St. George’s University Chancellor Modica Honored by Brooklyn Hospital

On Thursday, June 3, 2011, The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) honored St. George’s University Chancellor Charles R. Modica at the annual Brooklyn Hospital Foundation Founders Ball for his long-time collaboration with the hospital.

Chancellor Modica received the inaugural Partner in Health Award, which recognizes partnership with TBHC to provide outstanding care and service to the community. “He will set the standard for this award in the future,” said The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation Chairman J. Barclay Collins, II. “Many [St. George’s University] alumni enrich our Brooklyn Hospital community,” he continued, noting how the University’s students and alumni have contributed to the growth and progress of the hospital.

Chancellor Modica graciously accepted the award, and commended the hospital’s tireless efforts to bring quality health care to New York City. “Brooklyn Hospital has been a premier hospital, and you have no idea how you are enriching the lives of those students who are becoming doctors today,” he said. He specifically called attention to the opportunity TBHC provided alumna Portia Siwawa, SGUSOM ’05, a native of Botswana who completed her surgery residency at TBHC. “It thrilled me tonight to come here and receive a hug from Portia,” Chancellor Modica exclaimed, highlighting Siwawa’s gratitude for the chance to study medicine on an international level.

Current students Danielle Krol and Jessica Best—who recently completed clinical rotations at TBHC—were also present at the awards ceremony. They said they were privileged to celebrate the Chancellor’s acceptance of this esteemed award and praised the University’s collaboration with TBHC. “Chancellor Modica’s continuing commitment to enrich the medical community of Brooklyn is undoubtedly recognized to be among the best the hospital has seen, and the honorary award for his contributions he received on behalf of TBHC has proved this true,” Krol said. “His effective, skilled, and visionary leadership has created wonderful opportunities for students at The Brooklyn Hospital, which will continue to strengthen the University’s standards by creating a unique learning environment.”

This year’s Founders Ball celebrated the transformation of TBHC, the surrounding Brooklyn community, and those making change within the health care industry. Dr. Richard B. Becker, President and CEO of TBHC, noted the local community’s movement for better living, greener living, and improved health care in Brooklyn. “We are at the leading end of that transformation,” Dr. Becker stated. “We’re proud of our progress to date,” he continued, adding that TBHC looks to continuously expand its services to and care for Brooklyn’s growing and changing population.

Chancellor Modica was one of five honorees to be awarded for their contributions to TBHC’s growth and wellbeing. The evening’s other honorees included Jonathan M. Weld, of counsel at Shearman & Sterling and immediate past chairman of TBHC; Dr. Shafiqur M. Rahman, attending physician in TBHC’s Department of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases; Dr. Sumatilal C. Shah, senior attending physician in TBHC’s Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiology; and Rev. Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry, national presiding minister for the House of the Lord Churches and president of the Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance.

Each year, the Founders Ball raises critical funds to advance the mission and vision of TBHC. “Proceeds fund the priorities of the hospital and raise the quality of care and quality of life of patients and caregivers,” Collins said. This year’s benefit raised more than $700,000, according Collins. Additional contributions were raised throughout the evening from a silent auction of sports, entertainment, and music memorabilia.

Established in 1845, TBHC was the first hospital Brooklyn. It is now a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, a network of more than 30 hospitals in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut area. It has nearly 3,000 medical professionals and staff, and it treats more than 300,000 patients each year. The University began its partnership with TBHC in 1986 and offers core clinical rotations and residency placements, including specialty electives such as neurology, pulmonary medicine, and radiology. More than 2000 students and graduates have completed clinical and residency training at TBHC.

St. George’s University Partners with Global Health Organizations to Address Occupational Safety of Health Workers

St. George’s University has partnered with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Grenada’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to provide a workshop geared at addressing the concerns of occupational hazards to health care workers specifically in relation to needle stick injuries and exposure to blood borne pathogens. The workshop, which is in line with a growing global movement towards dealing with this very critical public health issue, aims to “prepare leaders in health care to provide training on occupational health and prevention of blood borne infections, implement and evaluate policy and intervention measures to protect health workers, and establish a regional surveillance network for occupational health.”

