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Doctor of Medicine Degree

As a South African student wishing to enter the Doctor of Medicine degree program at SGU, there are a variety of options available to you depending on your professional ambitions and academic background.

St. George's University Academic Structure

SGU offers a 4-, 5-, 6-, and 7-year Doctor of Medicine degree program. The length of the program for each student is determined by their academic background. Below you will find a diagram of our academic structure for each level of our MD program and the entry requirements for each program.

Medical Academic Structure

Five-Year Medicine Program

Students from South Africa with strong passes at secondary school level will typically enter the five-year Doctor of Medicine degree program.

Four-Year Medicine Program

The four-year Doctor of Medicine degree program requires a Bachelor of Science as entry and students spend the first two years on the SGU campus studying the Basic Medical Sciences. In the final two years, they complete their clinical training in one of our affiliated university campuses around the world.


Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program

The Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program (KBTGSP) provides students accepted to St. George’s University School of Medicine with the opportunity to spend their first year of Basic Sciences at Northumbria University in Newcastle, England, followed by study in Grenada and clinical rotations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Grenada. Students can broaden their understanding of the differing cultures and intellectual lifestyles of the host countries, while also obtaining unparalleled insight into cross-cultural medical practices. As local communities become increasingly global, the experiences gained with international study can be instrumental in securing top residencies and in serving an increasing diverse patient population at even the most remote and local clinics and hospitals. With unique cultural and practical insights into health care delivery, the KBTGSP provides opportunities to explore the complexities of social justice and poverty from a global health prospective.

One World, One Health, One Medicine

Through our many global affiliations, medical selectives are available in the Czech Republic, Thailand, India, Honduras, Kenya, and Sweden and public health practicals are offered at 150 locations in 46 countries throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, and North and South America. Students learn to incorporate cultural aspects and interdisciplinary approaches to health care problem solving, improving their ability to effectively practice medicine.

Dual Degree Program

In addition, we offer dual degree programs providing students with the opportunity to study public health or to pursue an MSc in research with specialisms including anatomy, bioethics, immunology, microbiology, physiology/neuroscience, and tropical medicine. This is an ideal opportunity for medical students with the desire to become involved with original, thesis-oriented research and provides them with additional credentials when seeking careers in specific areas of advanced medical research. 

For those students interested in medical leadership in public health, business, or research we also offer dual degree programs. St. George’s unique dual degree programs provide students with an opportunity to stand apart from the crowd, preparing them to become medical leaders and take on roles in private practice, business, government, international, and research organizations. Physicians graduating with a dual degree in business or public health have the ability to view problems from an alternate perspective, drawing upon their medical training to come up with real solutions to pressing public health problems and to better managing the business side of health care.

Dual degree program


CEPH accredited public health program

A dual MD/MPH degree is available through the University’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine’s CEPH-accredited Master of Public Health program. Providing a solid foundation for future leaders in the vital area of public health, graduates are prepared to take on senior roles in government, international relations, and research. Students in the dual degree programme learn the principles of public health and develop the skills to apply these principles to real-life problems in communities of all sizes.


Master of Science

The MD/MSc dual degree program is designed for medical students with a desire to become involved with original, thesis-oriented research and provides students with additional credentials when seeking careers in specific areas of advanced medical research. Dual MD/MSc degrees are offered in the School of Medicine in the following concentrations:

Biomedical Research
Tropical Medicine

Graduate Success

  • SGU is the #1 international provider of physicians practicing in the US—more than any other non-US medical school in the world.**
  • In 2016, SGU placed over 880 graduates into US and Canadian residencies.
  • SGU students - from 45 countries - had a 96% first-time pass rate on the USMLE Step 1 in 2015


The Doctor of Medicine program at St. George’s University has been accredited and/or approved by many external bodies. Among these is the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and the Health Professions - CAAM-HP. CAAM-HP is recognized by the General Medical Council (GMC) of the UK and by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), one of three recognized in the world at current time. After 2023, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) will issue ECFMG certification only for degrees obtained from a medical school with an accreditation recognized by the WFME.

Affiliated Hospitals

Clinical Centers

New York

The Brooklyn Hospital Center
Coney Island Hospital
Elmhurst Hospital Center
Flushing Hospital And Medical Center
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center
Kings County Hospital Center
Lincoln Medical And Mental Health Center
Lutheran Medical Center
New York Methodist Hospital
Richmond University Medical Center
Queens Hospital Center
Woodhull Medical And Mental Health Center

New Jersey

Atlantic Health System
Overlook Hospital
Morristown Medical Center
Hackensack University Medical Center
Jersey City Medical Center
Saint Barnabas Health Care System
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Monmouth Medical Center
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center


St. John Hospital And Medical Center


Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
San Joaquin General Hospital


Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center


Larkin Community Hospital


Dekalb Regional Health System

Major Affiliated Hospitals

New York

Manhattan Psychiatric Center
Metropolitan Hospital Center
Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital
Montefiore New Rochelle

New Jersey

Atlanticare Regional Medical Center
Bergen Regional Medical Center
St. Michael’s Medical Center


Alemeda County Medical Center (Highland Campus)


Holy Cross Hospital
Spring Grove Hospital Center


Miami Children’s Hospital
Center For Haitian Studies


St. Mary’s Hospital


The Jewish Hospital


Mercy Health System

Limited Affiliated Hospitals

New York

Southside Hospital

New Jersey

JFK Medical Center
Mountainside Hospital


doctors’ Hospital Of Michigan
Providence Hospital

Washington, Dc

Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital


Cleveland Clinic - Florida
University Of Florida


Norwegian American Hospital

Core Hospitals

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital & Norfolk & Suffolk Nhs Foundation Trust
North Hampshire Hospital (Including Psychiatry)
North Middlesex University Hospital & St Ann’s Hospital, London
Poole Hospital Nhs Foundation Trust & St Ann’s Hospital, Poole
Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital & Kent & Medway Nhs & Scp Trust
Royal Hampshire County Hospital
Russells Hall Hospital (Including Psychiatry)
Watford General Hospital (Including Psychiatry)
William Harvey Hospital & Kent & Medway Nhs & Scp Trust

Clinical Training Centres

Greater London

North Middlesex University Hospital
St. Ann’s Hospital, London
Stoke Mandeville Hospital
Watford General Hospital

East Anglia

Ipswich Hospital
Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
Norfolk & Suffolk Nhs Foundation Trust

South East

Kent & Canterbury Hospital
Kent & Medway Nhs & Scpt
Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital
William Harvey Hospital
West Midlands
Russells Hall Hospital


Poole Hospital Nhs Foundation Trust
Royal Hampshire County Hospital
St. Ann’s Hospital, Poole

Limited Affiliated Hospital

Vancouver General Hospital – Department Of Psychiatry And Vancouver Community Mental Health Services

Major Affiliated

University Of Saskatchewan

Full Accreditations and Approvals

Full Medical program information including courses, clinical centre & university list, available selectives and faculty is available on www.sgu.edu

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Call us on +1-631-655-8500 ext. 1380 and you can speak to SGU students or graduates to find out what it is really like to study with us. We also have admission advisors who can talk you through all your options, or point you towards further advice and assistance, and to help you decide on the best route for you. Call Now!

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