ON Wednesday, the first private medical school to be owned by Caribbean nationals — Caribbean School of Medical Sciences, Jamaica (CSMSJ) — was officially launched in Kingston.

The wholly owned Jamaican-chartered institution joins 40 other mainly offshore medical schools that are located in the Caribbean-basin region, which gives the region the distinction of having the most medical schools per capita in the world, a release said.

In presenting an overview of the institution during the launch at Jamaica Pegasus hotel last week, executive dean and Cuban-trained medical doctor, Neville Graham, spoke of the foundations on which the school was built two years ago that have enabled it to score records of 95 per cent and 85 per cent passes in the Caribbean Association of Medical Council (CAMC) examinations for doctors and interns who had studied outside of the Caribbean and sought licences to practise in Jamaica.

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