The three-day workshop which began on June 7, 2011 is being attended by 40 health care professionals with combined experience of more than 500 years. The attendees come from nine countries—including Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, Belize, Nevis, Suriname and the British Virgin Islands—and various professions and foci within the health care sector, including physicians, Ministry of Health officials, professors, nurses, and other health care workers working in the areas of infection control, trauma / accident care, midwifery, and neonatology. The attendees will be responsible for conveying the knowledge and skills learned from the workshop to their respective organizations and countries.

The workshop is the brainchild of Dr. Omar Cinar Elci, Director of St. George’s University Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (DPHPM). In his opening address he commented, “We need to take care of our working people. We rely on our health care workers for our health but often do not consider their safety.” He pointed out that health care workers were exposed to even more occupational hazards than agricultural, construction, or factory workers. Dr. George Mitchell, a Ministry of Health official and graduate of St. George’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, represented Grenada’s Minister of Health Senator Ann Peters who was out of the island. Dr. Mitchell stated, “We are ever conscious that a healthy, uninjured workforce is vital to our country’s well-being.” He urged participants to find ways to implement what they learned in the workshop.

Presenters at the workshop included Drs. Ernest Pate and Marie-Claude Lavoie representing PAHO; Drs. Ahmed Gomaa and Maria Lioce representing NIOSH/CDC; Drs. Gillian Benjamin and Francis E. Martin representing Grenada’s Ministry of Health; and Drs. Omar Cinar Elci and Praveen Durgampudi from St. George’s University DPHPM. Among topics to be covered at the workshop are the risk of occupational transmission of blood-borne pathogens, management of these risks, measures to be taken after exposure, how to conduct workplace assessment, and how to carry out a rapid assessment for blood-borne pathogens. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to apply some of what they learnt at a hospital site visit on Wednesday, June 8. Participants are very excited about the workshop, as the sessions promise to be interesting, informative and interactive and believe it will certainly go a long way in addressing this long standing issue.

About St. George’s University
St. George’s University is a center of international education, in Grenada with graduates, students, and faculty from 140 countries, including 1,342 from Grenada and 476 from the Caribbean. St. George’s is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. The University’s nearly 11,000 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.

WINDREF Hosts the Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue (CCELD)

Attended by Dialogue President, Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, Princess Anne

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Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, Princess Anne with members of the CCELD

On Saturday, June 4, 2011, Grenada welcomed members of the Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leader’s Dialogue. The conference lasted four days at the Windward Islands Research & Educations Foundation (WINDREF) and was part of an intensive two-week program. The program initially began in Ottawa, Canada where 80 participants of the Caribbean, along with 40 participants from Canada, engaged in two days of presentations, discussions, and networking. They then divided into study groups of 12 participants each, travelling to different locations in Canada and the Caribbean to visit communities and workplaces from both public and private sectors and civil society.

Grenada was one of 10 Caribbean countries hosting a study tour before the full dialogue reconvenes in Barbados for the final three days. This year’s conference was held under the theme “Growth Through Connections: Enabling Sustainable Progress.” During the study tour in Grenada, the participants visited local businesses and industries as well as met with several stakeholders including government, the police, and community leaders. These visits provided an opportunity for the team to be exposed to the diverse challenges being faced by these leaders.

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As Dialogue President, Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, Princess Anne attended a number of CCELD visits and events. On Tuesday, June 7, 2011 she visited the participants at WINDREF where the day’s session included a panel discussion with Deputy Commissioner of Police Franklyn Redhead, Mr. Nigel John, and Mr. Robert Frederick as well as a culture and history presentation by Mr. Richardo Keens-Douglas—renowned story teller, playwright and author. Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, Princess Anne and attendees were also joined by Dr. Nicole Phillip, author and Dean of the School of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies at the T.A. Marryshow Community College.

Margaret A. Lambert, St. George’s University Dean of Enrolment Planning and WINDREF board member, stated “WINDREF through its research has been able to contribute to advances in health and environmental development through multidisciplinary research and education programs. We see hosting this conference as another opportunity to bring intellectual talent together to address challenges and issues of international importance.”

