MBBS IN USA
It’s a common dream to study MBBS in USA for Indians. However, the system to pursue medical study in USA is absolutely different than the one followed by most of the European like Russia / Ukraine / Georgia or Asian countries like China or Philippines. The first question that comes to the mind of the student is how to study MBBS in USA. In fact, Medical Council of India allows you to be accepted as a practitioner in India and get registered without MCI screening test! There are many options for completing your MBBS in abroad at a MCI approved University.
We usually give admission in the universities, which are in the Country Capital.The following are the universities we represent:
- Texila American University
- American university of Barbados-school of medicine
- Avalon university-school of medicine
- Spartan health and science university
- International American university
- Ross university
How to do MBBS in USA
In order to get the direct admission in MBBS in USA, the student should have studied the Pre-Medical course leading to Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program before attempting to study further in medical colleges in USA. The medical education system is well defined by USMLE (Unites States Medical Licensing Examination).
The standard route to MBBS in USA
Every year, huge number of students from USA and international arena give MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), an entrance exam for MBBS in USA to get the admission to top medical colleges in USA. There are more than 350+ medical universities in USA. The exam is monitored and scores are released by AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges).
10+2 level-3.8 GPA(throughout 3 years)àcomplete premedical programàappear for MCATàapply to medical schools in USA through AAMC portal.
These are funded by the US government which costs you lesser for the bachelor level MD program. However, just like India, it is highly competitive to get through MCAT. All the local students give this exam to get admission to the top medical schools in USA. Accordingly, getting a MCAT score to get into the state medical universities is also the aim of every American appearing for MCAT. You can give MCAT after completion of Pre-Medical course. This is an extremely difficult way and quite an expensive road map to pursue MBBS in USA.
Alternative route for Admission to MBBS in USA
Just like India, all the local medical aspirants find it difficult to find their place in the best medical schools in USA through MCAT. The cost of top medical universities in USA, mainly in private medical colleges, is extremely high just like in India. Hence, MBBS colleges in USA for Indian students built in Caribbean Islands have become a popular route by now. The USA medical college fees comes down drastically once they follow this route to initiate the route for medical colleges in USA. The universities in Caribbean Islands provides education only for the first 3.5 years – 4 Trimesters (leading to B.S. Degree till USMLE-1 Exam) and balance 6 years would be in the mainland of USA. You may apply for admission to MBBS in USA with Scholarships since it is available for Indian students at Spartan Health & Science University.
The system to complete MBBS in USA
The National Board of Medical examinations is responsible to conduct various examinations and allow you to become a licensed medical practitioner in USA. They have divided the process into 3 steps to complete this process.
Eligibility to appear for USMLE:
A medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of a US or Canadian medical school program leading to the MD degree that is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
A medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of a medical school outside the United States and Canada and eligible for examination by the ECFMG – Indian MBBS students after completion their 2nd year.
A medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of a US medical school leading to the DO degree that is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
STEP – 1
On completion of this B.S. degree (conducted for 4 Trimesters – 16 months), the students have to go through 4 years of Bachelor level program leading to M.D. degree. On completion of the first 2 years of this course (Basic Science stage), the students from various top medical schools in USA need to give another competitive exam namely USMLE-1. The student quality filtration begins at this stage.
The next 2 years spent in the hospitals and is also called Clinical Rotation (Also named as Externship / Clerkship) to get the Bachelor degree. This MD degree, is equivalent to MBBS in USA and is not equivalent to PG in India. MD Degree is also not sufficient for you to practice as a medical practitioner in USA.The student would give USMLE-2 (CK and CS) at this stage. The system is same even if you are studying in top medical university in USA.
STEP – 2 (CK and CS)
On completion of the first 4 years program & USMLE 2, the students have to pursue PG level program (Also called as Residency). The first part of USMLE Step 2 CK is a computer based exam. The student can appear from across the world. The last part Step 2 CS needs to be given from USA since it is a practical exam. Generally all the students from the top medical universities in USA pass this exam without much problem since it is not a competitive exam. Step 2 is just a qualifying exam.
