The Basic Science Program is completed during semesters one through four on our state-of-the-art campus, located on the exotic Caribbean island of St. Kitts. The curriculum utilizes problem-based learning, emphasizes clinical correlations, and provides a thorough understanding of the basic biomedical sciences. Starting in the first semester, students are introduced to history-taking, physical exam skills, and problem-solving techniques.
We purposefully maintain small class sizes so students are never lost in the crowd. With an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and a 6:1 student-to-cadaver ratio, our students get ample time for personal, hands-on learning throughout the Basic Science Program.Read more
Our traditional medical school curriculum compares with what you’d find at most U.S. medical schools. Pre-clinical exposure begins in the first semester and continues throughout the Basic Science Program.
A compelling differentiator at UMHS is our students’ access to a variety of clinical settings. Not only are students involved at community health centers, local hospitals, and with professional patients, but they also learn in our 24-bed virtual hospital ward on the St. Kitts campus, which features cutting-edge human simulators. This simulation lab is incorporated into a variety of courses throughout the Basic Science Program, including Physical Diagnosis, Physiology, and Introduction to Clinical Medicine. Very few schools in the United States or the Caribbean have simulation centers that can compare.
During the Basic Science Program, students take comprehensive block examinations at various points throughout each semester. Like U.S. medical schools, UMHS has also incorporated the NBME shelf examinations into the academic program. Shelf examinations are made up of questions that are similar in style and content to those questions on the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE). As a result, throughout the Basic Science Program, students are preparing for Step 1 of the USMLE.
NBME shelf examinations are typically given at the end of each semester as finals. Students will be provided with a complete analysis of each exam, which shows both their strengths and weaknesses, as well as how they compare to students in the U.S. UMHS also uses ExamSoft for examinations. Please visit this link https://ei.examsoft.com/GKWeb/login/umhssk for ExamSoft requirements.
High-speed wireless internet is present throughout the entire campus and all students are required to bring a laptop computer to class. Our cloud-based learning management system enables students to access faculty PowerPoint presentations, class notes, course objectives, and curriculum from anywhere on campus or around the world. Following the U.S. standard, UMHS also provides students with a digitally enhanced database of histological images to be used throughout the program.
|Gross and Developmental Anatomy||11 Credits|
|Cell and Molecular Biology||6 Credits|
|Physical Diagnosis||2 Credits|
|Biostatistics and Epidemiology||2 Credits|
|Pathology I||9 Credits|
|Behavioral Sciences and Medical Ethics||6 Credits|
|Pathology II||12 Credits|
|Pharmacology and Therapeutics||7 Credits|
|Introduction to Clinical Medicine I||6 Credits|