Pathiyil Ravi Shankar
Department of Medical Education, American International Medical University, Saint Lucia
A. Why This is an Issue of Global Importance
Offshore Caribbean medical schools (OCMS) were first established in the late 1970s. In 2013 more than three-quarters of the United States (US) International Medical Graduates (IMGs) graduated from OCMS (Eckhert & van Zanten, 2015). Many also admit students from Asia (predominantly from South Asia) with many graduates returning home to practice medicine (Morgan, 2017). Students from the Middle East and West Africa, especially Nigeria and Ghana are also admitted. There has been no published study on these proportions but at the medical school where the author works over 70% of students are from South Asia and over 15% from Nigeria. The proportion at other medical schools varies and a comprehensive study may be required.
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