Local medical schools facing difficulty over accreditation

Medical Schools operating in St Lucia have reportedly been placed in a difficult situation because of a new policy being enforced by the St Lucia Medical and Dental Council (SLMDC) requiring them to obtain accreditation.

Former Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Stephen King says some medical schools have been losing recognition by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and other international institutions as a result.

The SLMDC is the only medical council in the region that requires medical schools to obtain accreditation, Dr. King added.

“The issue of accreditation of St Lucian medical schools, the medical council has created that as a requirement, but this is the only medical council in the region that I’m aware of that has done that. Because of that many of the schools have lost the ability to be recognized by the ECFMG in the United States and in fact other international education bodies, Canadian and so on,” King stated.

There has been an increase in the number of offshore medical schools being established across the Caribbean in recent years, catering to international students.

Those schools are thought to generate significant revenue for local economies from the influx of students that must be accommodated and fed.

Dr King believes that accreditation of medical schools is important but he adds the government needs to determine whether the accreditation requirement enforced by the SLMDC should continue.

“The government needs to consider whether they want to keep that clause that the medical council has inserted, that to be licensed in St Lucia you must come from an accredited St Lucian medical school,” King said, “Because that clause is creating a lot of trouble for non-accredited St Lucians medical schools.”

Dr. King said most of the medical schools in St Lucia are in the process of being accredited.

He believes that the SLMDC should follow the policy of the Caribbean Association of Medical Councils (CAMC) and allow the Ministry of Education and CAAM-HP (Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions) to handle accreditation.

7 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    October 6, 2017 at 1:23 pm Reply

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  2. Anonymous
    October 6, 2017 at 1:28 pm Reply

    Let the truth be told doc, I got your back….lol

    1. Anonymous
      October 6, 2017 at 4:20 pm Reply

      Disagree with doc. The issue of accreditation is important to ensure standards of all educational institution. Not only medical. Some of the schools are involved in fraudulent representation. Said Lucia is doing this because of circumstances beyond their control. The other islands will find them selves in problems with they don’t act now.

      1. Steve
        October 6, 2017 at 5:45 pm

        Do you even understand what he means? The schools meet a certain standard already, but they are being forced to adapt to yet another standard by a fairly new body even though they have already produced graduates who are working in other countries and shown results. They had accreditation from US, Canada and other international bodies, but they are being forced to seek accreditation from the Caam-hp body which is a Caribbean body. How is it the students are good enough for the US but suddenly not good enough for the Caribbean?

  3. Lucian with common sense
    October 6, 2017 at 6:03 pm Reply

    So Dr King doing what is right is considered wrong? All schools must be accredited and i fully agree with the medical board. Soon all other Caribbean countries will have to adhere to this very important criteria of accreditation.

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    October 10, 2017 at 2:02 am Reply

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  5. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 8:42 pm Reply

    This is truly unfair to the medical students studying in Saint Lucia. Caam-hp states that all the schools should be acceediated by 2023 non accrediated schools will be closed. I agree with their statement this would give enough time for the schools who are applying for caam-hp. But Saint Lucian medical counsel changed the date from 2023 to 2018. This is the one that is causing too much of suffering. Imposing new rules all of a sudden is causing too much burden to the parents and the students. Saint Lucian health authority should understand this issue and rectify it as soon as possible. They need to understand that many people travel all over the world to study here. If you think politically also this is so much of revenue to the government also because students spend here. Let Jesus help Saint Lucian medical authority to figure out the right thing. God bless everyone..

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