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+ Why Choose Saint James School of Medicine?
  • Saint James School of Medicine (SJSM) is an elite university in the Caribbean and North American region with a medicine programme founded on principles of teaching excellence, advancing research, and progressing international healthcare.
  • For decades SJSM has been a medical education leader in St. Vincent and the Grenadines as well as the Caribbean Islands with a global alumni network working to promote unity, awareness, and camaraderie through local and international medicine in the U.S., Canada, and the European Union.
  • The university’s safe, friendly learning environment facilitates world-class medical training on a modern campus delivered by a diverse faculty of clinical and research academics with a low student-to-professor ratio.
  • SJSM is highly regarded as one of the world’s best medical schools with accreditations from World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM) in addition to listing in the International Medical Education Directory by FAIMER.
+ The 4-Year Medicine Programme
  • SJSM graduates are qualified with an international Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree.
  • The course duration is 4 Years.
  • The medicine curriculum is taught entirely in English consisting of a four-phase learning structure of 10 semesters; the first two years of Basic Sciences is comprised of 84 weeks (6 Terms), then two years of clinical rotations comprised of 80 weeks of Core and Electives.
  • The Basic Sciences are studied at SJSM campuses in St. Vincent with modules in: Physiology; Biochemistry & Genetics; Neurosciences; Clinical Correlation of Basic Sciences I, II, III, IV; Pathology I, II; Microbiology; Epidemiology & Statistics; Behavioural Science; Pharmacology; Physical Diagnosis & Clinical Medicine; and, Research in Health and Medicine II.
  • Core Rotations are in Year 3 for 48 weeks comprising: Internal Medicine: 12 weeks; Surgery: 12 weeks; Obstetrics & Gynaecology: 6 weeks; Paediatrics: 6 weeks; Family Medicine: 6 weeks; and, Psychiatry: 6 weeks. Elective Rotations are in Year 4 for 32 weeks with modules depending on student’s preferences.
  • Clinical rotations are completed at the university’s affiliate teaching hospitals in Suriname and clinical modules are consistent with leading North American medical schools.
  • SJSM offers three intakes per annum (January, May, September) and there are no entry exams.
+ What do the Clinical Rotations in the UK Involve?
  • The university coordinates international clinical rotation opportunities for up to two years.
  • Placement offers are made based on student applications and matching their preferences to available rotations in teaching hospitals and clinical facilities in the UK.
  • Clinical rotations are offered in the UK upon hospitals availability and capacity.
  • Clinical rotations in the UK cost £400 per week.
+ How Much Does the Programme Cost?
Programme Programme Starts Annual Fees (*) ($)
Medicine January, May & September 8,770 /year
Living Costs Monthly ($) Annually ($)
Rent (Private Accommodation) 400580 48006960
Food 80120 9601440
Utility Bills (Electricity, Gas &Water) 80 960
Internet 30 360
Transportation 40 480
Health Insurance 5090 6001080
Total 680940 861011280

*This is a special offer exclusive to SME students from SJSM.

+ Admission to Saint James School of Medicine

Applicants must provide the following information:

  1. An application which includes the following details: bio, education history, and course for which you are applying.
  2. A copy of your secondary education results with subjects studied.
  3. Two small photos of 4-5cm.
  4. A personal statement.
  5. One to Two letters of recommendation.
+ Medical Council Requirements for Recognising Medical Degrees

Many of the world’s Medical Councils require that the Medical School that awarded the Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) be listed on the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDMS).
Additionally, each region has its own requirements:

  • UK The General Medical Council (GMC) expects a medical degree to have a minimum 5,500 Clock Hours over a minimum period of three years.
  • USA The Educational Commission For Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) requires a medical degree to have a minimum duration of four years.
  • Australia The Australian Medical Council (AMC) maintains an additional database of Recognised Medical Schools. It also requires a medical degree to have a minimum duration of four years.
+Life in Arnos Vale
  • Arnos Vale is a major town on St. Vincent, the largest and most populous modern island in the archipelago.
  • This natural, Caribbean paradise is an idyllic balance of established urban infrastructure and green spaces.
  • The island campus is easily accessed with a range of direct flight options for students and visitors.
  • Student life is a diverse mix of study and fulfilling outdoor activities with beaches, hiking, and diving plus an engaged local community.
+Life in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Located in the Caribbean Islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines are a vibrant, independent nation in the West Indies.
  • Presently the population is over 110,000 people, the lifestyle is pleasant and tropical, and the official language is English.
  • The chain of islands making up the nation are highly regarded for their rich marine life, rainforests, and farmland.
  • Visitors to the country enjoy the beautiful natural environment and it is a hub for sailing enthusiasts.
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