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Our Mission

Mission Statement:
The mission of St. Christopher Iba Mar Diop College of Medicine is to educate caring and skilled physicians who are in turn equipped to provide health care that is responsible, competent, humane, ethical and state of the art.

The College as a not-for-profit organization aims to provide a professional and ethical service to our clients. In order to demonstrate our intentions, we endeavor the following quality objectives:

  • To train physicians who are able to work as a member of a health team to provide for their community and are aware of legal, social and cultural problems relating to varying health environments.
  • To train physicians who will be sympathetic and sensitive to medical issues concerning others, while demonstrating the highest levels of professionalism.
  • To train physicians those are eager to integrate ethical, biomedical and behavioral knowledge to promote the health and well being of patients and communities.

Licensure and Accreditation

Licensure in the United States of America

Graduates of St. Christopher Iba Mar Diop College of Medicine may practice medicine in the United States through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). For more details, you may contact us.

Licensure in Canada

Graduates of the SCIMD College of Medicine are eligible to be awarded the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada, after passing its stipulated qualifying examinations.

It is important that future students intending on practicing medicine in the United States obtain licensing information direct from the appropriate state agencies. This information can be obtained from the Federal State Medical Boards (FSMB). Students are expected to have a thorough understanding of medical licensure laws in their state or states of intended practice before applying. Many states have specific rules and requirements beyond the medical school curriculum and applicants are urged to make specific inquiries into what these are before making a commitment to the College.

The Directory of State Medical Boards can be found on the FSMB's website under Public Services.

Accreditation in United Kingdom:

St Christopher Iba Mar Diop (SCIMD) College of Medicine is accredited by "Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC)" UK and is categorized as a "Premier College".

Currently, our students are not eligible to sit for the PLAB examinations in UK.

4 Year M.D.

This consists of two years of Basic Medical Sciences and two years of Clinical Sciences.

First year- This Comprises of three semesters conducted in the Luton, UK or Dakar, Senegal (optional). Each semester is of 15 weeks duration.

Second year- This comprises of fourth and fifth semesters, each of fifteen weeks duration which are conducted in the Luton, UK or Dakar, Senegal (optional)

Third year- This comprises of Clinical Science rotations which includes 6-core rotations conducted in affiliated hospitals in USA, UK or Senegal.

Fourth year- This is the final year of the 4-year MD program which includes 24 weeks of Electives in the affiliated hospitals.

The students will have the choice of attending clinicals in USA, UK or Senegal. The clinical programs offered by the affiliated hospitals in the USA are all ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) accredited.


In the first two years of medical school, students focus on basic knowledge of health and disease and are introduced to the care of individuals and populations.


The basic science curriculum has been designed to prepare students for Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). The basic science curriculum is comparable both in breadth and depth to those of most medical schools in the United States and the United Kingdom. The basic science program consists of five semesters of coursework, each semester of fifteen weeks duration, over a period of twenty months.

6-Year MD Program

St. Christopher Iba Mar Diop College of Medicine offers a premedical curriculum for students who are graduates of U.S. and Canadian high schools, or graduates from equivalent secondary educational systems in the United Kingdom, the European Union and other nations of the world. Students who successfully complete this phase of training will advance into the Basic Medical Sciences program.

First two years of 6-year MD program comprise of Pre-medical studies. This includes 90 undergraduate level credits inclusive of courses in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths, English as well as subjects in humanities.

Clinical Sciences

Introduction to Clinical Medicine
The second year of medical school ends with the Introduction to Clinical Medicine program and enters into the third year to begin the clinical clerkship program. In the first two years of medical school, students focus on basic knowledge of health and disease and are introduced to the care of individuals and populations.

In the third and fourth years, students become directly involved in the care and study of patients. They begin to work with members of the teams caring for hospitalized patients. Third year students rotate through the following clerkships: Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Family Practice.

The 4th year consists of 24 weeks of electives. The clerkship program is designed to ease the transition between the basic sciences and postgraduate training by introducing the student to the many fields of medicine and enhancing both their clinical and diagnostic skills. The underlying concept is that the transition from preclinical to clinical studies involves both the development of preclinical skills and the achievement of the physician role.

Health Insurance
St. Christopher Iba Mar Diop College of Medicine provides malpractice insurance for their clinical students but does not cover for health insurance. It is mandatory that clinical students get health insurance on their own before starting clerkships. Students who do not submit proof of health insurance will not be allowed to start their rotations. We recommend that students obtain health insurance through AMSA since they offer affordable rates.


Four years of accredited College coursework in the underlisted subjects and a Bachelor's degree are required to enter the 4-Year M.D. program. Students who do not fulfill the minimum requirements for the 4-Year M.D. program may be eligible for the 6-Year M.D. program.

At least one full year in College with laboratory experience.

Courses taken should deal with the cellular and molecular aspects as well as the structure of living organisms. Upper level courses in molecular biology will also be considered.

Two full years in College with laboratory experience.

Full year courses in Inorganic and Organic Chemistry meet this requirement. Other options that adequately prepare students for this requirement are upper level courses in Biochemistry and Physical Chemistry.

One full year in College with laboratory experience.

At least one full year of College level Mathematics.

Calculus and Statistics are recommended.

Expository Writing:
At least one full year of College level writing.

An English or non-Science course involving expository writing is recommended.

Additional Courses:
At least 16 additional credit hours in non-Science courses.

A course in Biochemistry is also encouraged.

Other Selection Factors:
Academic excellence is expected. No preference is shown toward students majoring in the sciences over those in non-Science areas. In addition to the college record, other factors considered include the application essay, letters of recommendation, research, out-of-classroom activities, community work and life experience. The Admission Review Board (ARB) looks for evidence of integrity, maturity, humanitarian concerns, leadership potential and an aptitude for working with people. Interviews are scheduled selectively.

Non-Discriminatory Policy
St. Christopher Iba Mar Diop College of Medicine grants admissions to all qualified students regardless of color, race, nationality, religion, gender, disability or marital status.

Tuition & Fees


Deposit $1000.00 Applied towards tuition
Premedical Program $6,500 Per 15-week semester
  $19,500 Per academic year
Basic Sciences $9,000 Per 15-week semester
  $27,000 Per academic year
Clinical Sciences
(includes malpractice insurance)
$10,000 Per 12-week semester
  $30,000 Per academic year

Tuition not received prior to the first exam of each semester will result in cancellation of classes.


Application Fee $100.00 Applications will not be processed without this Fee
Visa documents $100.00 Includes processing fee for issuance of CAS Certificate
Graduation Fee $1000.00 Currently organized at Atlanta, Georgia

*St. Christopher Iba Mar Diop College of Medicine reserves the right to change tuition and adjust fees or to establish additional fees or charges whenever in their opinion such action is deemed necessary.

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