St. George’s University and Niagara Christian Community of Schools in Canada Announce Joint Partnership

University to offer Dual Degree BSc/MD Program for Premed Students

St. George’s University has joined with Niagara Christian Community of Schools (NCC), Fort Erie Ontario, Canada, to offer students an opportunity to obtain a BS/MD degree.  Through the partnership, qualified students are able to pursue a career in medicine at St. George’s University following successful completion of secondary education requirements at NCC.

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“This is our first affiliation with a secondary institution in Canada and we are pleased to be able to offer Canadian students another pathway to an MD degree at St. George’s,” said Charles Modica, Chancellor of St. George’s University.  “We have more than 600 Canadian students currently enrolled and we look forward to welcoming students from NCC to our campus.”

Applicants admitted to this dual degree program complete their studies at NCC before proceeding to the seven year premedicine/medicine degree program track at St. George’s University.  Upon successful completion of the first year of the MD program at SGU, qualified student will have fulfilled the requirements for a BSc degree from St. George’s University and will then be eligible to complete the remaining three years of study at SGU leading to the MD degree.

“This partnership is a testament to the value both institutions place on helping students achieve their full potential,” said Scott Herron, President of NCC.  “For over 83 years NCC has been preparing students from the Niagara Region and around the world for post secondary success.  This agreement is yet another way we look beyond our students immediate educational needs and lay a strong foundation for their future career aspirations.”

In addition to the NCC partnership, St. George’s maintains partnerships in the United States and United Kingdom with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)/Albert Dorman Honors College St. Michael’s Medical CenterCaldwell UniversityFranklin Pierce UniversitySt. Thomas UniversityUniversity of the SciencesMonmouth University, Widener UniversityNorthumbria UniversityAbbey DLD Group of Colleges, and University of the West of England. The University has similar partnerships with schools in Bermuda, Grenada, Hong Kong, Guyana, and Uganda.

About St. George’s University
St. George’s University is a center of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the island of Grenada, in the West Indies, to its programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, science, and business. St. George’s is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. The University’s over 13,000 graduates include physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals across the world. The University programs are accredited and approved by many governing authorities and repeatedly recognized as the best in the region.

About Niagara Christian Community of Schools
Niagara Christian Community of Schools (NCC) was established in 1932 and is situated on the shores of the Niagara River in Fort Erie Ontario, Canada.  NCC is an international community of schools established to educate students with excellence in a family-like environment, equipping them to live the Christian lifestyle, and empowering them to make a difference in the world.  NCC offers full dormitory boarding and home stay options during the academic school year, summer programs and camps, as well as traditional day-student programs for middle and secondary school (grades 6-12). Since 1969, NCC has been blessed to have an international component to its enrollment and currently hosts students from 18 countries. This leads to an incredible diversity achieved on few secondary school campuses, and priceless opportunities for our students to understand cultures from all over the world.

New School of Veterinary Medicine Class Joins SGU Family


The Fall 2014 School of Veterinary Medicine class took its first steps in its educational journey at the St. George’s University White Coat Ceremony, donning freshly minted white coats, symbols of professionalism and high standards, and collectively reciting the Oath of Professional Commitment.

“St. George’s University will offer you more than a top-notch veterinary medical education,” said Dr. Charles R. Modica, Chancellor of St. George’s University. “You will meet people from all over the world and form lifelong friendships and professional bonds. You will become a family, and your experiences here will leave you with a greater respect and understanding of the people of the world.”

news svm fall acc 2014 2Master of Ceremonies Christina Fernandez, MD SGU ’07, recalled her educational journey — from her own White Coat Ceremony at St. George’s University to becoming the director of the University’s Small Animal Clinic.

“St. George’s School of Veterinary Medicine continues to provide cutting-edge veterinary knowledge and technology while expanding its curriculum and adding new state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms,” she said.

The entering class also had the honor of hearing from Dr. Raymond Sis, Dean Emeritus and Immediate Past Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, as its keynote speaker. He shared with the students the ingredients necessary for a successful veterinary career: veterinary medical knowledge, technical skills, and life skills, including leadership and communication.

“Start challenging yourself to be the best doctor you can be,” he said. “Be sure to look beyond the traditional careers. The future of veterinary medicine is bright and your future is unlimited.”

For the second straight term, the White Coat Ceremony coincided with Beyond Spice Family Weekend at SGU. Students and their families were able to attend a weekend full of activities throughout campus and the island prior to the momentous White Coat Ceremony. In addition, the University’s Veterinary Surgical Laboratory was renamed Ray and Jan Sis Hall during a ceremony held outside the newly named building, which honored the Sis family’s leadership and vision during Dr. Sis’s 13-year tenure.

New KBTGSP Class Receives Global Perspective

A brand new class of prospective doctors officially began their medical education as part of St. George’s University’s Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program (KBTGSP) in Newcastle, UK on August 15. The incoming students in the UK, who represent 12 countries, took their Oaths of Professional Conduct and donned white coats, symbolic of the professionalism and high standards of their calling, at the White Coat Ceremony held at Domain Hall on the campus of Northumbria University.

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The evening’s keynote speaker, Dr. Gerard Corcoran, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute, Liverpool, gave a brilliant address in which he urged the students to be a part of achieving universal health care. “Universal healthcare is far from being achieved, but you have a chance to affect this.  Patient focused care is compassionate care, and how we care for our dying is a monitor of the quality of our health service and our society,” he said. “The relationship between a patient and a doctor is both strong and fragile. Become good listeners and good explainers.”

Dr. Yon Chong, SGUSOM MPH’11, the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, encouraged the students to take full advantage of the global experiences SGU offers. She shared about her own journey of medical education in which she embraced every global opportunity open to her, including a practicum in Tanzania, selectives in Honduras and trips to Copenhagen, Montreal and Jakarta with the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA).

Guest of Honor at the ceremony, Baroness Howells of St. David’s, OBE, President of the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) and the only Grenadian in the House of Lords, also greeted the students. She exhorted them to “play a little and work very hard,” encouraging them to enjoy their host countries while making their home countries proud.

The Global Scholars are part of SGU School of Medicine’s incoming class for Fall 2014 who together represent 41 countries; they will study in the UK for one year before joining their classmates in Grenada for the completion of the basic sciences curriculum.

SGU Alumna Offering Pet Emergency Services

WWSB ABC 7 in Tampa caught up with Lesleigh Redavid, DVM SGU ’08, who weighed in on how to transport your pet to the vet in the event of an emergency.

The End of a Chapter, The Beginning of a Journey

St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine Graduates Class of 2014

St. George’s University conferred Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees to 119 graduates at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on Friday, June 13.  The 2014 class represents nine countries who join over 13,000 St. George’s University graduates in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, and other professions and disciplines who have worked in over 50 countries around the world

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“Through your work in Grenada and in your own communities, you have demonstrated your understanding of the value of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, empathy and service,” said Dr. Charles R. Modica, Chancellor of St. George’s University. “Now we challenge you to live these values in your practice of veterinary medicine.”

“Always remember that your success carries with it the responsibility for ensuring the health and welfare of your patients,” urged Dr. Timothy Ogilvie, Dean of SVM. “I charge you to dispatch this duty with the utmost reliability and kindness.”

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In a special feature during the ceremony, St. George’s University’s highest honor,  the Distinguished  Service Award, was bestowed on Dr. Jay Humburg, former  professor in Large Animal Surgery in recognition of his outstanding contribution  to  the  University. Dr. Humburg joined SVM shortly after its charter  in  1999  and  has  been highly instrumental in the development of Large Animal Surgery over the years.

SGU Faculty to Present Symposium on Climate Change at 12th World Congress of Bioethics

news macpherson cherylLed by Dr. Cheryl CoxMacpherson, Chair of the Department of Bioethics, St. George’s University (SGU) will present a symposium on climate change at the 12th World Congress of Bioethics, slated for June 25-28, 2014 in Mexico City. This year’s Congress, themed ‘Bioethics in a Globalized World: Science, Society and Individual’,will engage bioethicists from diverse backgrounds and professions, and feature lectures from leading bioethicists and experts from related fields, poster and symposia presentations, satellite meetings, and other activities.

The St. George’s University team, which also includes Sean Philpott, an Adjunct Professor in bioethics at SGU who is based at Union Graduate College in New York,  Dale Jamieson, a Professor at New York University, and other speakers from Latin America and the Caribbean aim to publish proceedings from the symposium, themed ‘Global Bioethics and Climate Change: Science, Society and Individuals in Latin America and the Caribbean,’ in a peer-reviewed bioethics journal after the Congress.

“We aim to draw attention to ways in which bioethicists and other professionals can help to reduce the health harms of climate change,” said Dr. CoxMacpherson. “We need to engage in policy discussions and public dialogue to really get more people thinking and talking about what’s going to make a difference, so that we can arrive at solutions to balance the conflicts between various national goals and priorities.”

The Congress, held every two years, is organized by the International Association of Bioethics. The 2014 event will be the first ever held in Latin America.

