Medical School in Grenada seeks to expand

vlcsnap-2013-04-19-20h13m09s34In this latest installment of our series on international medical schools, we give you an example of what such an institution can do for its local government. St. George’s University, the Caribbean’s first private medical school, was established in Grenada in 1976 by an act of its parliament and in its history has produced over 10,000 physicians to work in the U.S., Canada and around the world. The college’s work is recognized by authorities in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean and offers degrees in general medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, and unrelated degrees in arts and sciences and graduate studies and nursing. On its website the school claims that in the past three years it has put vlcsnap-2013-04-19-20h12m58s201more of its doctors into first-year U.S. residency positions than any other medical school in the world. Grenadians only pay half as much as international students to get into the school’s programs and the school maintains an extensive scholarship program. SGU was the focus of the U.S. Government’s invasion of Grenada in 1983 in response to a coup that toppled the revolutionary government of Maurice Bishop over concerns for students’ safety. Recent reports were that the school was up for sale but its chancellor told Grenadian media that the school is simply looking for a partner for expansion.

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