Last Updated on November 13, 2022 by Fola Shade
Grades are not the only criteria for acceptance. Although the greatest weight is placed upon a student’s scholastic record, there are many additional factors that are taken into consideration during the admission process. Interviews facilitate the admission process and help the admission committee to determine a student’s demeanor, educational level and degree of commitment. Prospective students and applicants are encouraged to present a strong case for themselves through outlining their work or volunteer experience, community contributions and scholastic achievements in their personal essay and by providing strong letters of recommendation. Motivation and perseverance are some of the attributes considered when selecting a applicant.
At present, there is no requirement for an entrance examination. For students from North America, a very good Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores if available may provide an applicant an added advantage in the selection process.
4-Year MD Degree Program
Premedical requirements for admission into the 4-year MD degree program normally include University or College-level courses as follows:
- One academic year (2 semesters) of General Biology or Zoology
- One academic year of General or Inorganic Chemistry and one academic year of Organic Chemistry
- One academic year of Physics
- One academic year of English
- One academic year of Mathematics or Calculus
- A broad background in liberal arts or social sciences
5-Year MD Degree Program
Students or applicants who do not possess the premedical prerequisites for admission into the 4-Year MD degree program highlighted above are encouraged to apply for admission into the 5-Year MD degree program of All Saints University School of Medicine.
Such applicants must possess a high school or secondary school diploma or certificate with credits in science subjects (i.e., chemistry, biology, and physics), mathematics or calculus, and English.
M.D. Application Process Overview
All Saints University seeks students who demonstrate a strong drive and desire to succeed and achieve, while still being able to maintain a focus on the compassionate and humanitarian aspects of the field. Students must regard medicine as a noble profession, not simply a trade to be learned.
Grades are not the only criteria for acceptance. Although the greatest weight is placed upon a student’s scholastic record, there are many additional factors that are taken into consideration during the admission process. Interviews facilitate the admission process and help the admission committee to determine a student’s demeanour, educational level and degree of commitment. Prospective students and applicants are encouraged to present a strong case for themselves through outlining their work or volunteer experience, community contributions and scholastic achievements in their personal essay and by providing strong letters of recommendation. Motivation and perseverance are some of the attributes considered when selecting a applicant.APPLY NOW
Steps To Admission
Select Your Program
Gather Required Documents
Admissions Committee Review
Communication Of Decision
Select Your Program
5 Year MD Degree
The five-year Doctor of Medicine program starts with an eighteen-month premedical or undergraduate degree which fulfils the prerequisite criteria to be eligible for entry to the four-year Medical degree program.
High School graduates
- Strong Science background
- High School/O’Levels/CSEC or Community College graduate with at least two Science subjects.
- At least 17 years of age
- MCAT not required
- Mathematics or Calculus
4 Year MD Degree
The four-year Doctor of Medicine degree program follows a U.S based curriculum. The program consists of five (5) semesters (one year eight months) of Basic Medical Sciences completed in classrooms on the Island of St. Vincent and eighty (80) weeks of clerkship rotations completed at accredited teaching hospitals in the USA, the UK and the Caribbean.
University or College Students or Graduates
- Undergraduate or College degree in a Science related discipline with at least 90 credits at an accredited University.
- Strong Science background
- Two semesters of:
- Biology or Zoology
- General or Inorganic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Calculus or Mathematics
- One semester of English or Social Sciences.
- One semester of Biochemistry can substitute for one semester of Organic Chemistry
- All prerequisite courses or programs should have been completed within the last 10 years
Required Documents To Apply
All of the following documents are required for admission.
All Applicants will be required to upload copies of these documents directly on the online All Saints University St. Vincent admission form.
- 5 Year Program Applicants: Secondary School/ High School Transcript required
- 4 Year Program Applicants: University/College or Higher Education Transcript required
- Scanned copies can be accepted for the application process. They will, however, be treated as an unofficial transcript. Official copies MUST be submitted to the University directly from the student’s previous educational institution(s) before or upon admission into the program.
- Minimum one-page typed essay titled “Why I want to be a Doctor”. Essay is typed directly in the online application form.
Letters of Recommendation
- 2 References Required
- References will not be accepted from relatives.
