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Located in St. Kitts, West Indies, UMHS is one of the leading Caribbean Medical Schools. UMHS is owned and operated by Warren Ross and his family, who were early pioneers of medical education in the …

Located in St. Kitts, West Indies, UMHS is one of the leading Caribbean Medical Schools. UMHS is owned and operated by Warren Ross and his family, who were early pioneers of medical education in the Caribbean. With an innovative campus, small class sizes and low attrition, UMHS students have among the highest USMLE step 1 pass rates. Graduates qualify to practice in the US and Canada.

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  • 1. University of Medicine and Health Sciences ST. KITTS Educating the nextgeneration of physicians UMHS
  • 2. UNIV ERSITY O F M EDICI N E A N D H EA L T H S C I EN C ES Regional Offices Disclaimer North American Administrative Office Midwest/Canada Regional Office All content in the UMHS catalog is subject Northeast Regional Office 5777 Maple Road to change at any time. This includes, but is 460 West 34th Street, 12th Floor West Bloomfield, MI 48322 not limited to, tuition and fees, admissions, Contact: Michele Peres, curriculum, clinical rotation locations, and New York, NY 10001 requirements to graduate. Any changes are Toll Free: 866-686-0380 Vice President of Enrollment Management applicable from the time of the change to Telephone: 212-868-0855 Carole Walker, Regional Director prospective and enrolled students. Date of Email: Toll Free: 877-363-8558 catalog issue: January 2012. Telephone: 248-363-8558 Southeast Regional Office Email: The University of Medicine and Health Sciences 111 Hypoluxo Road admits students without regard to race, color, Lantana, FL 33462 Western Regional Office national origin, gender, religion, disability, Contact: Nancy Ross, 2900 Gordon Avenue or age to all rights, privileges, programs, and Regional Director Executive Suite 100 activities generally made available to students Toll Free: 877-547-1520 Santa Clara, CA 95051 at the University. It does not discriminate on Telephone: 561-547-1520 Contact: E. Leon Mattingly, the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, Email: Regional Director religion, disability, or age in administration of Toll Free: 866-735-1135 its educational programs and other University Telephone: 408-735-1135 administered policies. Email: For further information about the University of Medicine and Health Sciences visit our website at: www.umhs-sk.orgFor further information about the University of Medicine and Health Sciences visit our website at:
  • 3. STUDENT LIFE CAMPUS LIFE • 60 Student Body AIR TRAVEL • 60–61 Getting to Campus Leaving Campus WHAT TO CARRY ON BOARD WITH YOU • 61Welcome ACADEMICS WHAT TO PACK • 61–62ABOUT UMHS • 8–13 ACADEMIC OVERVIEW • 32 Luggage Tags University Quick View Clothing Accreditation Status ACADEMIC CALENDAR• 33 University Dress Code Credentialed Faculty What Not to Bring Instructional Site Locations ACADEMIC PROGRAMS • 34–37 Campus Visits Teaching Methods CUSTOMS • 62 Technology-Based Campus Basic Science Program UMHS Facilities Basic Science Curriculum SHIPPING ITEMS TO ST. KITTS • 62 Technology Support Extended Basic Science Curriculum Disability Accommodations Clinical Science Program EVENTS • 62–63 Fifth Semester New Student OrientationABOUT ST. KITTS • 14–15 Affiliate Hospitals White Coat Ceremony Clinical Science Curriculum Fourth Semester BanquetPRESIDENT’S MESSAGE • 17 Clinical Rotation Placement HOUSING • 63–64OUR FOUNDER • 18 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS • 38–41 Housing Department Off-Campus HousingBEING A PHYSICIAN • 19 GRADUATION INFORMATION • 41–42 Student Housing Requirements Graduation Housing DatabaseADMISSIONS Graduate Training Making Your Housing Selection Licensure RoommatesADMISSIONS USMLE PetsREQUIREMENTS • 22–25 ECFMG Certification Overview CAMPUS SUPPORT SERVICES • 64 Enrollment Periods ADMINISTRATION • 43 Academic Advisors Admissions Criteria Medical Health Care Admissions Requirements FACULTY • 44-54 Mental Health Care Application Procedure Admission Process ACADEMIC POLICIES • 55–57 CAMPUS SAFETY • 65 Application Decision Registration of New Students Accepted Students Grading SPORTS AND RECREATION • 65 Application Checklist Competency Examinations Student Progress ORGANIZATIONS • 66–67TUITION & FEES • 26–27 Academic Probation Student Government Association (SGA) Deposits Non-Academic Dismissal American Medical Student Association Tuition Academic Delays and Absences (AMSA) Direct Cost Withdrawals Religious, Cultural, Sports, Additional Expenses Code of Ethics and Recreation Organizations Liability PoliciesFINANCIAL AID • 28–29 Disciplinary Actions Student Loans Canadian Student Loan Programs UMHS Institutional Loan Program Grievance Policy T a b le Scholarships Tuition Refund Policies Of C ontents
  • 4. UMHS
