BACKGROUND TO THE ESTABLISHENT OF THE CAAM-HP
The Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) was established in 2003 under the aegis of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to ensure that the education programmes of medicine and other health professions offered by institutions in participating countries are recognised nationally and regionally to be of international standard.
Medical education in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) began with thirty-three (33) students in 1948 at the foundation of the University College of the West Indies (UCWI), at the Mona Campus in Jamaica as a constituent part of the University of London. In 1962 the UCWI sought independence from London becoming The University of the West Indies (UWI). From its inception until 2001 when the practice of accrediting overseas institutions was discontinued in keeping with European Union (EU) regulations regarding academic and professional training programmes, the medical education programme of the UWI was accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC) of the UK. This gave national, regional and international recognition to UWI graduates who were able to register freely in the UK and other Commonwealth countries. This practice continued over the years even as various changes took place in medical education at the University ofthe West Indies (UWI).
Other medical schools were established at the University of Suriname in 1969 and at the University of Guyana in 1985.
From the mid 1970s onwards the region has witnessed an influx of ‘offshore’ medical schools with an almost exclusively international student population mainly from the US and Canada.
In response to these developments and the regional thrust to ensure quality education and training in the context of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), a regional accreditation system was established as a means of providing the assurance of quality that generates confidence in the stakeholders. Thus, the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) was launched under the aegis of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in July 2004 to accredit the education programmes of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing and other health professions in CARICOM member states.
CARICOM Member States are: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad& Tobago, British Virgin Islands and Turks & Caicos Islands.
SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITY
The CAAM-HP accredits medical, dental, veterinary and degree nursing education programmes of the schools located in the participating countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
The CAAM-HP is recognised by the participating countries as the agency for accreditation of educational programmes for qualifying degrees in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dental Medicine and Nursing. The CAAM-HP is empowered to determine and prescribe standards and to accredit programmes of medical, dental and veterinary education on behalf of the contracting parties in CARICOM. The CAAM-HP will make its own final decisions about accreditation status.
MEMBERSHIP OF THE CARIBBEAN ACCREDITATION AUTHORITY FOR
EDUCATION IN MEDICINE AND OTHER HEALTH PROFESSIONS
A. Three (3) persons nominated jointly by academic institutions in the Community offering training in medicine (other than dental medicine and veterinary medicine)
Professor Terence Seemungal, University Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad & Tobago
Dr Rhonda McIntyre, Associate Dean of Medical Sciences, Professor of Paediatrics, Ross University School of Medicine.
Dr Peter Bell, Executive Dean, Clinical Sciences, American University of Antigua
B. One (1) person nominated jointly by academic institutions in the Community offering training in dental medicine
Dr William Smith, Director, The University of the West Indies School of Dentistry, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad & Tobago
C. One (1) person nominated jointly by academic institutions in the Community offering training in veterinary medicine
Dr Karla Georges, Head of Basic Veterinary Sciences, The University of the West Indies School of Veterinary Medicine, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad & Tobago
D. Two (2) persons nominated jointly by regional organizations representing civil society
Professor Joseph (Mike) Branday (Jamaica)
Professor Ronald Young (Jamaica)
E. Two (2) students enrolled in training programmes in medicine at academic institutions in the Community and nominated by the institutions
Ms Jakaila Hewitt, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados
Ms Crystol Nelson, University of Guyana
F. Two (2) persons from outside the region who have expertise in the accreditation of training programmes in medicine or other health professions
Professor Sam Leinster, Emeritus Professor of Medical Education, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia.
Professor Genevieve Moineau, Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
G. One (1) person representing the Caribbean Association of Medical Councils (CAMC)
Dr Varma Deyalsingh, President, Medical Board of Trinidad & Tobago
H. Three (3) representatives each appointed by a Contracting Party selected by the Secretary-General (of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)) on a rotational basis
Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, Chief Medical Officer, Jamaica
Dr Narine Singh, Chief Medical Officer, Guyana
Dr Sharon Belmar-George, Chief Medical Officer, St Lucia
I. The Executive Director, who shall be an ex-officio member
Mrs Lorna Parkins
J. Where the Authority specifies which professions are to be treated as other health professions, membership of the Authority shall be extended to include:
Two (2) persons nominated jointly by academic institutions offering training in other health professions in the Community.
Dr Deon Bennett, University of Technology, Jamaica
Two (2) students enrolled in training programmes in other health professions in institutions in the Community nominated by those institutions.
Ms Kezia Sookram, School of Veterinary Medicine, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus
Ms. Shivani Ramsaroop, School of Dentistry, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
Mr. Jordan Steele, School of Dentistry, University of Technology, Jamaica
CAAM-HP members, staff, and surveyors must sign a statement agreeing to treat as confidential any information they receive or generate in connection with accreditation activities.