“The Congress in Mexico will be a great experience,” said Manuel H. Ruiz de Chávez, President of the local organizing committee for the Congress, in a letter announcing the event. “It will represent an excellent opportunity to become aware of the developments in bioethics all around the world and to visit a vibrant, enjoyable, and colorful Mexico City with so much history and also many cultural and tourist attractions.”

St. George’s University Awards Inaugural NeuroResearch Excellence Award

NeuroResearch Student Group Founder Honored for Excellence in Neuroscience Research

St. George’s University fifth-term medical student Sunita Hingorani was recognized for her contribution to the founding and growth of the NeuroResearch Student Group, a contingent of SGU students dedicated to research in neuroscience. Thus, when it came time for Dr. Tuula Jalonen, Professor of Neuroscience at SGU, to award the inaugural NeuroResearch Excellence Award, Ms. Hungrani was an easy choice.

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“I wanted to recognize someone who shows excellence in neuroscience, in research and in their other studies, someone who is motivated, has good ideas, and shows leadership and enthusiasm for research,” said Dr. Jalonen, who serves as Ms. Hingorani’s academic advisor. “Sunita is all these things. She kept the group together and pushed and motivated her peers to keep working. I really felt she was the perfect person for this first award, and I can already see other excellent researchers coming up within the group.”

NeuroResearch has grown from a membership of five in 2012 to more than 30 students, all with a thirst and passion for research and neuroscience. Students who join the group devise their own research project or join one of several ongoing projects. The group’s goal is to conduct research significant to neuroscience and with potential benefit for the Grenadian community.

Thus far, the group has researched the use of Propofol by physicians, neuropathic pain in sickle cell disease, awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in Grenada, the prevalence and mechanisms of HTLV-1 infection, migraine, depression in schoolchildren, ‘neurophobia’ among medical students, and diabetes and NMDA receptor activity in cells. Through the support of Dr. Marios Loukas, SGU’s Dean of Medical Research, NeuroResearch has acquired a patch clamp for the Department of Physiology and Neuroscience, which will assist them in their research in the upcoming semester.

“The research we do is so relevant,” said Ms. Hingorani.  “I find myself connecting most of my classes to neuroscience.  The research we conducted has  helped me remember more of what I was learning in class.  I’m sure that my experience in NeuroResearch has prepared me to be open to new ideas in my future career.”.”

Members of NeuroResearch Student Group have presented at two SGU Research Day events and at the One Health, One Medicine conference. In July, Dr. Jalonen will also present a poster on a mathematical model of HTLV-1 at the Federation of European Neuroscience Forum in Milan. Even though Ms. Hingorani is leaving Grenada for her clinical rotations, her hope is to remain involved in NeuroResearch as much as possible.

Drs. Shivayogi and Bharti Bhusnurmath Join the International Society for Oncopathology

Drs. Shivayogi and Bharti Bhusnurmath were invited to join the International Society for Oncopathology (ISOPath) following three presentations they delivered at an ISOPath Continuing Medical Education Conference, held in early January at Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences in India. Presentations were done on advances in cancer pathology in the 21st century, how to treat pathology in a clinical problem-solving context, and teaching medical students and postgraduate residents how to wisely interpret laboratory investigations in patients. Participants included over 200 delegates, pathologists, university professors, and residents from India, the US, and Canada.

The presentations were profound since they advocated the development of personalized/individualized medicine.

news bharti bhus mar“If there are five women with breast cancer which look similar under the microscope, each of those five may need a different type of therapy based on what sort of markers are present,” explained Dr. Shivayogi Bhusnurmath, who with his wife, Bharti, co-chairs SGU’s Department of Pathology. “It’s not one size fits all. Similarly, in regard to people with high blood pressure, not all will respond in the same way to the same drug. There are tests which can be done to show changes in DNA and genes that can help doctors decide what particular medicine should be given.”

This new alliance with ISOPath opens a wealth of opportunities not only for the Bhusnurmaths, but also St. George’s University. “It is a prestige for St. George’s University and solidifies our motto to ‘Think Beyond,’” Dr. Bhusnurmath stated. “Our affiliation with ISOPath will further the University’s international presence and global outreach in the medical field, and it will also create an opportunity whereby distinguished academicians can sign up to become visiting professors at St. George’s University, increasing our knowledge pool.”

Dr. Bhusnurmath, also the Co-Director of the Education Committee of the Association of Indian Pathologists of North America (AIPNA), noted that the ISOPath distinction gives SGU students a competitive advantage for residency matching.

