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Residency Match Program

Caribbean Medical University graduates are fully eligible to participate in residency training and licensure in the United States. We believes that one of the factors for an outstanding success on the way to become a doctor is the strength of our Clinical Rotation Program, which is closely supervised and takes place in United States teaching hospitals and clinical centers.

Our graduates practice in a variety of different fields all over the country. With U.S. medical school admission becoming more difficult every year, CMU offers the opportunity for qualified individuals to get a high quality education.

CMU is a proud participant in the National Residency Match Program. In 2013, the NRMP took on 30,000 applicants, a number that is growing every year. This four-day program takes place every March and has an excellent track record for placing the right individuals in the right residencies.

Graduation

Graduation

To be eligible for graduation all students must: successfully complete all required coursework; pass USMLE Step 1 in three or fewer attempts; pass USMLE Step 2 (CK and CS) in three or fewer attempts; meet all financial obligations of the medical college; and have all required administrative documentation on file.

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is an agency that validates the education of all foreign medical graduates and issues certification. The ECFMG certificate is required to enter residency and to obtain licensure. To obtain this certificate a student must have a valid medical school diploma and have passed USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 (CK and CS).
More information can be obtained by visiting the ECFMG website.

USMLE

The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) has four parts, leading to licensure. The USMLE Step 1 is taken immediately after the completion of the Basic Sciences or within the first nine weeks of Clinical Science; that is, at the end of Semester 6. Core Rotations are available only to students who have passed the First Step of the USMLE. A student who has successfully completed a minimum of 48 weeks of clinical training including Internal Medicine and who has passed USMLE Step 1 is eligible to be certified to take the USMLE Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS (Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills). International medical graduates (IMGs) who are certified by ECFMG or pursuing ECFMG Certification should be familiar with these regulations.
Detailed information is available on the USMLE website.

Please Note: Students have to pass Step 2 CK & CS in a maximum of three attempts, and within two calendar years of becoming eligible, in order to receive the Doctor of Medicine degree from Caribbean Medical University. USMLE Step 3, the final step for licensure, is taken after graduation or during residency training.

MATCH PROGRAM

Residency

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) is a universal placement service, which significantly optimizes the chances of getting a residency position. Applications have to be submitted to the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) between July and October to participate in the match in the following, therefore the application deadline is October. Applications can be obtained from Canadian Pharmacy.

In order to be eligible to participate in the NRMP, students must have passed USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS, by December of the year prior to which they wish to enter residency training. Additionally, they must be scheduled to graduate medical school on or before May 31. Upon registering with the NRMP, students should submit and application to each residency program, which they are interested in, and undergo an interview.
In February, students are required to submit a "rank order list" to the NRMP. It's a preference list of the programs in the order of most desirable to the least. Simultaneously, all the residency programs submit their rank order lists of the candidates they have interviewed.

A computerized system begins the matching process, which results are released in March. A student, who has matched at a specific program is obligated to start the residency. A student, who has failed to match or is not eligible to enter the NRMP, will be still able to apply to residency programs by obtaining a position "outside the match". Simultaneously with the NRMP results released in March, a publication listing all unfilled residency positions is sent to all those who had participated in the NRMP, but failed to match so they can attempt to find an unfilled position through the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program(SOAP), which replaces the "Scramble"system used in the past.

TRANSCRIPTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

All residency programs as part of the application process require:

  • all attended medical schools transcript(s),
  • a Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE formerly known as the "Dean's Letter") from the current school
  • three letters of recommendation

The transcript and MSPE must be sent directly from the school and the letters of recommendation to be confidential must be sent directly from the recommending persons. Students should verify all requirements with each program, before sending the application.

The Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE formerly known as the "Dean's Letter") is a document issued by the Dean of Clinical Science that contains information about a student’s academic performance and excerpts from letters of recommendation in the student’s file.