WINDREF is an independent nonprofit organization located on the True Blue campus of St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies. WINDREF is registered in the United States with the Internal Revenue Service 501(C) (3) as an educational non-profit foundation. It is also registered in Grenada as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in compliance with section 328 of the Companies Act 1994, and in 1999 it was registered in the United Kingdom as a charitable Trust, Charity in compliance with UK Charities Act 1993.

St. George’s and American University – A Unique Partnership, A Remarkable Experience

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St. George’s University student Krystle Noel recently returned from American University’s Washington DC campus. She is the first School of Arts and Sciences student to take advantage of the Washington Semester Program, a partnership between St. George’s University and American University. The International Business major spent her fall semester at American University—including a three week visit to China in November. Krystle has returned to the St. George’s campus with rave reviews of the program, saying, “This program reinforced so much of what I have learned at St. George’s—I felt very well prepared for participation in the program.”

Dr. Reccia Charles, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the Department of Business, is behind the St. George’s partnership with American University. On the success of the first participant, Dr. Charles said, “In observing Krystle after her return, I can see a transformation in her outlook on the world as well as an increase in her overall confidence.” The Washington Semester Program allows students to research topics in their field of study, network with leaders and experts in their respective fields, engage in international travel, and build friendships with other college students— the byproduct of which is usually an increase in a student’s enthusiasm in their education. Dr. Charles continued, “I am very proud of Krystle’s success.”

The Washington Semester Program’s intense schedule included presentations from more than 50 guest speakers—including Krystle’s now favorite author, Pulitzer-winning New York Times columnist and author of The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Thomas Freidman. In addition to rigorous study, Krystle, along with her classmates, had the opportunity to visit various government agencies and corporations in the US and China, including the Library of Congress; the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman; the International Monetary Fund and World Bank; the United States Federal Reserve; the New York Stock Exchange; Goldman Sachs; Beijing’s Peking University, Hyundai, and IDC China; Shanghai’s Autodesk (the company which produces AutoCad); and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Additionally, Krystle volunteered at the Annual Global Services Summit and interned at the Center for Social Leadership.

“It was better than I thought possible,” commented Krystle. “The University put so much effort into making the experience remarkable. It is something that I will be able to draw from for the rest of my life.” Krystle was very impressed by the cultural diversity she met in the Washington Semester Program and was happy to have been exposed to the business cultures of both China and Washington DC.

Dr. Charles offered insight into some of the challenges of recruiting for a study abroad program for local students. “The families of some students are often reluctant to allow their children to study abroad or travel much on their own or with peers,” she said. “However, the Washington Semester Program offers a supervised compromise that is acceptable to parents, especially with available generous financial aid. This unique program gives students an opportunity they might not have otherwise had to expand their knowledge beyond the borders of their home country.”

The next group of students is expected to go to Washington DC in Fall 2011. Beginning this spring, directors of the Washington Semester Program plan to hold information sessions via video conference to answer any questions students may have regarding the program.

St. George’s University, which began its partnership with American University in 2009, is the only university in the Caribbean (apart from Puerto Rico) to be part of this affiliation. Dr. Charles and the rest of the University have high hopes for the partnership as it extends St. George’s mission to offer an international education beyond its Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, to a blossoming School of Arts and Sciences.

SGU Knowledge Bowl Champions Achieve Record Breaking Scores

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St. Joseph’s Convent and Westmorland Secondary went head to head at St. George’s University’s Charter Hall on Saturday, April 9th in the 2011 St. George’s University Knowledge Bowl Championship. In their debut at the finals, Westmoreland Secondary emerged victorious after scoring 65 points over St. Joseph’s Convent’s 48 points – an all-time high score for the tournament.

The SGU Knowledge Bowl, held annually in the spring on the St. George’s University True blue Campus, was developed by St. George’s and Community Channel 6 (CC6) in association with the Ministry of Education to encourage and facilitate academic exchange between secondary schools. Schools are invited to send teams to compete against each other as they test their knowledge of science, information technology, and the arts and humanities, as well as their understanding of geography, Spanish language, bible studies, Caribbean culture, sports, and current affairs.

