Transferring from the Caribbean is something that is chased by many US FMGs for various reasons every year and the process can be very stressful and confusing. The process is difficult enough without the first hurdle that so many students experience, and that is the search for information. Where can I apply? Do I need research? How important are my MCAT and USMLE scores? Does it really matter that much?

I went through all of this myself and understand how you (assuming I know why you’re reading this) feel. I applied for transfer in the Spring of 2007 to several schools and was happy to accept a place with the Drexel University College of Medicine class of 2009. During this process, I tried to record as much as I could and this resource comes from that effort.

If there is something that I do not cover here that you would like me to address, please feel free to contact me via email or in the comments section of any of these pages. I promise you that I read every single comment. Please do not ask me any questions that I have already addressed in this section; I took the time to write this for you and I ask only that you take the time to read it.

Best of luck as you apply for transfer, topher.

  1. Why Are You Transferring?
  2. Which Schools Accept FMGs?
  3. Preparing Your Applications
  4. Getting the Timing Right
  5. The Application Calendar
  6. Preparing for Your Interview
  7. The Hell of Waiting to Hear
  8. How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot
  9. Accepted
  10. Rejected
  11. Starting Over

22 Responses to TRANSFERRING

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  2. Bob says:

    I used a service called when I transfered. They helped me with my personal statements, letters of rec, and gave great advice. I also read iverson’s “getting into residency.”

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  4. Nader says:

    I would like to know if its possible to transfer from SGU to a US medical school with a MCAT score of 21 (P8, V4, B9)

    Thank you

  5. May says:

    I have been to a carribean medical school and I wanted to transfer to a school here and pursue a degree. But it seems hopeless and I really do not know what to at this point. I need some guidance. Can you help me?

  6. Jen says:

    Hey, I really want to transfer but I don’t know if I have the stats for this. Any ideas about GPAs, etc? I got a 29S on the MCAT…have published two papers. Thanks.

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  9. Wes says:

    What happens if you don’t transfer? More specifically, after completing years 3 and 4 of clinical training with Hospitals/Schools affiliated with your Caribbean school and taking the USMLE Step 2? I haven’t found a credible website (yet) that clearly delineates the next steps. I will speak with SGU and others to pose this question but until then is the next step taking the ECFMG? Are Caribbean schools considered a Fifth Pathway? In other words, before you can be “matched” or secure a residency in the US (if you are a US citizen…more specifically born and raised) must you complete additional tests/certifications/training on top of the 4 years and USMLE’s? Is that why you transferred?

  10. SN says:

    thank you for providing very useful information. I wanted know how were you grades after the first semester at SGU. I am also hoping to transfer, and looking for some guidance

  11. […] out this guys advice and experience. I can't help you personally, but I hope this helps. TRANSFERRING the rumors were true __________________ "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." ~W.E. […]

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  13. Ricky says:

    Hey man,

    All the best! Thanks for the awesome blog.


  14. generalgman says:

    Thanks for all the info Topher. I am currently a Term 1 at SGU. I am obviously researching transferring, but was curious as to when to begin calling schools and talking to SGU professors? Your timeline goes by months but not which term you were in.

    Do I finish up the year top of my class then begin calling for M3 matriculation in the states or do I start applying now?

  15. generalgman says:

    Found what I needed in another of your links. Thanks!

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  17. N says:

    Was there ever any “fear” that your off-shore school would be bitter about your transfer? I imagine that all who interview at a transfer school aren’t accepted and their off-shore school faculty/dean may not have friendly feelings. What then?

    I know this wasn’t your situation, but I thought I’d ask if you knew anyone who ended up on that boat.

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  20. Jacky says:

    I know it is getting harder to transfer to a U.S school due to the merger and the ratio of seats available in the U.S med school to the number of residencies available. However, do you still think there is still a chance to transfer with a good G.P.A and Step 1 scores. How important are MCAT score for FMG transfer student? I also notice that some of the links do not work on this page. Why? I love your website. Thank you!

  21. drcupcake45 says:

    This has been very helpful! Thank you so much!

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