STEP – 3
The doctor of Medicine would need to work in a hospital for 3 to 6 years (On average it is 4 years except for surgical – MS degree). The number of years depend on the specialisation chosen. Finally the students give licensing exam namely STEP- 3 (Licensure exam) to become eligible to work as a doctor or a medical practitioner in USA. This completes the program of MBBS degree in USA along with the PG level program. On completion of this the Indian students can work in India as well as in USA.
Premedicalà1 year after 12th, conducted at St.Lucia.
Basic scienceà2 years after pre-medical at St.Lucia, give USMLE-1(competitive exam)
Clinical rotationàTransfer to USA for 2years, appear for USMLE 2 (qualifying exam).
Residency PGà4 years in USA, appear for USMLE3 licensee exam.
Accordingly, the total MBBS course duration in USA is around 9 years assuming that you cleared all your exams in first attempt. The exams are conducted by NBME (National Board for Medical Examinations). This board is around 101 years old and has been responsible to filter the capable students to reach the highest standards of MBBS in USA.
Benefits of MBBS Admission in USA for Indian students
Though among all other options, the medical colleges in USA for Indian students looks to be the most expensive medical program. However, in reality studying at the medical college in USA happens to be the best, optimum and the most economical program.
- Medical Council of India (MCI) permits to get registered without MCI screening Test for those who cleared MBBS in America for Indian students.
- The doctors earn US$ 3,500 to US$ 5,500 during residency in USA (4 Years) making the total cost of the program as ZERO.Due to the Residency being paid, the entire MBBS in America fee structure is earned back at PG level. This way, MBBS in USA for Indian students fees becomes less than Indian costs.
- There are no capitation fees for PG while in India, it touches more than Rs. 2 Cr or other PG programs are not approved in India. In fact you earn stipend during this period. It is not easily believable fact for an Indian student dreaming to pursue education at a top MBBS colleges in USA. Just click on the link on how you are put into the teaching hospital in USA for Residency.
- The average salary of a licensed doctor in USA is more than US$ 200,000 per year in any of the hospitals. The MBBS duration in USA is matching with Indian program till PG level.
- From 23rd April, 2016, the government of India has notified that “NORI” (No obligation to Return to India” certificate will not be issued by them if you choose to pursue MBBS in India and MD in USA. Accordingly, it is better to pursue the program in medical colleges USA, right from the Bachelor level.
BASIC RULE TO PRACTICE IN USA
In USA in order to practice, you have to complete your board certified residency (Equivalent to PG in India) and just Bachelor level MBBS is not sufficient. Accordingly, if you just complete bachelor level, you would have to give the MCI screening test in India, even if you are from any of the top medical colleges in USA. Accordingly, you are suggested to start your journey at USMLE approved top medical university of Caribbean Islands – Spartan Health Science University.
However, no one returns back at Bachelor level since the reason to go to USA is PG.
PROGRAM FORMAT FOR INDIAN STUDENTS 2017
Since the Indian students opting to study MBBS in USA do not appear for MCAT (since they have not completed their B.S. degree in India), they need to do their first 3 years including Pre-Medical and Basic Science program at St Lucia Islands atmedical universities (Listed by USMLE). From there onward, they move to mainland of USA for 6 years up to the MD / MS in USA to conduct the Clinical Rotation at the top hospitals affiliated with the University as well as PG level residency.
At the various universities present on these islands the programs required for admission to MBBS in USA for Indian students is conducted. The student is prepared for MCQ based USMLE Step 1 during this 3 years program and the board conducts exam for them at the end of their first 3 years. This is the main competitive exam for the students. Generally Indian students are able to crack this due to their educational skills gathered in India. During this 3 year programs, there are special MBBS scholarship in USA.