  • 5. OUR MISSIONThe UMHS mission is to educate and nurture a new generation of physiciansprepared to meet 21st century health care delivery in a rapidly changing world.FOREWORDThis catalog has been authorized and approved by the President and Dean of the University of Medicine and Health Sciences. In this catalog aredescriptions of the UMHS educational program and facilities. It is the expectation of UMHS that students will be familiar with the policies andprocedures of the University as described in this catalog and in the UMHS Student Handbook.The University of Medicine and Health Sciences reserves the right to modify or change the curriculum, tuition, or fees of any sort, withoutprior notice. UMHS also reserves the right to modify or change examination and semester schedules, without prior notice. Each student hasresponsibility for complying with degree requirements that are in effect at the time of their enrollment and attendance.
  • 6. W E L C
  • 7. About UMHS • 8–13 University Quick View Accreditation Status Credentialed Faculty Instructional Site Locations Campus Visits Technology-Based Campus UMHS Facilities Technology Support Disability Accommodations About St. Kitts • 14–15 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE • 17 OUR FOUNDER • 18 Being a Physician • 19O M E
  • 8. U niversity8U M H S Q uic k V iew Year Founded: • 2007 Inaugural Class: • May 2008 Locations: • Basic Science: St. Kitts • 5th Semester: Portland, Maine • Clinical Clerkships: At affiliated hospitals throughout the U.S. Enrollment: • Inaugural class of 22 students. • Anticipated trimester enrollment 100–150 students Course of Study: • Basic Science Program • 5th Semester includes Introduction to Clinical Medicine and Biological Basis of Clinical Medicine • Clinical Science Program To Graduate: • Successful completion of all Basic Science and Clinical Science Programs • Good academic standing • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 • Good financial standing • Pass USMLE Step 1 • Pass USMLE Step 2 (CK and CS) DEGREE CONFERRED: • Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) First Graduation Class: • June 2011 • 100% of students obtained U.S. residency positions Residencies: • First class of students entered residencies in July 2011 Financial Aid: • Institutional loans and Scholarships To Apply: • Apply online at
  • 9. A b out U M H SU M H S 10 Accreditation Status The next step is for UMHS to be listed Since licensure requirements vary by state, The University of Medicine and Health in the International Medical Education we urge all students to contact their Sciences understands the importance Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for licensure board(s) for further details. of having its program accredited so the Advancement of International Medical that our students may sit for the United Education and Research (FAIMER). In August 2007, the World Health States Medical Licensing Examinations UMHS received this listing June 2008. Organization (WHO) and the University (USMLE) and apply for certification of Copenhagen signed an agreement, from the Educational Commission for As a result of the IMED listing and our which gives the University responsibility Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). accreditation, students at UMHS are for the development and administration This certification is required for an eligible to sit for the United States Medical of new global directories for the academic international medical school graduate Licensing Examination. Graduates that health professions with the assistance to obtain a residency and license to have successfully passed Step 1 and Step of the World Federation for Medical practice medicine in the United States. 2 CK and CS of the USMLE are eligible Education (WFME), which has a long- for ECFMG certification, which is required standing collaboration with WHO. WHO An important first step is to be accredited to obtain a residency in the United will continue its involvement together with in the country where the school is States. The USMLE Step 3 is taken after other partners. located. UMHS was granted provisional graduation. Our first graduating class accreditation by the St. Christopher and occurred in June 2011. 100% obtained The University of Copenhagen has Nevis Accreditation Board, an arm of residencies. provided the data of the World Directory the Ministry of Education, on January of Medical Schools since August 2008, 1, 2008 and again in September 2010. To be eligible for licensure, graduates via the Internet, in a website called the UMHS will be seeking full accreditation must have successfully passed all three Avicenna. The University of Medicine and in 2011. steps of the USMLE and satisfied the Health Sciences listing can be found under requirements specific to each U.S. state. the country of St. Kitts/Nevis. UMHS is a paradise for living and learning.
