With a growing aging population and the long duration of postsecondary training (9 to 19 years for a physician), the demand for physicians and other health care professionals (nurses, dentists, pharmacists, public health professionals, etc.) has intensified. Many countries around the globe are already experiencing shortages in both primary and specialty care that pose a real risk to patients as longer waiting time is needed to access the care.
To address this problem now so that patients have access to the care they need in the future Dr. Lorelei Silverman and Dr. Rosalind Silverman, recipients of Top 25 Canadian Immigrant award in recognition of their dedication to science and work to integrate the foreign trained health care professionals in Canada and the USA through their medical and residency application advising company Valoir Academic Consulting, did not wait and created the first pre-medical/postbaccalaureate/ residency matching comprehensive program.
What do Canadian students with an African American background, a former Nigerian refugee, two Jewish ladies with a background in Music and Business, three mothers of young children, a South Korean and a Taiwanese international student, 3 students from the USA with full sport scholarships, and dozens of Queen Elizabeth scholar students from the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and South Asian Torontonian communities have in common? Many are the first in their families to receive a higher education who worked all through high school to save for their education, while some come from families of local or foreign born doctors. But the unifying factor is that all attend the pre-medical program at Royal Crown College and many succeeded in attaining their dreams of becoming medical students and ultimately doctors.
The classic profile of a successful pre-medical student who is a third generation of established family of doctors who did not need to work a day to pay for their undergraduate studies and who had an easy time finding shadowing or research positions or paying for a medical global trip, is now challenged by the increase need for diversity in our health care providers. One solution is to increase the number of international healthcare graduates and the other is to create novel pathways for a more diverse local and international student population to gain access into the North American health care training system.
“Diversity and Excellence in Education” is Royal Crown’s motto. Royal Crown College with offices in Canada, USA, and UK fulfills its vision of cross-cultural learning, leading students from various ethnic, economic, and educational backgrounds on clear pathways to a successful health care career by building on their previous academic achievements and experiences. The program has over 70 partner institutions across Canada (McGill), and the USA (from Johns Hopkins to Stony Brook, and Mayo Medical School to Harvard and most of the other medical, dental, podiatric, chiropractic, pharmacy, doctor of osteopathic medicine, doctor of chiropractic medicine schools from USA that accept international students). D’ Youville College in Buffalo, and Mount Aloysius have signed agreements with Royal Crown for their health care professions programs and accept our prerequisites, or offer direct acceptance into their 3rd year of Bachelor programs for our Pre-med college program graduates and direct acceptance into pharmacy and other health care programs for both our college division, Royal Crown College. Other partners include global leaders in medical education, such as St. George’s University, Ross University, AUC, AUA, St. Matthews University, UMHS as well as other US modeled Caribbean schools.
Royal Crown College is set to create proven pathways for medical education that are student centered, personalized, supportive, and efficient. The accelerated program incorporates both the MCAT and the USMLE (US Medical Licensing Exam) based courses preparing students for the rigors of medical education. Students are encouraged to work as a team and to foster strong professional networking opportunities.
Royal Crown’s pre-medical/postbaccalaureate program fills a void in medical education, preparing local and international medical graduates that are truly globally educated, have North American expertise, and are willing to serve the populations where they are needed most. These are students for which medicine is the only option, and for whom nothing is too late and nothing is too hard to attain their dreams. Even if the government will increase the numbers of graduates, there may never be enough doctors in underserved areas and primary care as students choose “lifestyle” specialties that offer good pay with scheduled work hours, low patient loads, above average working conditions, and typically low on-call time. Royal Crown focuses on increasing the diversity of our health care professionals (with over 75% of our students being minorities) and promoting students dedicated to make a difference, from lower socioeconomic background, newcomers, and belonging to minorities. And the efforts paid off. Its first year graduates got 100% acceptance into medical school and were awarded $330,500 in scholarships.
Acknowledging that health care is a global problem, Royal Crown College offers training opportunities to local and international students previously unattainable in Canada, the USA and globally so they can serve both the North American population of patients and address the global aspects of medicine.
With a focus on global medical education, each student at Royal Crown is involved in at least one global medical project. To date, students have carried projects all over the world: in China, Taiwan, Israel, Russia, Romania, Peru, Nigeria, Thailand, South Korea, India, Pakistan, Italy, South Africa, France, Ghana, Iran, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Yemen, Ethiopia, Somalia, Poland, France, UK, Lebanon, Albania, Syria, Dubai, Turkey, and Afghanistan, establishing Royal Crown at the forefront of applied global education creating leaders for change. Bringing the experience of the first ever online and onsite conference in Canada, Drs. Silverman are now creating the first ongoing Global medical conference that will bring together health care teams to find better solutions for global health care problems, share resources and expertise as well as design better ways to train healthcare professionals for the future.