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Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor


Basic Science Program

Location: UMHS campus in St. Kitts, West Indies

Send letter of interest, CV, and references to: Dr. Jerry Thornton at jthornton@umhs-sk.net and hr@umhs-sk.net


The University of Medicine and Health Sciences-St. Kitts (UMHS) invites applications for a faculty position in physiology.

UMHS is a state of the art medical school located on the exotic Caribbean Island of St. Kitts. Faculty have a unique opportunity to become involved in the growth and success of the institution, and most importantly the opportunity to educate and nurture a new generation of physicians prepared to meet the 21st century health care delivery in a rapidly changing world.


The successful candidate will be responsible for team-teaching a course in Physiology offered in the second semester. The UMHS calendar year has three fifteen week semesters, with two to three weeks break between semester for faculty leave. Responsibilities include:
1. Developing and providing students with approved syllabi and learning objectives;
2. Organizing, preparing, and regularly updating course content;
3. Delivering effective lectures utilizing a variety of teaching techniques and state of the art teaching technologies;
4. Preparing and administering examinations, grading in a timely manner, and providing feedback to students;
5. Focusing on student success by being available to students during non-teaching time;
6. Serving on faculty committees;
7. Supervising students in a variety of activities, including but not limited to, problem based learning activities, human-computer simulation activities in the UMHS virtual hospital ward, and activities in local clinical settings.


1. US tax-free foreign earned income up to ninety thousand dollars a year
2. Health Insurance plan University paid for employee and available to spouse and children at employee’s expense
3. Participation in faculty continuing education or national conference in the US once annually
4. Modern, state-of-the-art campus and facilities in which to teach and conduct research

Minimum Qualifications:

• Must have a passion for teaching
• Minimum of an earned Ph.D. in Physiology
• Three to five years experience teaching medical physiology in a US or Canadian medical program
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills in English

About UMHS:


UMHS offers a traditional four year Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. The University operates year round and offers three semesters per calendar year which start in January, May, and September. Students complete the Basic Science Program at the UMHS at our state of the art campus in St Kitts. The fifth semester occurs at the UMHS campus in Portland, Maine. Students complete their third year of core clinical rotations and fourth year of elective rotations in one of our many affiliated, accredited teaching hospitals throughout the United States and Canada. To graduate, students must successfully complete the UMHS medical program and pass the USMLE Step1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS. UMHS graduates are eligible to apply for a US residency and subsequently may practice medicine in the United States and Canada.


UMHS utilizes innovative teaching techniques such as a 24-bed virtual hospital, small class sizes with individualized attention, and the use of technology to enhance instruction. The faculty is highly credentialed and recruited primarily from the United States.

The description of the Physiology course is:

MPHY 0711 Physiology 10 credits

Physiology concentrates on how the various organ systems that comprise the human body function. The major objective of this course is to enable the student to acquire a sound understanding of the mechanisms upon which life depends through an integrated study of the many control systems that maintain homeostasis. Emphasis is placed on the mechanisms that maintain a homeostasis under a variety of conditions. The course begins with a study of basic physiological principles, such as, the transport of ions, intracellular signaling, osmosis, membranes and their electrical properties. Following the presentation of the basic principles of cellular physiology, muscle and nerves, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrines, reproductive physiology are taught and integrated into total body function. Temperature regulation and the integrated physiological responses to exercise and adverse environments are also presented. Most disease conditions result from abnormal functioning (i.e., disturbance of homeostasis) of one or more of the basic control systems. Thus it is of fundamental importance that the future physician understands these regulatory mechanisms taught in this basic medical science course. After completing the course, students will have a clear understanding of how the major systems of the body operate in an integrated fashion necessary to maintain a homeostatic state.




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