“Our continued sponsorship of this event is important to the university community and we are proud of the commitment of the teams, coaches and schools to this event,” remarked University Chancellor Charles R. Modica. “The record breaking high scores attained at this year’s final match are to be commended.”

As Knowledge Bowl Champions for 2011, Westmoreland Secondary was awarded $10,000 EC for their school from St. George’s University along with the Knowledge Bowl Trophy. Additionally, the team members–Sean Harford, Aziz Batihk, Pavan Sean Mahbubani, Chinwe Oluonye, and Edward Fakhre, each received a $500 EC saving account from the Grenada Co-operative Bank; a laptop computer system compliments of NEWIM Life and General Assurance Co.; and three months of free broadband internet service from FLOW. Second place St. Joseph’s Convent received $5,000 EC from St. George’s along with a saving account for each team member in the amount of $500 EC.

While St. George’s University and Flow are the primary sponsors of the event, the corporate support of the Grenada Co-operative Bank and NEWIM Insurance has been integral to the success of this event. Additional support provided by Glenelg, La Sagesse Nature Centre, Petite Anse Hotel, Duty Free Caribbean Holdings, Ribena, Colombian Emeralds International, La Source Resort and Spa, Kool System, Digicel, and Grenada Postal Corporation has provided further support for the event and stand as testimony to their commitment to community development.

The entire season of the SGU Knowledge Bowl will be re-broadcast every Tuesday and Thursday on Community Channel 6 in Grenada.

IFMSA-Grenada Attends General Assembly in Indonesia

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Members of the Grenada chapter of the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA) recently attended the 60th IFMSA General Assembly (GA) March Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia where the week-long conference focused on health equity and disparity. Through lectures, panel discussions, field work, and committee sessions, delegates were encouraged to promote health equity on the national and international levels by engaging with national health care systems within developed, developing, and poor countries.

Students from more than 55 countries were in attendance and the delegation from Grenada reflected the diversity found at St. George’s. Students represented Asian, Indian, European, and Caribbean ethnicities as well as the nations of the United States, United Kingdom, and Trinidad and Tobago. “Regardless of our citizenship, we were eager to introduce the other delegations to Grenada—the country where we receive our education and that has become our second home,” recounts Ayan Sanyal, Secretary-General of IFMSA-Grenada. “There was rarely a moment when our delegation was not proudly wearing bandanas or handkerchiefs with Grenada’s colors or waving our flags.”

Ayan represented IFMSA-Grenada at the Standing Committee on Research Exchange (SCORE), which oversees the exchange of students between member countries for the purposes of working on research projects. He made several contacts with the Research Exchange Officers of other countries who expressed great interest in helping to establish IFMSA-Grenada’s SCORE program and who would like to offer research exchange between their schools and SGU.

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Ayan, along with IFMSA-Grenada President-External Antonio Thomas, also participated in plenary sessions, where they cast votes on motions and resolutions involving constitutional by-laws, elections, future meeting sites, and position statements. Members from the SGU delegation distributed information about the University and Grenada to other attendees, as well as discussed the opportunities for Professional Exchanges in Grenada.

“Its really unique to have that many countries under one roof who all care about global health issues,” says Yon Chong, Alumni Coordinator for IFMSA-Grenada. “I’m grateful to St. George’s and IFMSA for allowing me to participate in amazing experiences like this.”

Ayan adds of his experience, “Despite different cultures and modes of education, we all found common ground in the joys and struggles of a medical student.”

IFMSA organizations meet biannually in March and August. IFMSA-Grenada delegates attended their first General Assembly last August in Montreal, where the group was voted in as a full National Member Organization (NMO). Copenhagen, Denmark, will host the next General Assembly in August 2011, with the focus on both possibilities and challenges concerning health in the future.

