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New medical school awaiting accreditation, completion of renovations at East End campus

The new medical school being opened in the British Virgin Islands only has two more hurdles to pass before it can become fully operational in the British Virgin Islands.

Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley told BVI News that the University of Science Arts and Technology — which was later renamed to the University of Health & Humanities, Virgin Islands — is waiting for renovations to be completed at its James Young Harbour View Marina campus in East End, Tortola.

The other thing in the way of the medical school commencing operations is the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP).

“The next hurdle that must be overcome for the school to operate is the accreditation from CAAM-HP. Once the institution is accredited, there should be no barrier to them operating,” said Dr Wheatley, who noted that he had no timeline for when the facility would receive accreditation.

The Education Minister also confirmed that he had talks with founder and President of the university Dr Orien Tulp when he first came into office.

A number of factors have since developed, including renovations which are currently ongoing at the East End facility.

“Early on in my tenure, I had a meeting with Dr Tulp. At that point, the institution needed a building to rent. I have been informed that the institution now has a space in East End.”

This is the first mention of the medical school from the new VIP administration which came into office in February 2019.

Back in June 2018, the Cabinet of the previous NDP government approved for the institution to begin operations in the territory.

The then Education Minister Myron Walwyn said in October 2018 that a few hundred international students were expressing interest in the medical school. He also said that it was expected to be opened in January 2019.

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  1. Ha! says:

    No offense but there is where they putting people? What kind of funny business is this? And to have the name Virgin Islands. If something can’t be done right it should not be done at all.

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  2. ..... says:

    The chalwells were instrumental in forming the VIP government one can tell

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  3. Lodger says:

    I hope this is fake news.

  4. strupes says:

    sheer assishness putting the office there

  5. Due Diligence says:

    Mr. Minister, please do your due diligence. Please don’t forget BVI Airways.
    The BVI Beacon had a very interesting article on this school. Please read it Sir or better still, have a chat with the journalist who wrote the article.

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  6. CW says:

    Look at these comments. An accreditation for a medical school would be an AMAZING THING FOR BVI but all you STRUPES do is complain and tear good things and good people down. Shame on you and your Egotistical ways. It’s wonderful to see this school starting to make something for itself and for the BVI never mind what the haters think.

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  7. Anderson says:

    This is the same school that did not pass CAAM HP Accreditation. They were operating in Puerto Rico without permission of the government. Students are NOT elegible to request ECFMG certification. Tulp sued the ECFMG and lost. What kind of strange deal is taking place here?

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  8. LOL says:

    American Medical schools in the Caribbean are only after the money not in the students, poor quality medical training.

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