Effective today, candidates from five Saint Lucia medical schools who will graduate on January 1, 2018 or thereafter will not be eligible to apply for Medical Council of Canada (MCC) services or apply for licensure in Canada. These five schools are:
- American International Medical University School of Medicine
- Atlantic University School of Medicine
- College of Medicine and Health Sciences
- International American University College of Medicine
- Washington Medical Sciences Institute
Candidates who will graduate from these medical schools before January 1, 2018, are still eligible to apply for MCC services and licensure in Canada.
A message has been sent to all candidates from these five schools who have a physiciansapply.ca account and an anticipated graduation date in 2017 – 2018 or beyond. This message alerts them to the situation and provides additional information.
There continues to be a serious problem of accreditation with local medical schools. Apparently these schools have been plagued with document issues for quite a while and have been dragging their feet in getting things up to par.
This decision by Canada can only suggest that a similar measure may be soon coming from the U.S. If this happens the medical schools will have no worth and may very well be asked to close down.
With all the attention and scrutiny given to medical schools in Saint Lucia since the Lambird’s Scandal, didn’t they realize the need to get their operations in order?