Dominica

Dominica, is a sovereign country. The capital, Roseau, is located on the leeward side of the island. It is part of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The island lies south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique. Its area is 750 square kilometres (290 sq. mi) and the highest point is Morne Diablotins, at 1,447 metres (4,747 ft) elevation. The population was 72,301 at the 2014 census. The island republic gained independence in 1978. Dominica has been nicknamed the “Nature Isle of the Caribbean” for its unspoiled natural beauty. Dominica’s economy depends on tourism and agriculture. Dominica is a parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth of Nations. Dominica’s currency is the Dollar. Dominica is a beneficiary of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) that grants duty-free entry into the United States for many goods. Dominica also belongs to the predominantly English-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).Dominica, is a clean and green country; hydro which currently powers Dominica’s electricity sector; solar energy which is becoming increasingly popular on the island; and geothermal energy is growing. English is the official language of Dominica and is universally spoken and understood. The currency used in Roseau is the East Caribbean Dollar. Roseau is the capital of Dominica.

School in Dominica is mandatory up to secondary school. After pre-school, pupils attend primary school for six or seven years, and are admitted into secondary school on the basis of a Common Entrance Exam. After five years the students take the General Certificate of Education (GCE), widely replaced by the current Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC or CXC) administered by the Caribbean Examination Council (a 15-member confederation of the Caribbean community (CARICOM). The more advanced version of this examination (CAPE) can be taken upon completion of two years of community college. The island has its own state college. some Dominicans attend universities in Cuba on scholarships offered by its government.

Dominica is an all-year destination; the temperature remains constant almost year round. In winter months the temperature averages between 21° and 28°Celsius (69 ? 82 degrees Fahrenheit) and in the summer 23°- 30°Celsius (73 – 86 degrees Fahrenheit). The spring months, from February to April, are the driest. The heaviest rains fall during late summer and fall, this is from August to December

Dominica has a competitive education system, rivalling others throughout the West. Students in this Caribbean island country could mingle with other serious students from around the world. English is the official language, but students speaking other languages may feel equally at home due to the country’s international commerce.

There are still more benefits to studying medicine in the Caribbean. While they may be smaller than continental medical schools and may not have the same range or easy accessibility of medical technologies, facilities are modern, and often new. Universities in the Caribbean attract students from around the world. While the cost of school may be much lower than elsewhere, the cost of living on islands is often high, as so many essential items are imported, so any savings may be offset by unanticipated expenses.

One of the Caribbean’s oldest universities (founded in 1538), the Dominica offers courses of study in medicine, nursing, radiology, and pharmacy. The medical school’s course of study consists of 11 semesters & 15 semesters, terminating with a residency that includes paediatrics, ob-gyn, psychiatry, and traumatology rounds, among others

Universities in Dominica is committed to providing high quality education leading to a Doctor of Medicine (MD) Degree at very affordable fees.

The Universities strives to produce broadly and thoroughly educated graduates who realize that the medical profession is not simply a trade to be learned but that it denotes a sense of social responsibility. Universities in Dominica maintains an academic standard equivalent to those of medical schools in the United States. The curriculum is updated periodically to be at par with the latest information circulating with medical schools in the United States. Universities in Dominica offers 5 years MD program and 4 years MD program. Enrolment will be done depends upon the student eligibility. The entire tuition fee is approximately $89925 to $ 90000. The fee are subjected to change by the university.

With a hot and humid climate and a modern, but still very religious culture, there is no doubt that students will find much to look forward to when attending college in Dominica. Most international students will live in dorm like settings on the campuses themselves. Others can rent apartments near the campus. The expenses per month around $870 to $1200.

Taxis are available at the airports and in Roseau, and can be arranged all over the island. There are a number of car rental agencies on the island offering vehicles for rent. But before you get on the road, you will need to obtain a driver’s license which cost US$12. You must be between 25 and 65 years old, with two years’ driving experience to qualify for a driver’s permit. Dominica has a reliable public transportation system consisting of primarily private minibus operators. Bus stops can be found at designated points throughout the city depending on your destination. The bus fares are standardized and ranges from EC$1.50 to EC$10.25 according the specific route.

Using flavourful and indigenous ingredients is a popular culinary pastime in the Caribbean, and travellers to Dominica will find local ingredients infused in cuisine that bears the influences of French, Asian, African, and Carib cultures

International students are welcome at most of the country’s higher education programs. A Doctor of Medicine or M.D. is the highest degree a physician can receive, and it indicates that graduates have received the advanced medical training and education needed to practice as a medical professional. The universities of medicine in Dominica are recognized by MCI/WHO. It may take about eight years of schooling to earn an M.D., depending on the program.

Students typically spend the first four to five semesters of medical school in the Caribbean completing basic science courses before taking USMLE Step I.  Basic science curriculums in the Caribbean are similar to US curriculums.  Some schools offer a fifth semester, either in the Caribbean or in the US, to help students prepare for the USMLE Step 1 and transition to their clinical semesters. After successfully passing the USMLE Step 1, students proceed to their clinical rotations, which usually are outside of the Caribbean.  When evaluating schools, it is important to ask what percentage of students who initially enroll in each class actually take and pass the USMLE Step 1 and successfully proceed to clinical rotations.

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