The University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) campus has a vibrant atmosphere, evoking a collegial environment. The students, faculty, and staff members are all dedicated to medical education.
The faculty are on campus every day and maintain open office hours to support students. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor to assist them throughout the course of the semester. Students encountering academic difficulties are required to meet with their respective faculty, advisor, and Dean to develop an action plan to address any diffeciences. UMHS faculty and administrators are dedicated to student success and are relentless in their mission to provide you with the tools, resources, and education to succed.
Campus facilities, including classrooms, break out rooms, library and Learning Resource Center, are open week days from 7 AM to 11 PM and reduced hours on the weekend. In the evening hours most of the campus is open for student access. The student lounge is open 24 hours a day which also contain student refrigerators, microwaves, vending machines, student lockers, and comfortable seating.
Students coming to UMHS for the first time are required to attend New Student Orientation. This occurs several days prior to class registration. New Student Orientation gives students an opportunity to learn about the campus, fellow classmates, student services, and island life.
New Student Orientation is described in more detail in the UMHS web site Accepted Students/Post Arrival.
White Coat Ceremony
First semester students are welcomed into their clinical studies at the White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony includes a formal cloaking of students in their white coats to signify their journey toward a medical career. Students should have a short white lab coat to put on during the ceremony.
Fourth Semester Banquet
Fourth semester students participate in a banquet that signifies student accomplishments as they complete their Basic Science Program and get ready to return to the U.S. At this time, student accomplishments are recognized and teaching awards are handed out.
Student housing is off campus and is located throughout the Island. There is a wide variety of housing the includes apartments, houses, hotels, and dorm like facilities. Housing could be within walking distance or a 10 minutes drive from campus. The University Housing Department assists students, faculty, and staff members in locating and securing appropriate housing accommodations. The Housing Department maintains a database of housing accommodations to fit every need and budget.
To learn more about student housing go to Accepted Students/Housing page.
Students can opt to purchase or rent a vehicle while they are in St. Kitts. The university has also contracted with local bus companies to provide transportation to students that live a distance from campus. In addition, students can alway choose to utilize the local taxi and bus service on the Island to get to locations not related to the university.
To learn more about student housing, go to Accepted Students/Housing.
Campus Safety and Security
Student security is of great importance to UMHS. There is a security office on campus to assist with any questions or concerns. The office is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students are required to obtain a University identification card when they first register for classes. Students must show their identification card to enter the campus, and the card must be visible on the student at all times while on campus.
Although according to the Ministry of National Security in St. Kitts-Nevis, the islands are relatively crime-free, UMHS community members should exercise normal precautions just as they would in their home town. It is important to be aware of local surroundings and not leaving valuables unattended. Our security staff is available to assist students 24 hours a day both on and off campus.
Campus support Services
On campus support services at UMHS are available to help counteract academic concerns, poor health, stress, or other problems that might negatively impact a student's educational process.
Each student is assigned an academic advisor. The advisor's role is to provide educational support and guidance and to help students determine future career goals. The university also has a tutoring program in place for students that need additional help.
Medical Health Care
The on campus UMHS Health Care Clinic is staffed with a registered nurse who provides University members with medical care or referral for additional medical services. St. Kitts has health clinics located throughout the island. The main hospital in St. Kitts is the Joseph N. France General Hospital in Basseterre, which is less than a 2 minute drive from the campus.
Health Insurance Coverage
Every UMHS student is required to maintain health insurance coverage, as well as emergency evacuation insurance that is used to transport an ill student to the closest U.S. hospital. Students can opt out of the university medical insurance plan with proof of insurance. However, all students are required to have the univeristy evacuation insurance.
Mental Health Care
The mental and physical health of UMHS students and faculty is of vital importance. There is an on campus counselor available to students. Referral to appropriate mental health care provides would occur if additional intervention is required.
In many ways, St. Kitts offers much that is similar to the United States. There are supermarkets, restaurants, clubs, laundromats, public transportation, taxis, banks, and a movie theatre.
Although hot and tropical, St. Kitts weather is tempered by trade winds throughout the majority of the year. Temperatures usually range between 78 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. January to April is the driest period of the year. Rainfall increases during the summer and near the end of the year. The average annual rainfall is about 50-80 inches per year. Hurricane season runs from August through October.