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When it comes to choosing a medical school, especially an international university, accreditation is key. Accreditation is the most important certification for a medical school. It is assurance that the program meets both national and international quality standards, provides a valid educational experience and allows you to practice in the United States and Canada.

 

Obtaining a medical degree is a long and involved process, it requires years and years of schooling. Choosing an accredited medical school means you will be able to practice in the U.S., making the most of the time and tuition you have invested.

 

But what should you look for? What are the types of accreditation that matter most? When choosing an overseas medical school, here are a few things to consider:

1. Accreditation from the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP)

CAAM-HP is the legally constituted body that assesses the quality of and accredits medical education programs in 13 Caribbean countries. Saint James School of Medicine recently received Initial Provisional Accreditation from CAAM-HP.

2. Accreditation will be required for ECFMG Certification

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates has announced that, effective in 2023 physicians applying for ECFMG certification will be required to graduate from a medical school that has been appropriately accredited. To satisfy this requirement, the physician’s medical school must be accredited through a formal process that uses criteria comparable to globally accepted criteria.

3. There are only a few accredited medical schools in the Caribbean

Saint James School of Medicine is one of those and has one of the lowest tuition of them all. In addition to CAAM-HP accreditation and ECFMG Certification, SJSM holds the following credentials:

– International Medical Education Directory by FAIMER

– Listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools

– Recognized by the Medical Council of Canada

– Our students are eligible to sit for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE)

– Our students can sit Part 1 & Part II of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) for their Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC)

– St. Vincent campus is registered with the National Accreditation Board (NAB) of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

 

By staying accredited, Saint James School of Medicine can continue to graduate top-quality physicians, offer residency-training programs and help our students be part of a medical degree program they can be proud of – and one that meets national standards.

 

If you have any questions about accreditation requirements, the admissions team at SJSM is happy to help. Please call 800-542-1553.

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