UMHS students are eligible to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations as a result of the IMED and WHO AVICENNA listings.
Accreditations and Approvals
In addition to having been granted a five year accreditation from the Accreditation Board of St. Kitts and Nevis, the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) also has a full six-year accreditation from the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM) an internationally recognized accrediting body,that follows the Liaison Committee of Medical Education's (LCME) Standards for Accreditation. The LCME is empowered by the US Department of Education as the accreditor of US and Canadian medical schools.
ACCM is approved by the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA). The NCFMEA is empowered by the US Department of Education to review written and applied accreditation standards for medical schools outside of North America. ACCM is approved by NCFMEA and is recognized as having standards comparable to those utilized in the US.
UMHS understands the importance of having its programs accredited so that our students may be eligible to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) and apply for certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). This certification is required for international and Caribbean medical school graduates to obtain residencies and licensing to practice medicine in the United States.
St Kitts Accreditation
An important first step for ECFMG is to be accredited in the country in which the school is located. UMHS was granted full Five year accreditation by the St. Christopher and Nevis Accreditation Board, an arm of the Ministry of Education, in 2012.
International Medical Education Directory (IMED)
The next step is for the school to be listed in the World Directory of the World Federation of Medical Education as well as the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). UMHS received this listing in June 2008.
As a result of the IMED listing and our accreditation, students at UMHS are eligible to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations. Graduates who have successfully passed Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS of the USMLE may be eligible for ECFMG certification. USMLE Step 3 is taken after graduations.
USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS
Graduates, who have successfully completed the UMHS program and have passed Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS of the USMLE, are eligible to apply for Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) certification which is required to obtain a residency in the United States. We highly recommend that students visit the ECFMG website for further information about certification.
USMLE Step 3
Step 3 of the USMLE is taken after graduation. To be eligible for licensure graduates must have successfully passed all three steps of the USMLE and satisfied the specific state requirements. Since licensure requirements vary by state, we urge all students to contact their licensure board, or boards, for further details.
Caribbean Medical School Accreditation
In August 2007, the WHO and the University of Copenhagen signed an agreement, which gives the University responsibility for the development and administration of new global directories for the academic health professions with the assistance of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), which has a long-standing collaboration with WHO. WHO will continue its involvement together with other partners.
The University of Copenhagen has provided the data of the World Directory of Medical Schools since August 2008, via the Internet, in a web site called the Avicenna Directories. The University of Medicine and Health Sciences listing can be found under the country of St. Kitts/Nevis.
UMHS APPROVED BY THE STATE OF GEORGIA
In order to qualify for an approval, the University had to provide a significant amount of documentation including both a database of outcome information as well as a self-study. The review was very rigorous and demanding. In 2014 the University received a conditional approval after receiving a positive response from a site visit to the University. A subsequent follow up site visit occurred in January 2015 resulting in a full approval of the University.
As of this date, we are the only foreign medical school to be approved by the State of Georgia under the new standards of the Georgia Composite Board. This approval allows our University to continue to conduct clinical programs in Georgia. Consequently, our students will be eligible for unlimited clinical rotations, residency selection, and licensure in the State of Georgia.
In addition to accreditation, there are a small number of States that have provisions for approving foreign medical schools. Gaining state approvals enhances the reputation of the university, provides further opportunities to expand the clinical program, substanitally increases residency opportunities, which postively impacts both our students and graduates.
In 2014, UMHS received provisional approval from the State Board of Georgia. In 2015 the Board granted full approval to UMHS. We are the first foreign medical school to be approved by the State of Georgia under their new standards.
In 2014 UMHS applied to New York for State Approval. We are now in queue for a future site visit. The university will be applying for additional approvals in 2016
UMHS will be submitting an application to the Commission for Independent Education in the State of Florida the later part of 2016. They are empowered by the Florida Board of Education to determine if an off shore medical school is qualified and approved to conduct clinical programs in the State of Florida. Once UMHS is approved and licensed by Florida, questions about our approval and or institution can be directed to: Commission for Independent Education
25 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Toll Free (888) 224-6684
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®)
The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) assesses the readiness of international medical graduates to enter residency or fellowship programs in the United States that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
To become ECFMG certified, UMHS students and graduates, like all international medical school students and graduates, must register with ECFMG to take the USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3. Graduates must also must provide their international medical school transcripts. ECFMG verifies that the international medical school is listed with IMED.
Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER)
Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) is a non-profit foundation committed to improving world health through education. FAIMER was established in 2000 by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®). In partnership with ECFMG, FAIMER promotes excellence in international health professions education through programmatic and research activities.
International Medical Education Directory (IMED)
The International Medical Education Directory (IMED)The International Medical Education Directory (IMED) is a free web-based resource for accurate and up-to-date information about international medical schools that are recognized by the appropriate government agency in the countries in which they are located. The agency responsible for this recognition in most countries is the Ministry of Health. FAIMER is not an accrediting agency. Listing of a medical school in IMED does not denote recognition, accreditation, or endorsement by FAIMER.
A medical school is listed in IMED after FAIMER receives confirmation from the Ministry of Health or other appropriate agency that the Ministry or agency has recognized that school.