GREEN BOOK ROTATION AT ACGME TEACHING HOSPITALS
The next 2 years to complete the MBBS course in USA are Clinical Rotation within the mainland of USA such as Chicago in a hospital covered as per Greenbook Rotation of USMLE authorities. Again, you have an option to do first year Core rotation of 48 weeks) at Jamaica / St Lucia / India and the last year (Elective rotation consisting of 28 weeks + 4 weeks of mandatory rotation in Neuro department). At the end of the Clinical Rotation, the students need to give USMLE Step 2 CK(Clinical Knowledge – written exam) and USMLE Step 2 CS (Clinical Skills – Oral) and they proceed to the Residency at an ACGME approved hospital. At this stage, you must understand the difference between Observership vs. Clinical Rotation
After completion of MBBS in India
Out of total 1 Million medical practitioners currently available in USA, around 26% are International medical graduates. The data is published by “American Medical Association” – or AMA. The Indians are proud community in USA since almost 25% of these international students are of Indian origin.
However, from May, 2016, the government of India has denied issuance of “NORI“. No obligation to return to India – NORI for Indian doctors looking to pursue PG in USA is mandatory. This certificate does not allow you to work in USA after PG. Accordingly, the Indian doctors need to search for alternatives. Many Indian doctors have started their journey to study Medical PG in Germany.
There are many medical colleges in USA for Indian students offered at Caribbean Islands but few universities claim to have accreditation such as CAAM-HP (A very important aspect). Only 6 universities on Caribbean Islands have this kind of high end approvals. Listing on FAIMER, Approval by USMLE and list of hospitals in collaboration with the University for conducting the Clinical Rotation are the most important things to be considered. The smallest mistake in choosing the MD level program can have drastic effect on matching for Residency. So it is advisable not to just go by the cost of study. Choose technically acceptable university from the point of view of USMLE and its well designed requirements.
We would help you select the right one and guide you honestly to compare all the universities for your admission to MBBS in USA programs.
- TEXILA AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
Texila American University (TAU) one of the best Caribbean Medical School is located in Guyana, the only English-speaking country in South America established on 2010. TAU offers Health Science programs with a high level of professionalism, exactness and problem solving skills. The curriculum at the TAU is structured after the best US and Caribbean medical schools. The academic program is both accelerated and rigorous, with a focus on preparing students for licensure in the United States, Caribbean and India. TAU has its unique Doctor of Medicine Program with exposure to clinical facilities right from the first year of medical education.
TAU offers full-time programs in MD-Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and other Allied Health Science programs operates on a three semester system with classes beginning in January, May and September.
DOCTOR OF MEDICINE – 4 YEARS
Texila American University’s Doctor of Medicine degree program is one of the most advanced MD programs in the Caribbean. The MD program is designed to transform students into expert medical professionals who can meet the evolving challenges of the healthcare industry.
TAU’s Doctor of Medicine degree program is a four-year course that provides students the opportunity to learn medicine in a state-of-the-art MD school in the Caribbean. The innovative curriculum of this Caribbean MD program integrates basic science with clinical skills to create an incredible learning experience for medical students.
2. AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF BARBADOS-SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
American University of Barbados (AUB), School of Medicine is located in Barbados, West Indies. It was the initiative, support and cooperation of the Government of Barbados and the Ministry of Education to extend a Charter to establish the first Offshore Medical School on this exotic island in the Caribbean. AUB is recognized and licensed by the Ministry of Education.
The curriculum at the American University of Barbados is structured after the best US and Caribbean Medical Schools. The University provides students with a comprehensive preparation for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 examinations for licensure in the USA and other mandatory entrance examinations for any other country.
American University of Barbados (AUB) offers a balanced medical curriculum comparable to US medical schools and designed to help prepare students to practice medicine in the US, UK and also the Caribbean. The medical sciences curriculum is taught on AUB’s campus in Barbados. The campus is technologically advanced with a new Medical Science Resource center and anatomy lab, both housed in AUB’s newly opened Campus. Students complete their clinical training in affiliated teaching hospitals in the United States and United Kingdom. Sessions commence in January, May, and September, with semester terms of 16 weeks in duration.
Recognitions and Accreditations
- The Ministry of Barbados Charter American University of Barbados received Charter to established and operate a School of Medical Sciences from the Government of Barbados in April 2011.
- Approved and Listed with (FAIMER) Foundation For Advancement of International Medical Education and Research’s and International Medical Education Directory (IMED).
