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Saint Matthews University Medical School

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About St. Matthew's University

Providing quality education focused on the success of our students as well as patient-centered care is the foundation of St. Matthew's University. The Medical School, founded in 1997, has the only hospital-integrated education and research program in the Caribbean. Our students achieve exceptional scholastic and professional success, with recent U.S. licensing examination pass rates on parity with U.S. schools and far above the average of other non-U.S. schools.

St. Matthew's University offers a rolling admissions process with no deadline to apply. However, seats in each class are competitive and early applicants will have the advantage of securing a place in the semester of their choice. Semesters begin in September, January and May. St. Matthew's Medical School's state-of-the-art campus offers wireless internet connectivity, excellent anatomy, histology, microbiology and clinical skills labs along with beautiful classrooms, spacious study areas and student lounges. An inviting and newly renovated residence hall with access to beautiful Seven Mile Beach is just minutes from campus.

With world-wide accreditation and clinical sites in the US and England, St. Matthew's University Medical School has attracted students from a variety of different nationalities creating a healthy make-up of medical students from Europe, particularly the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. A student body with medical students from a variety of different backgrounds complements the cultural mix of lifestyle on Grand Cayman today.

The Clinical Sciences are taught in teaching hospitals throughout the United States, Canada and England making your educational experience truly international. St. Matthew's students stand shoulder-to-shoulder in clinical rotations with students from medical schools in the U.S., Canada and England. St. Matthew's graduates have been very successful in obtaining excellent residency positions in some of the finest and most rewarding facilities in the United States.

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Study Medicine from an International Perspective

With medical schools in the U.S. being forced to turn away highly qualified applicants because of GPA criterias St. Matthew's University School of Medicine has offered a second choice. Today, more than 20% of America's physicians owe their education, and some of their success, to medical education outside the United States. St. Matthew's offers an alternative but not a compromise. We maintain the highest standards to ensure that we prepare the next generation of physicians who are both competent and compassionate.

St. Matthew's University School of Medicine makes rigorous demands on its students. The overall program has been carefully designed to support the greatest career flexibility. Graduates are well prepared for the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), which will qualify them to enter a U.S. residency program. We offer a joint dual-degree program with Davenport University. Graduates of both programs will have earned an M.D. and an M.B.A. St. Matthew's University School of Medicine is a premier physician preparatory training facility. Our students benefit from:

  • Integrated medical curricula
  • Spacious, fully equipped and technologically advanced campus facilities
  • A low student-to-faculty ratio that ensures personal attention
  • United States and United Kingdom clerkship training in clinical sites that are accredited teaching hospitals to include:
    • District of Columbia
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • New York
    • Georgia
    • Maryland
    • Washington
    • London, UK

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St. Matthew's University School of Medicine Admissions

Each candidate is evaluated on the basis of these factors:

  • Academic background
  • Overall grade point average
  • Science grade point average
  • Strength of major/minor
  • Letters of reference
  • Personal statement
  • College activities that demonstrate service to the community.
  • Personal Interview

The committee begins the review of each applicants for the upcoming semester on the 1st and 15th of every month. The committee selects students who exhibit the strongest potential to flourish in a medical school environment and execute the duties of a medical doctor professionally and ethically. If the student's credentials meet the admissions criteria, the candidate will be interviewed in person or by telephone before a final decision is made. Applicants should submit materials early and make sure files are complete. The admissions committee will not review incomplete documentation.

St. Matthews Medical School Curriculum

Basic Sciences

The medical curriculum of St. Matthews University School of Medicine integrates basic and clinical science to give medical students an understanding of the human body in health and disease. This approach enables medical students to use their knowledge not just to treat patients, but to prevent diseases and promote good health.

Sensitivity is as important to patient care as a mastery of clinical skills. We believe patients are cared for not "processed," therefore St. Matthew's University students are taught to incorporate social, cultural and spiritual perspectives in working with patients. A healing partnership with patients grows from mutual respect and understanding. At St. Matthew's University Medical School, we believe that learning to balance analytical skills and people skills is vital to a doctor's success. Throughout the first two years, medical students participate in a series of clinical medicine courses that focus on the art of patient care and preventive medicine.

Patient care in the broadest respect is at the center of every course. Medical students examine the role of medicine in the community and the affect disease has on the family, as well as the individual. Special segments deal with the ethics of the physician-patient relationship and with the ethical dilemmas posed by modern medicine.


Clinical Sciences

At the end of the fourth semester of Basic Sciences, students begin their clinical clerkship rotations. During the fifth semester, students participate in a Clinical Orientation where they receive information on available clerkships. Each student completes a Clinical In-Processing File that includes his or her three preferred training sites. Every effort is made to assign students to the hospital that best suits their qualifications, requirements, and desires.

Core rotations will be taken and completed in a teaching hospital, which is defined as a hospital with a residency-training program accredited by ACGME, or at a St. Matthew's University approved site. Each student is prepared to sit for the appropriate licensing examination required by each hospital in order to begin Core clinical rotations in approved hospital. The St. Matthew's University staff must submit documents to the affiliated hospital for credentialing. This process takes four to six weeks.

Further Information

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Create Date: 04-27-2003
Last Modification: 08-20-2016
St. Matthew's University School of Medicine (SMU), Cayman Islands, Caribbean