St Matthews University

St Matthews University

Infobox University

name = St. Matthew's University
motto = "Improving Life by Degrees"
chancellor = John Marvin
established = 1997cite web | last = ECFMG IMED | title = International Medical Education Directory listing for Belize | url = | accessdate = 2007-08-07] / 2002cite web | last = ECFMG IMED | title = International Medical Education Directory for the Cayman Islands | url = | accessdate = 2006-08-27]
type = Private (for-profit)
colors = Purple,Sea green and Yellow
city = flagicon|Cayman IslandsSeven Mile Beach
state = Grand Cayman
country =Cayman Islands
website = []

St. Matthew's University (SMU) is a for-profit private university located in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands in the British West Indies. It comprises the School of Medicine and the School of Veterinary Medicine, which confer M.D. and D.V.M. degrees, respectively.


The School of Medicine was originally established in Belize in 1997, and relocated to the Cayman Islands in 2002, while the School of Veterinary Medicine was established in 2005. The school was acquired by Equinox Capital in conjunction with Prairie Capital in 2005. [ [ Prairie Capital::News ] ]


SMU is accredited by the government of Cayman Islands to confer the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degrees. [ [ IMED Listing] ]

SMU is accredited by the Accreditation Commission of Colleges of Medicine (ACCM)Fact|date=November 2007. The ACCM is a non-US accreditation board which is recognized by the US Department of Education's National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) as having accreditation standards for medical schools comparable to those in the U.S. The NCFMEA declared the "comparability" of the ACCM in 2002 and again in 2004. The determination by the NCFMEA of the ACCM's comparability is on a non-permanent basis expired in 2007. [ [ NCFMEA Decisions: Countries Determined to Have Comparable Accreditation Standards for Medical Schools] ] [ [ Cayman Net News article 11 February 2005] ]

SMU Belize is listed by the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom as issuing "primary medical qualifications not accepted by the GMC" [] . An entry on this list means that all holders of credits from SMU Belize are not eligible for registration with the GMC, a requirement to practice medicine in the UK, nor are they eligible to sit the PLAB, a requirement for registration with the GMC.


Graduates of St. Matthew's School of Medicine are currently not able to be licensed as physicians in the following states:
*California: As a result of a site visit done by the [ Medical Board of California] , SMU was officially disapproved for both training and licensure on February 18 2005. [cite web | last = Medical Board of California | title = St. Matthew's University Site Visit Report | url = | accessdate = 2006-08-27] [cite web | last = Medical Board of California | title = International Medical Schools Disapproved by the State of California | url = | accessdate = 2006-08-27]
*Indiana: States SMU is disapproved as of December 5 2002. [cite web | last = Medical Licensing Board of Indiana | title = Graduates of Foreign Medical Schools | url = | accessdate = 2006-08-27]
*Kansas: State regulations require "a graduate of a school which has been in operation for not less than 15 years and the graduates of which have been licensed in another state or states which has standards similar to Kansas." [cite web | last = Kansas Board of Healing Arts | title = Statues: Chapter 65.--PUBLIC HEALTHArticle 28.--HEALING ARTS | url = | accessdate = 2006-08-18]
*North Dakota: States "graduates of [SMU] after the date of disapproval by the California Medical Board should not presume eligibility for either resident or permanent licensure in North Dakota." [ [ North Dakota Board of Medical Examiners List of Disapproved Medical Schools] ]
*Texas: SMU is not listed on the "Substantial Equivalence list" [] and as such SMU graduates wishing to obtain a Texas license must submit supplemental documentation in order to become licensed [ [ Physician Checklist of Supplemental Documentation and Important Information ] ] .


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