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Accelerated Review Program

The Accelerated Review Program

Medical School is both exciting and challenging.  The Accelerated Review Program (ARP) is designed for students who have the drive to become successful physicians, but who need additional academic and study skills support to ensure their success in medical school. ARP provides students with a solid foundation and tools necessary to excel academically in medical school. 

This one-semester program exposes students to virtually every Basic Science course and faculty member. Classes are small, and students receive a tremendous amount of personalized attention and support. Students who successfully complete the ARP tend to become some of the strongest medical students at UMHS. Watch the video below and hear directly from former ARP students.

Designed for success


ARP provides students with a sound academic foundation and the necessary tools to excel in the rigors of medical school.


Program Goals

  • Helping students develop study skills that will increase their likelihood of successfully completing the UMHS medical education program.
  • Providing students with exposure to targeted courses.
  • Reducing the likelihood of attrition once a student enters medical school. 
  • Increasing students’ confidence in their ability to succeed academically.



In the ARP, you will touch on virtually every Basic Science
discipline and work with nearly every faculty member
in a highly personalized setting.

Accelerated Review curriculum



Study skills

Throughout the semester

Medical terminology

2 weeks


3 weeks

Anatomy laboratory

3 weeks


2 weeks


3 weeks


3 weeks

Molecular and cell biology

3 weeks


4 weeks


3 weeks


1 week


2 weeks

Neurobehavioral sciences

4 weeks


2 weeks

Cardiovascular system

6 weeks

A seamless transition

Students who successfully complete the ARP go on to become some of the strongest medical students at UMHS. The rigorous and deliberate structure of the ARP instills academic confidence and discipline in students, readying them for the transition into the Basic Science Program. 

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Student Selection

All students who apply to UMHS and have met all minimum entrance requirements will be considered for the Accelerated Review Program. The Admissions Committee will determine which students to invite into the ARP based on each student’s prior academic performance and personal interview.

Program Results

Students who successfully complete the Accelerated Review Program will be granted admission to the UMHS MD program. Those who successfully complete the ARP typically perform exceedingly well in medical school.


The Accelerated Review Program is offered at the UMHS campus in St. Kitts. Students have access to all of the same learning resources and facilities as students in the MD program.


ARP students learn from the same highly credentialed and experienced faculty they’ll encounter in our Basic Science Program. These skilled educators are dedicated to each student’s success.


Program components

ARP has two areas of focus: skills development and academic courses.

Skills development

Learning and study skills

  • Active and passive learning
  • Active review for remembering
  • Preparing for MCQ exams
  • Listening for learning
  • Reading for learning
  • Note taking
  • Levels of learning (Bloom’s Taxonomy)
  • Concept mapping

Interpersonal and intrapersonal communication

  • Professionalism in health and medicine
  • Study team
  • Cultural awareness and appreciation
  • Exam anxiety
  • Wellness

The basics of medical terminology

  • Using a medical dictionary
  • Taking terms apart
  • Word roots, suffixes, and prefixes
  • Spelling and pronunciation do matter

Basic Science And system-based courses

The ARP encompasses material from virtually every class in the Basic Science Program, including anatomy, medical ethics, and beyond. The program also features a system-based course, which integrates multiple disciplines in a single system. This approach permits students to demonstrate their ability to digest and retain the different types of information presented in medical school. 

Each of the academic courses includes a short examination at the end of the course to permit faculty to evaluate progress and development. In addition, a comprehensive final examination is given at the end of the program.

Course descriptions

Study Skills (Throughout the semester)

The study skills lecture series is designed to help students improve their learning effectiveness, attitudes, and motivation.  Study Skills includes: time management, concentration skills, note taking skills, textbook study methods, test taking strategies, and critical thinking skills.

Medical Terminology (2)

This course will focus on the main components of a medical term and how to break down a medical term by knowing the meaning of the prefix or suffix.  By learning the individual parts of a medical word, there is no need to memorize hundreds of complex terms and their definitions.  

Anatomy (3) + lab (3)

The anatomy course examines principles of anatomy with an overview of the human body; there is an emphasis on the head, thorax, abdomen & pelvis. Clinically oriented anatomical references are also provided. A one-week laboratory section gives students experience at identifying selected structures on anatomical models and cadavers.

Neuroanatomy (2)

Neuroanatomy studies the structure of the central nervous system as it relates to physical, reflexive, sensory, cognitive, and emotional behavior.

Histology (3)

Histology covers the basic elements of microscopy, tissue preparation, and cellular and tissue organization at the light and electron microscopy level. The course also covers the histological principles for epithelia and human integument (skin, hair, and nails). Clinical correlations relevant to the material covered are introduced.

Physiology (3)

The Physiology section will consist of an introduction to cellular function and physiology, which will give the students the tools necessary to understand general and specific aspects of human physiology. After the introductory component, attention will focus on three or four systems, rather than a brief overview of all major systems. Students will actively participate in choosing those systems (cardiac, lymphatic, endocrine, GI, etc.), for which basic anatomy, function, and clinical correlates will be presented.

Molecular and cell biology (3)

Molecular and Cell Biology is the foundation for understanding disease at the molecular level. This module is offered to help students acquire the knowledge of cell function by focusing on topics such as cellular structures and their function, cell signaling, transcription, translation and DNA replication.

Biochemistry (4)

Biochemists strive to give a comprehensive descriptions and understanding of chemical structures and processes critical to cell function and viability. Emphasis will be placed on the major families of biomolecules and central metabolic pathways.

Microbiology (3)

Fundamental concepts of microbiology are presented, emphasizing the mechanism of action of infectious agents, including introductions to bacteriology, virology and mycology.

Genetics (1)

An introduction to the principles and mechanisms of inheritance and will be taught at both the molecular and phenotypic level.

Immunology (2)

An introduction to the immune system, including innate immunity mechanisms and adaptive immunity responses.

Neurobehavioral sciences (4)

While addressing the compassionate and humanistic aspects of medicine, neurobehavioral sciences provides the prospective physician with the basic understanding of human behavior in the context of health and sickness. The course also encompasses the study of brain function and common neurological diseases.

Pathology (2)

Pathology introduces the concept of injury from normal structure and function in the human body, as occurs in disease.  The various pathological processes and their importance in the basis of human disease will be studied.  Correlation with clinical presentations will also be made.

Cardiovascular system (6)

Cardiovascular disease, such as atherosclerosis and congestive heart failure, are exceptionally complex and involve multiple factors. The key to understanding the cardiovascular system is the integration of all of its components and functions.  This course brings an innovative system-based approach to help students form a framework to understand how the cardiovascular system works.   It includes lectures in Anatomy, Embryology, Histology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physical Diagnosis.


Questions about the Accelerated Review Program?

Inquires and questions about the ARP should be directed at Dr. Angel Matos, Director of ARP.

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