Pros and cons of medical schools in Belize – Part 2

Yesterday we began a special series having to do with international medical vlcsnap-2013-04-15-22h29m38s51colleges in Belize. We highlighted the work of the Central American Health Sciences University (CAHSU) in reaching doctoral candidates in countries far afield to achieve professional status. Another such college is the American Global University School of Medicine (AGUSM), which got its start right here in Belmopan at the old Climate Change office on the Ring Road before moving to the old Immigration Building off Mountain View Road. agu-web-logoIt received its charter in 2007 but in nearly six years of operation it has moved to three different locations – twice in Belmopan, then to San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye and finally to its current location on the Airport Road in Ladyville. A check of its website found the usual promises of an affordable, quality education for pennies on the dollar, but PLUS News has received documentation that tells of past students and prospective students’ complaints suggesting that the schools’ administrators, President Dr. Malik Soudah and Peggy Allen, may not have been forthright about the school’s capacity and issues. The Ministry of Education has, at last report, launched an investigation wuhs-logo3into why it was not officially told that the school would be moving from Belmopan to San Pedro and then Ladyville, all within the last few months. We understand that AGUSM’s owners have also received a charter to operate on San Pedro with a different name – Washington University of Health Sciences (WUHS). The schools share nearly the same address on the island and similar personnel. We contacted AGUSM’s Ladyville office today and were told to send an email to Peggy Allen in the U.S. for more information. Tomorrow we continue looking at the issue and find out what the local authorities are doing about it.

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