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brusmani
03-08-2011, 10:33 AM
Does anyone know why SMU has been disapproved by the GMC on the United Kingdom???
That's weird,specially because the Cayman islands belong to the UK as a British overseas territories.There's a bunch of British students who graduated from SMU and are working in the UK now.I'm afraid that this school might have to close down in the future if nothing is done.It's the second time SMU is disapproved and They don't seem to care...

JohnI
03-08-2011, 10:58 AM
Does anyone know why SMU has been disapproved by the GMC on the United Kingdom???
That's weird,specially because the Cayman islands belong to the UK as a British overseas territories.There's a bunch of British students who graduated from SMU and are working in the UK now.I'm afraid that this school might have to close down in the future if nothing is done.It's the second time SMU is disapproved and They don't seem to care...

2. Acceptable primary medical qualifications

All international medical graduates must possess an acceptable primary medical qualification to apply for registration with a licence to practise. In addition, international medical graduates will be required to demonstrate their medical knowledge and skills, knowledge of English, and fitness to practise before they are registered with a licence to practise.
The GMC defines an acceptable overseas qualification as one which meets the following criteria:
1. It must be a primary medical qualification in allopathic medicine that has been:


Awarded by an institution listed on the Avicenna Directory (http://avicenna.ku.dk/database/medicine/) for Medicine,

or



Is otherwise acceptable to the GMC,

and



Is currently acceptable to the GMC.

2. Where a qualification is not listed on the Avicenna directory it will be otherwise acceptable to the GMC only where:



The reason that it is not listed is either because the country awarding the qualification is not recognised by the United Nations or the qualification is a primary European qualification, and, in either case,
The qualification satisfies all of the other criteria for an acceptable overseas qualification.

3. If the qualification is listed in the Avicenna directory it must have been awarded by an institution which has a physical address in the country awarding the qualification and that address must be included on the Avicenna directory.

4. It must have been awarded after a programme of study comprising at least 5,500 hours over a minimum period of three years, or four academic years full time equivalent study. For this purpose a programme of study will:


Exclude study at an institution where the student was considered unsuitable to qualify as a doctor and has either been refused graduation or perhaps offered an alternative degree title.
Exclude study at an institution which is not currently, or was not at the time of the student's studies there, acceptable to the GMC.


5. It must not have involved a programme of study where more than 50% of that study (compared to the standard duration of the qualification) has been undertaken outside the country that awarded the qualification.

6. It must not have involved following a programme of study where more than 25% of that study (compared to the standard duration of the qualification calculated using total hours of study) has been undertaken by distance learning. Distance learning will include learning by correspondence, using the internet or online learning methods, self directed learning and any training or learning which is undertaken other than on a face-to-face basis.

7. Where the qualification held by an applicant fails to satisfy any one or more of the above criteria the GMC will refuse that application on the grounds that the applicant does not hold an acceptable overseas qualification.

Please check in this guidance for details of the Avicenna Directory (http://avicenna.ku.dk/database/medicine/) primary medical qualifications that are not accepted by the GMC, and those that are accepted on a case-by-case basis. The GMC may exclude the primary medical qualifications from any school listed in the Avicenna directory at any time.

jfran
03-20-2011, 02:59 AM
Also came across the below taken from Minutes of Meeting 13 July 2010 [gmc-uk.org/2___Minutes_of_the_meeting_held_on_13_July_2010.pd f_35611425. pdf - remove the space before pdf], I think they are particularly concerned about the regulation of the clinicals (24) below, in additional to the subsequent recomendations published above and on the GMC site. Of course there could be other issues as well, since other CaribMed schools have had students registered, however it could be the start of individual assessments of IMGs from CaribMed Schools :(

Jim




Criterion 4 - Meeting September 7th, 2010

22. This criterion currently requires that the qualification must not have been
gained following a course of study undertaken wholly or substantially outside the
country that awarded the primary medical qualification.

23. This criterion is necessary to deal with a small number of students who move
from university to university in order to obtain an acceptable overseas qualification.
In some cases not only may they have spent as little as 12 months studying under
the ambit of the overseas institution but that may not have included any time in the
country awarding the qualification.

24. Currently this approach is particularly prevalent for medical schools based in
the Caribbean where there is a high density of medical schools but insufficient
hospital positions to allow the students to undertake practical training. As a result the
final part of the programme (when students undertake their clinical rotations and/or
electives) will be undertaken entirely outside the country awarding the qualification.
Students accepted into the course at the clinical stage may not spend any time in the
country awarding the qualification. Presently the arrangements to undertake the
clinical component tend to be with hospitals in the US and the UK. We have been
unable to establish the nature of these arrangements and particularly the extent of
supervision that such students receive or what measures the medical schools have
in place to assure the quality of the training received by students whilst overseas.

25. For the purposes of clarity, transparency and consistency we need to specify
the maximum proportion of the programme of study that students can undertake
outside the country awarding the qualification.

kishkash186
03-20-2011, 06:48 AM
There is already a thread about this.Can the moderator do his/her job and close this please.







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