Monday, July 21, 2008

Playing doctor

The buyer should always beware, especially in paying for something as expensive as a medical degree, but I'm afraid the University of Loyola at CNMI is just going to give the Commonwealth another black eye.

Governor Benigno R. Fitial's goal of making the CNMI an educational hub is laudable. The international schools being established are great low-impact economic development. With reservations, I even think Loyola's and Emmanuel College's nursing programs could be positive. (Let's wait to see what students' NCLEX scores are like)

But a Doctor of Medicine sanctioned by the CNMI has no standing in the United States. Evidently, Loyola has not even applied for accreditation. They're not listed on the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education website.

I wonder how those "degree" programs are being marketed overseas, and sincerely hope no local students enroll in them.


Lil' Hammerhead said...

The first question I had was.. are they accredited? If not, those degrees aren't worth the paper they're printed on. Wall ornementation.

Johnny Fong.. isn't he the "Coca Cola dude" who drives around in the sports cars? Or is this a different Fong?

Boni said...

One of my cousins just became a pharmacist in Oregon. She makes more than the governor, not surprisingly. If this program is accredited I hope it doesn't get watered down once it begins.

KAP said...

If you look at the LCME website, "Applicant" or "Candidate Schools are not accredited and may not recruit applicants or accept student applications." So attending the medical school is no good in the U.S. if Loyola had applied. It hasn't.

On the cable news, Fong said they hoped to be accredited in two years, but he didn't say which programs. But at $14,000 a semester, even with half off on credit, this looks like a real moneymaker.

I keep saying I hope these schools work out, but the Pharmacist and Medical degrees make my skin crawl.

Jeff said...

There is also a real University of Loyola that this school has no affiliation with other than trading off of its reputation. They originally had a plan to use the classrooms at SSHS. Not sure where that stands.

KAP said...

They seem to be in the Nauru, er Business Center right now. It's prominent on their website.

Just for grins and giggles, I shot off emails to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. I wonder whether I'll get an answer.

The name Loyola sure scrambled the internet search I did awhile back. Very popular, so the big guys are on the first few pages.

Lil' Hammerhead said...

They make a claim on their front page that Kaiser Permanente, among others, is looking to hire it's graduates. Really? Quite a bold claim. They printed a copy of their CNMI license and letter from the Governor.. that letter from Kaiser indicating it would hire "Loyola at CNMI" graduates would be a whole lot more "comforting" to potential students.. I think.

The deceptive "Loyola at CNMI" name is shifty. Kind of crooked right from the get-go. Hmmm? They must have some relationship with Loyola at Marymount?

Accredited in two years.. I highly doubt it. Their deceptive name alone might prompt to ensure they don't get accreditation.