  • 10. credentialed FACULTY recruited primarily from the United States. modern teaching facility that containsThe University of Medicine and Health They are intently focused on the success a state of the art classroom, skillsSciences has brought together a team of each student. Teaching modalities laboratory, study area with computerof extraordinary educators, who have range from classic lecture to learning connectivity, examination rooms, studentextensive backgrounds in medical in small group settings. lounge, and faculty offices. Students alsoeducation, research, and administration. have access to a large medical library andFaculty members were selected because A compelling differentiator at UMHS learning resource center in the Portlandof their unique set of academic medicine is the access students have to a variety area. Our facility is strategically locatedcapabilities Team members range from of clinical settings. UMHS offers its within close proximity to several teachingeducators, who transitioned from students a virtual hospital ward on the hospitals, clinics, and housing.private practice to academic medicine, St. Kitts campus. This is a 24-bedto members who have spent their entire hospital ward setting equipped with The fifth semester consists of twocareers focused on providing the finest the latest in simulation. Utilizing required courses that include a USMLEinstruction to medical students. human-computer simulators, students review component. The USMLE review have a platform to discuss medical issues provides additional support to ensureUMHS also has an extensive visiting in small teams, learn physical diagnosis, students have every opportunity to passprofessor program. Each semester we and develop clinical skills in a safe and USMLE Step 1 with competitive scores.invite a significant number of visiting standardized environment. Simulation Students must pass USMLE Step 1 tolecturers from prestigious medical schools integrates clinically relevant material into progress to the sixth the United States and Canada. The the Basic Science Program.unified goal of all faculty members is to Clinical Rotation Settings: The Clinicalprovide the highest quality education to In addition to the virtual hospital, UMHS Science Program, semesters 5-10,each and every UMHS student. students have access to community health occurs in the United States. UMHS has centers, local hospitals, and professional affiliations with a number of teachingInstructional Site patients. hospitals in New York, Ohio, Connecticut,Locations Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland,St. Kitts Campus: Students complete Semester 5, Portland, Maine: Clinical Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico. Negotiationstheir Basic Science Program at the UMHS students transition to scenic Portland, are ongoing with additional teachingcampus in St. Kitts. The faculty at the Maine in the United States for their hospitals throughout the United States.St. Kitts campus is highly credentialed and fifth semester. UMHS has developed a
  • 11. U M H S 12 Campus Visits UMHS facilities: Multi-Purpose Laboratories: Two modern Prospective students and their families are Auditorium: The innovative 210-seat 100-seat multi-purpose laboratories welcome to visit the University of Medicine auditorium is equipped with the latest house cutting edge technology, including and Health Sciences St. Kitts campus. audio-visual tools. The faculty can present audio-visual equipment, high definition Campus visits are by appointment and critically visual information in a variety of LCD monitors, ELMO® presenters, should be scheduled through the Office of ways, including using LCD projectors and computers for Microsoft Office Admissions. All travel, food, and lodging an ELMO® presenter. The auditorium is PowerPoint® presentations, and projection costs for such a visit are the responsibility equipped with plasma screen monitors microscopes. The projection microscopes of prospective students and their families. throughout for easy viewing. Students are enable faculty to present visually relevant The University, however, does offer required to bring their laptop computers microscopic and pathological images for financial incentives for students who want to class, where they have the option to viewing on monitors located throughout to visit our St. Kitts campus in advance of connect through the University’s wireless the laboratories. One of the laboratories attending. Prospective students interested environment or through a desktop port. is equipped with a significant collection in this incentive program should contact of anatomical models for student use. the Office of Admissions for further Historically, medical schools utilize Both laboratories operate in a wireless details. microscopes to teach histology. environment. Today, most U.S. medical schools Technology-Based have contracted with Bachus to access Anatomy and Neuroanatomy Campus an enormous database of digitized Laboratories: UMHS has an 11,000 UMHS operates one of the newest and histological and pathological slides. square-foot state of the art anatomy most technologically advanced campuses. Bachus allows students to view these building that contains both a neuro and The campus facilities incorporate slides in a computer environment where gross laboratory. The gross laboratory is technology on the cutting edge of health they can manipulate the cell structure, furnished with approximately 20 dissection care instruction. The wireless and fully zoom in and out, and measure the tables where students have a 6:1 cadaver networked campus is the cornerstone specific cell. UMHS has incorporated ratio. A prosected cadaver is utilized for of a modern medical school campus. this approach into a course offering and demonstration purposes and is viewed It allows students to access educational has developed an extensive histological over high definition LCD monitors that software, faculty presentations, and online database. The digitized images and data are stationed at the end of each student’s databases from virtually every location are accessible online seven days a week, cadaver work table. Faculty members utilize on campus. Utilization of educational 24-hours a day, anywhere on campus or these monitors to provide PowerPoint® software and auto-tutorial learning is from a student’s apartment. and ELMO® presentations. Power poles emphasized throughout the learning are also placed at the end of each cadaver process and is incorporated into the table for students who want to bring their academic program. laptop/tablet computers to connect to our database of anatomical images.
  • 12. Human Simulation Laboratories: UMHS conducive to learning. The library houses The ITS Department is comprised ofis a leader in the use of human simulation an impressive collection of multimedia, professionally trained, experienced,models. Human-computer simulation books, and journals in both hard copy and dedicated staff members who areis an advanced capability that allows and electronic formats. In addition, the focused on providing responsive support.students to integrate clinical capabilities library collection includes informational This team supports the Universitywith basic science principles. Faculty resources pertaining to the general arts hardware, software, peripherals, sharedmembers provide simulations that and sciences curriculum. The library has database systems, and multimediachallenge and test students’ clinical and break-out study rooms equipped with equipment. The ITS Department providesdecision-making skills. Students work computers and audio-visual equipment students with a UMHS email the Human Simulation Laboratories for a variety of viewing and listening needs.primarily in Physiology and Introduction Disability Accommodationsto Clinical Medicine I. All desks in the Anne Ross Library are UMHS attempts to provide reasonable laptop ready. The LRC also houses more accommodations to students withThe UMHS Human Simulation than 60 computers for students to access disabilities. The University strives toLaboratories are designed with the various educational programs, software, enable students with disabilities to assistfunctionality and appearance of a student email, the web, and online themselves in achieving their educationalhospital ward or clinic. UMHS recently databases. The librarian and LRC staff goals and enhancing their leadershipadded iStan® to the Human Simulation are available to assist students with development through participation in theLaboratories. iStan® is the most advanced, research, information retrieval, and facets of campus life.realistic, wireless human simulator technology-based questions.available today. It has the capability of Students with disabilities may beproviding jugular vein distention, bilateral Campus Bookstore and Café: The required to provide documentation ofchest movement, real breath, heart, and bookstore provides students with the disability. The cost of assessmentbowel sounds, and articulated motion. required and recommended course and documentation is the student’s textbooks, study guides, diagnostic and responsibility. The University works withClassrooms: There are smaller classrooms surgical tools, as well as other essential students with disabilities to identify andand break-out rooms throughout the items. The café is open throughout the assess needs, provides direct services, andcampus designed to offer students a more day for meals, snacks, and refreshments. refers students to appropriate resourcesintimate and personalized educational both on and off the campus. Assessmentexperience. These classrooms are used Technology Support services may not be available in St. Kittsfor small group instruction, seminars, UMHS utilizes an advanced computer and may need to be procured in thegroup study, and problem-based learning and communications network and United States or Canada.sessions. The small setting allows closer supports the latest in technology-basedinteraction between faculty members and teaching aids. The Information andstudents. Technology Services Department (ITS) manages these capabilities and providesLibrary and Learning Resource Center: end-user support to students and faculty.The Anne Ross Library and LearningResource Center (LRC) is designed toprovide students with an atmosphere