- References must reflect the academic and professional qualities of the applicant.
- References must be generic or addressed to the University. Letters addressed to other institutions or companies will not be accepted.
- References must be dated and no more than 6 months old
- Copy of Passport Bio Data Page or Government issued ID with a photo
Optional Test Scores
- MCAT score, if available but not required
- TOEFL/IELTS score, if applicable
$100USD Application Fee
REQUIRED BACKGROUND CHECKS
UNDERGRADUATE AND BASIC MEDICAL SCIENCES
All students admitted into the University’s programs are required to submit a valid police clearance from the country of residence in the last six months. The police clearance must be submitted to the Passports and Immigration Department during the Registration week on campus.
All clinical students are required to do and submit a background check prior to starting clinical rotations. This is a requirement for hospitals and clinical sites. The requirements from our three-primary clinical rotation sites are listed below:
- United States of America – background check of your residence or stay in the USA.
- Jamaica – police report from the country of residence for the last three months or the country from which you will come prior to arriving in Jamaica.
- United Kingdom – detailed background check of your residence in St. Vincent and the Grenadines done through MAF Background Screening.
HEALTH AND IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS
All students entering the Doctor of Medicine degree program are required to complete a Student Health History form and provide documentation of all required immunizations and a physical examination by a Healthcare Professional prior to matriculation and prior to clinical clerkship. The form must be signed by a healthcare provider and returned to the Office of Admissions prior to matriculation.
The required immunizations will be:
- Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR):
- Hepatitis B:
- Tuberculosis (TB)
- COVID-19 Vaccine
Students are required to have 2 different Government issued photo identifications to open a bank account in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
ONLINE APPLICATION SUBMISSION
All persons eligible for the Medical degree program are required to submit their application and supporting documentation online. The online application form is available here: https://allsaintsu.org/application/ . Applications are accepted throughout the year. It is a program of three-semesters per academic year.
After submitting the completed online application form, required supporting documents and application fee the Registrar’s Office will review your submission. Applicants who have met the initial criteria for admission will be subject to an interview process either in person or via telephone before the final decision is made for admission and scholarship program eligibility. Candidates who have successfully completed the interview session and who have demonstrated all competencies and core values to be successful in the program will be granted admission to the University.
COMMUNICATION OF DECISION
The Admission Committee’s decision will be communicated within 2 to 4 weeks via email. A hard copy will be sent through regular mail as well. Applicants are encouraged to contact the admission office from time to time at: [email protected] for updates on the status of their application.
A student’s acceptance into All Saints University, College of Medicine, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is granted by the Admissions Committee. Accepted students are those who have satisfied the minimum criteria or exceeded the required standards as set forth by the Institution.
Every student accepted into the program will be given a letter of acceptance issued by the Admissions Committee via email. Students who qualify for the ASU Scholarship Program will receive a scholarship letter, in addition to the letter of admission via email. Students must reply to the admissions email sent confirming their intent to enroll and provide a copy of the signed scholarship letter to the Admissions Office within 2 weeks of the issued date.
Acceptance into the University is based on the presumption that all documents submitted during the admissions process are accurate and legal. If any document is found to be fraudulent, All Saints University, College of Medicine, St Vincent and the Grenadines will immediately terminate the application process. If the student is already registered, then s/he will be dismissed from the institution. If a degree had been conferred, it will be revoked.
Following final acceptance of admission into the program, successful applicants will be contacted by the Accounts Department regarding their tuition fee. Students are advised to pay US$1000 deposit fee for the semester as soon as possible to reserve a seat on the student roster. This amount will be credited against the first semester tuition fee. Fees are due one month prior to commencement of the program.
Transfer students may only be accepted upon evaluation by the admissions committee of all candidates’ applications and a determination of their eligibility for placement into the program.
All Saints University, College of Medicine, St Vincent and the Grenadines will only accept transferred course credits from Accredited Medical Schools that are listed on the World Directory of Medical Schools (www. wdoms.org). Medicine related courses completed outside of a Medical degree program at a College or University cannot be substituted for Medical School credits. Students transferring into the clerkship program MUST complete all CORE rotations at All Saints University St. Vincent as part of their graduation requirement before they are issued their Medical Diploma. In addition, no student will be considered for transfer into the program for the last 30 weeks of their clinical rotations.
