Accreditation of undergraduate medical education in the Caribbean: report on the Caribbean accreditation authority for education in medicine and other health professions

Acad Med. 2009 Jun;84(6):771-5. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181a4402e.


Medical education in the Caribbean has undergone significant change and growth in the past decades. Currently, approximately 60 medical schools in the Caribbean provide medical training to a combination of domestic and international students. External quality assurance of these institutions has varied in effectiveness and scope throughout the region. The Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) was established by governments of the Caribbean Community as a way to fulfill regional and local needs for a governmentally recognized quality assurance agency. To examine efficient and effective options for maintaining and improving established accreditation systems such as CAAM-HP, the Invitational Conference on Accreditation of Medical Education Programs in the Caribbean took place in May 2007 in Jamaica. The conference was hosted by CAAM-HP and the World Federation for Medical Education, with assistance from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. The evaluation and monitoring of undergraduate medical education programs in the Caribbean by a regional accrediting system such as CAAM-HP can help ensure the quality of the education delivered at these diverse institutions.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation / standards*
  • Caribbean Region
  • Clinical Competence
  • Developing Countries
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / standards*
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / trends
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Foreign Medical Graduates / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Occupations / education*
  • Humans
  • Licensure, Medical / statistics & numerical data*
  • Male
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality Control
  • Schools, Medical / standards*
  • Schools, Medical / statistics & numerical data