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Policies and Procedures

The policies and procedures in place are to ensure student success and help students maintain the high academic and professional standards necessary to be a physician. The student handbook also provides critical information on Dominica and campus life to help students integrate into their new living environment and enjoy the full spectrum of amenities available on campus.

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Prior to matriculation, students will be provided with the latest policies. Part of being an excellent physician is understanding expectations and ensuring those responsibilities are met. These skills will continue to serve students well as they are required to obtain and maintain licensure, hospital privileges, and credentialing.

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Technology Requirement

iPadOS 15.0 or later required

As an ACSOM student, it's important to stay connected, have access to resources at your fingertips, and maintain the technological edge that's become integral to modern medical education. To support these aims, all students are required to bring an iPad that operates on iPadOS 15.0 or later along with an iPad keyboard case. This versatile device will be your central hub for accessing our interactive and innovative digital curriculum, from textbooks to classroom assignments and more. In addition to your iPad, we also strongly encourage you to bring along any other technology that enhances your study experience. This could be your reliable laptop, desktop, or other technology. Remember, our location on the picturesque island of Dominica brings the charm of the Caribbean, but in this globally connected age, it won't keep you away from the world of knowledge at your fingertips.

ACSOM M.D. Student Handbook Disclaimer

The policies and procedures appearing in the ACSOM M.D. Student Handbook reflect the most current policies and procedures of the Medical University, but are subject to amendment and change without prior notice. ACSOM reserves the right to change policies, procedures, and programs. Minor changes will be posted directly to the Student Handbook. When major changes occur, a notification will be sent to all medical students.

Our Mission

Student Affairs (SA) is dedicated to student success and excellence in physician education. The SA collaborative team of faculty members and staff is committed to enhancing student growth and helping students reach their academic and career goals.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid and scholarships are available to students based on eligibility. More information coming soon.


The American Canadian School of Medicine welcomes students and their families to campus for orientation. During this series of programs and events, students learn about the overall academic plan for the year, ACSOM campus, as well as local sports and social activities that make our school unique.

During orientation, students will complete their registration process, participate in interactive classroom scenarios, become familiar with academic and career resources, and meet faculty and advisors.

Orientation week focuses on the registration process and academics. It will be held during the first week of your arrival. Students participate in social activities, meet their small study groups and other students, and explore cultural and sports opportunities available to them.

Course 1: Foundation of Medicine

Introduces students to cell biology, genetics, development, applied molecular biology and introduction to cancer medicine. Reviews the molecular bases of life and prepares students for the organ-based study of next blocks.

Student Counseling Service

Student Counseling Service and Personal Counseling is part of the Student Health Service and provides well-being counseling sessions and psychological services to matriculated ACSOM students. All services provided are confidential and have no effect on the academic outcome.

Accessibility Counseling Office

ACSOM expects that each student admitted will be capable of completing the full curriculum of required courses, clerkships, and electives under the established ACSOM policies. Our goal at ACSOM is to provide equal opportunity by providing reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities, without undermining the integrity of any course, clerkship, or program. Requests for accommodation should be made as soon as the need is known and within the guidelines in the student handbook. Requests are processed in Medical Sciences and Clinical Sciences by the Accessibility Counseling Office.

Student Life

Student Life, which is under the umbrella of Office of Student Affairs, facilitates various activities to support students. In addition to academic activities, there are a wide range of organizations that will promote lifelong learning and be beneficial to improving global health.

Student Research Club

Student Research Club is a team of faculty members and students involved in facilitating and conducting independent research activities. Students learn to prepare and report the results of studies and participate in research. Everyone is encouraged to present his or her research at the annual Student Research Conference.

Student Government

Each student-member of student government will be involved in the various ACSOM governing and programing committees and will help develop or modify school and campus policies and programs.

Student Health Service

The Student Health Service provides primary care services for acute conditions, illnesses, and injuries to matriculated ACSOM students within campus.

Academic Support Services

The Office of Academic Support Services provides extensive assistance on addressing barriers preventing students from succeeding in classroom and clinical competency. Academic counselors/advisors are available to help students experiencing academic difficulties in any area of study by providing and referring them to the resources needed to succeed. 


Mentoring in education involves pairing new students with a student-volunteer who acts as a positive role model. In general, mentoring aims to build confidence and relationships, develop resilience and character, and raise aspirations, rather than to develop specific academic skills or knowledge.

Our mentors will be guiding and helping mentees in their studies and everyday life issues. Mentors rely upon having had similar experiences to gain an empathy with the mentee and an understanding of their issues.

International Collaboration Global Health Office

ACSOM participates in the Global Health program. The Global Health (GH) Office administers the program. Every year during the program, senior medical students and faculty members conduct GH rotations abroad, based on availability.


Student Handbook

For more information, please see the ACSOM Student Handbook. It is a reference for medical students and others regarding the administrative policies, rules, regulations, and student support services of American Canadian School of Medicine. 

Equal Educational Opportunity

ACSOM is committed to providing an educational climate that is conducive to the personal and professional development of each individual. Students should be aware that discrimination and/or other harassment based on race, sex, gender identity and gender expression, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, color or veteran status is prohibited within the University.