At St. Matthew's University (SMUSOM), we are as committed to your dreams as you are. Throughout your ten semesters with us, we will do everything we can to ensure your success by supporting all aspects of your education and life.

Success Orientated

Since 1997, more than two thousand students have obtained their MD degrees from SMUSOM. Our graduates have earned residencies and/or permanent licensure in nearly every state in the U.S., Canada, and numerous other countries. Our students achieve exceptional scholastic success, with U.S. licensing examination pass rates comparable to U.S. schools and well above the average of other non-U.S. schools.

Why St. Matthew's University?

Quality education

Expert faculty with small class sizes and a 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio to assist your learning. This focused attention has led to consistently strong USMLE Step I pass rates by SMUSOM students. 

In 2020 the first time USMLE Step I pass rate average was 97%.

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Amazing campus and location

The Cayman Islands' remarkable success as a financial center and tourist destination has transformed the nation into a dynamic society that has every modern convenience but still retains the charm and vibrancy of the Caribbean. People from more than 100 countries live and work in this British Overseas Territory, creating a lively and unique blend of cultures.

An outstanding pre-clinical curriculum and the clinical shadowing programs at Cayman hospitals and clinics help our students understand the powerful link between Basic Sciences and clinical practice. This is a great way to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of medicine. The state of the art IT infrastructure and learning platforms at St. Matthew’s University are among the most advanced in medical education today.

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Clinical rotations

After successfully completing your Basic Sciences, you’ll progress onto clinical rotations which take place during semesters 6 to 10 at teaching hospitals located in the US, Canada and the UK.

Clinicals are comprised of five core rotations followed by five elective rotations geared to an area of specialization. This is your opportunity to sharpen your knowledge in a clinical setting.

Approved for U.S. Federal Loans

SMUSOM is one of the select international medical schools to participate in US Federal Student Aid programs.

St. Matthew University School of Medicine’s M.D. program has been approved to participate in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford and Grad PLUS Loan programs which are both administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information regarding these loan programs is available through the U.S. Department of Education website at

Canadian Loans

Furthermore, Canadian students are eligible for Federal Loans through the Ministry of Education Student Support Branch in the province of residence. (For example, Ontario residents are eligible for OSAP loan.) Students may apply for up to 52 weeks of financial assistance annually. Canadian students should contact their individual province directly for information regarding additional requirements.


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.

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 St. Matthew's University 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.