Jamaica’s first offshore medical school is now in a position to offer clinical practice to students.

This, as the school signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Health on Wednesday morning.

The MOU will mean that medical students from the All American Institute of medical Sciences (AAIMS) can now do clinical practice at some Jamaican medical facilities.

The institutions cover hospitals in Jamaica’s Southern Regional Health Authority (Clarendon Manchester & St. Elizabeth).

Speaking at the signing ceremony Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson said he wants to ensure that optimal standards are maintained as the medical students interact with Jamaicans at local health facilities.

“I see this as a win-win opportunity where medical doctors in training can be exposed to what happens in our health facilities and at the same time we in the Health Service can ensure that a high quality of health care is delivered under properly supervised circumstances”, Dr. Ferguson said.

The three-year old AAIMS medical school is an offshore facility that presently operates a campus in Black River St. Elizabeth.

There are 114 students on roll with 70 in the Medical Doctor programme and 44 in a Pre-Med programme.

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