- Approved and Listed with the WHO/AVICENNA Directories.
- American University of Barbados is Recognized and Licensed by the Ministry of Education, Barbados.
3. AVALON UNIVERSITY-SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Avalon University School of Medicine (AUSOM) was founded in 2003 and is chartered by the government of Curacao. AUSOM has an academic team and curriculum which focuses on success of its student body. While emphasis is on student academic success, the administration also focuses on students’ personal needs to make sure both students and parents are comfortable and at ease.
Avalon University School of Medicine takes great pride in making sure all students are pointed in the right direction to succeed. With our designed small class sizes being an average of only 30 students per class, this attractive student-to-teacher ratio offers students the experience of individualized attention in our intensive medical school program. Our faculty members are dedicated to providing the leadership needed for a healthy and exciting learning environment. Our goal is for all students to be molded into well-rounded physicians who exhibit the compassion, integrity and honesty essential for medical practice.
- 5 Year Pre Medical / MD Program
The premedical program incorporates the basic undergraduate courses that are the prerequisite courses required for the MD program. The premedical curriculum is designed to give high school graduates or students who have not fully met the requirements for the MD program a firm foundation of the sciences to help prepare them for MD program. This is a rewarding program for highly motivated students, which involves four semesters of focused pre-medical coursework. For students who successfully complete the premedical program will gain automatic admission into the MD program. The premedical program is a great opportunity to work hard and meet the requirements for the MD program without first obtaining a bachelors degree. Avalon University School of Medicine’s premedical requirements can be completed in Curaçao and Ontario, Canada.
The Fifth semester serves as a bridge between the Basic Sciences and the Clinical Sciences. This semester is 14 weeks in duration.
- 4 Year MD Program
Avalon University School of Medicine’s accelerated medical program is designed to prepare students to becoming well-rounded practicing physician in the United States or Canada. Our curriculum is modeled after U.S. medical schools, and the first 16 months will be focused on gaining the basic science knowledge in preparation for an exciting experience during the clinical program years. The goal of the medical program is to build the necessary medical knowledge in preparation for medical licensure and to be set up in the best position to obtaining a medical residency upon graduation.
The Fifth semester serves as a bridge between the Basic Sciences and the Clinical Sciences. This semester is 14 weeks in duration.
Students that successfully complete the basic sciences will soon after begin their clinical sciences (clinical rotations). The clinical science program is designed to give students the ability to learn and practice their clinical skills in a hospital setting. Avalon students will have the opportunity to complete the required 72 weeks of clinical rotations at our affiliated teaching hospitals across the United States. An important advantage of our clinical science program is that Avalon students will be able to complete all 72 weeks of core and elective clinical rotations at a single clinical site.
4. SPARTAN HEALTH AND SCIENCE UNIVERSITY
Spartan Health and Science University is one of the oldest available university teaching MBBS to prepare you for USA at Caribbean Islands. Established since last 36 years at St. Lucia Islands, it has the highest accreditation including CAAM-HP (which very few universities have). The success ratio for the much sought after residency in USA from Spartan Health and Science University is more than 85% for USMLE 1 exam.
Spartan Health and Science University supports a high-quality education for USMLE – 1 preparation. It offers a smooth transition for US based hospitals for Clinical Rotation. Lastly, Residency to do MBBS in USA right up to PG level to become MD / MS is done with high match score.
Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine offers a four-year (40 calendar months) academic program leading to the Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.), and is taught on a trimester (four months) schedule.
The curriculum of the University’s Doctor of Medicine degree program encompasses a comprehensive course of Basic Sciences, Pre-clinical, bridging curriculum and Clinical Sciences that is four (4) academic years. The trimester period commences in January, May, and September of each year. A student may elect to enter in any one of the three (3) trimesters.
To provide the best possible medical education to the students, the curriculum is under continuous review by the Deans of Basic and Clinical Sciences in conjunction with the faculty, consultants, and Board of Trustees.
