Looking abroad

Jones prepares to welcome outside students

Three more offshore medical schools are coming to join the American University of Barbados in providing medical training here.

Minister of Education Ronald Jones made this disclosure today while leading off debate on the Caribbean Accreditation Authority Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (Incorporated) Bill, 2016.

While noting that there were currently over 31 offshore medical schools operating in the Caribbean, Jones told Parliament Government had already granted permission for two more such institutions to be located here.

The Member of Parliament for Christ Church East Central explained that one of these schools— the Queen University Medical School of Barbados — was likely to commence operations in September, to be followed by the International School of Medicine of Barbados.

The Minister of Education further disclosed that another application was under consideration for the establishment of the Washington School of Medicine of Barbados and pointed to the economic benefits to be derived from having such institutions domiciled in the Caribbean.

In this regard, he said the St George’s University in Grenada, which began as an offshore medical school, now provides about 30 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product.

He also expects that with the addition of three offshore medical schools, Barbados could be playing host to over 2,500 medical students at any given time, in addition to those studying medicine at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies.

It was back in 2010 that the American University of Barbados was granted permission to set up at Wildey, St Michael, and later at Landsdown, Christ Church.

Jones noted that the institution had started out with 25 students at its Wildey, St Michael location, but it was forced to move to Landsdown as its numbers grew to just over 150.

He said the school’s intake was expected to increase even further to 200 medical students by September, while the first group of graduates from the five-year programme prepared to leave. (NC)

4 Responses to Looking abroad

  1. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria May 4, 2016 at 5:54 am

    The hands tho…..#rumandkokenews

  2. Damian Hinkson
    Damian Hinkson May 4, 2016 at 6:56 am

    are these schools allowed to train on bajans?

    • Ras Unjay
      Ras Unjay May 4, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      doctors train on every body all over de world,

  3. lswiltshire May 4, 2016 at 10:07 am

    QUESTION besides the benefits of what I call long term tourism< what is the benefit of offshore medical schools to any of the islands with these schools?
    Compare this with the development of services at QEH that Medical teaching there has brought to Barbados since 1967.

    QUESTION Yes there are now about 31 offshore schools in the islands. Most of the students do not graduate. Those who reach 5th term (referred to as MD5) do not pass USMLE step 1 exam far less Step 2 , CS etc. Very few will get residencies in the USA today as the rules for obtaining residencies in the US are 1 US STUDENTS AT US SCHOOLS, 2 OTHER STUDENTS AT US SCHOOLS 3 US STUDENTS AT OVERSEAS SCHOOLS 4 NON US INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES

    QUESTION Because over the course of 38 years the St George’s University in Grenada, provides about 30 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product., does the betzpaenic Jones expect these new schools to do the same in Barbados? At what cost?

    Fortunately none of these students will practice in Barbados.


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