Capacity Building Workshop, March 2017

Updates

October 2016

Successful NCFMEA Comparability Determination – Barbados and St Vincent & the Grenadines

The NCFMEA reviewed the information submitted regarding CAAM-HP’s medical education accreditation activities on behalf of the Governments of Barbados and St Vincent & the Grenadines for an initial determination of comparability. The Committee determined that the standards and processes used by the CAAM-HP to accredit medical schools in both Barbados and St Vincent & the Grenadines are comparable to those used to accredit medical schools in the U.S.

Another Successful NCFMEA Comparability Determination!

CAAM-HP is pleased to announce that the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) of the United States Department of Education determined that the standards and processes used by the CAAM-HP to accredit medical schools in Jamaica are comparable to those used to accredit medical schools in the U.S. – Effective September 4, 2014.

June 2016

Successful NCFMEA Comparability Redetermination – Grenada

The National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) of the United States Department of Education reviewed the information submitted regarding CAAM-HP’s medical education accreditation activities on behalf of the Government of Grenada for a redetermination of comparability. The Committee determined that the standards and processes used by the CAAM-HP to accredit medical schools in Grenada are comparable to those used to accredit medical schools in the U.S.

February 2015

Another Successful NCFMEA Comparability Determination!

CAAM-HP is pleased to announce that the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) of the United States Department of Education determined that the standards and processes used by the CAAM-HP to accredit medical schools in Jamaica are comparable to those used to accredit medical schools in the U.S. – Effective September 4, 2014.

October 2013

NCFMEA Comparability Determination Successful

On October 30, 2013, the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) met to evaluate the documents submitted by the CAAM-HP on behalf of Antigua and Barbuda, describing the current standards and processes used to accredit medical schools in that country.

The purpose of the NCFMEA’s review was to determine the comparability of the country’s medical accreditation system for Doctor of Medicine programs, or the equivalent, to the systems used to accredit such programs in the United States (U.S.). Under U.S. law, accredited schools in a country that the NCFMEA finds comparable may apply to participate in the U.S. William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) program. Then, if a medical school participates in the Direct Loan program, U.S. students attending the school may apply for Direct Loans to help cover educational expenses.

The NCFMEA reviewed the information regarding the CAAM-HP’s medical education accreditation activities that was contained in the application the CAAM-HP submitted on behalf of Antigua and Barbuda for an initial determination of comparability and heard testimony from the country’s representatives.

CAAM-HP is pleased to report that the NCFMEA determined that the standards and processes used by the CAAM-HP to accredit medical schools in Antigua and Barbuda are comparable to those used to accredit medical schools in the U.S. This determination is effective October 30, 2013 and expires October 30, 2016.

January 2012

CAAM-HP Training Workshops

The CAAM-HP, with assistance from the Commonwealth Secretariat, will be hosting another series of training workshops on January 24, 2012 in Jamaica and on February 2, 2012 in Trinidad. The purpose of these workshops is to train potential reviewers of degree nursing education programmes with the objective of developing the database of reviewers. Invited participants will include senior faculty from institutions offering nursing education programmes at the degree level, Chief Nursing Officers and representatives from the Nursing Councils.

June 2011

NAFSA 63rd Annual Conference

The Executive Director, at the invitation of the National Association of Foreign Students Advisers (NAFSA) an association of international educators, made a presentation at its 63rd Annual Conference held May 29 – June 3, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada.

March 2011

‘Accrediting the Accreditors’- Part I: Observing a Site Visit

The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) has concluded one aspect of its evaluation of the CAAM-HP as an accrediting agency with the observation of the site visit to St George's University School of Medicine. This involved a team of WFME/FAIMER experts serving as observers on the visit to the school's basic science and clinical training sites. This evaluation of CAAM-HP's accreditation process for recognition will continue with the observation of the decision making process of CAAM-HP in its determination of accreditation at the Authority's next meeting.

Greater New York Hospital Association Educational Session

Against the background of recent discussions surrounding the topic of off-shore schools, clerkship training and the recent announcement from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) on their accreditation requirement that is set to go into effect in 2023, the Director of Graduate Medical Education of the Greater New York Hospital Association, a trade association representing hospitals in the New York area, invited the CAAM-HP Secretariat to an educational session on March 14, 2011, for medical education staff in their member hospitals where large numbers of these students train in order to facilitate a discussion on these topics. Others in attendance at the session were representatives of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) and the New York State Education Department.

December 2010

Standards for Degree Nursing Programmes

Accreditation Standards for the degree nursing programmes were approved.

