St. George’s University of Grenada medical students who took the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 for the first time in 2018 registered a 96 percent pass rate, marking the ninth consecutive year that SGU’s overall pass rate reached or eclipsed 90 percent.
The USMLE Step 1 is designed to measure basic science knowledge. The test consists of more than 300 multiple choice questions on topics ranging from the biology cells and human development to the central nervous, musculoskeletal and endocrine systems. Steps 2 and 3 measure medical clinical skills. A passing score on all three parts of the USMLE is required to practice medicine in the United States.
“This achievement illustrates the hard work and dedication of our students and I look forward to watching them go on to become practicing physicians in the US and around the world,” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, President, St. George’s University.
“SGU is now the third largest source of doctors for the entire US workforce and with an extensive almni network and a consistent record of competitive residency placement over the last four years, our students are in a great position for success.”
In 2018, SGU saw 941 students and graduates secure residency placements – including 93% of eligible 2018 graduates who applied for and obtained a US residency at the time of graduation. In 2019, more than 950 students and graduates have secured residency placements with the list continuing to grow.
According to the latest MCI data, there has been an increased interest in studying medicine abroad with an 84% increase in the number of eligibility certificates issued to students to pursue international studies. St. George’s University has an MoU with Ramaiah Group of Institutions in Bangalore to bring the opportunities for study abroad to even more students from India.
About St. George’s University
St. George’s University is a centre of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the island of Grenada, West Indies. St. George’s is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. The University has contributed over 20,000 physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals who are practicing across the world.