NOTICE FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS:
- Any student who transfers into the program must satisfy the graduation criteria of All Saints University.
- Transfer students are expected to complete their medical degree within the maximum 6-year period regardless of where they would have started their program. The maximum 6-year period is for the total time spent in medical education.
Notice For Clinical Transfer Students:
In addition to the above the following is required:
- To transfer into the Clinical Clerkship phase transfer students will be required to have an NBME CBSE score of 200.
- Students who do not have a NBME score meeting the minimum above but which to transfer to ASU SVG will be required to write the NBME CBSE with ASU SVG before they are permitted to start rotations.
- Exceptions will be considered only for those students who have completed a higher qualifying examination/licensing examination, for example: USMLE Step 1 will be accepted in place of the CBSE NBME and USMLE Step 2 will be accepted in place of CCSE NBME.
CREDIT VALIDITY STATEMENT
All Saints University College of Medicine will recognize and accept course credits for the Doctor of Medicine degree program courses that has been completed within a six (6) years period of their medical education time. This time period does not include any approved Leave of Absence granted to students. Persons who are re-applying after an extensive period of absence from the medical program, will have to retake courses that has been completed more than six years ago. For extenuating or special circumstances a petition to the Dean may be submitted for review.
INACTIVITY AND ADMINISTRATIVE WITHDRAWAL
Students are asked to be guided accordingly by the policy given below.
Any student who has been inactive for more than one academic year (3 semesters) without the approval of a Leave of Absence will be considered Administratively withdrawn from the University. If at any time the student wishes to resume their studies, they must re-apply to the program through the Admissions Office and will be subject to all current policies at the time of re-application. Re-admission to the program is not guaranteed.
Any enrolled student who has been absent from the academic program for more than 30 consecutive calendar days and less than one academic year (3 semesters) without an approved Leave of Absence will be Administratively withdrawn from the Program. If the student wishes to resume their studies, they must petition the Academic Promotions Committee to be re-instated into their program of study.
If you are currently inactive and wish to complete your medical education at ASUSVG, please contact the Office of Student Affairs or Office of the Registrar for further guidance.
REACTIVATION OF STUDENT STATUS
Students who are on a Leave of Absence or inactive have a maximum of three (3) semesters or one academic year to re-enroll back onto their program of study. Failure to re-enter your program during this time will result in a loss of your student status at the University..
DIVERSITY AT ASUSVG
DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSIVITY
All Saints University, College of Medicine, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is committed to ensuring an atmosphere of inclusion, equity and diversity among all students at the University. We view diversity as encompassing race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, gender, sexual orientation and disability. These attributes play an important role in our life and influence our approach to patient care and healthcare in general. Students who understand the importance of equity and inclusivity are better able to deliver compassionate, unbiased, cross cultural healthcare to a diverse, multi-cultural and under-represented population. The University has an international student population that is representative of a broad range of countries, races and religions. An environment which places emphasis on inclusivity is essential to the achievement of diversity, and is important to the success of our students, Faculty and staff.
An enormous amount of emphasis is placed on the undermentioned guiding principles:
- The continuous recruitment and retention of students from a diverse background.
- The Student Union Government hosts programs such as Diversity Night and Culture Day which support the diversification of the student population.
- The University provides financial aid in the form of scholarships to students throughout their studies to assist with the success and retention of financially challenged students.
- The University will host events and programs which support the diversity of students, Faculty and staff.
All Saints University, College of Medicine, St Vincent and the Grenadines follows the recommendations of the United States “American with Disabilities Act” (ADA). However, our school is situated on a Caribbean Island that has certain limitations which may prevent us from accommodating certain disabilities. Students who have physical or learning disabilities should speak with the Admissions Committee and also the Office of Student Affairs concerning the provisions available for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities and who are seeking special considerations must submit proper documentation to the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Student Affairs for evaluation and special consideration. The documentation must be provided by a registered Licensed Practitioner and the medical evaluation report must be no more than one year prior to the time of application to the University. Upon acceptance, if necessary this information will be shared with the Housing Coordinator to ensure that the student is placed in an accommodation that caters to their needs.