UMHS has a video documentary series, produced by Emmy Award-winning Alan Weiss Productions, available online.
The UMHS Endeavour takes a brief look at what prospective students can learn from the videos. We spoke with Alan Weiss and Mary Lou Yacoub--both of whom worked on the video series--during a break when they were busy shooting an upcoming video featuring UMHS Class of 2017 graduates.
The two talented videographers spoke to the UMHS Endeavour before the commencement ceremony at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City on June 2, 2017.
“We’ve done a lot of videos. We’ve gone down to the campus and were able to profile the incredible facility down there,” Mr. Weiss said. “It’s not only a beautiful campus. It’s truly a state-of-the-art facility because the technology is terrific.
“We were also able to go to Maine and profile the preceptor program and show how UMHS students have this incredible opportunity to work one-on-one with a doctor and then go into a hospital and actually go on rounds so that when they graduate, they’ve really had that experience. That’s something that U.S. medical students from other schools don’t necessarily get.
“I think the videos have an honesty because they are not advertising,” he said. “They are not written by somebody sitting in an office, writing up nice words. It really is driven by the comments that we get from the actual students and what they have to say, what their experience has been and each and every one of them has had tremendously positive experiences at UMHS and credits their doing well on the USMLE, doing well on the Match to the faculty at UMHS and to the extraordinary dedication of the whole UMHS family”
Mary Lou Yacoub, who worked with Mr. Weiss on the videos, echoed his sentiments.
“I’ve gone down a couple of times to the island and the experience has been incredible,” she said. “I want to go to medical school after being on that campus. From the anatomy lab to the technology, it’s just very, very impressive. The dedication of the teachers that you see as we are interviewing them, they are there to teach and it comes through to the students. As Alan said, it’s just authentic what you hear, and doing the videos makes you feel proud. St. Kitts [campus] isn’t just a beautiful place. It’s really delivering incredible doctors.”
Via a series of interviews with faculty, students, graduates and key administrators, the videos comprise short vignettes exploring key aspects of the university, from the Curriculum, Faculty, Facilities, Student Experience, Life in St. Kitts, Accelerated Review Program, Clinical Program, Licensure, to Admissions, Financial Aid and more.
Since many students are unable to visit UMHS before matriculation, the videos offer a virtual visit to the high-tech campus in St. Kitts, along with interviews with faculty and students. The videos help answer nearly every question one may have about the university.
With our reasonable tuition cost, small class sizes, high USMLE pass rates, and excellent residency placement record, UMHS has become the medical school of choice.
Built in the tradition of the best US universities, the University of Medicine and Health Sciencesfocuses on individual student attention, maintaining small class sizes and recruiting high-quality faculty. We call this unique approach, “personalized medical education,” and it’s what has led to our unprecedented 96% student retention rate, and outstanding residency placements across the US and Canada. UMHS is challenging everything you thought you knew about Caribbean medical schools.
Scott is Director of Digital Content at UMHS and editor of the UMHS Endeavour blog. When he's not writing about UMHS students, faculty, events, public health, alumni and UMHS research, he writes and edits Broadway theater reviews for a website he publishes in New York City, StageZine.com.