How to Find an Appropriately Accredited Medical School in the Caribbean

2017-02-02T01:04:18-05:00

Many Caribbean/offshore medical schools falsely advertise that they are “recognized by the Medical Board of California, ECFMG, IMEDs or FAIMER”, but essentially that has little meaning.

Some Caribbean medical schools state that say they are accredited by:

  • Medical Board of California
  • FAIMER
  • ECFMG
  • NCFMEA

These kind of statements are a red flag because they are not using the appropriate terminology between recognition and accreditation. The accrediting body for the medical schools in the Caribbean is CAAM-HP – is an accrediting body for medical, veterinary, and dental schools in the 15 member nations of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Medical schools that claim they have accreditation by NCFMEA, mainly means that they have been approved by the Department of Education’s NCFMEA. This means that students can receive student loans to attend that medical school.

Medical Schools that Have Accreditation or Provisional Accreditation (As of 07/2016)

American University of Antigua College of Medicine, Antigua & Barbuda Accredited with Conditions, 2014-2017
Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica Accredited with Conditions, 2014-2018
Saint James School of Medicine, Anguilla Initial Provisional Accreditation extended with probation for one year, 2016-2017
Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine, St. Lucia Provisional Accreditation Extended, 2016-2018
St. George’s University (SGU) School of Medicine, Grenada Accredited with Conditions, 2015-2019
The University of the West Indies (UWI) School of Medicine(Multi-campus) Accredited with Conditions, 2016-2018
Trinity School of Medicine, St Vincent Provisional Accreditation, 2015-2017
Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba Provisional Accreditation Extended, 2016-2018

Source: http://www.caam-hp.org/assessedprogrammes.html

CAAM-HP has a number of accreditation statuses besides being not accredited or fully accredited.

Unaccredited Medical Schools in the Caribbean (07/2016)

Avalon University School of Medicine, Curacao

International American University (IAU) College of Medicine, St Lucia

University of Science, Arts, and Technology (USAT), Monsterrat

Windsor University School of Medicine, St. Kitts

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean_Accreditation_Authority_for_Education_in_Medicine_and_other_Health_Professions

Tips When Choosing a Medical School in the Caribbean

  • Consider only medical schools that are ACCREDITED.
  • Remember that accreditation statuses change over time. It is better to apply to medical schools whose accreditation statuses has remained relatively consistent throughout the years.

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2 Comments

  1. TheDoc November 7, 2017 at 3:49 am - Reply

    Thank you for this information, there are many people asking which medical school is accredited? I have seen many schools call themselves “accredited by the” which i believe is wrong!
    I hope to see this list stay up to date.

  2. Murat10 November 8, 2017 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    A lot of medical schools in the Caribbean claim that they are "accredited" what are your thoughts on this?

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