ISOPath is a society of well-known pathologists from around the world who are interested in oncologic pathology. Its primary purposes are to promote and support oncologic pathology, education, and research; cooperate with organizations in the field of oncologic pathology as well as other medical specialties; promote the study of oncologic pathology and encourage the highest standards in the practice and teaching of oncologic pathology.

St. George’s University Clinical Students Shine on 2014 Match Day

Match Day 2014 guaranteed that once again St. George’s University School of Medicine doctors will have a long-term impact on health care in the United States. On March 21, SGU students and graduates took the next step in their medical careers through the 2014 National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), which assigned many of them to their top-choice residencies.

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SGU alumni will report to residency programs in the following specialties: anesthesiology, diagnostic radiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, internal medicine/pediatrics, neurological surgery, neurology, obstetrics & gynecology, orthopaedic surgery, pathology, pediatrics, pediatrics/emergency medicine, pediatrics/psychiatry/child & adolescent psychology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, and surgery. Residencies were secured in 45 states as well as the District of Columbia. In addition, 17 students matched through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) in March.

“We congratulate our fourth-year students who have proven to have tremendous knowledge, skill, and dedication both here in Grenada and in a clinical setting,” said St. George’s University Chancellor Charles R. Modica. “Programs across the United States will be very pleased with the quality of doctors who enter into residency this summer.”

SGU students’ patient care responsibilities will begin on or around July 1 after a two-week orientation process. Among those set to report is Russell Davenport, who will join the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Virginia. He chose anesthesiology because it combines many of his interests, including critical care medicine, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and procedures.

“I’m really excited to have matched into such an incredible program,” Mr. Davenport said. “SGU prepared me for this residency by challenging me during the basic science years with high academic standards, and the University gave me exposure to an incredibly diverse patient base in New York City hospitals during the clinical years. As a result, I feel extremely confident in my knowledge base, and I feel equally prepared to navigate through both difficult and routine clinical scenarios as I advance into residency.”

Like many, Kimberly Lally landed her first-choice residency: a highly competitive pathology position at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Originally from Southern California, Ms. Lally began with SGU’s Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program, spending her first year in the UK at Northumbria University before continuing her medical education in Grenada.

“I immediately felt that Cedars-Sinai was the perfect fit for me in terms of training and work/life balance, and of all the hospitals I interviewed at in California, it was the only program where I had that ‘gut feeling,’” she said. “I was ecstatic when I found out I matched there. I was with my family and we were jumping up and down and hugging and celebrating. It was a beautiful moment knowing I was coming home for good.”

Since opening in 1977, St. George’s University has graduated more than 11,000 physicians who have gone on to practice in all 50 US states and more than 50 countries worldwide. According to published information, SGU has placed more doctors in first-year postgraduate positions than any medical school in the last three years.

For a complete list of residency appointments, visit the SGU website.

St. George’s University and University of St. Thomas Join to Offer Pre-Medical and Pre-Vet Students Combined BS/MD Degree

University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, has joined with St. George’s University offering students an opportunity to obtain a BS/MD or BS/DVM degree. Qualified students are able to pursue a career in medicine at St. George’s University following successful completion of the premedical program at St. Thomas.

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“We are extremely proud to establish this pipeline with an institution of the caliber of the University of St. Thomas,” said Margaret A. Lambert, dean of enrollment planning at St. George’s University. “Doing so allows the brightest students to attain a first-rate medical education that will amply prepare them for their careers as physicians or veterinarians, no matter where they choose to go.”

The brainchild of St. George’s University Chancellor Charles Modica and the former University of St. Thomas president, Father Dennis Dease, the agreement was signed in early 2013 following a visit to St. George’s True Blue Campus by Susan J. Huber, Ed.D.Exec. Vice President and Chief Academic Officer and Eleni Roulis,Ph.D. Associate Vice-President for Academic Services and Special Programs.

Applicants admitted to this combined degree program are granted a pathway from their undergraduate degree in biology or health sciences to a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. Students admitted to the pathway program complete their undergraduate degree in Biology or Health Sciences at University of St. Thomas in four years, and upon meeting established admission criteria progress into the four-year Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at SGU.

In addition to the St. Thomas partnership, St. George’s maintains partnerships in the United States with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)/Albert Dorman Honors CollegeSt. Michael’s Medical CenterCaldwell CollegeFranklin Pierce UniversityUniversity of the SciencesMonmouth University, and Widener University. The University has similar partnerships with schools in the United Kingdom, Bermuda, Grenada, Guyana, and Uganda.