Studies and Perspectives Series - The Caribbean No.69
The business of training North American students in offshore medical universities (OMU) in the Caribbean began in the 1970s as American entrepreneurs saw a demand for medical education which could not be met domestically. The Caribbean was selected as a region for OMU, given what is perceived as less stringent regulatory oversight from local authorities. Furthermore, the region’s close geographic proximity, language similarity, and weaker domestic currencies all favored the Caribbean as a choice location.
This study is intended to be exploratory in nature. It seeks a better understanding of i) how the OMU cluster emerged; ii) the characteristics of the offshore medical universities in the Caribbean cluster; iii) the contribution of the offshore medical universities to the economy of the host Caribbean countries; and iv) the prospects for enhancing the educational quality, and value added captured by the Caribbean in the medical value chain.
The Caribbean OMUs can improve their quality education by pursing accreditation from the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP). More value added can be captured domestically in each host country by providing more consumer goods and support services to the students.
UN symbols: LC/CAR/TS.2017/17 - LC/TS.2017/156