PREMEDICAL PROGRAM (5½ YEARS)
Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of admission or by December 31 of the year of admission. Applicants younger than 18 may seek a waiver from the Dean given exceptional prior coursework in addition to fulfilling all of the academic requirements for admission.
Academic Requirements (Barbados, Caribbean, India, UK, etc.)
Five CXC/CSEC or GCE “O” Level subjects in English, Biology, Chemistry, *Mathematics & Physics and three 2-unit CAPE (Biology, Chemistry, *Physics) or three “A” Level subjects (Physics/Math components can be satisfied by CXC/CSEC or ”O” Levels).
5. INTERNATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
International American University is one of the finest Universities among the Caribbean Islands and is slightly expensive than Spartan. IAU supports a high quality education for USMLE 1 preparation as well as smooth transition for US based hospitals for clinical rotation and Residency. It is yet to get the CAAM-HP accreditation but the university has extremely good quality of education and great penetration in US medical system. Both the Universities are situated just 10 minutes away from each other. The current affiliation for clinical rotation within USA is at John Hopkins School of Medicine which is considered to be one of the best 2 years possible within USA. The USMLE-1 results from this university are almost the best among all. Around 65% of the students are able to get the Residency in USA successfully meaning they are able to practice over there with no less than US$ 300,000 per year salary!
The University is approved by WHO, USMLE, FAIMER and is highly reputed among others. IAU does not yet have a CAAM-HP approval which allows you to work on any of the Caribbean Islands on completion of the MD program. However, the government of St. Lucia has approved the course and the university due to which if you happen to return to India after Bachelor, you are in a position to give MCI screening Test. However, once you get the residency in USA, in any case, you are not required to give the MCI Screening Test. International American University has already got the letter of recommendation from the New York education department which is definitely one of the biggest achievements. It means that once the letter has been legalised, the student can directly go for the Residency in hospitals in New York.
After 3 years at IAU in Caribbean Islands, the students require to proceed for 2 years to complete the MBBS course in USA are Clinical rotation within the mainland of USA such as Chicago in a hospital covered in the Greenbook of USMLE authorities. Again, you have an option to do first year Core rotation of 48 weeks) at Jamaica / St Lucia / India and the last year (Elective rotation consisting of 28 weeks + 4 weeks of mandatory rotation in Neuro department). At the end of the clinical rotation, the students need to give USMLE 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge – written exam) and 2CS (Clinical Skills – Oral) and they proceed to the Residency at an ACGME approved hospital.
The four-year medical degree program is designed to produce physicians who qualify for licensure in St. Lucia, United States and Canada. The MD program is comprised of two years of Basic Sciences at the St Lucia campus and two years of Clinical Sciences in U.S. teaching hospitals.
In many medical schools students are exposed solely to classroom-based didactics during the duration of their basic science coursework. After approximately two years, they are then required to apply their knowledge to actual cases. At International American University College of Medicine, similar to many of the best medical schools in the United States, we take a more progressive approach to medical education in that our students are immediately exposed to a case-based, problem-oriented curriculum (“problem based learning”, or PBL), which places far more emphasis on learning that is active (researching, discussing) rather than passive (sitting, memorizing). Our curriculum helps build students’ confidence in their own presentation skills which must be honed by the time they are presenting their cases to a room full of medical doctors.
IAU has a four-term curriculum. The first 4 terms are completed in St. Lucia. The Bridge term is completed in the United States.
IAU students are required to pass the USMLE Step 1 exam before the end of the bridge semester. Once this is completed they may begin clinical rotations in the U.S.
The 3rd and 4th years of medical school consist of the Clinical Sciences and are mainly comprised of clinical rotations (clerkships) under the supervision of a physician (preceptor). Our Clinical Campus is located in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and all affiliated hospitals have ACGME accredited residency programs.
Students must complete a total of forty-eight (48) weeks of core clerkships plus an additional twenty-eight (28) weeks of elective clerkships. Elective rotation details will be made available at the time of scheduling.In addition to completing clerkships during these final two years of the M.D. program, students also prepare for Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge) and Step 2 CS (Clinical Skills) of the USMLE, both of which must be passed before the M.D. degree is conferred.