  • 13. C a r i b b e a n S e a Saint Pauls Sadlers SAINT KITTS hut G ons Newton Pars Ground MensionU M H S 14 ut Sandy Point Town ys Gh tle Ot Cayon t hu nG . nR i dw yo 17˚20 Ca 17˚20 Go Half Way Tree gfie lds Monkey Hill Win Verchilds Village Old Road Town Golden Rock Airport Challengers Boyds Basseterre University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts Great Salt Pond Booby Island Nags Newcastle Head Newcastle Airport Burnaby The Narrows Whitehall Cotton ut Ground Gh 17˚10 17˚10 tain n Fou Charlestown Zetlands New River ut Gh ur Sulph Fo u Brown Hill nta in Gh NEVIS ut A b out S t. Kitts St. Kitts and her sister island, Nevis, Western-style amenities, including resort Supermarkets: St. Kitts has supermarkets compose the Federation of St. Christopher hotels, excellent restaurants, taxi services, that are similar to smaller markets in the 62˚50 62˚40 and Nevis. St. Kitts has become the stores for shopping and groceries, and U.S. or Canada. There is a farmers market commonly used name for St. Christopher, houses of worship for a variety of religious open most Saturdays in Basseterre. and the people of St. Kitts are called beliefs. There is a fish market that has fresh catch Kittitians. English is the primary language, daily…cleaned and on ice in a modern although Kittitians often speak a dialect Time: The time observed is Atlantic building on the Bay Road in Basseterre. called Patois. Standard Time, which is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time. Daylight Savings Local Travel: Road conditions in St. Kitts The Federation of St. Christopher Time is not observed. are significantly different than those in the and Nevis is a member of the British U.S. or Canada. Traffic in St. Kitts is on Commonwealth of Nations. The British Electricity: The electricity in St. Kitts is the left side of the road. While roads are monarch is recognized as the head of state. 220 volts/60 cycles. American electricity well paved, they may be narrow and poorly The country became autonomous in 1967 is 110 volts/60 cycles. While many marked. Drivers often stop on the road to and is led by a prime minister. The capital apartments use 110 volts, students may visit with other drivers, blocking at least of St. Kitts is Basseterre. need converters for use with American one lane of traffic. When a driver honks a appliances in off-campus apartments. car horn, it is a common form of greeting, The economy of St. Kitts traditionally Students should contact the Housing not a warning. was focused on sugar cane production. Department prior to arriving in In recent years, tourism, export-oriented St. Kitts to verify the voltage of their Students who choose to rent or own their manufacturing, education, and offshore apartment. Electricity on the UMHS own car must obtain a visitor’s driver’s banking have become the primary campus is 110 volts/60 cycles. license. This may be obtained from the businesses. St. Kitts offers many
  • 14. Prime Minister Denzil L. Douglastraffic department, the fire station, Banking: Bank branches are easily Bringing Your Family: To enter St. Kitts,or at the airport. To obtain a St. Kitts found in Basseterre, the capital of family members or friends must have alicense, students must already have a St. Kitts. Banks are open Monday valid passport and travel documents.valid driver’s license from their home through Thursday from 8 am-2 pm Those who are planning to stay morecountry and/or state. and Friday 8:00 am-4:00 pm. Each than 30 days will need a resident visa, bank provides 24-hour ATM services, which is typically extended only to spousesPublic transportation consists of and cash distributed by ATM is in EC and and taxis. The University dollars. The UMHS ATM is affiliateddoes provide transportation for students with the Royal Bank of Canada. The University of Medicine and Healththat live beyond walking distance of Sciences does not offer schooling for thecampus. Because of the road conditions, Banks include: children of faculty, staff, or students.the use of a motorcycle and/or bicycle • Bank of Nova Scotia A list of private schooling options, bothis not recommended. • First Caribbean International Bank elementary and secondary, and their • Royal Bank of Canada availability is maintained by the University.Currency: The currency of St. Kitts is • St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla A small number of the schools in St. Kittsthe Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollar. • National Bank Ltd. provide a Western style of education.The official rate has remained steadyat approximately $2.7 EC dollars to Employment Opportunities: Theone U.S. dollar. Most businesses accept Government of St. Kitts imposesU.S. currency; however, change will be restrictions regarding who can workgiven in EC dollars and the exchange on the island. It is likely that familyrate may be slightly different. and/or friends will not be able to gain employment while on the island.
