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  • Debunking Accreditation Myths

    Posted by MedRookie on October 22, 2014 at 10:47 am

    So I was visiting some medical school’s websites (a few well-known medical schools in the Caribbean) and it was so interesting to see how they market their school and how they portray the wrong information to students.

    This particular school (no name mentioned), talks about their accreditation. Everyone seems to use the words accreditation and recognition interchangeably. However, they do NOT mean the same thing. Here is some lines from their website:

    _______ is an accredited Caribbean medical school:

    • Recognized by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) -ECFMG is an organization that helps streamline the foreign medical graduates into the USA. This is another post.
    • Our students can sit USMLE and apply for ECFMG certification – Any student from an international medical school can sit and take the USMLE.
    • Listed in the International Medical Education Directory by FAIMER –IMED directory is now a retired database of schools around the world. There are over 2000 schools in the directory but it only serves as a database of all the schools in the world that has nothing to do with accreditation or recognition.
    • Listed in the World Health Organization (WHO) World Directory of Medical Schools – is the new directory of medical schools and again it still serves no purpose of it being accredited or not.

    Our Canadian Accreditations

    • Accredited by the Medical Council of Canada – This is interesting since the official accrediting agency in Canada is the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools, in cooperation with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. (
    • Our students are eligible to sit 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)

    The official accrediting body for medical schools in the caribbean is the CAAM-HP ( If you are attending a medical school in the caribbean, be sure that your school is first accredited by CAAM-HP.

    MedRookie replied 8 years, 5 months ago 0 Member · 0 Replies
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