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Information for Parents About St. James Medical School

ACCELERATE YOUR CHILD’S FUTURE

We understand that helping your child choose the right medical school can be stressful. Attending medical school represents a significant investment of time, energy and money and naturally you want to help your child choose a good medical school that is right for them.

Here are some of the common concerns we discuss with parents of prospective students:

Q: If I send my son or daughter to a medical school in the Caribbean, will they get a job?

Saint James School of Medicine has an over 80% residency match rate, which means that over 80% of our graduates are currently working in U.S. and Canadian hospitals.

Today almost one in four doctors in the U.S. is a graduate of a foreign medical school.*

There has been no significant increase in the intake of U.S. medical schools in decades, while the number of qualified candidates increases every year.

As a top Caribbean medical school with accreditation and recognitions, Saint James School of Medicine’s top quality MD program offers an affordable alternative to the high fees of American medical schools.

Q: Are the islands safe?

Both Anguilla and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have a very low crime rate. There are multiple local police stations your son or daughter can contact in case of an emergency, and the islands and the School both have supportive communities that look out for each other. If your child takes common sense safety precautions, just as they would at home, they should be safe.

Q: Where is my son or daughter going to eat?

There are grocery stores, restaurants and fast food restaurants on the islands. The local markets are the best way to sample fresh local produce and traditional dishes.

Q: Who are they going to live with?

Good accommodations are readily available on both islands. Students have the option of living with a roommate or staying by themselves. Our admissions team can give your child support and advice on finding accommodation as they arrive on the island.

Q: Will my son or daughter be able to speak the local languages?

English is spoken on both Anguilla and St. Vincent and the Grenadines; it is the official language of both countries.

Q: Are the local people friendly?

The local communities are helpful, welcoming and respectful to the medical school students.

Q: Should my son or daughter be vaccinated before they start at the medical school?

There are no vaccinations required for either island.

Q: Can you drink the water on the islands?

Yes, the water is drinkable on the islands and there is also bottled water available in stores throughout the islands.

Q: Can I visit my child while they are at medical school in the Caribbean?

You are able to stay in St. Vincent and the Grenadines or Anguilla as a visitor for a period of 90 days. Should you wish to stay longer you may apply for a temporary resident permit.

Q: Can I attend orientation with my son or daughter?

We would love all parents to attend orientation. It is good to meet our students’ families and it can give parents peace of mind to see where their child will be studying.

Q: Where will my son or daughter go in case of a medical emergency?

There are hospitals on both islands and pharmacies where students can obtain prescription medication.

Q: How can I send my son or daughter money?

St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Anguilla both accept U.S. currencies. There are ATMs and banks throughout the islands and major credit cards are accepted.


*Source: Heath Affairs, Health Department State Report, Amy Hagopian, Matthew J. Thompson, Emily Kaltenbach and L. Gary Hart.