An increasing number of students are exploring medical education in off-shore and international medical schools. There are a number of medical schools that are operated abroad but follow a U.S. curriculum. Students who matriculate at these schools are generally those who are unable to gain admission to a U.S. medical school. Such schools are accredited in the host country, and many are approved for U.S. federal student aid. Students write the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) in preparation for licensing in the U.S. A Clinical Skills Assessment (CAS) is also required of international medical school graduates. Many of these schools offer clinical training in the U.S. which allows their students to participate in the residency matching program. Students should investigate carefully before embarking on this option and discuss this with the Pre-Health Director. More information can be found on the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates website www.ecfmg.org
The Request for Packet Submission to Off-Shore and International Medical Schools Form must be completed and submitted to the Pre-Health Office before the Office will submit your committee or cover letter packet to the designated schools. No payment to the Office is required. Please note that this form is not used for the following schools which instead utilize AMCAS and letter packets are submitted via the AMCAS Letter Writer Application: Ponce Health Sciences University School of Medicine, San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine, and University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.