Please Note: Students are required to submit an MSPE/Dean's Letter Request Form (downloadable from our website) to the Clinical Department to have the MSPE sent. The Department will require a resume and a personal statement to be sent along with each request.

OBTAINING A RESIDENCY POSITION

Residency

Most residency programs begin on July 1st of each year. In order to be eligible, students are required to present the following documents by May 31st:

  • passing scores on USMLE Step 1
  • passing scores on USMLE Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS
  • CMU's graduate diploma
  • an ECFMG Certificate

The application process is complex, and deadlines are critical. Most residency programs accept applications from July to December for entry the following July. Therefore, students should apply to all the programs, they have an interest in, and obtain applications as early as possible. Interviews are generally conducted from September to January; if invited, students should definitely attend.

The best way to become familiar with programs and their addresses is to search the Fellowship and Residency Information Database (FREIDA) or to obtain a copy of the American Medical Association (AMA) Graduate Medical Education Directory (also called the "green book") from any medical library or bookstore. This book lists the programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). It can also be purchased directly from the our bookstore.

CMU Residency Placement

Caribbean Medical University graduates secure residencies at some of the most prestigious teaching hospitals in the U.S. and Canada through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS); residency positions are also obtained outside the Match program. CMU continues to secure information from our graduates and will update this website as the information is received.

CMU is proud of the dedication and drive to excel exemplified by the physicians it graduates, who demonstrate their preparedness by obtaining residencies in some of the most competitive medical specialties. Some graduates have distinguished themselves as chief residents, fellows and researchers. We are confident they will inspire classes to follow and that they will serve their patients with compassion.

Below, please find details on the residency placement of our graduates.

Recent Residency Placement

CMU Residency Placement

Caribbean Medical University (CMU) graduates have obtained residencies at prestigious teaching hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Our alumni have distinguished themselves by becoming chief residents, earning significant awards, and obtaining competitive fellowships. Find out more about our residency placements.

This list will be updated periodically.

Graduate Name Residency Program Hospital Location
Sarah Finlay Internal Medicine St Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor, MI
Hiram Isaac General Surgery University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
Anton Dietzen Internal Medicine Marianjoy Rehab Hospital Wheaton, IL
Osazee Oviawe Family Medicine University of Illinois Rockford Rockford, IL
Deola Saheed Psychiatry Cooper University Hospital Camden, NJ
Eghosa Idumwonyi Internal Medicine St Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor, MI
Govind Seth Family Medicine Virginia Tech Roanoke, VA
Hussam Eskandafi Internal Medicine West Suburban Medical Center Oak Park, IL
Luke Hashiguchi Internal Medicine Summa Health Akron, OH
Sumera Ahmad Family Medicine St. Joseph's Hospital Syracuse, NY
Russell Deutscher Physical Medicine Wayne State University Detroit, MI
Tasnim Mohammad Internal Medicine Carilion Roanoke Memorial Roanoke, VA
Kelsey Lazar Family Medicine Union Hospital North Battleford, SK
Mitchell O'Neill Physical Medicine Wayne State University Detroit, MI
William Wallace Internal Medicine Mercy Hospital St. Louis, MO
Anand Narayanan Internal Medicine Mercy Hospital Chicago, IL
Rodney Sholty Family Medicine University of Nevada SOM Las Vegas, NV
Ayham Alagha Internal Medicine West Suburban Medical Center Oak Park, IL
Sana Din Family Medicine St. Elizabeth Medical Center  Utica, NY
Jose Henao Internal Medicine Brandon Regional Medical Center Brandon, FL
Anastasia Postoev Internal Medicine White River Health System Batesville, AR
Bassem Arab Internal Medicine Louisiana State University Shreveport, LA
Mena Habib Internal Medicine Medical Center of Central Georgia/Mercer Macon, GA
Lauren Gibson Family Medicine University of Arkansas Little Rock, AR
Raghda Al Anbari Internal Medicine Chicago Medical School Chicago, IL
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