The curriculum at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (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.
UMHS operates on a three semester schedule, with classes beginning in September, January, and May. With this continuous schedule, students can complete the 10 semester program in just over 3 years. Each semester is approximately 15 weeks in length.
The Basic Science curriculum, semesters 1-4, is offered at the UMHS state-of-the-art campus in St. Kitts. Our 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. We provide a variety of support services throughout the Basic Science to ensure the students succeed academically. Our faculty dedicate virtually all their time to students and provide counseling and tutoring services.
Basic Science Curriculum: Semesters 1-4
|Gross and Developmental Anatomy||11 Credits|
|Cell and Molecular Biology||6 Credits|
|Medical Ethics||1 Credits|
|Physical Diagnosis||2 Credits|
|Biostatistics and Epidemiology||2 Credits|
|Pathology I||9 Credits|
|Behavioral Sciences||5 Credits|
|Pathology II||12 Credits|
|Pharmacology and Therapeutics||7 Credits|
|Introduction to Clinical Medicine I||6 Credits|
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 US school. They are similar in style and content to questions on the USMLE. Students receive a detailed analysis of each exam showing strengths and weaknesses which helps guide students in their preparation for the USMLE.
5th Semester , Portland Maine
After completing the Basic Science Program, students transition to our 5th semester program in Portland Maine. The first 8 weeks consists 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 7 weeks is 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 (United States Medical Licensing Exam). In 2016 our USMLE Step 1 pass rate was 93% with an average score of 220.
Semester 5 Curriculum
|Introduction to Clinical Medicine II||7 Credits|
|Biological Basis of Clinical Medicine||4 Credits|
Clinical Program, Semesters 6-10
After passing Step I 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 Rotation Program : Semester 6-10
|Internal Medicine||12 weeks|
|Obstetrics and Gynecology||6 weeks|
|Family Practice||6 weeks|
UMHS has established affiliations with a number of teaching hospitals in New York, Connecticut, Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Maryland, Michigan, Illinois, Puerto Rico, and Canada. 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)