An agreement between Thompson Rivers University and a Caribbean medical school will give TRU students access to medical school in the UK or Saint Maarten, according to TRU.
In a press release, Laurie Robinson, TRU’s director of international partnerships and business development, said this partnership provides a direct route for graduates of TRU Bachelor of Science to study at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC).
“This is an excellent opportunity for Canadian students who are desperate to enter medical school and begin their studies at TRU,” said Robinson.
According to TRU, graduates from AUC have the option to take an exam that will allow them to practice medicine in the US, Canada or the UK.
The university said that since Canadian medical schools are “extremely competitive,” this agreement gives students another way to access education directly.
Dr. AUC Provost Heidi Chumley said in a statement they were “excited” to announce the partnership with TRU.
“It enables us to work together to address the medical shortage that is emerging across North America,” said Chumley.
“Creating accessible pathways for deserving students is part of the AUC’s mission to train the doctors of tomorrow.”
The AUC maintains a campus in Sint Maarten and Lancashire, UK, which offers a doctorate in medicine. They also maintain a network of clinical training locations in the United States and the United Kingdom.
According to TRU, Canadian students are eligible for scholarships if they are admitted to the program.
The International / Canadian Student Scholarship is a one-time award of $ 80,000 spread over several semesters.
The TRU Affiliate Scholarship offers a one-time award of $ 7,500 for the first semester of enrollment with AUC.
The university said accepted students are also eligible for a first-semester home loan.
An information event for current and future TRU students and their families will take place on May 19 at 4 p.m.
TRU employees who would like to learn more about the partnership are also cordially invited.
Interested parties can register here.