Medical Council of Canada Says St. Lucia Medical Schools Not Up To Par

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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?

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  1. Unfortunately a lot more people will be affected outside of the mention medical schools. The local economy will take a huge hit for it. Landlords, car rentals, domestic services, general services in the surrounding neighborhoods and taxes to the government. Everybody loses in the end.




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  2. Too late unfortunately!!!!….the blame falls squarely at the government’s feet and the lack of transparency in anything they do. From Lambirds matter and now this, (questionable characters parading st. lucian citizenship overseas), very little due diligence on so-called offshore schools and their principals. What else do you expect? This country must be the laughing stock of all the other islands now. Might I suggest that since Dominica is the standard for CIP program, then perhaps it would be worthwhile to take a trip to ROSS University of Medicine or perhaps ST. Georges in Grenada to get a sense of how things are done.




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  3. I already can predict there are some stakeholders interested in opening their own medical schools in St. Lucia. It is very obvious here the first step is to get rid of the current foreign medical schools. This situation is strictly political and no other people are being taken into consideration (for example, the owners of small business around the area who are being supported by the vast economy these institutions bring or the student body, like my daughter, who is a St.Lucian student on a scholarship attending one of these institutions, and who has served our community many times with free access to basic healthcare screening needs). These are the people being affected more than any other individuals involved in this war with these institutions. However, I must agree the documents and accreditations must be demanded to “get up to par”, but suggesting that these institutions get “asked to close down” is NOT the best solution. Very disappointing and embarrassing solution from the leadership on this case.




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    • The schools are responsible for their own accreditation. If they do not put that in order how can they continue to operate and recruit new students. Any new students enrolled will certainly not graduate before the end of the year which would means full accreditation is be uncertain. Would you send your daughter to such a school? Do you think that foreign students would leave their countries without any idea whether their tuition fees would be in vain and any education received there may very well be worthless? I certainly would not enroll at any school whose future is in limbo.




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      • Well, actually yes, foreign students have left their countries of origin and been falling prey to these schools for ages – you know that – you published the accounts of the AIMU owner being prosecuted in the US. I knew students from the second and third intake there who were devastated by the things that happened to them while at school in Saint Lucia and we did ask them ‘why did you come? Surely you checked?’. They gave us a much better understanding of how easy it is for these institutions to trick families into believing they are legit.
        Our governments (both – this is not a problem just of one party) need to at least ensure the operations are above board – part of the technique used by promoters of these schools is the ‘local accreditation’ given -the letters, certificates etc that our local Education authorities issue and when we allow unaccredited institutions to prosper in our country, it reflects on our whole image.
        Time for these institutions to be made to shape up and if necessary, yes, some will have to ship out.




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  4. Can we say Allen Stanford? Not only St.Lucians but West Indians please wake and do not allow any and all foreign idiots to to come and make fools of you and defraud you. Please wake up. And do not trust your politicians – hold them accountable.




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  5. ECFMG has given a deadline to these schools as 2023 then why should”nt local government give time as what have been assisting the country and the public in many ways .




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