Accelerated Review Program

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Accelerated Review Program


The Accelerated Review Program (ARP) is designed for students who have the drive to become successful physicians but need additional academic and study skills support to ensure their success in the rigorous UMHS medical education program.


Program Goals

1)  Assist students with study skills that increase their opportunity to successfully complete the UMHS medical education program.
2)  Provide students with additional exposure and/or review in targeted courses.
3)  Reduce attrition once a student enters the UMHS medical school program.
4)  Increase student confidence in their ability to be successful academically.



Program Length

The Accelerated Review Program is a one semester program.




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 Accelerated Review Program  DURATION 
 College Review  9 Weeks
 Anatomy  5 Weeks
 Histology  2 Weeks
 Physiology  4 Weeks
 Molecular and Cell Biology  3 Weeks
 Biochemistry  3 Weeks
 Microbiology  3 Weeks
 Genetics   1 Week

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 Behavioral Science  2 Weeks
 Pharmacology  2 Weeks
 Epidemiology  3 Weeks
 Ethics and Professionalism  1 Week




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Student Selection

Students who apply to UMHS and have met all minimum entrance requirements will be considered for the Accelerated Review Program. The UMHS Admissions Committee will base their decisions for ARP selection on the student’s prior academic performance and personal interview.


Program Results

Students who successfully complete the Accelerated Review Program with a grade average of 70% or above will be granted admission to the UMHS MD program. This is a unique program not offered by most Caribbean Medical Schools. Students who have successfully completed this program typically have performed exceedingly well in medical school.

Program Site

The Accelerated Review Program is offered at the UMHS campus in St. Kitts. Students have access to a learning resource center, library, study areas, and classrooms. The classrooms contain the latest teaching technologies, and all areas offer wireless internet access.



The Accelerated Review Program faculty is made up of specialists in the basic science areas who hold advanced degrees in their subject areas.

Program Description

ARP has two components: Study Skills Enhancement and Academic Courses. 



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Study Skills 


Skill 1: Learning/Study Skills

  • Active and Passive Learning
  • Active Review for Remembering
  • Preparing for MCQ Exams
  • Listening for Learning
  • Reading for Learning
  • Note Taking
  • Levels of Learning (Bloom’s Taxonomy)
  • Concept Mapping


Skill 2: Interpersonal/Intrapersonal Communication

  • Professionalism in Health and Medicine
  • Study Team
  • Cultural Awareness and Appreciation
  • Exam Anxiety
  • Wellness


Skill 3: The Basics of Medical Terminology

  • Using a Medical Dictionary
  • Taking Terms Apart
  • Word Roots, Suffixes, Prefixes
  • Spelling and Pronunciation Do Matter



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Academic Review and Basic Science Exposure


The academic review consists of the most pertinent concepts from pre-medical courses known to be critical for achievement in medical school, including mathematics and physics, as well as general and organic chemistry.


The larger component covering courses in the basic sciences curriculum of UMHS ranges from anatomy to medical ethics. This approach permits students to demonstrate their ability to digest and retain the types of information presented in the basic sciences.


Each of the academic subjects includes a short quiz at the end of the topic to permit faculty to evaluate progress and development. In addition, a comprehensive final examination is given at the end of the course.


Subjects are listed below in the approximate order of presentation, although some are taught concurrently. The number of weeks devoted to each topic is indicated in parentheses following the title. New topics may be introduced at the discretion of the course director. 


Accelerated Review Curriculum


  College Review (9)

Classes are held in Mathematics (1), Physics (2), General Chemistry (3) and Organic Chemistry (3).


Anatomy (3) + lab (2)

The anatomy course examines principals of anatomy with an overview of the human body; there is an emphasis on the head, thorax, abdomen & pelvis. Clinically oriented anatomical references are also provided. A one-week laboratory section gives students experience at identifying selected structures on anatomical models and cadavers.


Histology (2)

The ARP histology course covers the basic elements of microscopy, tissue preparation, and cellular and tissue organization at the light and electron microscopy level. The course also covers the histological principles for epithelia and human integument (skin, hair, and nails). Clinical correlations relevant to the material covered are introduced.


Physiology (4)

The Physiology section will comprise an introduction to cellular function and physiology, which will give the students the tools necessary to understand general and specific aspects of human physiology. After the introductory component, attention will focus on three or four systems, rather than a brief overview of all major systems. Students will actively participate in choosing those systems (cardiac, lymphatic, endocrine, GI, etc.), for which basic anatomy, function, and clinical correlates will be presented.


Molecular and Cell Biology (3)

The study of Molecular and Cell Biology lays the foundation for understanding disease at the molecular level. This module is offered to help students acquire the knowledge of cell function by focusing on topics such as cellular structures and their function, cell signaling, transcription, translation and DNA replication.


Biochemistry (3)

Biochemists strive to give a comprehensive description and understanding of chemical structures and processes critical to cell function and viability. Emphasis will be placed on the major families of biomolecules and central metabolic pathways.


Microbiology (3)

Fundamental concepts of microbiology are presented, emphasizing the mechanism of action of infectious agents, including introductions to bacteriology, virology and mycology.


Genetics (1)

An introduction to the principles and mechanisms of inheritance and vaill be taught at both the molecular and phenotypic level.


Immunology (1)

An introduction to the immune system, including innate immunity mechanisms and adaptive immunity responses.


Behavioral Sciences (2)

While addressing the compassionate and humanistic aspects of medicine, Behavioral Science provides the prospective physician with the basic understanding of human behavior in the context of health and sickness.


Pharmacology (2)

Pharmacology is the science that deals with the interaction of chemicals with biological systems in a controlled effort to reverse some form of pathophysiology, correct an imbalance, or defeat an invading organism. The material presented will focus on the interactions of small molecules with the most common drug targets – enzymes and receptors.


Epidemiology (3)

Epidemiology is defined as the study of the distribution and determinants of disease frequency in human populations. It is considered a cornerstone methodology of public health research, and is highly regarded in evidence-based medicine for identifying risk factors for disease and determining optimal treatment approaches to clinical practice.


Ethics and Professionalism (1)

The necessary interactions of legal, religious, social and various other forces, which must be considered in patient management, will be taught using problem based learning.

Inquiries about the ARP program should be directed to Dr. Angel Matos, Director ARP at 


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