November / December 2010

CAAM-HP Training Workshops

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) provided a small grant towards hosting two workshops in Jamaica (November 29, 2010) and Barbados (December 9, 2010) for senior medical professionals from the basic and clinical sciences who could serve as external reviewers and new CAAM-HP members.

October 2010

COHSOD Meeting

The Executive Director attended the 20th Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD), October 18-20, 2010, held in Georgetown, Guyana.

September 2010

Accrediting the Accreditors’- WFME and CAAM-HP and implications for ECFMG Certification

In the US quality concerns have spurred scrutiny of Caribbean medical schools as an increasing number of students go abroad (outside the US) for their medical education and the difficulty in assessing the qualifications of these graduates who apply for licensure. Licensing boards are concerned that some medical school graduates might pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), complete the clinical physical examination and get into a residency programme but do so without a medical education which truly qualifies them to practice unsupervised, which is what a license ensures.

Regulatory agencies such as the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), the body responsible for certifying International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who wish to enter graduate medical education programmes in the USA, have written extensively on the challenges in evaluating international medical schools and their graduates due to the variation in oversight measures by an external body, the rigor and transparency of the process and standards used.

This certification is one of the eligibility requirements for IMGs to take Step 3 of the USMLE. Medical licensing authorities in the US require ECFMG certification among other requirements, for IMGs to obtain an unrestricted license to practice medicine.

Consequently, the ECFMG recently came up with what is regarded as a more viable system which would evaluate and 'recognise' the various national and regional bodies which accredit international medical schools. It is felt that the evaluation and recognition of accrediting bodies by a single international agency using globally accepted criteria would create a meaningful system of international accreditation. To obtain approval, national or regional accrediting bodies would need to document their accreditation processes and demonstrate that those processes ensure a certain level of quality in medical education. Such a demonstration of quality would be manifested by the accrediting bodies' evaluation of individual medical schools within their jurisdiction. Graduates of medical schools accredited by a body that is approved by this international agency would meet the ECFMG's accreditation requirement for ECFMG certification.

The foundation of such a system to 'recognise the accreditors' is taking shape. During 2011 the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) will pilot this model, applying the standards for undergraduate medical education. The CAAM-HP has agreed to be the first accrediting body reviewed in this pilot process. Should CAAM-HP's accreditation standards and processes be approved by the WFME, CAAM-HP will be the first accrediting body recognised through this new process.

Associated with this is the new policy announced on September 21, 2010 that effective 2023, physicians applying for ECFMG certification will be required to graduate from a medical school that has been appropriately accredited. To satisfy this requirement, the physician's medical school must be accredited through a formal process that uses criteria comparable to those established for US medical schools by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or that uses other globally accepted criteria such as those put forth by the WFME.


IAMRA 9th International Conference

The Executive Director attended the 9th International Conference on Medical Regulation hosted by the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA) held September 26-29, 2010 in Philadelphia. The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) invited the Executive Director to participate in a panel discussion on the new medical school accreditation requirements for ECFMG certification. Other panellists represented Canada, New Zealand and India.

July 2010

ACHEA Annual Conference

The Executive Director presented a paper entitled, Medical Education in the Caribbean: Accreditation and Quality Issues at the 9th Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators (ACHEA) held in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, July 8-10, 2010.

April 2010

ECFMG Board of Trustees Educational Session

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) invited the Executive Director to make a presentation at its Board of Trustees educational session on April 16, 2010 on accreditation efforts in the Caribbean, CAAM-HP and the present accreditation status of the schools.


June 2009

Journal Publication – Academic Medicine

A manuscript titled 'Accreditation of Undergraduate Medical Education in the Caribbean: Report on the CAAM-HP' and co-authored by staff from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and the CAAM-HP was published in the June issue of Academic Medicine.

April 2009

Presentation at the 10th Biennial Conference of INQAAHE

The Executive Director also presented a paper entitled 'Quality Assurance of medical education programmes in the Anglophone Caribbean: Accreditation by the CAAM-HP as one method of assuring quality' at the 10th Biennial Conference of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), March 30 to April 2, 2009 in Abu Dhabi.

February 2009

CAAM-HP Moves to the Accreditation of Veterinary Education Programmes

The CAAM-HP began the accreditation of other health professions when it undertook the assessment of the education programme of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of the West Indies. Please see assessed schools for more information.

View photos of the visit

November 2008

Presentation at the AIM Conference

The CAAM-HP Executive Director was invited to make a presentation at the Administrators in Medicine (AIM) Seminar held in Kansas City in November of 2008.