Photo Contest Winners Announced

The St. George’s University community is full of talent. The third annual photo contest proved to be quite successful with more than 300 submissions from all sectors of the SGU community, including students, faculty, administration, staff and alumni. After days of deliberation, a select panel of judges awarded winners for each of the six categories as well as an overall Best in Show.

All winning photographs have been published in the latest edition of the Mace magazine and will be enlarged and framed in a public area on campus that is yet to be determined. First place winners of each of category—people, edges of the earth, night, tradition, natural light, and reflections—will be awarded $20 USD gift certificate and the overall winner will be awarded $100 gift certificate to SGU online store, where they will have a selection of SGU logo hoodies, t-shirts, hats, diploma frames, and more. The winning photographs are as follows:

In order to view all winning photographs, visit “Photo Contest Winners 2010” on St. George’s University’s official Facebook page,

Patrick F. Adams Honored with Dedication of New Science Hall

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St. George’s University hosted a dedication ceremony on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at the site of its new science lecture hall which will now be known as Patrick F. Adams Hall. Adams Hall houses the University’s largest lecture facility with a seating capacity of 820 and state-of-the-art A/V support. Father Harris attended the ceremony and handled the invocation and Bishop Darius was on site to formally dedicate and bless the newly named building.

Patrick Adams, the founding and senior partner of his law firm, Patrick F. Adams, P.C. in New York, is a co-founder, Trustee and officer of St. George’s University. Together with Louis Modica and Edward McGowan, Mr. Adams agreed to underwrite Chancellor Modica’s dream of building an independent School of Medicine in Grenada more than thirty years ago. He brought his significant experience in business and law to the fledgling venture as a member of its first Board of Trustees. His guidance and support helped shape St. George’s and has assured the University is well positioned to continue its growth and commitment to its students, its host nation, and the burgeoning community of St. George’s University alumni around the globe.

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“When I recall the beginnings of this university, I am deeply grateful to the support of the founding members, and Patrick Adams specifically,” recalls Chancellor Modica. “Not only was Patrick instrumental in helping to make this University a reality, but his vision, time, and support were an invaluable resource for me as the University emerged from its humble beginnings. I am confident that the University would not have become the innovative and international center of education that it is today without his early and ongoing support.”

Returning from U.S. military service after the Korean War in 1955, Patrick Adams came back to New York where he has been practicing law for over fifty years. His devotion to public service has included tenure as one of the first Legislators elected in Suffolk County, New York. Patrick has been honored with appointments to the Council of Stewarts of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, a member of the Development Committee of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and Chairman of the Bishops Annual Appeal for the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1999. In 1971 he was the recipient of the Mater Dei Award presented by the Most Reverend Walter P. Kellenberg, Ordinary of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. In 1996, John Cardinal O’Connor inducted him and his wife Angela, as Knight & Lady of the Holy Sepulcher.

In addition to his duties as a Trustee of St. George’s University School of Medicine, Mr. Adams is also the School of Medicine Corporate Secretary and General Counsel. Of all these accomplishments, his proudest is his marriage of more than forty-five years to his wife Angela. Together they have raised seven children and are the proud grandparents of twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

What began as a shared dream has become an international University that has educated more than 11,000 people worldwide. Patrick’s lifelong devotion to St. George’s University is honored with this dedication.

The Worldwide Challenge of Cardiovascular Disease

Top Cardiologist Dr. Valetin Fuster Presents at Joint K.B. Taylor Memorial and Annual WINDREF Research Lecture Series.

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L to R: Dr. Macpherson, Dr. Beaubrun, Dr. Fuster (WINDREF speaker), and Dr. Modica

St. George’s University Charter Hall on the True Blue campus was recently filled with more than 650 attendees of the joint K.B. Taylor Memorial-WINDREF Research Lecture. Delivered by renowned cardiologist Dr. Valetin Fuster, this year’s topic “The Worldwide Challenge of Cardiovascular Disease” provided attendees with an insightful analysis of this global health problem.

