This specifies whether the school offers an MD or a DO. Both are qualified to prescribe medication and perform surgery, but DOs take a holistic approach to medicine. In the formal clinical setting in school, they can only assist with certain patient evaluation and management tasks, after the vital signs , chief complaint and the history of present illness have been discerned, but prior to the physical examination : reviewing the patient’s signs and symptoms in each body system, and then reviewing the patient’s personal medical, genetic, family, educational/occupational, and psychosocial history.
You are in a somewhat different category – while you would be considered for most US medical schools (unlike international students) as a permanent resident in terms of citizenship, you still need to fulfill the pre-medical requirements and attend a US undergraduate school.
A medical school in the Virgin Islands would enhance the quality of healthcare, help address the nation’s and Territory’s anticipated physician workforce shortages in the future, help populate the physician workforce in the VI and Caribbean with the regions’ own residents and citizens, and contribute to economic development.
I have been bemoaning the lack of responsibility for medical students since I became an intern in 2007, when I started a new system and saw that the medical students weren’t allowed to write progress notes on anyone who wasn’t postop, and weren’t allowed to write ANY H&Ps.
As a medical student, you’ll join a broader campus community of nursing, health sciences and law students who work on interprofessional projects and explore a variety of opportunities to participate in joint clubs, organizations and community service activities.