Roseau, Dominica: Prime Minister of Dominica Dr Roosevelt Skerrit announced that the American Canadian School of Medicine is all set to open its doors in September 2023 as 50 students have enrolled. He said that the enrollment is expected to increase at the start of the spring semester in January 2024.
Speaking during his press conference, PM Roosevelt Skerrit stated that following the departure of Ross University from Picard, the country explored several options for a replacement School. He announced that they eventually signed an agreement with the operators of the American Canadian School of Medicine.
He said, “I’m happy to report that the school is on track to begin operations in September with an enrollment of approximately 50 students and it is expected to increase at the start of the spring semester in January of 2024.”
The government of Dominica is in full preparation mode for the commencement of operations of the American Canadian School of Medicine in September 2023. American Canadian School of medicine’s primary mission is to prepare and educate excellent Physicians with an interest in Primary Care Global Health Systems and a commitment to practice in underserved communities.
The school aims to foster inquiry and collaboration in a unique and diverse learning environment which develops outstanding students. The school is set to begin classes for this fall semester with 50 students, with enrollment expected to increase for the spring semester in January 2024.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has given the government’s commitment to assist the school in achieving its mandate of providing quality education to its students. “On Wednesday, May 3rd last week, I, along with members of the cabinet and senior public officers, met with the representatives of the international agency for accreditation and rating as well as senior members of the school’s administration to discuss areas of collaboration between the government of Dominica and the University.”
During the meeting, PM Roosevelt Skerrit assured the accreditors and the University’s personnel that the government of Dominica extended support for the school’s mission to provide high-quality education to medical students from Dominica and abroad.
PM Skerrit expects this partnership to be mutually beneficial to both parties due to a proposed social partnership agreement. He said that they are seeking to build a strong, mutually beneficial partnership with the school from which the students and people of Dominica can realize long-term benefits. “We intend to enter into a social partnership agreement with the American Canadian School of Medicine which will provide them with access to our medical facilities for teaching. The school in turn, will assist with our efforts to ensure superior delivery of health care and that will include support in the management of hospitals, our population having access to the medical experts and consultants who will be faculty and staff at the medical school.”
He cited that several medical and other professionals will be considered for employment at the school, and if people visit the school’s website at ecsom.edu.dm, a number of job openings have recently been posted.
The school is also expected to assist medical students of Dominica State College who will receive the opportunity to complete their degrees in California. PM Roosevelt Skerrit stated, “We’ll also seek support to develop coursework at the Dominican State College, and Dominican students will be able to access medical studies at the school’s picket campus with the opportunity to complete their clinical rotations in the state of California in the United States of America.”
Highlighting the agreement, PM Roosevelt Skerrit cited that according to the agreement, the school will award full scholarships to Dominican students on a yearly basis. He also recently visited the campus and said that the preparations for the first semester are progressing well. The government is excited about the economic prospects of Portsmouth and enough over the long term, and they’re committed to playing their part to ensure that the new school is a success.