Medical Internship Programme
Guidelines for the Acceptance of Interns at the HSA, Cayman Islands
CAMC provides clear guidelines as to who could be considered for the internship program.
CAMC Recommendations for interns’ appointment
- Candidates who have successfully completed medical training and having passed the UWI exams or CAMC Exams 1 and 2 are eligible for internship.
- Candidates who have successfully completed medical training and having passed USMLE 1 and 2, or PLAB 1, or the equivalent Canadian Examinations are eligible for internship
- Candidates who have successfully completed medical training and having passed USMLE 1, 2 and 3, or PLAB 1 and 2 or the equivalent Canadian Examinations are eligible for internship
Additionally senior Members of the CAMC council have suggested a 4th category may be considered for internship to accommodate some fully licensed practitioners from other jurisdiction. (This is a decision that is left up to individual territories)
- Candidates who have successfully completed medical training and full internship and are fully licensed from a jurisdiction outside of that outlined in (a) above, and had been in active clinical practice in a structured clinical environment for at least 3 years preceding application for internship at the Health Services Authority. These candidates must successfully pass all parts of the CAMC exams before full registration.
- Candidates must satisfy the requirements for provisional registration as outlined in the Cayman Islands Health Practice Law (2013 Revision) Section 25 and Health Practice Regulations (2013 Revision) Section 6.
Health Practice Regulations (2013 Revision) Section 6:
An applicant shall be eligible for provisional registration where-
a) he has obtained qualifications to be a health practitioner in-
(iv) New Zealand
(v) South Africa
(vi) The United Kingdom; or
(vii) The United States of America
(b) he has passed the Caribbean regional registration examination set out by any relevant organization including, but not limited to, the Caribbean Association of Medical Councils or the Regional Nursing Body;
(c) he has obtained qualifications from the University of the West Indies or any institution accredited by the Caribbean Health Education Accreditation Board; or
(d) he has qualification approved by a relevant Council.
Please note that the recommendations from CAMC are for the purpose of guidance only and do not supersede any requirement outlined in the Laws of the Cayman Islands
About the Caribbean Association of Medical Councils (CAMC)
The movement of a single, standardized approach to medical registration first took place in a special meeting of the Conference of Ministers of Health of CARICOM in April 1997, where the Ministers and the Chief Medical Officers of CARICOM and the CARICOM affiliated states agreed that a regional mechanism should be established for the registration and monitoring the practice of all categories of health personnel.
In April 1997, at the special meeting of the Conference of Ministers of Health (CMH) of CARICOM, Ministers responsible for health agreed that:
“regional mechanisms should be established for registration and monitoring of the practice of all categories of health personnel and that a regional database should be established to facilitate the free movement of these professionals across the Region.”
As a first step in response to this decision by the Conference of Ministers of Health (CMH), the National Medical Councils with the assistance of PAHO and the CARICOM Secretariat formed the Caribbean Association of Medical Councils (CAMC) to pursue the development of a common mechanism for registration and to facilitate its implementation.
The CAMC regional registration examination was designed to determine the competency of foreign trained physicians to practice unsupervised in the Caribbean. It was agreed that the CAMC Registration Exam would:
- Replace any existing examinations run by individual medical councils or boards for certification purposes
• Provide for examinations in member countries where none existed before
• Be open to all persons seeking registration in any country/territory with membership in CAMC
• Provide a means by which suitability for certification, acceptable to all medical councils who are members of CAMC, would be determined.
• Be two examinations per year and where feasible, in multiple centres
• Include theory and practical examinations, the latter utilizing OSCE format
• Maintain a standard above the UWI’s MBBS final examination.
The first CAMC registration examination for physicians was offered in November 1999.