Dear prospective student
At UMHS, we are dedicated to your success, where students come first! Our vision is to have a boutique medical school for students that deserve and demand a quality education in a small school environment. Our faculty is highly credentialed and recruited primarily from the United States. They love to teach and dedicate virtually 100% of their time to students.
UMHS is fully accredited by ACCM (Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine). This is an international accrediting body that has adopted US standards of accreditation and is recognized by both the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) and the U.S. Department of Education.
The Basic Science Program, semesters 1-4, is located at our state of the art campus on the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Kitts. Our traditional medical school curriculum compares with most U.S. Medical schools. Students are tested in block format throughout the semester. Shelf examinations, which simulate mini USMLE-style examinations, are also integrated into the academic program. Students have access to a variety of clinical settings including community health centers, local hospitals, skills laboratories, and professional patients. Pre-clinical exposure begins in the first semester and continues throughout the Basic Science Program.
We invested more than $50 million dollars to develop one of the most modern campuses in the Caribbean that can compare, or even exceed, that of most U.S. Medical schools. Our wireless campus includes an 11,000 square-foot state of the art anatomy building, a 24-bed virtual hospital equipped with more than 20 computerized human simulators, multiple classrooms and laboratories, an auditorium, and a large library and learning resource center with over 50 computers for student use. All of our classrooms and laboratories are equipped with the latest in audio-visual equipment to enhance the quality of education.
The trend in the United States is to teach histology utilizing a database of digitized slides that correlates directly to a specially designed laboratory manual. At UMHS we have embraced this new technology. Students utilize the Bachus database of histological images that can be accessed and utilized in class, in the library/ learning resource center, as well as at home through a web browser.
Our anatomy lab is equipped with cutting edge technology and is a model for U.S. Schools to follow. We urge you to view the Campus section of our website for more details on all of our facilities.
UMHS has a wireless campus so that you can access from anywhere on campus all student resources including PowerPoint presentations, class notes, objectives, course description, and more. With our cloud based technology, students can now access the same information anywhere throughout the world.
The Clinical Program, consisting of semesters 5-10, is completed at major teaching hospitals in the United States. The fifth semester, which includes a clinical correlations and board review component, is held at our Portland, Maine campus. In semester 5, our students have an opportunity to work one on one with a large number of highly qualified and credentialed physician preceptors. Students are prepared throughout the Basic Science Program as well as the fifth semester for USMLE Step 1. To ensure our students success on USMLE Step 1 and 2 we have incorporated into our program a comprehensive review program through Kaplan Medical. As a result, we currently have a 93% pass rate on Step 1, with an average score of 220.
Compared to most of the other foreign medical schools the cost of education is considerably lower at UMHS. We have purposefully tried to keep our tuition low understanding the impact of significant student debt. When considering your options, our outcomes are as good if not better than any of the other Caribbean schools at half the price. In addition, our students qualify for a variety of Sallie Mae loans that can cover the full cost of attendance
If you are considering medical school, I would like to invite you to attend one of our information sessions to learn more about the benefits of attending UMHS. If you are in the New York area, please feel free to stop by our office and meet our admissions staff.
As a hands-on President, I am always interested in meeting new students. Feel free to come in and say hello.
University of Medicine and Health Sciences