Caribbean Medical Schools – Advantages and Disadvantages. The first two years will be at the overseas campuses for all Caribbean medical schools, but the clinical rotations for the top schools are in the U.S. This offers a huge advantage to students in that they can benefit from the higher acceptance rates to get into the Caribbean universities while still being able to learn from the doctors at U.S. hospitals during their clinical rotations.
They didn’t have to stand in formation or run through muddy obstacle courses while drill sergeants barked orders in their faces, but seven senior medical students from the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University (USU) spent four arduous weeks going through their own grueling boot camp.
I firmly believe that all doctors-to-be go into medical school with a big heart and that I want to help people” mentality, but then reality shoves her acne-riddled, bloated face in their way and they slowly shift from spending as much time as they can knowing their patients to making sure they have acquired the maximum amount of information in the smallest amount of time that will appease their superiors.
From there, they moved on to a review of surgical instruments, knot tying, where to stand in an operating room, patient positioning, prep and draping of patients, foley insertion, video scope tower preparation, pre- and post-operative orders, discharge summaries, ordering blood products, operative consent, the wound vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) system, and, especially relevant for military surgeons, the PUHLES system.
It is still a foreign country though, and its customs and culture are different than what most North Americans are used to. Most people find the differences exciting and fun, but some do find that it adds more stress to the already demanding medical school curriculum.