6. ROSS UNIVERSITY
Ross University School of Medicine is one of the MCI approved Medical Colleges in USA, Dominica. With its innovative technological solutions it helps you add value to your medical school experience. The clinical phase of your medical education is a path that helps you become a physician. Every day you train under affiliated teaching hospitals that makes you gain experiences and interactions which help you transform yourself from a medical school student to a real physician. Each and every clinical student is assigned a coordinated team of advisors, who effectively help in creating a centralized support hub for all the students.
After you complete the Foundations of Medicine curriculum at Ross University School of Medicine and pass Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (MLE- step 1) you’ll progress to clinical rotations—referred to by many students as the most exciting time of their educational experience. Here, you’ll get to examine and treat your assigned patients, conduct procedures under supervision, learn from attending physicians and residents, perform many of the actions that a practicing physician would perform in a typical workday.
Ross University is one of the top 10 medical universities that have worked hard to identify and partner with United States teaching hospitals that meet the standard for excellence. We’re proud to continue offering our students clinical placements at quality clinical sites across the United States.
Benefits of studying at dominica Ross university:
- Ross University School of Medicine, founded in 1978, is committed to educating a diverse group of skilled physicians to serve as leaders in the US healthcare system.
- Technologically advanced campus in Dominica.
- Ross graduates are eligible to become licensed to practice in every US state, Canada, and Puerto Rico
- Strong affiliations with quality teaching hospitals across the US
- More than 12,000 alumni all across the United States, Canada, and beyond
- The opportunity to pursue an MD in a well-established program that is recognized globally and nationally
- A strong track record of residency attainment following graduation, with 786 Ross graduates attaining residency positions in 2016 alone, and an 86% first-time residency attainment rate in 2016.
- The support of a powerful student services modelthat helps guide students throughout their time at Ross, from enrolment to clinical sciences and through to residency
- Clinical training in quality US teaching hospitalsand the opportunity for all students to complete all core rotations in a single geographical area
MEDICAL PROGRAM :
COURSE STRUCTURE AT DOMINICA ROSS MEDICAL UNIVERSITY:
Ross University School of Medicine is one of the top universities in USA, Dominica that offer’s two curriculum tracks during the Foundations of Medicine of the medical education program. These curriculum options are designed to further cultivate student success and empower you to advance through the basic sciences at a pace that aligns with your personal study needs. The two options constitute the same program of study, but are structured differently:
- Ross: This track has you on campus for approximately 20 months, or 75 weeks. Study modules are spaced out over five semesters, and the curriculum includes integrated study breaks to encourage and manage knowledge acquisition. You’ll complete the same coursework as students undergoing the accelerated curriculum.
Standard Accelerated Curriculum: The four-semester option features more course modules per semester and does not feature integrated study breaks, but you could complete the basic sciences program and move on to the clinical sciences curriculum in about 16 months.
MD / MBBS ELIGIBILITY IN DOMINICA ROSS MEDICAL UNIVERSITY:
Students should get more than 65% in PCB at 10+2 level. . Basically, there are only 30 seats are available for Indian students in this top medical college of USA. Again these seats are divided among East / West / North / South India. The Indian students reach there before October every year. RUSM also has a March intake for which the last date for application is 7th January every year.
Doctor of Medicine Degree Program
Students begin their journey to become physicians by completing the Foundations of Medicine curriculum, which is taught at Ross’s pre-clinical campus in Dominica, West Indies. Students complete four or five semesters in Dominica (depending on curriculum track), and then complete their clinical rotations, primarily at teaching hospitals in the United States. Ross students sit for all steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and may seek to secure residency training and licensure in the United States and Canada.
At a Glance: The Ross Experience
YEARS 1 & 2
FOUNDATIONS OF MEDICINE
Two curriculum tracks available.
USMLE STEP 1
INTERNAL MEDICINE FOUNDATIONS
Six weeks in Miramar, FL
Affiliated US teaching hospitals
Affiliated US teaching hospitals
USMLE STEP 2
USMLE STEP 3