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Mount St. John's Medical Centre, affiliated with American University of Antigua. Credit: Flickr user roger4336
Mount St. John's Medical Centre, affiliated with American University of Antigua. Credit: Flickr user roger4336

How Much Time Does A Caribbean Graduate Have To Complete Residency?

Date Posted: 04/09/15

Author: admin


Today we have a question that was submitted by one of our visitors:

"How much time does the Carribean school graduate from Med School have to complete residency? Or is there a time limit where if crossed then degree is no longer valid, given clinical/residency has not been completed?"

Thanks for the question! We've previously written about our thoughts on Caribbean Medical Schools, including some of the troubles graduates typically have getting residency spots. We're not aware of any "expiration date" for a medical degree obtained in the Caribbean but there are several things you should be aware of. Most US residency programs require applicants to have graduated medical school within a certain number of years before applying. Typically, this number is 3 or 5 years but the number can vary from program to program. You should check the websites if you have a general idea of which programs you're hoping to attend.

In our previous posts, we noted that the data shows Caribbean graduates have a harder time matching into US residency programs. This becomes especially important because you will only have a limited window after graduating to match before most programs will no longer accept your application. You could theoretically end up with a degree but not be able to practice in the US if you do not match during this period. This is something you should consider when applying to Caribbean medical schools. You should research every school you apply to and find out how successful their graduates our at matching into US residency programs.