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- September 21st, 2010, 11:55 PM #1
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Pak vs. Caribbeans HELP!
I've completed two yrs of undergrad study in a Canadian University. Currently, I'm debating b/w Pakistan and Caribbean medical schools. I have to decide asap. Caribbeans seem like a viable option for practice in North America but again you could do that after having graduated from Pakistan as well. I'm sort of worried/apprehensive on the political and national conditions in Pakistan. Also, I heard it's not that easy for foreign students to study there as they do not get to go back home that often and get legitly homesick. I can't seem to decide which one's a better and more satisfying of an option b/w the two.
If anyone could advise me based on their first-hand experience in Pakistan/Caribbeans e.g. how their experience has been, whether or not they'd recommend these routes, how the education is like etc, it'd be of IMMENSE help.
The decision is quite hard but I want to finalize it asap and make it well-informed.September 30th, 2010, 05:23 PM #2
Let me tell you the not all the medical schools in the Caribbean are recognized...apart from the top 4; SGU, AUC, ROSS, and SABA...and to get into these you would have to complete certain post-secondary prerequisites or be holding an undergrad degree. If you go to these medical schools then Canada and US will consider you, and you'll be having a better advantage at getting residencies and stuff.
Other then that, going to a different medical school in the Caribbean would be nearly the same as going to a Pakistani medical school. I also go to a Pakistani medical school and in terms of being homesick is entirely dependent on the person themselves. Either way...Caribbean or Pakistan, you'll still be away from home lol.
Some students say the Caribbeans is an awful place to be going and some say it's a great experience...same goes for Pakistan. But from personal experience, studying in Pakistan as a foreigner was pretty brutal the first couple months, but then you adapt to it...and as of now it's been a pretty good experience. There are amazing medical schools here as well.
The political/national conditions in Pakistan are overwhelming if you follow the media...they tend to over do it. It's not really how the media pictures it as. This is just from personal experience...
Good luck in deciding!September 30th, 2010, 05:54 PM #3^political and security problems are abit over hyped by the media and vary alot city to city.... I wouldn't advise you to go to medskool in North Waziristan ..lol....but if u go to medical college in Islamabad, pindi, lahore, karachi etc you should be be fine
Do you have relatives in Pakistan (of course you do) so I don't get how people can get homesick. When Bengalis, Arabs, Afghans, Kenyans can come and study in Pakistan and not get homesick, I'm pretty sure expatraiote Pakistanis with family relatives in Pakistan can make it here much easier.
In terms of studying, it's medical school. Medical school is suppose to be tough, it doesn't matter what part of the world you go to, they will grill you in every exam. That's the fun in being a medical student.
And please, why would anybody want to go to the Caribbeans? I'm sorry not to disrespect anybody but who's heard of Caribbean medical graduates?
From what I see the only people who end up going to the Caribbeans are those who were slacking off in High School, couldn't get into University in the US or couldn't get into Pakistan/Indian medical schools and then had to opt for the Caribbeans as a last resort.
Don't you find it even more strange the student population of Carib Med Schools are almost all expat Indians and Pakistanis? Speaks volumes about how desperate some parents are to see the word MD/MBBS at the end of there son/daughters names. When will our people learn?
Pakistan still has respect in the world when it comes to it's Medical and Engineering graduates, especially in the United States and the UK (the NHS is dominated by Pakistani and Indian medical grads).
The choice is simple for me, but it's up to you. If you want to eat banana chips and have a tan while studying Robbins then by all means head over to the Caribbeans.
PS: Shame on you for believing the crap CNN tells you about your own country.
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