June 9, 2017
An article published on June 9, 2017 in The Wall Street Journal calls attention to the growing importance of international medical schools in filling U.S. physician shortages. With a forecasted deficit of 40,800 to 104,900 physicians in the U.S. by 2030, “Overseas Medical Schools Offer Remedy for Shortage of U.S. Doctors,” casts Caribbean medical schools as critical providers of doctors, especially in the nation’s most underserved areas.
The article recognizes American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) as one of the international programs leading the way, specifically calling out the school's ability to:
Graduate high quality physicians that have “no distinct difference” between students from the U.S.;
Regularly achieve strong residency match rates into U.S. health systems and hospitals;
Contribute significant numbers of physicians to underserved areas across the country; and
Attain a low student-loan default rate (0.5%).
The article shares a similar sentiment to a STAT news article published earlier this year that showcased qualified, deserving, and successful international medical graduates in states like California, where doctors are desperately needed.
In both pieces, the message is strong that AUC and its graduates are "making a name for themselves."
>> Read: Overseas Medical Schools Offer Remedy for Shortage of U.S. Doctors (The Wall Street Journal, 6/9/2017)