Budget 2022-23: PM Roosevelt Skerrit announces new medical school for Dominica

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance- Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, in his 2022/23 Budget presentation, announced that a new Medical School would be replacing Ross University in Portsmouth on July 26, 2022.

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Roseau, Dominica: Prime Minister and Minister of Finance- Dr Roosevelt Skerritin his 2022/23 Budget presentation, announced that a new Medical School would be replacing Ross University in Portsmouth on July 26, 2022. 

Prime Minister Skerrit announced that the government had received several expressions of interest in establishing a medical school at the facility. After several months of negotiations, the government has entered into an agreement with CSOM Holdings Limited for the operation of a medical school at the former Ross University Campus at Picard. It will be named the American Canadian School of Medicine. 

The American Canadian School of Medicine will be completed by September 2023.

He also announced delivering the EC $1.3 billion (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) budget to Parliament while adding that since the departure of Ross University, the government has received several expressions of interest in establishing a medical school in the North of the island.

Outlining the entire criteria of the study programme, Prime Minister Skerrit added that the school would offer a 4-year medical degree (MD) designed for students who have already completed bachelor’s degrees and will be run by an experienced team comprising doctors who have held positions at major universities in the United States including a former Vice President of Operations of the Ross University School of Medicine. Most of the students are expected to come from Canada, the United States of America, and the Caribbean. Initial preparations for a September 2023 commencement have started and will accelerate over the next few months.

He urged all Dominicans and noted,” I urge all Dominicans to be prepared for the opportunities which will be created with the return of a medical school to Portsmouth. We are optimistic about the potential of this new school and its positive impact on Dominica and on the people in the North in particular.”

Hurricane Maria caused massive devastation in Dominica and so with the Portsmouth area. Due to this announcement of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, the area will witness huge growth and medical tourism. People from across the globe will join the programme to get a degree in the medical field. Moreover, it will also uplift the area and strengthen education in the country.