The Basic Science Foundation Course

Saint James School of Medicine in affiliation with Jain University is proud to present the Basic Science Foundation Course leading to direct admission into the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at Saint James School of Medicine. Saint James School of Medicine (estd 1999), offers the MD program which covers the Basic and Clinical Sciences.

Following the Basic Science Foundation Course at Jain University, Bangalore, you’ll study Basic Sciences at our beautiful St. Vincent campus, one of our two Caribbean medical school campuses and thereafter complete your clinical rotations at our affiliated teaching hospitals and clinical facilities in the US or the Caribbean for a total course duration of 5 and half years.


Since the 1970s the Caribbean has established itself as the No. 1 destination for medical education for qualified students from the US and Canadian students. Medical education in the US and Canada is highly competitive and has very limited availability. The surplus of qualified candidates has gone up exponentially over the last few decades. At the same time there is s serious shortage of doctors in the US and Canada. Medical colleges in the Caribbean fill that vital gap by offering high quality accredited medical education, at an affordable cost, that creates thousands of doctors that go on to become licensed medical practitioners in the USA and Canada.

SJSM has a high 96.77% first time USMLE Step 1 pass rate for our US and Canadian students. We are also the first Caribbean medical school to provide a USMLE Step 1 Pass Guarantee. We are listed in the WHO World Directory of Medical Schools and approved by the ECFMG in the USA, and the MCC in Canada. SJSM is approved by the CAAM-HP as well as ACCM and is one of the few schools to to have this double accreditation.

In 2018, SJSM was approved by the Medical Council of India (MCI), which now allows India students to study at SJSM and return to India to practice medicine if they should choose to do so.

The Basic Science Foundation Course

Jain University, Bangalore, is ranked No. 6 among the top Private Universities in India, and offers its scholars the world class living and learning facilities, which makes it the best, most effective and much talked about universities in India. Jain University comes with matchless and unrivalled facilities and faculties for its students. The Basic Sciences Foundation Course is offered through the Jain University's College of Sciences and students will live and study in the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Bangalore, the IT and education hub of India. Bangalore is arguably the most liveable city in India, with cool moderate temperatures of 28 degree Celsius year round, restaurants with cuisines from all over the world, and is extremely well connected by road, rail and air from any part of India and the world.

The Foundation course is offered exclusively in India by Jain University and on successful completion of the 92 credit course, students are deemed to have met the requirements for entry into the MD program SJSM St Vincent, where they will join their peers from the US and Canada in the very same curriculum.

An Affordable Medical Education

Saint James was founded with the mission to offer students a quality medical education at an affordable price. We offer the lowest tuition amongst all accredited medical schools in the Caribbean so you can start your medical career with less student loan debt. We are honoured to extend this opportunity now to Indian students.