Medical University of the Americas is proud to announce plans for the opening of
a branch Medical University in Belize, Central America. Dr. David Fredrick,
founder of SABA Medical School and Medical School of the Americas (St.
Christopher-Nevis), is pleased to join Dr. Jeffrey Sersland, founder of St.
Matthew's University (San Pedro, Belize) in co-founding a Medical University of
the America's branch campus in Belize. Dr. Fredrick, who has over 20 years of
experience in Caribbean Medical Education, shares the same vision and desire as
Dr. Sersland. His plans are to provide quality medical education that benefits
both the student and the community in which the university is located.
Dr. Fredrick stated, "I admire the vision
and the commitment that Dr. Jeffrey Sersland has-the vision thing is
irreplaceable. We are going to be a great team." Both Dr. Fredrick and Dr.
Sersland believe that creating a consortium that works together will ultimately
increase the quality of medical education internationally and will offer
students the flexibility they deserve."
This newly formed consortium involving the sister
campus SABA and the Medical University of the Americas will be the first-ever
amongst the offshore medical schools. When asked why he thought this
relationship was beneficial, Dr. Sersland stated, "First of all, we have the
stability immediately in place-far more U.S. hospitals than many other schools,
excellent loan programs for the students and a formidable, experienced
administrative team." He continued, "I personally welcome the opportunity to be
associated with Dr. Fredrick's exceptional track record of success in the basic
science portion of the program and in placing students in quality U.S. hospitals
for their clinical training. Additionally, his success in having graduates match
in residencies across America are unprecedented. He offers, openly, a list of
all graduates and where they matched. This is what students want, full
disclosure about their education."
Dr. Fredrick stated,
"With the proliferation of so many new foreign medical schools with minimal
facilities, limited resources and poor placement records for their clinical
students, we feel that creating a consortium in which the four principals
possess over 50 years of combined Caribbean medical education experience, will
ultimately set the standard that others must follow."
Sersland summarized, "I am extremely comfortable working with Dr. Fredrick. He
cares about the students, and his schools have always operated with an
Independent Board of Trustees. Most importantly, they care about the community
and do not isolate themselves from the people." Dr. Sersland concluded, "I
remember when the St. Matthew's project came together and how the San Pedro
people gave us their full support. I will always share the success of what I do
with the community. This is the key."
Dr. Sersland will
announce his faculty and administrative appointments in the near future. He
stated, "This is the best thing to happen to my family and the country of
Medical University of Americas has just
completed a five million dollar state-of-the-art facility in St.
Christopher-Nevis. The sister campus, SABA University, is currently finishing
their 13,000 square foot library. SABA University School of Medicine also
represents a five million dollar state-of-the-art teaching institution. It was
stated that plans are in place and pending confirmation, construction of a new
campus of equal stature in Belize could begin as early as this fall.