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Last updated 02-09-2010

International American University, College of Medicine

Saint Lucia

General information

Main address

Beanfield, Vieux Fort, St Lucia

Phone +1 758 454 3424
Fax +1 758 454 3425
E-mail mnair (at) iau.edu.lc
WWW http://www.iau.edu.lc/

Visitor address

Same as main address

Former names:

  • None

Year founded: 2003
Year instruction started: 2004

Private institution?

Main teaching language: English
Other languages of instruction: -

Title of qualifications awarded: Doctor of Medicine
Abbreviation: MD

Years required to graduate: 4 years

Foreign/overseas and national students are admitted

Tuition fees: All students pay tuition fee

Legal status and affiliations

The medical school is:

  • a private institution ?
  • the owner is located in another country

Ethnic or religious affiliation

  • It does not have non-academic affiliations

Institutional partnership

The medical school has a partner or subordinate educational institutions affiliated to it:

  • a contracted partner

Partner or subordinate educational institutions are located in:

  • another country

The medical school or faculty does not offer specialised programmes in medicine in addition to the programme leading to a basic medical qualification.

The school is academically linked with training programmes in other major health-care disciplines

  • dentistry
  • midwifery
  • nursing
  • physiotherapy
  • other disciplines

Admission

Admission office

Address:

5999, Summerside Dr, Suite 220, Dallas, Texas 75252, USA

Phone +1 972 484 9700
Fax +1 972 484 9970
E-mail admissions (at) iau.edu.lc
WWW http://www.iau.edu.lc/

Visitor address:

Not specified

Title/position of the person responsible for administration of admission process:

Director of Admissions

Admission requirements

The school applies elements of both national and local requirements

Students are mainly admitted after completion of an undergraduate degree

The school does not use the results of a national entrance examination. It does not use its own entrance examination.

An interview is required as part of the admission process

The school:

  • admits both female and male students
  • admits foreign/overseas students and national students.
  • does not have an affirmative action programme to support the admission of underrepresented groups, or any other form of programme to support the admission of minority groups
  • offers a pre-medical course ?

Other qualifications than the standard admission requirements accepted:

  • none

Tuition fees: All students pay tuition fee

Foreign/overseas students are eligible to practise in the country after qualification.

Medical programme

Title(s) of the qualification awarded on graduation

In English: Doctor of Medicine
Common abbreviation: MD

Structure

Number of years of study required in order to graduate from the programme in basic medical education: 4 years

Actual average number of years of study for students to complete the programme: 4 years

Percentage of admitted students expected to complete the programme: 81 - 90 per cent

The programme in basic medical education last revised: 2009

The programme is:

  • divided into two parts - an early pre-clinical phase with no or limited clinical experience, and a following clinical phase
  • partly integrated (50 - 74 per cent integrated) ?
  • both a community-based and a family medicine programme (25 - 49 per cent of curriculum)
  • case-based (25 - 49 per cent of curriculum used for student-activating learning and teaching methods)

Clinical training requirements

- including both theoretical instruction and practical experience

Number of years of the programme which include clinical training: 2.4
Number of weeks of clinical training in the programme: 76
Clinical training is 50 - 74 per cent of the full programme

Number of years of the programme which include time with real patients: 2.4
Number of weeks of the programme which include time with real patients: 76
Time with patients is 50 - 74 per cent of the full programme

Students must satisfy the following requirements for clinical training to be licensed to practise as a medical doctor:

  • national requirements concerning clinical training
  • the requirements of the medical school's programme in basic medical education

Total number of final student assessments/examinations in each year of the programme:

Number of assessments year 1: 4
Number of assessments year 2: 5
Number of assessments year 3: 5
Number of assessments year 4: 8

Delivery of the programme in other countries

Arrangements to deliver part of the programme by an institution or institutions in other countries

  • mandatory for a substantial component of the programme

The medical school offers its programme in any other country

  • at a satellite campus

Timing and the academic year

Academic year, average number of weeks: 39

Instruction in year 1 of the programme starts in: Not specified
Instruction in the following years starts in a different month

Total number of scheduled hours of instruction (contact hours) for a student in each year of the programme:

Number of hours year 1: 880
Number of hours year 2: 880
Number of hours year 3: 1500
Number of hours year 4: 1300

Notes:

The basic science is 40% case based, 50% lecture based & 10% community based. The clinical Science program is 75% student centered and 25% seminar based. Progressing to clinical sciences from basic science require succesfull completion of National Board Examination Part I. Graduation requires succesful completion of National Board Examiination Part II.

Numbers of staff and students

Teaching staff

Total number of academic staff employed by the medical school and involved in the teaching process:

Number of full-time staff: Not specified
Number of part-time staff: Not specified

(Figures does not include the hospital and community based clinicians who contribute to the medical programme by supervision of clinical training.)

Students

Number of full-time students admitted to the first year of the medical programme:

None specified

Number of part-time students admitted to the first year of the medical programme:

None specified

Total number of students in all years of the medical programme (medical student population):

None specified

Number of graduates from the medical programme:

None specified

Teaching facilities and student services

Teaching facilities available for the medical programme:

  • group rooms, typically 5 - 12 places
  • classrooms, typically 20 - 40 places
  • small auditoriums, up to 100 places
  • large auditoriums, more than 100 places
  • dissection rooms
  • anatomical collections/museums
  • teaching laboratories
  • clinical skills laboratories
  • other facilities

Access to hospitals or other clinical facilities for clinical training:

  • a hospital/hospitals owned or otherwise affiliated with the medical school
  • other clinical facilities, community clinics, etc. owned by or otherwise affiliated with the medical school

Computer system or network

Available

75 - 99 per cent of staff have access to the internet for academic use
100 per cent (all) of students have access to the internet for academic use
100 per cent (all) of total student population can access computers concurrently

Library services

Available

Student support and participation

Medical school/university student services and support:

  • academic counselling
  • personal, economic and social counselling
  • health services
  • student housing
  • student catering
  • sports facilities
  • other services or support

Any student organisation at the medical school:

Yes?

Student participate in:

  • council of the medical school or faculty
  • a curriculum committee
  • carrying out course evaluations
  • carrying out programme evaluations
  • other committees, etc.

Recognition, accreditation and quality assurance

The medical school and its programme in medical education are subject to accreditation or a similar process of official recognition.

Authority, agency or agencies responsible for recognition/accredition:

Minister for Health Wellness, Family Affairs, National Mobilisation, Human Services and Gender Relations
2nd FL, Sir Stanislaus James Bldg, Castries, St Lucia''

E-mail ps (at) health.gov.lc
WWW http://www.stlucia.gov.lc/agencies/ministry_of_health.htm

Last recognition/accreditation of the school took place in: 2009

Recognition/accreditation valid until: Not specified

Duration of the recognition/accreditation of the school: Not specified

External evaluation, other than as part of an accreditation process, by:

  • no

Major changes in the curriculum must be approved by: ?

  • the ministry responsible for health services
  • other authority

Internal quality improvement and quality assurance mechanisms applied within the medical school ?

  • course evaluation by students
  • self-study/self-evaluation of programme
  • monitoring of student progress
  • staff development courses
  • use of external examiners
  • other mechanisms

Frequency of internal quality improvement/quality assurance mechanisms:

most applied every semester