How Caribbean Medical Schools Can Give Students A Second Chance

By Brandie Erickson April 21, 2023 Medical School Admissions Consulting Press

Each year, more than 55,000 people submit applications to allopathic medical schools. 

However, only about 22,700 seats are available, meaning nearly 60% of applicants don’t earn a spot. 


What happens to those thousands of applicants who aren’t successful? Some might have also applied and potentially been accepted to osteopathic medical schools or pursued another career in medicine such as a physician’s assistant, nurse or dentist. Others will spend their gap year building up their resume or attending a post-baccalaureate program to boost their GPA so they can be a stronger candidate when reapplying the following cycle. 


Students who don’t want to wait or can’t afford to reapply the following cycle, but remain committed to becoming an MD, might wonder what their options are. 

That’s when Caribbean Medical Schools, and other international medical schools, can come in.


What Caribbean Medical Schools Are Looking For 

Caribbean medical schools tend to accept students with lower GPAs or MCAT scores. For Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), the average MCAT score was 495. To put that into perspective, the average successful matriculant into allopathic medical schools in the U.S. had an average MCAT score of nearly 512. 

Read more about what Caribbean medical schools are looking for and the advantages they offer in our full article on Forbes.