Dominica’s newest university, the American Canadian School of Medicine, has welcomed its 2023 cohort of nine students from around the world, marking the start of classes at their institution.
The distinguished white coat ceremony, conducted on August 13 at the recently opened Picard Portsmouth campus-the former home of Ross University-officially initiated the students’ transformative journey into the field of medicine.
ACSOM President Casey James stated during his address that the institution has embarked on a mission to provide an outstanding medical education experience to these students and those who will follow.
According to him, the vision of the school, which has been established as a private, nonprofit entity with a strong social commitment, extends beyond producing exceptional physicians; it aspires to elevate healthcare standards within Dominica and beyond.
“For decades, Dominica has proven to be an exceptional location for medical education,” James stated. “Dominica’s healthcare system has provided medical students with many of their first and most impactful experiences as student learners.”
The President went on to express gratitude to the Dominican government, whose participation and support were instrumental in the realisation of ACSOM.
He further stated that the relationship between ACSOM and the Dominican government reflects a common commitment to improve healthcare.
“It bridges resources for our shared mission for advancing health care,” he stated. James went on to say that ACSOM’s accreditations from internationally recognised agencies IAR and ACCM demonstrate its commitment to sustaining excellent educational standards.
As president of the institution, he assured the inaugural class that their education and experiences at the institution would be second to none.
For his part, Dean of ACSOM Dr. Ramin Ahmadi, M.D., noted that the institution was built upon the bedrock of collaboration, bringing together the finest minds in academia, and the dedication of a faculty that was trained for several years to deliver this unique and modern curriculum.
He stressed that this combination fosters a student-centered environment where innovation flourishes and where the practice of medicine is elevated to an art that transcends science.
“As you step into this beautiful campus, you become part of a legacy that stretches back through time, an unbroken chain of healers, pioneers, and advocates of human wellness. But remember, you’re not merely inheritors of this legacy. You are its torchbearers,” he told the new class.
“It’s your responsibility to add your chapters to this ever-evolving story, to push the boundaries of medical knowledge, and to redefine the limits of compassionate care,” Dr Ahmadi added.