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. UMHS believes that, with the right support, students, who have the passion to become physicians, can master the educational process to achieve their goal.
- Assist students with study skills that increase their opportunity to successfully complete the UMHS medical education program.
- Provide students with additional exposure and/or review in targeted courses.
- Reduce attrition once a student enters the UMHS medical school program.
- Increase student confidence in their ability to be successful academically.
The Accelerated Review Program is a one semester program.
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 admittance to ARP on the student’s prior academic performance and personal interview.
Students who successfully complete
the Accelerated Review Program with a grade average of 70% or above will be guaranteed
admission to the UMHS basic science first semester program at the St Kitts
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.
The Accelerated Review Program will take place at the UMHS campus in St. Kitts. Students will 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.
ARP has two course components: Study Skills and Academic Courses
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
Skill 4: The Basics of Medical Terminology
- Using a Medical Dictionary
- Taking Terms Apart
- Word Roots, Suffixes, Prefixes
- Spelling and Pronunciation Do Matter
The academic review will consist of the most pertinent
concepts from premedical courses known to be critical for achievement in the
medical classes, including mathematics, physics, general chemistry and organic
chemistry. The larger component covering courses in the basic sciences curriculum
of UMHS will range from anatomy to medical ethics. This approach will permit
students to demonstrate their ability to digest and retain the types of information
presented in the basic sciences. Each of the academic subjects will have a
short quiz at the end of the topic to permit faculty to evaluate progress and development.
In addition, a comprehensive final examination will be given at the end of the
Subjects to be presented 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. Not all listed subjects will be presented in
any one semester, and new topics may be introduced at the discretion of the
Courses to be presented include,
but are not limited to:
College Review (9)
Classes are held in Mathematics (1),
Physics (2), General Chemistry (3) and Organic Chemistry (3).
(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
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.
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
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.
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.
Fundamental concepts of
microbiology are presented, emphasizing the mechanism of action of infectious
agents, including introductions to bacteriology, virology and mycology.
An introduction to the principles
and mechanisms of inheritance and variation will be taught at both the
molecular and phenotypic level.
An introduction to the immune
system, including innate immunity mechanisms and adaptive immunity responses.
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 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 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
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 Ms. Lena Nilsson,
Co-Director ARP at
or by phone at: 689.466.2043 x 244.