While looking for the best Caribbean medical schools to study at, you’ll have to conduct a rigorous amount of research. Joining a medical school in the Caribbean is a decision that will give direction to your future career, and therefore, you have to be selective about your choice.
St Matthew's University
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St Matthew’s University is a unique medical school based in the Caribbean. We believe in providing small classes to our students to ensure they receive the support they need to be successful. Additionally, we employ faculty who have extensive medical degrees as well as teaching qualifications and who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience with future doctors.
The success of our programs is shown in the consistently high results our students achieve. Our students achieved an average 95% first-time pass rate on the USMLE Step 1 between 2015-2019. As a result, our graduates have gone on to pursue residency programs at some of the most prestigious hospitals in the US and Canada including Mayo Clinic and the University of Florida. Additionally, in 2017 our veterinary medicine students achieved a 92% first-time pass rate on the NAVLE exam.
Need more reasons to study with us?
- Distraction-free location: Grand Cayman is a quiet and beautiful island with a parade of beaches and opportunities for hiking, diving and snorkelling.
- Accessible education: Our programs are more than 40% cheaper when compared with US and Canadian medical schools.
- Mentoring: Our students are provided with mentors to help them adjust to life on the island and at medical/veterinary school.
- Doctor of Medicine
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
- Veterinary Medicine
- Course Location: Grand Cayman Island, Caribbean
Duration of Course:
- Medicine: 4 years (2 years on campus) (2 years on clinicals)
- Veterinary Medicine: (2 years on campus) (2 years on clinicals)
- Medicine: Price: $14,824 per semester (semesters 1-5)(excludes fees, tuition only)
- Veterinary Medicine: Price: $16,650 per semester (semesters 1-5)(excludes fees, tuition only)
St Matthew’s University offers programs in medicine and veterinary medicine.
Our Basic Sciences program has been designed to provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to become a talented doctor. During your first semester, you will focus on gross human anatomy, histology as well as cellular biology. You will also participate in a Patient-Doctor Relations module which will help you to gain experience in history taking and developing the communication skills needed to deliver a diagnosis to a patient.
As you progress through your studies, you will learn about genetics, epidemiology, immunology and much more. Once you have grasped the basic human anatomy, you will start to consider how the body is affected by diseases and the treatments used to overcome them. Closer to the end of your studies, you will consider medical research as well as the ethical issues in the field.
Once you have completed your Basic Sciences program, you will leave Grand Cayman to complete your clinical training before taking up a residency in either the US or Canada
During your third year, you will participate in clerkship rotations in the key areas of internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology as well as psychiatry to help you decide which area you want to specialize in during your residency. In your fourth year, you will choose electives from 23 different areas including cardiology, dermatology, neurology and oncology.
Our Veterinary Medicine program takes place over seven semesters and teaches students the core skills and knowledge for becoming a veterinary doctor. In your first and second semester, you will cover the basic anatomical concepts of animals including canine and equine animals. Alongside this, you will learn about immunology, physiology, parasitology and much more. You will also have the opportunity to participate in Professional Development modules to help you engage with current issues in the field of veterinary medicine and also to develop your understanding of the business aspects of running a practice.
As your studies progress, you will focus on the therapies used to treat veterinary illnesses whilst also looking at surgery and animal welfare and behavior. In your sixth semester, you will have the opportunity to pursue an elective module in either Aquatic Animal Medicine or Zoo, Wildlife Medicine which is useful for those aspiring to practice in these areas.
In your fourth year, you will leave Grand Cayman to take part in our clinical program which will allow you to have direct contact with different species and to use the most advanced technology to diagnose and treat illnesses. SMU has affiliate agreements with many Canadian and US veterinary schools to ensure you get the best experience on your clinical year.
St Matthew's University
Grand Cayman British West Indies
Grand Cayman II 702
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- Environmental Biology/Microbiology
- Human Biology
- Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
- Pharmacology and Toxicology
- Public Health
Updated: Feb 16, 2021
Updated: Feb 16, 2021
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