College Joins Medical School Pathway Partnership

College Joins Medical School Pathway Partnership


Essex County College has entered into a partnership with Caldwell University and St. George’s University (SGU) designed to enable ECC students a pathway for admission into SGU’s School of Medicine. The program is dubbed the 2+1+4 Partnership.   

The partnership allows ECC students who earn an Associate degree in Biology, Pre-Medicine to transfer to Caldwell University for one year. They can then move on to St. George’s University’s School of Medicine, in Grenada, to pursue a four-year medical degree. They’ll also have the opportunity to spend their first year of medicine at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom, which maintains a partnership with St. George’s University. 

“We’re extremely excited about this new partnership,” said Dr. Augustine A. Boakye, President of Essex County College. “We’re pleased to be able to help our students who aspire to careers in medicine make their dreams a reality at St. George’s University. Essex County College’s curriculum will help ensure students receive a solid foundation as they continue on the path toward becoming medical doctors.”    

“By including Caldwell University in our new partnership with St. George’s University, our students will be even more prepared for the rigors of medical school. The third year at Caldwell University will provide students with the extra confidence to succeed at St. George’s University School of Medicine,” said Dr. Alvin Williams, Executive Dean of Faculty and Academics at Essex County College.     

“We are thrilled to establish the first-ever 2+1+4 partnership for high-achieving students at Essex County College and Caldwell University,” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, President of St. George’s University. “The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the depth of the U.S. doctor shortage. Partnerships like this one will help close that gap by making the path to medicine more accessible for aspiring physicians,” he stated.

In order to remain eligible for the program, students must maintain a 3.4 grade point average while enrolled at Essex County College and at Caldwell. They must also register a competitive score on the MCAT.

Students accepted into the 2+1+4 program will receive a $10,000 scholarship upon matriculating at St. George’s University. They will receive their Bachelor of Science degree from Caldwell upon successfully completing the first year of the SGU’s MD program.

“Caldwell University is thrilled to partner with St. George’s University and Essex County College to offer students the opportunity to pursue medicine with exposure to medical professionals from around the world. This collaboration will provide our high achieving students the chance to earn both undergraduate and medical degrees through a global lens,” said Caldwell University’s President, Dr. Matthew Whelan.