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University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS)

Curriculum

The curriculum at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) is modeled after the best U.S. medical schools. The academic program is both accelerated and rigorous, with a focus on preparing students for licensure in the United States.  

UMHS operates on a three semester schedule, with classes beginning in September, January, and May. With this continuous schedule, students complete the 10 semester program in just over 3 years. Each semester is approximately 15 weeks in length.

The Basic Science curriculum, semesters 1-4, is offered at the UMHS state-of-the-art campus in St. Kitts. Our faculty are highly qualified and appropriately credentialed.  They are recruited primarilly from the United States

We maintain small classes to ensure a personalized eduction.  Students are introduced to clinical material at our 24 bed simulation center and the local hospital.  Shelf Examinations will be utilized throughtout the Basic Science Program.

The Clinical Program, semesters 5-10, is completed at affiliated teaching hospitals in the United States and Puerto Rico. 

We are currently affiliated with hospitals in Georgia, New York, Connecticut, Michigan, and Illinois. 

Our fifth semester program is currently held in Portland Maine.  The fifth semester includes both Introduction to Clinical Medicine II and an intensive USMLE Review Program through Kaplan Medical. 

Upon completion of the fifth semester, students sit for USMLE Step 1.

Basic Science

The Basic Science courses, semesters 1-4, take place at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences St. Kitts campus. 

Our Basic Science Program faculty are highly credentialed and recruited primarily from the United States.  They are focused on the success of each student.

A traditional medical school curriculum is taught that compares with U.S. medical schools.  The curriculum utilizes problem-based learning, with an emphasis on clinical correlations.  A thorough knowledge of the basic biomedical sciences is emphasized, and students are introduced to history taking, physical exam skills, and problem solving techniques. 

Clinical Settings
A compelling differentiator at UMHS is the students’ access to a variety of clinical settings.  Not only are students involved at community health centers, local hospitals, and with professional patients, UMHS offers its students a virtual hospital ward on the campus.  Students will work with computerized human simulators in a 24 bed hospital ward setting to integrate their Basic Science Program in a clinically relevant manner.

Examinations
During the Basic Science Program at UMHS, students take comprehensive block examinations at various points throughout each semester. UMHS has also incorporated the NBME shelf examinations into the academic program.  These examinations are offered at the end of each semester.  Students will also be required to sit for the Comprehensive Shelf Examination at the end of the fourth semester.

Tablet/Laptop Computers
To maximize use of the technology capabilities on campus, all students are required to bring a laptop computer with them.

Students use their laptop computers in histology and pathology classes to manipulate images rather than using a microscope.  With a laptop computer, students have access to these images and other online resources at any time from home, class, the library or the Learning Resource Center.

Clinical Science

The Clinical Science Program is designed to give students a broad spectrum of medical practice, training in clinical skills, and patient contact.  The program consists of fifth semester, and core and elective rotations that are completed at U.S. teaching hospitals affiliated with the University of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Fifth Semester
UMHS students complete their fifth semester studies at the UMHS campus in Portland, Maine.  The fifth semester consists of the following required courses, Introduction to Clinical Medicine II and Biological Basis of Clinical Medicine.

The UMHS facilities in Portland, Maine include the latest in simulation and technology resources. Virtual clinics utilizing human simulators are a regular student experience.

All student clinical experiences will be conducted by a team of experienced Maine physicians, many of whom have decades of both medical practice and teaching experience.  Students will be assigned to physicians in actual patient care settings at several hospitals, clinics, and office health centers in and around Portland.  The opportunity to work beside renowned Maine physicians is designed to build student clinical capabilities, increase student confidence, and enhance student performance on United States Licensing Examinations (USMLE).

Fifth semester students will have an opportunity to enjoy all that Portland, Maine has to offer, including succulent lobster, beautiful lighthouses, and scenic views.  Portland offers all the amenities of a city such as museums, parks, and great shopping.  Maine offers the mountains for skiing and hiking, rivers for canoeing, and of course, the incredible ocean coastline. 

After passing Step I of the USMLE, students will be placed in clinical rotations at one or more affiliated teaching hospitals throughout the United States. This occurs under the guidance of clinical faculty, and under the supervision of the Dean of Clinical Sciences.  

These clinical clerkships include 48 weeks of mandatory course clinical rotations, as well as 30 weeks of elective clinical rotations. The core rotations represent the primary areas of medical practice and the elective rotations provide students with an understanding of the various specialties in medicine.

Clinical Affiliations
UMHS has established affiliations with a number of teaching hospitals in New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, and Puerto Rico.   

In addition, we are continuing to expand the core clinical affiliations, and are in negotiations with additional  teaching hospitals in a variety of states.

Tuition

BASIC SCIENCE TUITION - Semesters 1-4:  $9519.00 - $9,919.00 per semester
CLINICAL SCIENCE TUITION - Semesters 5-10:  $11,628.00 - $12,013.00 per semester

Accreditation

UMHS students are eligible to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations as a result of the IMED and WHO AVICENNA listings.

UMHS understands the importance of having its programs accredited so that our students may be eligible to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) and apply for certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).   This certification is required for international medical school graduates to obtain residencies and licensing to practice medicine in the United States.

Licensure

To graduate from the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) with a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree, UMHS students must successfully pass both Step 1 and Step 2 of the United States Licensing Examinations (USMLE).

To practice medicine in the United States, UMHS graduates must successfully pass all three steps of the United States Licensing Examinations (USMLE) and be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

UMHS also offers a board preparation program in 5th semester to further prepare students to pass Step 1 of the USMLE on their first attempt. 

Each state regulates medical licensure in the United States.  Because these standards vary by State, we urge students to contact their state medical board for further information about licensure.

Information received from the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) website. 

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