October 2008

Accreditation of Dental Education Programmes

The documents for dental medicine are now complete and CAAM-HP is ready to begin the accreditation of dental education programmes. The institutions offering training in dental medicine have been so advised.

February 2008

Accreditation of Veterinary Education Programmes

CAAM-HP has written to institutions offering training in veterinary medicine informing them of its readiness to begin the accreditation of veterinary education programmes.

January 2008

CAAM-HP Receives Formal Recognition from the UK Government

UK Government recognises CAAM-HP as the official accreditation authority for New and Developing Medical Schools in the British Overseas territories in the Caribbean. In a letter to the Executive Director of the CAAM-HP, the Overseas Territories Department informed that, "…following a change to UK legislation in 2003, the General Medical Council (GMC) no longer has jurisdiction for accrediting medical schools outside the UK. An alternative body had to be sought to provide the necessary oversight and regulatory framework. After a careful examination of the options, it has been concluded that CAAM-HP is the appropriate body to take on the role that was previously carried out by the GMC. This recommendation follows discussions with the GMC, Department for International Development and the Department of Health. HMG policy on accreditation and endorsement of new and developing medical schools in the Caribbean Overseas Territories can be summarised as follows: • HMG recognises CAAM-HP as the official accreditation authority for new and developing medical schools in the Caribbean Overseas Territories. • HMG would endorse a new medical school for a listing in the World Health Organisation World Directory of Medical Schools and/or the International Medical Education Directory (IMED-FAIMER) once CAAM-HP is satisfied that the institution is ready to admit its first class of students and has issued initial provisional accreditation."

(HMG: Her Majesty’s Government)


Documents for Other Health Professions

Documents for veterinary medicine were finalised. However the completion of the documents for dental medicine is still in progress.

May 2007

CAAM-HP/WFME Invitational Conference

The Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) successfully hosted an Invitational Conference on Accreditation of Medical Programmes in the Caribbean, May 13-15, 2007, Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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View photos from the event.

April 2007

INQAAHE Annual Meeting

The CAAM-HP is now a full member of the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) and was represented at its international meeting held in April 2007 in Toronto, Canada.

October 2006

COHSOD Annual Meeting

The CAAM-HP was represented by its Executive Director at the XV Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) of CARICOM held on October 19, 2006. The Authority has a responsibility to report to COHSOD.

July 2006

Legislation in Jamaica

An Act to give effect to the Agreement establishing the CAAM-HP in Jamaica was passed in the Senate on July 21, 2006 and is now in effect. The Act may be cited as the Caribbean Accreditation Authority (Medicine and other Health Professions) Act, 2006.

July 2004

Launch of CAAM-HP

July 14, 2004 marked the launch of the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions in Jamaica by former Prime Minister P. J. Patterson.

November 2003

Treaty Establishing the Authority

The Treaty Establishing the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) was initially signed by five (5) Heads of Government (Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago) at the Ninth Special Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community held in St. Lucia, November 13, 2003.

Revised Standards for Medicine



Successful NCFMEA Comparability Determination Exercises in 2016



10th Anniversary Conference



International Recognition Granted!































Lebanese American Medical Association (LAMA)

The CAAM-HP hereby advises that it has had no association with the Lebanese American Medical Association (LAMA) in the accreditation of Trinity School of Medicine in St Vincent or Xavier University School of Medicine in Aruba or any other school in the Caribbean nor has it had any relationship with LAMA in any other matter. Also, CAAM-HP does not coordinate accreditation visits on behalf of any other body. The named schools have had their medical education programmes assessed by CAAM-HP in keeping with its remit. CAAM-HP coordinates its accreditation and other activities internally without any affiliation with any other body unless otherwise disclosed.
November 02, 2016



Unauthorised Representation

The public is hereby advised that CAAM-HP has not authorized any accreditation body or individual to make representation on its behalf in any other fora whether regionally or internationally.
December 4, 2014



Use of CAAM-HP Standards

The Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) has been made aware of claims that its Standards are being used by other accreditation bodies to evaluate medical education programmes located in their countries. Read more.

CAAM-HP wishes to make it clear that such accreditation exercises CANNOT be interpreted to mean that the CAAM-HP has accredited or approved these programmes. Programmes assessed and accredited by the CAAM-HP, with its independent international mechanisms, are listed on CAAM-HP's website.

Any further enquiries or uncertainty about the validity of accreditation exercises claiming the approval of CAAM-HP should be directed to the CAAM-HP Secretariat.

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Dated: September 9, 2009