We are very proud of our accomplishments and thrilled to announce that last week we received notification that our accrediting body (ACCM) is now recognized by the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) a division of the U.S. Department of Education. This recognition substantially enhances the reputation of UMHS, since the ACCM accreditation standards have now been deemed comparable to the standards of the Liaison Committee of Medical Education (LCME), which is the official accrediting body for medical schools in the United States and Canada. There are only a limited number of schools outside of the United States that have this recognition. With NCFMEA we are now one step closer to being eligible for federal student loans. In addition, NCFMEA’s recognition is also a prerequisite for Florida approval. This approval will allow UMHS to expand its clinical program into the State of Florida and provide further opportunities for its students. We hope to submit our application to Florida within the next 30 to 60 days. As it stands now, we are currently affiliated with over 20 major teaching hospitals located throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada.
The following information will provide you with further details about these organizations. The National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation or NCFMEA was authorized by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. The Committee is authorized to evaluate the standards of accreditation applied to foreign medical schools, and to determine the comparability of those standards to standards applied to medical schools in the United States. A determination of comparability of accreditation standards by the NCFMEA is one of several eligibility requirement for foreign medical schools to participate in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Program [20 U.S.C. §§ 1087a et seq.].
Founded in 1995 by Professor Conor Ward, the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM) is an independent, not for profit organization based in the Republic of Ireland. ACCM is invited by Governments of countries to act on their behalf in relation to the inspection and accreditation of specified medical school/s (aka university / college) in their jurisdiction.
UMHS is happy to announce a new student loan program offering from our lender, Sallie Mae.
The Sallie Mae Parent LoanSM gives parents, and/or other family and non-family sponsors, a flexible way to borrow an education loan in the sponsor’s name only. The loan, which features competitive interest rates, no up-front fees, and a choice of repayment options, can cover 100% of school-approved costs. While this is still a credit based private education loan, the student bears no financial responsibly and the student does not need to meet the lender’s credit criteria.
This new loan program can be used in conjunction with, or replacement of, the Smart Option loan program. This is a great opportunity for students who do not qualify for the smart option loan due to credit history, but have good cosigners who are willing to assist them. However, remember, that no student can receive aid in excess of their cost of attendance, as outlined by school administration.
New York, NY: The University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) is proud to announce it has received a full six-year accreditation by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM). An internationally recognized accrediting body, ACCM (accredmed.org) follows the Liaison Committee of Medical Education (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 also closely aligned with 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.
In a very short period of time, UMHS has developed an excellent reputation for medical education. Boasting technologically advanced campus facilities, a renowned board review program, and partnerships with more than 20 US teaching hospitals, graduates of the MD program have achieved tremendous outcomes. UMHS students consistently post a USMLE Step 1 first-time pass rate of 93%, an average Step 1 score of 220, and an outstanding record of residency placements across the US and Canada. The University has earned distinction among its peers with recognition for its personalized educational approach which has resulted in a retention rate of 94%. UMHS also offers a comprehensive financial aid program, unique within its sector.
Dear Students, Staff, and Faculty,
I am pleased to announce that the Georgia Composite Medical Board has approved the University of Medicine and Health Sciences.
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.
We are happy to announce that we have been approved for the Residency and Relocation Loan by Sallie Mae.
Students in their senior year and students who have graduated in the last 12 months can qualify for this loan program. Depending upon need, students can borrow a minimum of $1000 to a maximum of $20,000 to cover a variety of residency related expenses.
The attached documents will provide you with further details about the program. Aspects of the U.S.-based school application are not applicable to you; therefore, a special application link has been created specifically for UMHS students.
UMHS is approved for Veterans Benefits and announces the formation of the Robert Ross Veterans Scholarship
New York, NY (December 10, 2012) The University of Medicine and Health Sciences is very pleased to announce that it has been approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) , enabling eligible veterans, servicepersons, and certain dependents of veterans to receive VA educational benefits.
Eligible persons may receive benefits under one of several types of GI Bill:
New York, NY (December 3, 2012) - The University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) has received full St. Kitts Accreditation, further establishing itslf as a top-tier Caribbean Medical School and a leading medical institution.
Earning full accreditation in its host country is an important achievement for a Caribbean Medical School. UMHS receiving full accreditation from St. Kitts and Nevis is a significant milestone in the University's mission of educating tomorrow's physicians.
The Accreditation Board of St. Kitts/Nevis uses clearly defined standards for accreditation to evaluate medical education programs, including:
NEW YORK, Oct 16, 2012 With growing concern over a projected shortage of primary care physicians and internists, and the limited number of available seats in U.S. and Canadian medical schools, the question of how to expand options for qualified prospects for medical school, looms large in the minds of those charged with educating the next generation of physicians. The University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts (UMHS) and Carleton University of Ottawa, Ontario are joining forces to meet this challenge head on.
