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Northumbria University and St. George's University of Grenada Expand Joint Medical Education Programme

Press release   •   May 15, 2019 13:13 BST

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Northumbria University and St. George’s University have announced an expansion of their joint medical training programme which will double the amount of time that medical students spend in the UK.

The St. George's - Northumbria joint programme was founded in 2007 to create a pathway for highly qualified international students to pursue a world-class western medical education. Under the partnership, St Georges students would spend a year studying their pre-clinical and medical education at Northumbria University’s campus in Newcastle upon Tyne. Since then, more than 1,700 students have begun their physician training with St. George's at the Northumbria campus.

Under the terms of the expanded relationship, students in the St. George’s University School of Medicine/Northumbria University five-year Medical Degree programme will now be able to spend up to two years at Northumbria. They will develop a foundation in the principles of clinical medicine, earning a Diploma in Higher Education in Medical Sciences from Northumbria.

Students then travel to St. Georges in Grenada to complete one year of the Principles of Clinical Medicine before undertaking two years of clinical rotations. They are able to spend up to six months on rotation in the United Kingdom, with the remainder in the United States or Canada.

Professor Peter Francis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Northumbria University, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with St George’s University, and we are incredibly excited to be working with them to offer an innovative new joint medical programme, which will involve educating the doctors of tomorrow.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to welcome even more students from around the globe to Newcastle. Studying for longer with us, they will benefit from our world leading academic staff, research-informed teaching, outstanding facilities and the exciting city life which Newcastle offers.”

Dr.G. Richard Olds, President of St. George's University, said: “St. George's has students and faculty from more than 140 countries around the world. For many of our students, the United Kingdom is a more convenient location in which to pursue their studies. This relationship with Northumbria offers our students flexibility while ensuring they receive a top-notch education identical to the one we provide in Grenada.”

Dr. James Coey, Assistant Dean of Basic Sciences at St. George's and the academic lead in Newcastle, said: “We are excited to further develop our relationship with both Northumbria University and the wider NHS.

"The relationship between St. George's and Northumbria affords our students experience with healthcare systems in Grenada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and beyond. I am confident our graduates will not only stand out from their peers when they interview for residency positions but go on to be exceptional physicians with a truly global perspective.”

St George’s University is a centre of international education, drawing students and faculty from over 140 countries to the island of Grenada, West Indies. The University is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. It has contributed over 20,000 physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals who are practicing across the world. 

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