Grades are not the only criteria for acceptance. Although the greatest weight is placed upon a student’s scholastic record, there are many additional factors that are taken into consideration during the admission process. Interviews facilitate the admission process and help the admission committee to determine a student’s demeanor, educational level and degree of commitment. Prospective students and applicants are encouraged to present a strong case for themselves through outlining their work or volunteer experience, community contributions and scholastic achievements in their personal essay and by providing strong letters of recommendation. Motivation and perseverance are some of the attributes considered when selecting a applicant.
At present, there is no requirement for an entrance examination. For students from North America, a very good Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores if available may provide an applicant an added advantage in the selection process.
4-Year MD Degree Program
Premedical requirements for admission into the 4-year MD degree program normally include University or College-level courses as follows:
- One academic year (2 semesters) of General Biology or Zoology
- One academic year of General or Inorganic Chemistry and one academic year of Organic Chemistry
- One academic year of Physics
- One academic year of English
- One academic year of Mathematics or Calculus
- A broad background in liberal arts or social sciences
5-Year MD Degree Program
Students or applicants who do not possess the premedical prerequisites for admission into the 4-Year MD degree program highlighted above are encouraged to apply for admission into the 5-Year MD degree program of All Saints University School of Medicine. Such applicants must possess a high school or secondary school diploma or certificate with credits in science subjects (i.e., chemistry, biology, and physics), mathematics or calculus, and English.
Technical Standards for Admission
The mission of All Saints University is to educate and produce competent, compassionate and socially responsible healthcare professionals who are capable of providing the best care possible to the global community and are able to assume leadership position. Applicants seeking admission to All Saints University must possess the requisite academic qualifications and submit all relevant documentation as required by the Admissions Department. In addition, applicants are required to meet the technical standards for admission. These technical standards will be in place from the time of matriculating into the MD degree program until the student completes the program. Technical standards that all applicants or students must meet include;
Motor and Tactile Function Students must possess sufficient motor function to be able to participate in all activities such as attendance in class, seminars, laboratory sessions, conferences and rounds. Students must have sufficient motor function to carry out physical examinations and activities such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, ability to apply pressure to stop bleeding, clear obstructed airways, administer intravenous medication and basic diagnostic procedures, including venipuncture, lumbar puncture, arterial puncture etc.
Communication Students must be able to communicate effectively with patients, staff and other health care providers in a clinical setting or patient care setting. They must be able to make clear, concise, fluent oral and written expressions and presentations in English. Students must be able to recognize and process non-verbal communications, including ability to observe and decipher changes in mood, posture, worry, sadness etc.
Professionalism Students are required to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the ethics of the medical profession. They must be able to exercise good judgment under stress or uncertainties in the care of their patients. Students must be able to complete the responsibilities involved in the diagnosis and care of their patients in an effective and timely manner. They must exercise professional decorum at all times and avoid copyright infringement. They must be able to adapt to changing environments and also display flexibility with the overall goal of optimizing patient care. They must be forthright, emotionally stable, and respectful to patients, peers and other members of the health care team.
Conceptual, Analytical, and Quantitative Abilities Students must have quantitative ability. They must be able to memorize, recall and explain medical and relevant concepts. They must be able to calculate, analyze and interpret data that are part of the Medical School curriculum. They must be able to understand spatial and three-dimensional relationships such as those encountered in anatomy or dissection lab or those applicable to basic surgical procedures.
Observation Students must have functional use of senses of vision, hearing, somatic sensation, smell and touch. These skills are required by students to be able to observe demonstrations, experiments and simulations in the basic and clinical sciences. Students must be able to access a patient’s physical condition, obtain history, perform relevant physical examination, develop a differential diagnosis and treatment plan for their patients.
All Saints University School of Medicine is focused on providing equal educational opportunities and does not discriminate against qualified candidates or enrolled students with disabilities. The Technical Standards conveyed here do not serve to intentionally impede any candidate for whom reasonable arrangements would allow the fulfillment of the curriculum. Moreover, all accepted and enrolled students with disabilities have access to every available resource at the University.
Candidates with disabilities who are offered admission should establish discussions with the Technical Standards Committee (TSC) through the Office of the Registrar of the University in order to commence the accommodation process. The candidate is responsible for delivering any necessary and/or supplementary documentation in regard to the degree and nature of disability, the functional restraints and accommodation that need to be considered or catered for. Documentation supplied should be sufficiently current and updated. Requests are reviewed independently with consideration regarding any reasonable accommodation which would allow the candidate to fulfill the technical standards. Accommodations are not reasonable if they pose an immediate risk to the well-being and safety of the candidate or others, if making it requires considerable alteration of the educational program, if it could negatively impact the academic standards, or it represents an undue administrative or financial burden on the University. Accommodation which requires an intermediary or an auxiliary aid that provides cognitive support, medical information, or a selective function are, except in rare cases, not reasonable. Intermediaries and aids may not perform any essential skills or supplement clinical and or moral judgement in the interest of the candidate.
The TSC maintains the right to request additional documentation, release information to third parties inside or outside the University for professional evaluation and may require candidates to undergo additional examination by experts. Such examination will be at the candidate’s expense. Enrollment in the program is contingent on the candidate’s willingness and capacity to fulfill the technical standards with reasonable accommodation.