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Accreditation and Approvals

St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine is a fully accredited medical school.


St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine’s M.D. program is accredited by the  Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM), the accrediting body for the Cayman Islands.

Comparability to U.S. Medical School Requirements

The United States Department of Education, via the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), reviews the standards that countries use to accredit medical schools. The NCFMEA has determined that the accreditation standards used by the ACCM to accredit SMU's medical program are comparable to those used by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting body that accredits M.D.-granting medical programs in the United States.

Approved for U.S. Federal Loans

St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine is one of the select international medical schools approved to participate in U.S. Federal Student Aid programs.

Approved by New York and Florida

St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine is one of the few international medical schools with approvals in the key states of New York and Florida. These states mandate institutional review and approval prior to granting access to clerkship opportunities in their respective states. Specifically, the following bodies have approved, recognized or licensed St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine:

  1. Approved by the New York State Education Department: In addition to clerkship opportunities, New York approval provides access to residencies in the state. The approval is for a period of seven years, which is the longest term of approval that can be granted to an international medical school.
  2. Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education:

    Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting:

    Florida Department of Education
    Commission for Independent Education
    325 West Gaines Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
    (888) 224-6684 (toll free)

Additional Credentials

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) identifies St Matthew's University as an approved school in the World Directory of Medical Schools (click here).

St. Matthew's University is a member of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) as well as the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC).