The curriculum at UMHS is modeled after the best U.S. medical schools.  We offer a traditional Basic and Clinical Science program.  The academic program is both accelerated and rigorous, with a focus on preparing students for licensure in the United States and Canada.

UMHS operates on a trimester schedule, with classes beginning in September, January, and May.  Each semester is approximately 15 weeks in length, and students can complete the 10-semester program in roughly four years.  The Basic Science curriculum, semesters one through four, is offered at our state-of-the-art campus in St. Kitts. UMHS' faculty are highly qualified and appropriately credentialed.  They are recruited primarily from the United States and are fully dedicated to our student's success. 


We maintain small classes to ensure a personalized education.  The University provides a variety of support services throughout the Basic Science program to ensure that students succeed academically and personally.  Our faculty dedicate virtually all of their time to teaching, helping students, and providing counseling and tutoring services. 





Basic Science Curriculum: Semesters 1-4   


Semester 1  


 Course  Credits  
 Gross and Developmental Anatomy     11 Credits  
 Histology  5 Credits  
 Cell and Molecular Biology  6 Credits  
 Medical Ethics  1 Credits  
 Physical Diagnosis  2 Credits  
 TOTAL  25 Credits  


Semester 2  


 Course  Credits  
 Physiology                                    10 Credits  
 Biochemistry  7 Credits  
 Genetics  3 Credits  
 Biostatistics and Epidemiology  2 Credits  
 Immunology  2 Credits  
 TOTAL  24 Credits  


Semester 3  


 Course  Credits  
 Pathology I                                  9 Credits  
 Neuroscience/Neuroanatomy  7 Credits  
 Microbiology  5 Credits  
 Behavioral Sciences  5 Credits  
 TOTAL  26 Credits  


Semester 4  


 Course  Credits  
 Pathology II     12 Credits  
 Pharmacology and Therapeutics  7 Credits  
 Introduction to Clinical Medicine I  6 Credits  
 TOTAL  25 Credits  



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UMHS Human Simulation Labs


Students are introduced to clinical material throughout the Basic Science Program.  To enhance their pre-clinical experience, students will rotate through our 24 bed virtual hospital and have access to professional patients, the local hospital, as well as the local health care facilities.


NBME Shelf Exams

Throughout the Basic and Clinical Science Program students will sit for shelf examinations developed by the NBME (National Board of Medical Examiners).  These are the same examinations offered to students attending U.S. medical schools. They are similar in style and content to questions on the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE). Students receive a detailed analysis of each exam showing their strengths and weaknesses, which helps guide students in their preparation for the USMLE Step 1. 


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5th Semester, Portland Maine


After completing the Basic Science Program, students transition to our 5th semester program at our campus in Portland, Maine.  The first eight weeks consist of an Introduction to Clinical Medicine, where students are mentored by our clinical faculty and are exposed to a variety of clinical settings to further enhance their clinical skills.  The last seven weeks are dedicated to a live Kaplan USMLE review program taught by highly renowned faculty from U.S. medical schools.  Upon completion of the 5th semester, students sit for USMLE Step 1.  In the Winter of 2016 our USMLE Step 1 pass rate was 93%, with an average score of 220.     


Semester 5  Curriculum


 Course  Credits  
 Introduction to Clinical Medicine II  7 Credits  
 Biological Basis of Clinical Medicine  4 Credits  
 TOTAL  11 Credits  




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Clinical Program, Semesters 6-10


After passing Step 1 of the USMLE,  students are placed in clinical rotations at one or more teaching hospitals affiliated with UMHS throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.  The Clinical Science Program includes 48 weeks of mandatory core clinical rotations and 30 weeks of elective rotations.  The core rotations represent the primary areas of medical practice while the elective rotations provide students with an understanding of the various specialties in medicine. 


Clinical Curriculum


 Course  Credits  
 Internal Medicine  12 weeks  
 Surgery  12 weeks  
 Pediatrics  6 weeks  
 Obstetrics and Gynecology  6 weeks  
 Psychiatry  6 weeks  
 Family Practice 6 weeks  
 Electives 30 weeks  
 TOTAL  78 weeks  




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Affiliated Hospitals 


UMHS has established affiliations with a number of teaching hospitals in New York, Connecticut, Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Maryland, Michigan, Illinois, Puerto Rico, and Ontario.  In addition, we are continuing to expand the core clinical affiliations and are in negotiations with a significant number of teaching hospitals. (See clinical page for a listing of affiliated hospitals) 


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