M.D. Degree Admission Requirements
Admissions Process Overview
Doctor of Medicine Programs
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.
Steps to Admission
Select Your Program
Gather Required Documents
Admissions Committee Review
Communication of Decision
Select Your Program
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
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
Frequently Asked Questions
The minimum requirement to apply to the 5 year MD program is a high school / secondary school diploma with strong grades in the following required prerequisite courses: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Calculus and English.
If you are unsure if you qualify please email email@example.com for more information.
Students who have completed some of the prerequisites or that have university courses equivalent to some of the prerequisites can transfer their credits. They then can gain admission into the 5 Year MD degree program and complete the remaining required courses through the Premedical component. The length of the Premedical program will be shortened accordingly.
For example, if a student has mathematics and English at an university/undergraduate level, he or she can transfer the credits and complete the missing prerequisites such as physics, chemistry and biology through the premedical component.
If you are unsure if you qualify please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There is currently is no entrance examination requirement for admission.
For students from North America, a Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score is not required but if available may provide an applicant an added advantage in the selection process.
ASU SVG offers one of the most affordable medical school tuition fees.
We also offer scholarship opportunities based on academic performance, personal experience and financial need.
After you submit your application online our admissions office will review your grades, essay and recommendation submitted to see if you qualify for a scholarship.
Students applying to study Medicine at All Saints University, College of Medicine, St Vincent and the Grenadines must possess the requisite academic qualifications and meet the required technical standards as outlined by the University. Medicine is a challenging profession that is physically and mentally demanding and requires that healthcare professionals place the interest of their patients above their own. Throughout their studies, students will develop the necessary skills and qualities that will allow them to cope with a demanding career. It is important that students possess certain necessary qualities which will allow them to function adequately in their studies and also in their career.
MOTOR AND TACTILE FUNCTION
Students must possess adequate motor function to be able to participate in all didactic and practical sessions, such as attendance in class, seminars, laboratory sessions, physical examinations and cardiopulmonary resuscitation etc.
Students must be able to clearly and effectively communicate with patients, staff and other health care providers in a patient-oriented setting, such as the hospital or clinic. Students must be able to recognize and process non-verbal communication, such as changes in mood.
Students are required to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the ethics of the Medical profession. They are to exercise good judgement under stress or uncertainties in the care of their patients. Students must always exercise professional decorum and avoid copyright infringement. Students must be forthright, emotionally stable, and respectful of patients, peers and other members of the healthcare team at all times.
CONCEPTUAL, ANALYTICAL AND QUANTITATIVE ABILITIES
Students must be able to memorize, recall and explain Medical and relevant concepts. They must be able to calculate, analyse and interpret data which form part of the Medical School curriculum. Students must also be able to understand spatial and three-dimensional relationships, such as those encountered in the dissection laboratory sessions.
Students must have functional use of their senses of vision, hearing, smell and touch, as well as somatic sensation. These skills are required for students to be able to observe demonstrations, experiments and simulations in the basic and clinical sciences. Students must also be able to assess a patient’s physical condition, obtain a patient’s history, perform relevant physical examinations, and develop a differential diagnosis and treatment plan for their patients.
NB: Students are required to have 2 different Government issued photo identifications to open a bank account in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
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.
All persons eligible for the Medical degree program are required to submit their application and supporting documentation online. The online application form is available for download at the All Saints University, College of Medicine, St Vincent and the Grenadines website, 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@example.com 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.
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.