St. George’s University has launched a new partnership with Husson University that will give qualified Husson students fast-track status and priority entry into the St. George’s School of Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine.
“Husson University is the premier professional educator in Maine,” said Dr. Philip A. Taylor, III, dean of the College of Science and Humanities at Husson University. “Agreements like this one with St. George’s University, smooths the transition of students from our rigorous undergraduate healthcare programs to graduate education. Maine, and the rest of the world, will need more qualified physicians to deliver care.” Medical Economics magazine supports this conclusion. According to a recent article, an estimated 6.4 million more physicians are needed to provide universal health coverage (UHC) across the globe.
Simultaneously, there is also a pressing need for more veterinary professionals. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates that employment opportunities for veterinarians will grow 19 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growing pet populations, increased pet longevity and new treatment options are driving the need for more professionals in this discipline. Creating a path that will help meet the increased need for medical and veterinary professionals makes this agreement important.
“This partnership will provide invaluable opportunities for Husson students to become leaders in the medical and veterinary fields,” said Dr. Marios Loukas, Dean of St. George’s University School of Medicine. “St. George’s is delighted to add Husson to our global network of partner institutions — and make graduate study in medicine and veterinary medicine accessible to a new group of promising students.”
The new partnership establishes “4+4” programs at the St. George’s University Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Husson students who complete four years of pre-medical or pre-veterinary coursework and meet all requirements for admission are fast-tracked for admission into four-year programs at the St. George’s Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Candidates for the programs must achieve a strong undergraduate GPA and competitive test scores on relevant entrance exams.
Students accepted into the “4+4” program at the School of Medicine also receive a $10,000 scholarship from St. George’s, distributed to them over their four years of study.
Students who enroll in the St. George’s University School of Medicine can complete their first two years in Grenada or spend their first year at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom and their second in Grenada. All SGU medical students spend their final two years in clinical rotations at hospitals in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Veterinary medicine students spend their first three years in Grenada and their final clinical year at schools in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
“This partnership offers Husson students the opportunity to pursue an education that leads to a successful career. The international aspect of these programs also provides students with the opportunity to better understand international perspectives,” said Melissa Rosenberg, Husson University’s executive director of admissions. “We look forward to working together with St. George’s to help educate the next generation of doctors and veterinarians.”