Friday 25 September, 2020

UWI Cave Hill seeks to export medical programme

The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus, says it is partnering with a leading United States university to deliver cutting edge academic programmes that will significantly increase Cave Hill’s attractiveness to international students, particularly US students seeking to pursue medical studies.

In a press release, The UWI divulged that representatives from The UWI Cave Hill and the University of Miami held wide-ranging discussions recently and cemented an arrangement for US students enrolled in Cave Hill’s medical programmes to pursue some electives and their medical internship at UM.

The UM Miller School of Medicine is an international institute with a 600-bed hospital that offers state-of-the-art revolutionary care and often specialises in complex medical care and surgical cases.

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Cave Hill Professor Eudine Barriteau signed a memorandum of understanding with President of UM Professor Julio Frenk, when she visited Florida last month at President Frenk’s invitation.The agreement also provides for a mutual grant of scholarships; elective exchanges among medical students; resident observerships; joint mentorship of trainees and the development of joint programmes across common areas of research.

The accreditation of Cave Hill’s medical programme by the region’s regulatory agency, the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP), along with endorsement by the US-based National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), has made Cave Hill a prime attraction for Americans seeking to pursue medicine at a reputable, offshore institution. NCFMEA recognition ensures US citizens eligibility for federal funds to pursue offshore studies.  

Acknowledging the mutual benefits of the Miami accord, Professor Barriteau said: “This MOU is an historic agreement linking the University of Miami with The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus. It enables the two universities to pursue collaborations in medical education and research, sports sciences, entrepreneurial development, literary and language studies, and scientific innovation.

“The signing of the MOU strengthens the campus' internationalization agenda while enhancing the University of Miami's hemispheric thrust. We look forward to welcoming students and faculty from the University of Miami while having our own staff and students experience the excellent research and teaching facilities there.”

Among the Cave Hill officials on hand for the signing were Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Dr. Justin Robinson; acting Deputy Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Education Dr. Korah Belgrave; Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, Dr. Colin Depradine; Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Dr. Peter Adams; then Deputy Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS), Dr. Kenneth Connell, and representatives of the Academy of Sport Amanda Reifer and Rudolph Alleyne.

Professor Barriteau also visited the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas to which she has accepted an invitation from its Director, Dr Felicia Knaul, to serve on its Board as an External Advisory Committee member. 

Cave Hill’s medical faculty representatives attended strategic meetings with program directors and administrators at the UM Miller School of Medicine, International Medicine Institute. They also held meetings with corresponding medical faculty and visited the UM hospital.

They held talks focusing on the development of joint programmes and common research themes, including skin biology & burn pathology, hypertension and salt sensitivity, immunology and cardio vascular disease risk profiling as well clinical posts for the clinical years of the UWI MBBS degree for US citizens. 

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