By Mary Colleen Robinson
The College of Saint Elizabeth in New Jersey in the United States has announced a new combined degree program with St. George’s University (SGU) in Grenada.
Qualified students will be able to receive simultaneous admission to the College of Saint Elizabeth and St. George’s University School of Medicine.
If they maintain certain minimum academic standards as undergraduates, they’ll be eligible to continue on to SGU to pursue postgraduate medical degrees.
“We look forward to this new partnership with St. George’s and the possibilities that it brings for our students,” said College of Saint Elizabeth President Helen J. Streubert.
“As a College with a long history of STEM education, this combined degree program builds on our strengths and gives our students the opportunity to seamlessly join a high-quality medical school”, she said.
St. George’s University President Dr. G. Richard Olds remarked, “we at St. George’s University and our friends at the College of Saint Elizabeth are committed to seeking out students who are passionate about medicine and committed to academic excellence.”
“We’re thrilled to offer these high-caliber students admission to our medical school at the beginning of their college careers”, he said.
Students interested in the new program must declare their intention when they apply to the College of Saint Elizabeth.
The two institutions will conduct interviews with qualified applicants to determine whether to offer admission to the combined degree program.
Undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and achieve an MCAT score within five points of the average for students who enrolled at St. George’s the previous term to achieve full admission.
After students complete the agreed upon premedical curriculum and meet other standard requirements for admission to SGU, they will be eligible to spend their first two years of medical school in Grenada.
Students will complete the next two years of clinical training at hospitals in the United Kingdom or the United States. They will be encouraged to return to New Jersey for their clinical rotations and residencies.
The College of Saint Elizabeth joins St. George’s University’s 30-plus partners across 12 countries.
It is SGU’s 19th institutional partner in the United States, and fourth in New Jersey.
“Our network of partnerships ensures that we’ll have a diverse array of students from all over the world,” Dr. Olds said.
“We look forward to welcoming the College of Saint Elizabeth’s most talented graduates to our campus in Grenada – and helping them pursue their dreams of becoming doctors.”
(Mary Colleen Robinson has a communication degree with a concentration in journalism and is currently working as the PR/Social Media Specialist at the College of Saint Elizabeth)