Dr. Fuster spoke at length about the various issues of cardiovascular disease, including the disparity between developed and developing nations both in terms of the cost of health care as well as the allocation of spending towards preventative care versus treatment. He stated, “We talk about treating disease rather than talking about promoting health. Educating the public about cardiovascular health is one of the most important and difficult things to accomplish,” said Fuster. “You need passion and you need funding.” Not surprisingly Dr. Fuster is actively involved with several projects aimed at effecting change through behavior modification, including the Grenada Heart Project and an awareness campaign in Bogota that works with Sesame Street to bring the message of heart health to children.

Dr. Fuster’s ability to present highly technical material in language that all in the audience were able to relate to resulted in a presentation that was well received and appreciated by the students, medical practioners/professionals, and members of the general public who were in attendance. Commenting on Dr. Fuster’s unique blend of passion and dedication to his work, St. George’s University Chancellor, Charles Modica said, “He has that idealism that many of our students have today, that you get at the age of 18, 19, or 20. There are some people {like Dr. Fuster} on this earth that never lose it and there are some people on this earth that make a difference.”

Dr. Fuster serves The Mount Sinai Medical Center as Director of Mount Sinai Heart, the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Maire-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health. He is the Richard Gorlin, MD/Heart Research Foundation Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Fuster was the President of Science and is not the General Director of the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Madrid, Spain.

Among the seemingly countless positions of distinction that he holds are Past President of the American Heart Association, Past President of the World Heart Federation, Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences where he serves as Chair of the committee on Preventing the Global Epidemic of Cardiovascular Disease, former member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Advisory Council, and former Chairman of the Fellowship Training Directors Program of the American College of Cardiology. Twenty-six distinguished universities throughout the world have granted him Honorary Doctorate Degrees.

St. George’s University is honored to have had this rare privilege and we thank Dr. Fuster for his insightful presentation.

SGU in the New York Times

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff and Friends,

A week ago I sent you a letter outlining the situation with the deans of New York medical colleges demanding that the prevalence of students from Caribbean students in New York hospitals be reviewed by the New York State Board of Regents.

The Chronicle of Higher Education published an article on the situation. Today, The New York Times published an article on the same topic. This article highlights the fact that St. George’s University has excellent students who were unable to get a seat in a US medical school. It also highlights the need to review the academic standards of Caribbean medical schools that places medical students in New York hospitals.

We laud this effort at tightening up the standards. We think it is necessary and have thought so for some time. Please listen to the radio interview. One of the issues facing St. George’s is that all Caribbean schools tend to be lumped together; certainly the “Big Three” are lumped together. But all Caribbean schools are not equal, and St. George’s outshines all the other schools in any quantifiable performance outcome. The article mentions a 75 percent pass rate for foreign trained students in the Clinical Knowledge section of the USMLE II. SGU students had a 88 percent first time pass rate on this exam during the 2008–2009 academic year. Also, St. George’s pass rate for all first-time takers of USMLE I in 2009 was 91 percent (2009 was the last complete year of examinations). This score represents the pass rate for all 917 students who took the examination for the first time in 2009. There are no disclaimers or qualifiers on this number, unlike the disclaimers/qualifiers we see for other international schools.

When it comes to pass rates, we have had years of setting the record straight about the misrepresentations of many international medical schools. In 1983, JAMA published a report which showed that St. George’s had the highest initial pass rate for any international school with a substantial number of US test takers during a 10-year period up to 1982—we were then only five years old. Since that time, there has been no external report of the examination results for 25 years. In October of 2008, the journal Academic Medicine published a 15-year study of USMLE first-time pass rates. It shows clearly that Grenada clearly outperforms the Caribbean countries; the closest private Caribbean country performed 14 points below Grenada students over the 15-year period.

I just spoke with a past president of a New York medical school who called to speak about this article and its implications. He told me that our most important task was to differentiate ourselves from many of the other schools, to hold our heads high, to be proud of the performance of our students and graduates, and to continue to show the world how well our graduates are doing in a health care system with a serious shortage of physicians.

You should all be proud to be a part of this great University. I know I am. I wish you all a happy and peaceful holiday season and best wishes for the New Year.


Charles R. Modica

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