A reader writes: Offshore medical schools

POSTED: 12/18/13 12:14 PM

The initiative by Senator Durbin to introduce the Foreign Medical School Accountability Fairness Act (FMSAFA), which would impose ‘some’ restrictions on Caribbean medical schools (at least four offshore schools) is laudable. The nearly half a billion dollars these schools secure from the government (via U.S. D.O.E. Title IV) does not even take into consideration the indirect federal funding that students get from online degree programs at universities these Caribbean schools have partnered with.

As a student, I was never against Caribbean medicine per se. At the end of the day, people like me are trying to become doctors and everything comes with a price. It is a cash cycle that you will see everywhere, for example, Medicare and Medicaid are just government bank accounts for physicians to get reimbursed.

But offshore schools are more than just cash cows and are emblematic of The American Way. My own experience in the Caribbean was very difficult and so I have to remind myself that I did not have the credentials to get into a U.S. medical school, yet I can ‘still’ become a doctor because it is America.

Hopefully, the FMSAFA will also shed light onto the future of Caribbean medical schools. As fast as these proprietorships and corporations sprung up on these islands like an erupting volcano spawning a new land mass, they may quickly become dormant once the student loan restrictions are in place.

Mahesh Yaragatti

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  1. GP says:

    Hey, Bitter much? Sounds like you couldn’t hack it in the big leagues! Most people who go to Caribbean schools either wash out like you did from the beginning, or make successful doctors. Very little middle ground. Sorry your life sucks. Sorry you’re jealous of others who actually did make it through. Enjoy not being a doctor some more! By the way, I’m not sorry. I find your pathetic existence laughable more than this sad article written by a guy who probably failed out by week 5.

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