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BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 26 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:S3-7102

One consequence of medical schools in the United States tightening their admissions policies in the early 1970s was the growth of offshore medical schools-Carribbean and Latin American teaching hospital programmes which provided training focussed on the USMLE exam, which all American medical graduates must pass and on which the results of the national residency matching programme depends. An article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (1997;156:865-7) reviews the 20 or so offshore schools that currently exist-some achieve results as good as their mainland counterparts, and some are of a low standard.

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