The University of Medicine and Health Sciences campus has a vibrant atmosphere, evoking a collegial environment. The students, faculty, and staff members are all dedicated to medical education. Faculty maintain open office hours throughout the day to support students. Campus facilities, such as the library and Learning Resource Center, are open 7 days a week . Virtually the entire campus is open from 7 AM to 11 PM Monday through Friday with reduced hours on the weekend. Transportation is provided throughout the day and evening for students that live outside of the campus area.
Organizations and Clubs
The University of Medicine and Health Sciences supports a variety of campus organizations and clubs including student government and a chapter of AMSA. Student Government is made up of elected representatives from each of the classes in St. Kitts. They are the voice of the student body and actively liaison with senior administrators and faculty throughout the semester. They are also involved in coordinating several student functions including the welcome back party and the senior banquet.
Safety and Security
Student security is of great importance to the University of Medicine and Health Sciences. The campus has a large security staff and are there 24 hours per day. They are available to assist students both on and off campus.
There is a security office on campus to assist with any questions or concerns. According to the Ministry of Security in St. Kitts-Nevis, the islands are relatively safe however we always urge students to exercise normal precautions by being aware of local surroundings and not leaving valuables unattended.
The student body at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences is ethnically diverse. It is a mix of ages, backgrounds, genders, and religious beliefs. Students are primarily from the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Everyone, however, shares at least one thing in common – the desire to become a licensed and practicing physician. By dedicating themselves to this purpose, students find themselves in a rewarding and enriching peer group.
Although aggressive in pursuit of their medical degree, everyone knows the maxim about "all work and no play." Students typically are in class throughout the day and study to 11 PM most evening. However, on weekends our students do spend time enjoying the natural beauty of St. Kitts, and the unique opportunity to live and study in another culture.
Support services are provided to help counteract academic concerns, poor health, stress, or other problems that may negatively impact the educational process. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor to provide educational support and guidance when determining future career goals. The promotions committee tracks each student throughout the semester and will identify students that are having academic difficulty. Students will be called into the Dean's office to access any issues and to develop an action plan to remediate any deficiencies. As a result of our early detection plan, we have been able to maintain a low attrition rate of 4%. In addition, the faculty at UMHS are fully dedicated to the success of our students and have daily office hours to meet with students that have questions and concerns.
All University students are required to maintain health and evacuation insurance coverage. The university can provide this insurance to students who are not covered. There is a hospital in the capital that is accessible to students. In addition, there are also health clinics and private physicians that treat students. UMHS has a campus clinic, staffed by a trained and practicing nurse, who provides students with care or referral for additional medical services. All students are required to obtain the university evacuation insurance which covers the cost of the evacuation in the event of a medical emergency.