Overview of a Caribbean Medical School Curriculum
When you apply to a Caribbean medical school, one of the first areas you may want to explore is the curriculum. Your Caribbean medical degree will be the result of completing this course of study. The experience of attending Windsor University of Medicine (WUSOM) differs somewhat from the experience you might have at a U.S. or Canadian medical school. You will be provided with everything you need to know to practice medicine in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere. Because our Caribbean medical school has the proper accreditation, you will be given the same opportunities to apply for a residency program in the U.S. or Canada.
However, the application and admissions process may be faster than that of a U.S. or Canadian medical school. The tuition is affordable, which creates new possibilities for those who cannot afford an expensive medical school education. Above all, the curriculum is both intensive and interesting.
If you would like to study our medical school curriculum in depth, you may refer to the student handbook. Therein you will find all of the courses detailed under the Curriculum section. To give you a basic idea of what you can expect, here are some of the highlights of the study program:
A Look at the Curriculum for Your Caribbean Medical Education
- Basic Science – The WUSOM Caribbean Basic Science program focuses more on the sciences in the first four semesters. You will learn about physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, anatomy, and pathology. One of the classes in the first few years will examine the role of physicians today in our global society. You will be introduced to the basics of bioethics and behavioral sciences. You will also be offered elective courses. The electives enable you to integrate your knowledge of basic sciences with clinical knowledge.
- Clinical Science – The WUSOM Caribbean Clinical Science program is the next step in the curriculum. Like the Basic Science program, this is a two-year process. Clinical coursework during this phase includes core rotations such as: internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, as well as elective rotations. These are all fundamental areas of practical medicine, and all doctors are required to be educated in them.
- Selective and Elective Rotations – Once you have passed the first step of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), you will be required to participate in 48 weeks of clinical clerkships. You may also participate in 24 weeks of elective rotations.