Thanks to a new articulation agreement between these institutions, Canadian students’ options have increased. Carleton students will now be offered an educational track that will qualify them for consideration for a seat in a future UMHS class, provided they meet or surpass certain minimum standards and requirements. This agreement comes at a time
The University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Zenaido Camacho to the position of Dean of Basic Sciences. Dr. Camacho will be joining us on August 27. He is currently the Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of Colorado Denver as well as Senior Associate Dean at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.
Prior to his appointment at University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Camacho served as the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Regional Dean at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, in addition to holding an appointment as full professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pathology. Before his time at Texas Tech, Dr. Camacho served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Rice University as well as Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. He was the Senior Associate Dean at Baylor College of Medicine and Professor in
Warren Ross, president of UMHS, has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the negotiated rule making process as a member of the Foreign School Committee.
In this role, Mr. Ross will be a primary negotiator for the committee to develop proposed regulations related to student financial assistance programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The committee will focus on foreign school issues (medical, veterinary, and nursing) as it relates to student financial aid.
The first meeting will occur the week of November 16th, 2009 at the Department of Education in Washington D.C.
University of Medicine and Health Sciences – St. Kitts (UMHS) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Accelerated Review Program beginning in May 2009. The Accelerated Review Program will be offered at the UMHS campus in St. Kitts as of May 2009.
The one semester Accelerated Review Program is designed for students who have demonstrated the personal skills needed to become a physician, but who would benefit from an intensive review program prior to acceptance to UMHS. Students who succeed in the Accelerated Review Program will automatically be accepted into the UMHS basic science first semester program at the St. Kitts campus.
The Accelerated Review Program provides a unique combination of exposure to standard curriculum offered to first semester UMHS students and intensive study/learning skills
UMHS is proud to announce a contract with Kaplan Medical that will allow UMHS students access to the highest quality comprehensive USMLE review available.
Kaplan Medical, the world leader in USMLE preparation, has helped tens of thousands of students and physicians pass their medical licensing boards with high scores and continue on to successful careers in medicine.
Our tailored review program will include a diagnostic examination with detailed analysis and individual feedback, both live and online lectures, full-length simulated Step 1 exam and comprehensive lecture notes.
UMHS is dedicated to the success of our students. We will continue to provide the best
UMHS is pleased to announce the opening of our new 11,000 square foot anatomy building that now houses both the gross and neuro anatomy laboratories. Each laboratory contains approximately twenty dissection platforms.
The anatomy building houses state of the art audio visual equipment to enhance the quality of education. Additional equipment is on order and being installed. Large 42-inch high resolution monitors are stationed by each of the dissection platforms. Computers are being placed at the end of each cadaver table for students to access anatomical software as reference material during lab sessions.
While students are dissecting, they can view relevant information provided by the faculty in several formats, including Microsoft PowerPoint and Elmo presentations. Overhead cameras focus on a prosected cadaver that is used for demonstration purposes.
The University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) is pleased to announce that it seated its inaugural medical school class of 22 students on May 12, 2008.
UMHS students complete their basic science curriculum at the state of the art campus located in St. Kitts. The St. Kitts campus has two 150-seat auditoriums, technologically advanced laboratories, a 24-bed virtual hospital utilizing human simulators, and an 11,000 square foot anatomy laboratory. The campus also includes the International University of Nursing (IUON).
Fifth semester UMHS students move to the UMHS campus located in Portland, Maine. The 5th semester program gives UMHS students the opportunity to work with a team of experienced physicians in actual patient care settings at several hospitals, clinics, and
The University of Medicine and Health Sciences (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 medical school graduates to obtain residencies and licensing to practice medicine in the United States.
An important first step is to be accredited in the country where the school is located. UMHS was granted provisional accreditation by the St. Christopher and Nevis Accreditation Board, an arm of the Ministry of Education on January 1, 2008.
The next step is for the school to be listed in the International Medical Education Directory
The University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) is pleased to announce the formation of a Fifth Semester campus in Portland, Maine beginning September 2008. The fifth semester consists of the following required courses, Introduction to Clinical Medicine II and Biological Basis of Clinical Medicine. Maine was selected by UMHS because of its long tradition of providing quality health care and its demonstrated excellence in medical education.
The UMHS goal of excellence in medical education will be ensured by making the best in faculty and facilities available to UMHS students during their fifth semester of study. The UMHS facilities will include the latest in simulation and technology resources and a library and learning resource center. Virtual clinics utilizing human simulators will be a regular student experience.