With the rising costs of medical education in developed countries like the United States, most students are left with no choice but to find alternatives.
You may think to yourself “What about student loans?” Trust me, you don’t want to spend your whole life paying off debts.
In this article, we reviewed the top 7 best medical schools in the Dominican Republic. Moving forward, there are some things you should know about these schools.
- Not all of them are internationally accredited. An exception to this is INTEC and PUCMM.
- You need to be able to read, speak and understand Spanish because the lectures are given in Spanish, and textbooks are also written in Spanish.
- UNIBE is the only university in the Dominican Republic with an English curriculum, although it does not apply to all courses.
Without further ado, let’s dive into it.
Top 7 Medical Schools in the Dominican Republic
There are 17 medical schools in the Dominican Republic; 11 are accredited and active the rest are not active nor accredited.
Out of these 11 accredited medical schools, I selected 7 based on different criteria. Below are some of the best medical schools in the Dominican Republic.
1. Universidad Iberoamericana School of Medicine
Since its creation in 1982, UNIBE has been among the leading private institutions in the Dominican Republic. Their school of medicine is affiliated with public medical centers outside Santo Domingo.
UNIBE school of medicine is currently the best medical school in the Dominican Republic. Whether you are American, European, Asian, or African, it doesn’t matter, their 285 medical professionals are ready to train you in the medical field.
Also, the school has more than 5 functional research facilities and a good number of notable alumni. Raquel Arbaje, the first lady of the Dominican Republic is a notable alumnus of Universidad Iberoamericana.
2. Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo
Founded in 1538, the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo is one of the oldest universities in Santo Domingo. The school has about 10 campuses across the country.
UASD medical school is headed by Dr. Rocío Caridad, an ex-president of the Dominican Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics. She graduated from UASD in 1979. If you wish to study medicine in the Dominican Republic, UASD should be on your list.
3. Universidad Católica Nordestana
Since it was established in 1978, Nordestana Catholic University has graduated more than 19,000 students who I suppose are doing well in life. The school has about 32 accredited academic programs of which medicine is among.
Their teachings are based on the philosophy of the new Christian Humanism and students are trained within the framework of the Christian faith.
4. Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra
|Location||Santiago de Los Caballeros|
PUCMM is the first Roman Catholic university in the Dominican Republic and among the highly rated medical schools in the country. It has about 16,000 students across its 3 campuses.
To study medicine at PUCMM, you need to pass the PAA and POMA tests in addition to meeting other admission requirements. Although their curriculum is not in English, their medical program is good.
5. Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo
INTEC is among the cheapest and best universities for studying medicine in the Dominican Republic. It is a private institution affiliated with the Compostela Group of Universities.
Santo Domingo Institute of Technology medical school is accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) and the ministry of higher education science and technology.
6. O&M Medical School
UDO&M was founded in 1966 by a group of professors in the capital of the Dominican Republic. It is the largest private university in the country with more than 50,000 students across its 7 campuses.
The curriculum used by O&M medical school is based on the highest standards of modern medical education and was developed in partnership with Partners Harvard Medical International (PHMI).
You don’t even need to be in the top 10% of your class to get into this medical school. A low GPA of 2.5 is required and SAT is not compulsory but may be reviewed if submitted.
7. Universidad Central del Este
|Location||San Pedro de Macoris|
Last but not least on our list of the best medical schools in the Dominican Republic is UCE, a private university located in the Eastern region of the Dominican Republic.
The school may not be popular but has graduated 12,227 physicians since its establishment in 1970.
UCE medical school is accredited by CAAM-HP and is recognized by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). Also, you need a minimum MCAT score of 470 to get into this school.
How long is medical school in the Dominican Republic?
Medical school in the Dominican Republic takes 6 years on average. However, adding the compulsory 1-year medical internship makes it 7 years.
Let’s break it down.
Out of the 6 years spent in medical school in the Dominican Republic; 2 years are for pre-med, 2 years for basic science, and the remaining 2 years are for clinical training.
Also, you need to finish your medical internship after your 6 years in med school to get your Doctor in Medicine degree (MD).
Once you have earned your medical degree, you are left with two options. It’s either you practice in the Dominican Republic or abroad (probably in the United States).
If you intend to practice in the Dominican Republic, you need to work for the government for about a year at any public hospital in the country to get the government’s authorization.
Whereas if you plan on practicing abroad, let’s say the US, it might be tougher. You need to pass all stages of the US Medical Licensing Exams (including residency) before you can work there.
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