State Considers Barring some Offshore Medical Students

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas State Medical Board is considering barring graduates of some offshore medical schools from receiving state licenses over quality concerns.

Unlike schools in the United States or Canada, foreign medical schools do not have any standard accreditation.  While most foreign schools receive government sponsorship, some for-profit institututions have begun in Caribbean countries and other areas.

Officials say Arkansas' medical board wants to establish its own rules governing how it accepts students, as other states have created lists of unacceptable medical schools.  All applicants with foreign medical degrees are required to appear before the board before receiving a license.

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