Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that the American Canadian School of Medicine (ACSOM) will begin operations in Dominica in September this year.
He made the disclosure during a press conference on Wednesday.
Site visitors from the International Agency for Accreditation and Rating (IAAR) met with Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and members of his cabinet on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, to discuss areas of cooperation between the Government of Dominica and ACSOM.
“Progress of the American Canadian School of Medicine as it prepares to welcome its first cohort of students in September, following the departure of Ross University from Picard we explored several options for a replacement school,” he said. “We eventually signed an agreement with the operators of the American Canadian School of Medicine and I am happy to report that the school is on track to begin operations in September with approximately 50 students.”
According to the Prime Minister, enrollment is expected to increase at the start of the spring semester in January 2024.
The Prime Minister pointed out that his government is seeking to build a strong mutually beneficial partnership with the school, “from which our students and people can realize long-term benefits.”
Meantime, he said the government intends to enter into a social partnership agreement with the ACSOM which will provide them with access to the country’s medical facilities for teaching.
“The school in turn will assist in our efforts to ensure superior delivery of healthcare and that will include support and management of our hospital, our population having access to the medical experts and consultants will be faculty and staff at the medical school,” he noted.
Skerrit continued, “As a matter of fact they have already started with that venture and several of our medical and other professionals will be considered for employment.”
In fact, he revealed that if one visits the school’s website www.acsom.edu.dm a number of job openings have recently been posted.
“We also seek support to develop course work at the Dominica State College and Dominican students will be able to access medical studies at the school’s Picard Campus with the opportunity to complete their clinical rotation in the state of California in the United States of America, full scholarships, that is, for Dominican students.”
According to the government’s agreement, he mentioned that the school will award full scholarships to Dominican students on a yearly basis.
The school is said to be a replacement for Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM). In August 2018, RUSM announced that it would be shutting down its operation in Dominica and would be operating in Barbados from January 2019.
RUSM was located in Portsmouth and was a significant source of income for the island’s second town for about 40 years.