A centralized Caribbean Medical University for Offshore Medical Schools – An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

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Pathiyil Ravi Shankar 1 , *

1 Professor of Medical Education, Integrated Basic Medical Sciences, American International Medical University, Saint Lucia, USA

How to Cite: Shankar P R. A centralized Caribbean Medical University for Offshore Medical Schools – An Idea Whose Time Has Come?, J Med Edu. 2018 ; 17(3):e105645. doi: 10.22037/jme.v17i3.22104.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Journal of Medical Education: 17 (3); e105645
Published Online: January 08, 2019
Article Type: Brief Report
Received: July 11, 2018
Accepted: October 20, 2018
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Abstract

Offshore Caribbean medical schools (OCMS) face a number of academic challenges. At present, each OCMS functions as an independent university but most schools do not have the resources for optimalfunctioning as a university. In this article, the author proposes the formation of a single offshore Caribbean medical university to which all OCMS will be affiliated. The benefits of the university system are discussed in the manuscript. Among these are regulating student transfer between schools, monitoring faculty recruitment and promotion, creating a model curriculum, supporting faculty development activities, ensuring quality control of assessments, providing support with regard to clinical teaching sites, and helping with social accountability and integration with local health systems.

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