Who We Are
Commonwealth University College of Medicine (CUCOM) was established in early 2010 by Health City International (HCI), a health care company owned by Hayat Capital, a financial services company based in London, United Kingdom, for promoting medical research and educational projects in St. Lucia. The projects were decided to be developed in phases with research activity commencing immediately after the charter of CUCOM. During the last 8 years HCI, the parent company has partnered with several national and international organizations to perform the research activities toward developing virtual health care delivery and lifestyle support applications to support the anticipated changes in medical practice and patient care in the future.
The first phase of the research involved creating a continuing medical education (CME) delivery system through dedicated web based virtual delivery modules in partnership with several physicians and community health facilities in St. Lucia. During the second phase the system was further developed to support primary healthcare delivery through block chain protocols which provided a secured platform for primary care delivery under peer to peer communication. This will also open the possibilities for future research in this platform. This phase further resulted in developing a block chain-based application, which was patented, and certificate of registration obtained from United States patent and Trade Mark Office (USPTO) during the early part of 2017.
The third phase focuses on medical education. At HCU, the Academic programme was developed utilizing a unique integrated delivery and early clinical exposure. The application for accreditation was submitted in the month of July 2017 along with necessary accreditation fees and the feedback on the submitted documents was received on October 2017.
CUCOM carried out the necessary revisions and resubmitted in November 2018. Most areas were addressed and comments on the revised submission were received on January 2019. A revised submission was made in March and HCU underwent a site visit from CAAM-HP during early April 2019.
CUCOM is a globally preferred learning destination due to its innovative curriculum, focus on research, emphasis on active learning strategies and cutting-edge technologies, and progressive engagement with local communities.
The Mission of CUCOM
The mission of CUCOM is to prepare physicians to provide high quality care to patients and society with compassion, passion for knowledge, commitment, tolerance, utilising cost-effective high-end technology and dedication to life-long learning. The overarching goal of the Medical program is to provide a broad education in a culturally diverse environment.
CUCOM plans to admit qualified students who best represent the mission of the institute and educate these individuals in an integrated manner to produce physicians with appropriate knowledge, skills, attitudes and biomedical scientists, dedicated to the care of health needs of society worldwide. Graduates of CUCOM should be able to enter supervised residencies or internships, provide quality care and use self-directed learning skills to advance their medical practice and adapt to the changes in medical practice.
CUCOM is being developed as a next generation medical school, with focus on an integrated system-based curriculum and early clinical exposure. The curriculum will utilize technology to support and develop student learning and preparation for practice in partnership with Medtrics, Lecturio, 3D4Medical and McGraw Hill among others. CUCOM will also emphasize health humanities, social medicine and healthcare ethics. The highly qualified board of Governors of CUCOM, the curricular advisers and financially sound parent company are committed to delivering quality medical education.
Integrated organ system-based curriculum.
Emphasis on the medical humanities, social and the behavioral sciences.
Thoughtfully designed curriculum.
Use of the Medtrics platform for curriculum, student and learning management.
Access to the Complete Anatomy learning platform from 3D4 Medical.
Highly qualified faculty.
Expertise in quality assurance, teaching-learning and accreditation.
Complete access to the acclaimed Lecturio learning platform.
Spaced repetition, access to high quality videos, question banks.
Early clinical exposure right from the first semester provided through local physicians, health camps, collaboration with local organization and SkillGym.
Access to the internationally acclaimed SkillGym Virtual Patient Program.
Student nurse and doctor-on-call services.
Provision of well-equipped and safe student dorms.
Access to a student counselor.
Emphasis on prescribing skills.
Academic counseling services provided by faculty members.
Career counseling services provided by US-based clinicians.
Standardized patient program.
Modern classrooms and learning spaces.
Exposure to ‘disruptive’ technologies in medicine.
Well-qualified external curricular advisers.
Renowned Board of Governors.
Commitment to student success.
Support for student research.
Student led organizations and interest groups.
Frequent low-stakes formative assessment.
Board of Governors
Chief operating officer/ Chief financial officer
Director of Quality Assurance and Accreditation
Associate Dean of Basic Sciences
Associate dean of clinical
Associate dean of student affairs
Basic Science System chairs
Clinical Department chairs
Basic science faculty