Faq

Most Important information for students aspiring to be doctors in USA

Why is Pre-Med Required ?

MD Doctor of Medicine course is a second entry level degree program and is based on American System of Education

It is mandatory to have atleast 90 Credit Hours of COLLEGE LEVEL study to be eligible for the 4 year MD Program

Beware of people who play with the life and career of students and offer direct entry to 4 year MD program with bogus explanations like 12th Standard students get 90 Credit hours of coursework. This is not ‘college level study’ and hence not applicable. We request our students not to get trapped into this cheap enticement by people who make their living on gullible students.

Saving one year’s tuition would mean that your degree is absolutely not valid anywhere in the world. For ex :- You cannot do MCoM without BCoM and neither can you do both simultaneously. There can be an integrated program but it cannot be simultaneous.

Difference between Clinical Rotations and Observership

Clinical Rotations can be categorized into core clerkships and electives. Clerkship and elective rotations for international medical students are part of the medical student’s clinical education curriculum normally undertaken in the 3rd and 4th year of their MD program. This will fall under Hands on category with direct patient interaction, direct patient care and clinical training. This is usually undertaken with the affiliated teaching hospital. Students would also be required to appear for exams after each rotation which would prepare them for their USMLE Step 2 examination.

Note :- All the rotations offered by Spartan Health Science University are in ACGME Approved Teaching hospitals in USA and are Green Book Clinical Rotations. It is a mandatory requirement for licensure by most states in USA that core rotations should be undertaken in ACGME approved Green Book teaching Hospital.

To be eligible for NRMP match program it is imperative that all the rotations are ACGME approved.

What are Green Book Rotations ?

Green book rotation is a rotation done in a hospital that has a ACGME approved Residency in that rotation or branch. For example, if you want to do a medicine core clerkship then it has to be in a hospital where they have a ACGME approved Internal medicine residency program (which tells everyone that this place is a teaching hospital). It also provides a chance to the student to impress the residency director of the hospital where he/she is doing the Clinical Rotation.

What is CAAM HP ?

The Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP)is the legally constituted body established in 2003 under the aegis of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), empowered to determine and prescribe standards and to accredit programmes of medical, dental, veterinary and other health professions education on behalf of the contracting parties in CARICOM. CAAM-HP will serve as the means of providing the assurance of quality that generates confidence in the principal stakeholders, students and the public.

In other words, CAAM HP is to Caribbean Medical Schools what MCI is to Indian Medical Schools.

Degree of any school which is not approved by CAAM HP won’t be considered valid.

CARRICOM countries have signed a pact, an agreement that all Caribbean Medical schools will have to get CAAM HP approval before 2021 in order to stay operational. The process takes 4 years. There are many medical schools that have not even applied for CAAM HP yet.

It is important to note that CAAM HP checks the clinical rotation hospitals of the medical college before giving accreditation. Many Caribbean Medical Schools don’t have ACGME Approved CLinica Rotations in USA; they just offer Cheap Observership; hence they don’t get the CAAM HP approval.

CAAM HP also got international recognition and it is approved by WHO.

The accreditation system used by the CAAM-HP is based on that of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). This system functions with a clear, authoritative mandate, operates independently of governments and institutions, uses preset standards, draws on external reviewers and involves self-evaluation and site visits.

 

CAAM HP Assessed Programs :-

http://www.caam-hp.org/assessedprogrammes.html

CAM HP International Recognition

http://www.caam-hp.org/documents/CAAM-HP%20Int’l%20Recognition.pdf

Most Important information passed on by ECFMG

For students/graduates of a medical school to be eligible to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification, ECFMG must have, among other things, confirmation from the appropriate ministry in the medical school’s host country that:

(1) the medical school is recognized as a medical school by the ministry; and

(2) that graduates from that medical school are eligible to be licensed to practice medicine in the medical school’s host country.

Graduates of Caribbean Medical School are eligible for licensure in the host country only and only if that Medical School is approved by CAAM HP.

If a Caribbean medical school is not currently accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP), students are not eligible for licensure in that country and hence not eligible for ECFMG certification.

Students from such medical schools are NOT eligible to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification or to register for USMLE examination as a step towards ECFMG Certification.