This results in a higher interest rate on the school loan.

As of July 2013, Saba is eligible for US federal loans.

Class Size

Class size is the least important criteria. I, personally, don’t care much about class size but some people do.

Smaller class size usually means more attention from teachers and a more cohesive class.

The class sizes per trimester for the top Caribbean medical schools are listed below:

  • St. George Medical School: 400
  • AUC Medical School: 100 – 200
  • Saba Medical School: 80 – 100
  • Ross Medical School: 400 – 600

The Winner Is …

The top Caribbean medical schools from best to last are:

  1. St. George Medical School
  2. AUC Medical School
  3. Saba Medical School
  4. Ross Medical School

St. George Medical School is the most expensive, but it maximizes the chance for you to become a doctor. It has the lowest attrition rate and offers the easiest path throughout clinical rotations.

AUC is a solid contender. Its tuition is competitive, its attrition rate is low, there shouldn’t be any problems for securing rotational spots, and its class size is comparatively low.

The main thing goings on for Saba Medical School is its low tuition and small class size. The attrition rate is atrocious, which would be the main deterrent for attending the school.

Ross Medical School doesn’t have any advantages over the other three schools. Its tuition is high, the attrition rate is high, and it has the largest class size. It seems to care about its profits over its students. Do not go here unless you have no other option. Its poor performance has even caught the attention of federal regulators.

How Data Were Acquired

Information about each school’s drop-out rate and class size was obtained from an AUC student’s blog.

The ease or difficulty in securing rotation spots were from Caribbean medical school forums.

Tuition amounts were from the respective school’s website.

This article is part of the Get into Medical School series. Click on the link if you want more tips and hints about getting accepted into medical school.

Comments

  1. I am a Saba medical student. Great article, but I thought you should know Saba has been recently approved for US federal student loans

    • Hey Elliot,

      Thanks for the info. I looked into it and you’re right.

    • Amusa Shakira says:

      Hi Elliot.
      My name is kira,a Nigerian,N i will love to come study @Saba.
      I will love you to lead me on some guides through the school.
      My email is amusashakirat@yahoo.com
      Looking forward to it.

      • motunn babs says:

        hi shakirat, i am a Nigerian too..
        studying on the island at St Martinus university Curacao island.
        they are two other schools on my island…AVALON and Caribbean Medical School (CMU).
        am not in Saba, but SABA Is a good school with high reputation, though if you still need information about my school reply here and i will email you.
        Mo’.

  2. Hello,

    Great attempt but most of your facts are outdated if not incorrect. Ross prepared me well for my residency in internal medicine and I do not recall a 50% drop out rate. How do you rank Ross at the bottom when it placed more than 733 students into competitive residency positions last year (2012).

    • Hi Jay,

      I am glad that Ross prepared you for your residency. The data may be outdated, but it is the best I have. If you have better data that compares the big 4 schools, I would be happy to revise my ranking.

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