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    The Basic Science Program 

    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.

    Small by design

    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. 

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    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. 



    Clinical settings

    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 for ExamSoft requirements.


    Laptop computers/wireless campus

    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.

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    Basic Science Curriculum

    Semester 1
    Course Credits
    Gross and Developmental Anatomy 11 Credits
    Histology 5 Credits
    Medical Cell Biology 6 Credits
    Physical Diagnosis 2 Credits
    Evidence Based Medicine 1 Credits
    Total Credits
    Semester 2
    Course Credits
    Physiology 10 Credits
    Biochemistry 7 Credits
    Genetics 3 Credits
    Biostatistics and Epidemiology 2 Credits
    Immunology 3 Credits
    Total Credits
    Semester 3
    Course Credits
    Pathology I 9 Credits
    Neuroscience/Neuroanatomy 7 Credits
    Clinical Skills (Neurology and Behavioral) 1 Credits
    Behavioral Sciences and Medical Ethics 6 Credits
    Microbiology 5 Credits
    Total Credits
    Semester 4
    Course Credits
    Pathology II 12 Credits
    Pharmacology and Therapeutics 7 Credits
    Introduction to Clinical Medicine I 6 Credits
    Total Credits

    Semester 1

    MANT 0603
    Gross and Developmental Anatomy
    11 credits
    MANT 0620
    5 credits
    MBIO 0652  
    Medical Cell Biology
    6 credits
    MICM 0660
    Introduction to Physical Diagnosis
    2 credits
    MBEH 0663
    Evidence Based Medicine
    1 credits

    Semester 2

    MPHY 0711
    10 credits
    MBIO 0760
    7 credits
    MBIO 0770
    3 credits
    MBEH 0920
    Biostatistics and Epidemiology
    2 credits
    MMCR 0823
    3 credits

    Semester 3

    MPAT 0800
    Pathology I
    9 credits
    MNEU 0810
    7 credits
    MNEU 0814
    Clinical Skills (Neurology and Behavioral)
    1 credits
    MMCR 0820
    5 credits
    MBEH 0830
    Behavioral Science and Medical Ethics
    6 credits

    Semester 4

    MPAT 0900
    Pathology II
    12 credits
    MPHM 0910
    Pharmacology & Therapeutics
    7 credits
    MICM 0930
    Introduction to Clinical Medicine
    6 credits