– Dr Max Hanoman
The medical programme at the University of Guyana (UG) has been officially accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM – HP).
Medial Director for the School of Medicine, Dr. Carl Max Hanoman said yesterday that a survey team from CAAM – HP visited UG in 2006 to conduct a survey of its facilities to verify whether it met the 139 standards that were created by CAAM – HP and deemed necessary for the functioning of a medical school.
The standards were created to deal with education resources and staff development among many other areas.
In 2007, the University of the West Indies (UWI) was accredited, while UG had to examine some areas of governance and facilities. This was subsequently done.
In reviewing their submission last month, CAAM – HP accredited the medical programme at UG. This means that within the Caribbean, at the present time, UWI and UG are the two accredited schools.
According to Dr. Hanoman, there are two other accredited schools — St. George’s in Grenada and the Ross University in Dominica.
He added that the difference between the accreditation at UG and Ross University is that UG students do not have to pay for any exams, since there is the free movement of graduates from Guyana to any institute of higher learning.
“That means that they recognize our exams and our procedures that we do here, so our graduates are considered an equal status like UWI in medicine and that is a big process for Guyana because it is not easy to get a majority of 139 standards with the limited resources that we have,” Dr. Hanoman said.
He added that now that the accreditation has been granted, it means that UG needs to be enhanced because the accreditation team will come back in 2012 to see that the standards are maintained.
“This opens a whole new horizon for Guyanese medical students in that even though post graduate programmes are being done at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, students could be sent to UWI for areas which the hospital does not cover.”
Currently, UG is the cheapest medical school in the Caribbean. Dr Hanoman explained that if a Guyanese were to go to Trinidad to study medicine, then he/she will have to pay approximately US$30,000 on a yearly basis in tuition fees while in Guyana, if a student comes from Grenada, Jamaica or St. Lucia, they only pay US$6,200 per year while for local students; it is only US$2,500 per year.
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