Become a doctor from the Caribbean
Prof. Satesh Bidaisee, Assistant Dean, Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Grenada’s St. George’s University, speaks to Pritha Roy Choudhury on the benefits of studying in the Grenadian university...
Q. What are the major attractions for Indian students in St. George’s University?
A. As Indian citizens make their mark around the world, especially in medicine, medical education with a global focus from St. George’s University matches the interest and expectations of the students. The university offers a variety of courses in medicine and veterinary medicine in addition to independent and dual graduate degrees in science, public health and business.
Q. What are the eligibility norms and pattern of the Doctor of Medicine programme?
A. Students from India with good percentage at 10+2 or ‘A’ level will typically enter into the 5-year Doctor of Medicine programme. The first two years of this programme can either be completed at our affiliate, Northumbria University in Newcastle in the UK, or in Grenada, and the final two clinical years of the programme can be completed in one of our affiliated hospitals located in the UK, USA or Canada.
Q. Are there any scholarships available at the university?
A. The university offers two scholarships, the International Peace Scholarship and Global Scholars Scholarship. The International Peace Scholarship programme is committed to promoting a student body made up of diverse nationalities and cultural backgrounds, which in the future will contribute to a worldwide medical community. Partial scholarships are awarded to non-US students who exhibit academic excellence and demonstrate financial need. The Global Medicine Scholarship programme is committed to promoting a student body made up of diverse nationalities and cultural backgrounds specifically within the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Programme, which in the future will contribute to a worldwide medical community.
Q. Any specific courses in Public Health that suit Indian students?
A. CEPH accredited public health programme is apt for Indian students. It is a dual MD/MPH degree. It is available through the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine’s US based CEPH-accredited Master of Public Health programme. The dual degree programme is a solid foundation for future leaders in the vital area of public health as 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. The MPH is offered online and there is a start date in mid-May which allows dual degree students to begin with the MPH degree and enter the MD degree in August.
Q. Which are the areas in which Indian students excel? In doctoral studies or research programmes?
A. Indian students engage in global health issues that are priority areas, including antimicrobial resistance, vector-borne diseases from an infectious disease perspective as well as heart disease, diabetes and cancers as chronic disease issues.
Q. What are the various options that an Indian student has in terms of job prospects?
A. St. George’s University School of Medicine isn’t just a top Caribbean medical university. We have gradually developed networks with many hospitals and clinical partners in the US, UK and Canada. This experience will further allow our students to obtain diverse experience with different patient populations in a variety of environments and gain valuable international experience.
The first two years of this programme can either be completed at our affiliate, Northumbria University in Newcastle in the UK, or in Grenada, and the final two clinical years of the programme can be completed in one of our affiliated hospitals located in the United Kingdom, USA or Canada