Our goal is to secure $10 million in development and operational funding to enable the first UVI School of Medicine class to be established. As of January 2016, we have raised $3 million in gifts and pledges. This will supplement the generous lead gift - a $30 million commitment - by Dr. Chirinjeev Kathuria, a physician and Chairman of New Generation Power, as part of his passion for strengthening the health and welfare of the Virgin Islands. Demonstrating broad support is a necessary step in the accreditation process as well. Current Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp has stated his full support of the medical school during 2015 commencement addresses at the University.
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UVI is striving to develop knowledgeable and caring physicians committed to providing quality health care in the Virgin Islands and Caribbean region. Our challenge is to receive donations and pledge commitments, in order to make the medical school for the Virgin Islands a reality. Join us! Donate Online!
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Questions about the School of Medicine:
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University of the Virgin Islands
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The University of the Virgin Islands is a learner-centered institution committed to enhance the lives of the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the wider Caribbean. The UVI School of Medicine is dedicated to supporting this mission by developing a local physician-training program that will provide care to the local community as well as contributing to national and global health.
The vision of the University of the Virgin Islands School of Medicine (UVISOM) is to improve the health care of the people of the Territory and wider Caribbean community and to address pressing national and international health issues in support of the global community.
The mission of UVISOM is to educate students from the diverse communities of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the wider Caribbean and the continental US as physicians dedicated to the health and well-being of their communities. These physicians will be prepared through innovative pedagogy that will result in physicians who are life-long learners, solution finders, team players and leaders of the 21st century.
University of the Virgin Islands named Dr. Benjamin Sachs as interim dean for the School of Medicine. In this position, Dr. Sachs is engaged in preparing documentation for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the medical school accreditation organization for the United States and Canada, and developing the organizational structure of the medical school.
UVI has begun construction of a School of Medicine classroom/administration building near the eastern edge of UVI’s St. Thomas campus. The 20,000 sq. ft. building was designed to accommodate UVISOM’s unique delivery system with classrooms configured for small group work along with an auditorium/testing center. A clinical skills center within the building will support the first two years of clinical skills training which will permit the students to be video-taped during their patient encounters in order to critique themselves at a later date. The most advanced anatomy lab features state-of-the art computerized anatomy tables which allow interaction with true human gross anatomy in life size 3-D images. The library will feature electronic access to the latest medical resources within the building as well as anywhere within the USVI.
Students will have a dedicated study lounge as well as outdoor covered decks for relaxation. Students will have easy access to faculty and staff within the same facility and will be able to schedule conference rooms for group study. The students will also be able to enjoy access to additional support provided by the administrative staff and faculty of the undergraduate campus. The campus includes recreational activities such as a fitness center, golf course, tennis courts and basketball courts, the Reichhold Center for the Arts and Brewer’s Bay Beach.
Image caption: The School of Medicine medical education building will support the first two years of integrated basic and clinical sciences curriculum on UVI’s St. Thomas campus.
Image caption: The new medical education building will overlook the green space of the campus golf course and the Caribbean Sea.
The simulation center will play a critical role in enabling UVISOM to provide accredited training for both undergraduates and practicing healthcare professionals. This center will incorporate the most advanced medical simulation technology, serving the medical and nursing students as well as provide continuing education for physicians and other healthcare providers in the USVI, the broader Caribbean, and the 50 states of the U.S. This facility will be constructed on the Albert A. Sheen Campus of UVI, on the island of St. Croix across from the RT Park on Palm Drive. It will allow Caribbean healthcare professionals to advance their skills close to home, as well as introduce other healthcare providers to the territory and stimulate economic growth. As a school of medicine, UVISOM has responsibility for the provision of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education. In addition to 200 UVISOM medical students and 100 UVI nursing students, the Territory has over 1000 healthcare professionals that have a nationally mandated requirement to obtain accredited continuing education and professional development. There are no other accredited providers of continuing medical education for practicing healthcare professionals in the U.S.V.I.
The facility will feature a trauma operating room and a hybrid operating room in which behind the scene technicians control patient responses, and the environment in which a team of healthcare professionals (or students) must perform emergency procedures while everything is caught on tape. The center also houses 18 surgical skill lab areas with four team training rooms for debriefing sessions. An auditorium and open atrium can accommodate up to 160 individuals.
The UVI Simulation Center was designed by the same architectural firm that designed the University of South Florida Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS). CAMLS will provide management expertise for the operation of the new UVI Simulation Center.
Image caption: The UVISOM will include a state-of-the-art simulation center on the Albert A. Sheen Campus to train medical students and provide CME programs for physicians and first responders.
University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine (UCF COM)
The UVI SOM is in partnership with UCF COM, recognized for its excellent medical education curriculum, commitment to innovation, and a record of student achievement. UVI SOM has based its medical education program on the LCME-accredited curriculum from UCF COM, with modifications in how that curriculum will be delivered. With medical information doubling every five years, UVI SOM recognizes that physician knowledge could be out of date by the time they complete their residency if the focus is on mastering content. Thus how we teach, encouraging our students to develop “adaptive expertise” to become life-long learners, educators, team players and solution finders—is a critical part of our teaching philosophy. UVI will expand on UCF’s integrated curriculum and engaged learning by ‘flipping the classroom’: students will be challenged to cover the lesson’s content with guided readings and online activities, and use class time to apply this knowledge and test their understanding with peer and faculty guidance.
University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine
A partnership was established with USF Health Morsani College of Medicine to offer the following:
UVI medical students will have opportunities to work alongside students in the UVI School of Nursing and the Barry University Physician Assistant Program, developing skills to work with an interprofessional healthcare team.
Students entering the MD program’s charter class will have the unique opportunity to contribute to the development and success of the first new HBCU medical school since 1981. We are seeking highly-motivated, independent learners who are ready to take an active role in their education process, and the local healthcare community.
Diversity is essential to fulfilling our vision of improving the health of the USVI and the wider Caribbean whom we serve in achieving our vision. UVISOM seeks to achieve diversity by creating and sustaining an atmosphere that values living, learning, and working environments that emphasize recruitment and retention of students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.