"The founding and development of Caribbean Medical University School of Medicine have been the result of collective sacrifice and solidarity involving remarkable individuals and the Caribbean people as a whole. What stands here today is a magnificent educational monument to the cooperative solidarity of civilized people from different lands."
Dr. Ryan Jackson, MD, MS
Dean of Academics
The Caribbean Medical University School of Medicine has been established to educate and inspire scholars and future leaders, who will advance the practice of medical science.
The mission of CMU is to educate medical students in accordance with the highest professional standards; to prepare clinicians to practice patient-centered medicine of the highest standard; and to identify and answer fundamental questions in the mechanisms, prevention and treatment of disease, in health care delivery and in the basic sciences.
The aim of the curriculum of the medical school is to produce leaders in medicine, who will take the foundation of a broad education in medicine, to improve health through patient care, research, and education.
METHODS FOR ACCOMPLISHING THIS MISSION
- Institute Problem-based Learning (PBL) into the curriculum
- Inclusion of case studies into early curricular lectures
- Patient contact beginning in the first year, patient simulations, clinical skills practice, and exposure to physical diagnosis and patient interviewing during year I.
- Call upon regular U. S. faculty known to administration from almost 25 years in American academic medicine.
- Identifying human material resources for learning.
- Choosing and implementing appropriate learning strategies.
- Evaluating learning outcomes.
As a measure of their competence, every graduate of the CMU will:
The Science and Practice of Medicine
- Apply scientific principles and a multidisciplinary body of scientific knowledge to the diagnosis, management, and prevention of clinical problems;
- Understand the variation in the expression of health and disease through critical evaluation of biomedical research;
- Obtain a sufficient level of medical knowledge to understand the basic facts, concepts, and principles essential to competent medical practice;
- Exhibit the highest level of effective and efficient performance in data gathering, organization, interpretation and clinical decision making in the prevention, diagnosis, and management of disease;
The Social Context of Medicine
- Understand and respond to factors that influence the social, behavioral, and economical factors in health, disease and medical care;
- Demonstrate effective and compassionate interpersonal communication skill toward patients and families necessary to form and sustain effective medical care;
- Present information and ideas in an organized and clear manner to educate or inform patients, families, colleagues and community;
- Display the personal attributes of compassion, honesty and integrity in relationship with patients, families, and the medical community;
- Adhere to the highest ethical standards of judgment and conduct as it applies to the health care milieu;
- Demonstrate a critical self-appraisal in his/her knowledge and practice of medicine, as well as received and give constructive appraisal to/from patients, families, colleagues and other healthcare professionals;
- Understand the limits of personal knowledge and experience and will demonstrate the intellectual curiosity to actively pursue the acquisition of new knowledge and skills necessary to refine and improve his/her medical practice or to contribute to the scientific body of medical knowledge;.