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Industry leading retention rates: Many medical schools boast impressive statistics to attract potential applicants to their school, however, these statistics may be misleading.
One statistic some medical schools try to overshadow is their attrition rates- the percentage of students that start but don't complete medical school. While some Caribbean medical schools may promote their enormous graduating classes, they hide the fact that a large portion of their student body fails to complete medical school, with attrition rates averaging as high as 40%! This should be a red flag and added to a list of things to consider when looking at other Colleges. At UMHS, 96% of the students that enter our MD program graduate from our school. We are committed to your success and our primary goal is to help you excel in school, match into a residency program and have outstanding careers. Read more in the schools faqs section of this article.
Highly trained admission staff: Our school admissions staff are trained to recognize the unique potential in applicants.
Admissions is one of the most important and seldom discussed aspects of medical school. In 1978 our founder, Dr. Robert Ross, created one of the first Caribbean medical schools with an outstanding reputation. Based on more than 40 years of experience in medical education, we now know that GPA and MCAT are not pure predictors of success in medical school - our schools 96% student retention rate remains as a testament to this fact. As such, we take a very holistic approach to admissions, looking at a broad range of many different indicators of a student's potential to handle the rigors of medical school.
Some of our best Applicants and students come from non-traditional backgrounds or are candidates that are simply overlooked by other school’s dated modes of analysis.
Instructors that care about your success: We offer a truly personalized approach to medical education. Our faculty share a love of teaching and are fully committed to each student’s success in school and in their career as an MD.
We have an exceptionally low student-to-faculty ratio of 8:1 Teachers have ample opportunity to get to know their students and vice-versa. Upon leaving St. Kitts, many students remark that it was this easy availability of their doting faculty and the wealth of information they always had time to share, that contributed so much to their success. Opportunities are also available for research.
Commitment to quality: We are committed to educating uniquely skilled and diverse medical professionals eager to meet the need for MD physicians
in various settings throughout the United States and the world. With a focus on quality patient care in clinical medicine, we utilize the latest in advanced technological instruction and personalized education and training. Our aim is to produce genuinely passionate doctors who are highly prepared for practice in a changing medical landscape. If you are looking for one of the best Caribbean medical schools, learn more about becoming a Doctor through our medical program by speaking with an admissions representative, current student, or alumni.
UMHS continues to be the leader in providing high quality education at an affordable price. When asked how can the University of Medicine and Health Sciences be so much less expensive than other Caribbean Medical schools (as well as U.S. Medical schools), we have a simple answer - we choose to be less expensive.
As the only family/privately owned Medical School in the Caribbean, we do not answer to stockholders or large corporate investors like many of the offshore medical schools. We believe it is our moral obligation to leave graduates with as little debt as possible, while generating enough revenue to maintain the financial health of the institution for future growth and to withstand any type of operational setbacks. The revenue generated from our current tuition and fees more than exceeds our operating expenses, allowing us to invest further in the campus, in educational technology, and to grow the University at a healthy pace.
We can't answer for other Medical schools in the Caribbean, but it seems obvious that these school programs could meet their operating expenses and still collect a healthy profit with tuition and fees at a much lower rate than what they are charging now.
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about becoming a doctor at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences.