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    ACCM accreditation

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    Is MUA now ACCM accredited? I read on ACCM's website they have accreditation. Welcome to ACCM - The Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine Are they now looking to get the Federal Loans? I believe the pass rate requirement for foreign medical schools is 75% in order to get the loan. Does MUA have this yet?

    Accredited Medical Colleges The following medical colleges have been accredited by ACCM, subject to their continuing compliance with the Elements of Accreditation:
    Cayman Islands, West Indies: St Matthews University School of Medicine - 6 years to June 30, 2013
    Island Territory of Saba, Netherlands Antilles: Saba University School of Medicine - 6 years to September 30, 2015
    Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles: American University of the Caribbean - 6 years to December 31, 2015
    Nevis Island, West Indies: Medical University of the Americas - 6 years to May 31, 2016

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksonhole View Post
    Is MUA now ACCM accredited? I read on ACCM's website they have accreditation. Welcome to ACCM - The Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine Are they now looking to get the Federal Loans? I believe the pass rate requirement for foreign medical schools is 75% in order to get the loan. Does MUA have this yet?

    Accredited Medical Colleges The following medical colleges have been accredited by ACCM, subject to their continuing compliance with the Elements of Accreditation:
    Cayman Islands, West Indies: St Matthews University School of Medicine - 6 years to June 30, 2013
    Island Territory of Saba, Netherlands Antilles: Saba University School of Medicine - 6 years to September 30, 2015
    Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles: American University of the Caribbean - 6 years to December 31, 2015
    Nevis Island, West Indies: Medical University of the Americas - 6 years to May 31, 2016
    Well, thats good news. We must have finally received full accreditation. We had rotations in Ireland for a long time, but this is more than Irish accreditation/recognition. ACCM is recognized by the NCFMEA National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) to have similar standards as the LCME (US medical colleges). When I was in basics in 2007, they came down and inspected us. After that they were going to inspect our clinical program and I was told it takes a few years....guess we passed. Now the thing is, if I remember correctly if the NCFMEA of the US Dept of Education approves our curriculum then when can receive/qualify to apply for federal funds. And seeing that the new laws stated that a school had to have at least one state approval by 2008/9?? (NY in our case) they would qualify to apply. This is where new schools fail to qualify as I understand it; as of now it opens the door to only a handful of carib schools to apply for fed loans.

    AUC, Saba, MUA and SMU (passing rates?) are ACCM accredited. AUA was NY approved before 2008/9 so they might qualify (depends on passing rates). Obv. AUC, SGU and ROSS already have approval for fed loans. You are right though the crux is passing rates above 75%. I believe our pass rate (1st time) is above 80% (prob around 90%), but this needs official corroboration of course, our website does say 90%+ ....ya I know ...grain of salt.


    Fantastic news for us anyhow!
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    The new requirement for the MCAT seems to be following the same line to get Federal Loans and state approval. The MCAT is a pain in the ****, but it benefits each student in the end. Everyone pays a huge amount in tuition, these requirements are what you pay your school to work on to become a better school. At least this admin is doing something to prepare for the future. Most schools in the Caribbean are not in it for their students in the long term, only for short term profits.

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    Does ACCM accred mean that MUA is on track for receiving federal loans such as title IV? Saba has been on the list for some time but they still cannot receive federal loans... what does that mean? Also what is the different between being approved by the ACCM and being approved by the US dept of Education? Do you need both to get federal loans?

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    MUA needs an accrediting body that is similar to LCME for Federal Loans and state approval. The NCFMEA regards ACCM is such an organization. Federal Loans will allow MUA/St. Matthews/SABA, all owned by the same organization, to out compete other schools and provide the necessary funding to survive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksonhole View Post
    MUA needs an accrediting body that is similar to LCME for Federal Loans and state approval. The NCFMEA regards ACCM is such an organization. Federal Loans will allow MUA/St. Matthews/SABA, all owned by the same organization, to out compete other schools and provide the necessary funding to survive.
    Out of boredom and sheer determination not to do another block of UW for CK, I decided to look into SABA not getting loans earlier. Apparently the previous President of SABA never finished a formal application to obtain fed loans. I will try to find the document online again and post a link to it. I found it listed with the World Association Medical Schools in Europe. With the new owners and the stakes at hand for funding I can see SABA/MUA moving forward with this issue proactively. Not that the upper classmen getting ready to graduate will benefit, but at least we get some kudos down the line having graduated from MUA. All you new folks should be very happy indeed. In the meantime all we can do is keep matching in residency to help lay the road forward.
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    MUA's ACCM accreditation is valid until 2016.

    I am currently in Med 3 now and California is visiting our site by November. The last class 2 years have been good for 1st time pass rates. 86%!

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    Mua applied for California approval 3/24/2012.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksonhole View Post
    Is MUA now ACCM accredited? I read on ACCM's website they have accreditation. Welcome to ACCM - The Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine Are they now looking to get the Federal Loans? I believe the pass rate requirement for foreign medical schools is 75% in order to get the loan. Does MUA have this yet?

    Accredited Medical Colleges The following medical colleges have been accredited by ACCM, subject to their continuing compliance with the Elements of Accreditation:
    Cayman Islands, West Indies: St Matthews University School of Medicine - 6 years to June 30, 2013
    Island Territory of Saba, Netherlands Antilles: Saba University School of Medicine - 6 years to September 30, 2015
    Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles: American University of the Caribbean - 6 years to December 31, 2015
    Nevis Island, West Indies: Medical University of the Americas - 6 years to May 31, 2016

    On track to get Title IV loans. MUA has recently received "comparability" determination from NCFMEA. Here is the post from MUA's website: Medical University of the Americas - News & Events
    April 10, 2012

    The National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) met in Washington, D.C. to evaluate the report submitted by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM) on behalf of Nevis regarding its medical education accreditation activities. The purpose of the NCFMEA’s review was to determine the comparability of Nevis’ medical accreditation system for Doctor of Medicine programs to the systems used to accredit such programs in the United States (U.S.). Under U.S. law, accredited schools in a jurisdiction that the NCFMEA finds comparable may apply to participate in the U.S. William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) program.
    The NCFMEA reviewed and accepted the report submitted by the ACCM on behalf of Nevis regarding the ACCM’s medical accreditation activities in Nevis and issued a determination of comparability. Nevis will subsequently be posted on the U.S. Department of Education’s list of comparable jurisdictions.

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