Gannon University Signs Agreement with New Medical School
Posted: October 14, 2014
Officials from one of the Western Hemisphere's newest medical
schools were in Erie to sign an agreement with Gannon
That school, the University of Medicine and Health Sciences
(UMHS) is located in Basseterre, on the Caribbean island of Saint
Kitts. It was founded in 2007 and graduated its first class of
M.D.s in 2012.
Under the agreement, Gannon University students may be able to
earn a bachelor's degree from Gannon and an M.D. degree in a total
of seven years from UMHS. Students will be admitted to Gannon
University as 3+4 UMHS majors, where the first three years are
spent at Gannon and, if the students qualify, the final four years
are spent at UMHS.
The new 3+4 program is not a guaranteed seat programs where
students are admitted to Gannon University with a seat in medical
school reserved for them. It is a conditionally guaranteed
interview program whereby Gannon students who take all the courses
in the program and maintain qualifying grades will be guaranteed an
interview at UMHS.
"If you are a student in the Ross programs and you keep your
grades up and take all the courses in the program, you are
guaranteed an interview, and that's a significant advantage, even
without a guaranteed seat," said Lisa Nogaj, Ph.D., director of
pre-professional programs at Gannon University. "You have the
opportunity to study in a beautiful place that you may never get to
live in again. It's global citizenship and a unique cultural
Gannon University signed similar agreements in 2005 with the
other two schools founded by Dr. Robert Ross, the Ross University
Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine respectively, located
in the Caribbean island nations of St. Kitts, Nevis and
According to Nogaj, UMHS is similar to Ross University in
Dominica, with which it is affiliated. "The UMHS campus on St.
Kitts is a bit smaller than the Ross Medical campus on Dominica,
and the UMHS facilities are a little newer," she said.