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Hope University School of Medicine, Belize
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A Brief History of Belize by The World Factbook 2006

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Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize (formerly British Honduras) until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992. Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy. Read More

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Hope University School of Medicine

Hope Medical School

Hope University School of Medicine offers a four-year English program, providing an outstanding academic model and a comprehensive training for the practice of medicine. It encompasses two years of Basic Medical Science, pre-clinical teaching, followed by two years of Clinical Clerkship training. The medical school is established upon Christian principles, and it is international in nature. The Basic Medical Science program is offered at the main campus in Belize, Central America and at the sub-campus in Budapest, Hungary. Our Curriculum follows the American Medical Schoolsí educational system and is combined with European medical educational exposure. Our academic programs prepare students to pass USMLE (US Medical Licensure Examination) part I and II, which is required to practice medicine in the United States, and which standard is recognized and accepted all over the world. Clinical Clerkship is available at affiliated hospitals in the United States, England, Belize, Hungary and other European countries.

Hope Medical School Accreditation

  • Hope University School of Medicine is chartered and licensed by the GOVERNMENT of BELIZE, acting through the MINISTRY of EDUCATION, YOUTH and SPORTS.
  • All medical graduates are eligible for medical licensure to practice medicine in Belize upon the approval of the Medical Council and after completing standard licensing requirements.
  • Hope University School of Medicine will be included in the next edition of the listing of WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Hope University School of Medicine is recognized by the EDUCATIONAL COMMISSION for FOREIGN MEDICAL GRADUATES (ECFMG) in the United States, and included in the International Medical Education Directory of ECFMG.
  • Hope Medical School graduates are eligible to write the United States Licensing Medical Examination (USMLE) for licensure. Upon passing the USMLE Part I and II, completion of the English test and passing the Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) exam, graduates are eligible for residency in the United States.
  • Hope Medical School graduates are eligible to write the Medical Council of Canada Evaluation Examination (MCCEE) and the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE). Upon successful completion of the examinations, students may apply for residencies in Canada.
  • Medical students from other countries, after graduation from Hope Medical University and completion of medical licensing requirements, will be eligible for residency and licensure in any country.

Hope Medical School Admissions

American and Canadian applicants required to complete a Bachelorís degree, with a strong science background, from an accredited college or university before matriculation to Hope University School of Medicine. All applicants must complete the specific pre-medical courses for admission. In rare instances, an unusually well qualified applicant will be considered for admission with two or three years of post-secondary education toward a bachelorís degree.

Students from other models of education must produce academic record of minimum two years of college level studies, and they are expected to complete requirements comparable to the North American counterparts. Transcripts will be evaluated by a Credential Evaluation Committee. All documents must be in English or have a certified English translation attached and are originals or certified copies. Unofficial copies of transcripts are accepted for preliminary evaluation but official transcripts must follow prior to matriculation.

The Hope Medical School Admission Committee selects applicants who possess intelligence, integrity, personal and emotional characteristics necessary for them to become effective physicians. The Admission Committee bases its decision on a combination of factors including: - overall undergraduate GPA, overall undergraduate science GPA, overall graduate GPA, pre-medical GPA, letters of recommendations, personal essay, interview, MCAT scores, professional, extracurricular and volunteer experiences.