  • 16. P residen t ’ sM essa g e WARREN ROSS, J.D. President University of Medicine and Health SciencesIt gives me great pleasure to welcome you campus includes an 11,000 square- component, is held at our Portland,to the University of Medicine and Health foot state of the art anatomy building, Maine campus. In semester 5, ourSciences. At UMHS, we are dedicated to a 24-bed virtual hospital environment students have an opportunity to workyour success, where students come first! with more than 20 computerized human one on one with a large number of highly simulators, multiple classrooms and qualified and credentialed physicianOur vision is to have a boutique medical laboratories, an auditorium, and a large preceptors. Students are preparedschool for students that deserve and library and learning resource center with throughout the Basic Science Programdemand a quality education in a small over 60 computers for student use. All as well as the fifth semester for USMLEschool environment. of our classrooms and laboratories are Step 1. equipped with the latest in audio-visualOur faculty is highly credentialed and equipment to enhance the quality of We are proud to announce that we justrecruited primarily from the United States. education. had our first graduating class in JuneThey love to teach and dedicate virtually 2011. 100% of our graduates obtained100% of their time to students. The trend in the United States is to teach a residency program in the United States. histology utilizing a database of digitizedThe Basic Science Program, semesters slides that correlates directly to a specially If you are considering medical school,1-4, is located at our state of the art designed laboratory manual. At UMHS I would like to invite you to attend onecampus on the beautiful Caribbean Island we have embraced this new technology. of our information sessions to learn moreof St. Kitts. Our traditional medical Students utilize the Bachus database of about the benefits of attending curriculum compares with most histological images that can be accessed If you are in the New York area, pleaseU.S. medical schools. Students are tested and utilized in class, in the library/ feel free to stop by our office and meetin block format throughout the semester. learning resource center, as well as at our admissions staff.Shelf examinations, which simulate mini home through a web browser.USMLE-style examinations, are also As a hands-on president, I am alwaysintegrated into the academic program. Our anatomy lab is equipped with cutting interested in meeting new students.Students have access to a variety of edge technology and is a model for U.S. Feel free to come in and say hello.clinical settings including community schools to follow. We urge you to viewhealth centers, local hospitals, skills the Campus section of our website for Sincerely yours,laboratories, and professional patients. more details on all of our facilities.We invested more than $50 million The Clinical Program, consisting ofdollars to develop one of the most semesters 5-10, is completed at majormodern campuses in the Caribbean that teaching hospitals in the United States. Warren Rosscan compare, or even exceed, that of The fifth semester, which includes a Presidentmost U.S. medical schools. Our wireless clinical correlations and board review University of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • 17. O U R F O U N D E R — D r . ro b ert rossU M H S 18 A LEGACY OF EXCELLENCE IN MEDICAL EDUCATION DR. ROBERT ROSS (1917–2011) Founder University of Medicine and Health Sciences Dr. Robert Ross (1917–2011) had a Students graduate with a degree from that utilizes human simulators. Here lifetime of expertise in the area of medical a U.S. partner school and are eligible to students can integrate clinical skills education. As the founder and former apply for the NCLEX-RN and practice with basic science knowledge early in owner of one of the largest and most nursing in the U.S. Pass rates on the their training. prestigious Caribbean medical schools, NCLEX currently exceed 90%. Robert Ross brought a wealth Dr. Ross was an idealist — because he saw of experience, knowledge, and resources With the success of IUON, Dr. Ross a rapidly changing medical profession that to offer you the best education possible. turned to addressing the growing need will require physicians to be well educated, for qualified physicians in the U.S. and able to adapt to new technologies Dr. Ross was a benefactor—because he Canada. In 2007, Dr. Ross founded easily and quickly, yet can demonstrate continued to address the growing need for the University of Medicine and Health compassionate support to each and qualified health care practitioners in the Sciences (UMHS). The UMHS inaugural every patient. He believed those were the United States and Canada. His reputation medical school class was seated in capabilities that will define physicians in in developing academic institutions and May 2008. the 21st century. his dedication to excellence were known worldwide. Dr. Ross was an innovator — by using Dr. Robert Ross leaves a lasting legacy technology and the latest teaching to each and every student and graduate. In 2005, Dr Ross founded the techniques to provide an academic He will be missed. International University of Nursing institution dedicated to excellence. The (IUON). This is a modern, state of the state of the art classrooms are conducive art institution located on the exotic to large and small group instruction with Caribbean island of St. Kitts. IUON offers a focus on problem-based learning. a traditional BSN program that can be completed in approximately 2 years. UMHS opened a new 11,000 square- IUON is affiliated with several prestigious foot facility for the anatomy and nursing schools in the United States neuroanatomy laboratories. The University where students complete their senior year. also has a 24-bed virtual hospital ward
  • 18. Bein g a P hysician“As to diseases, make a habit of two things: to help, or at least to do no harm. The art hasthree factors, the disease, the patient, the physician. The physician is the servant of the art.The patient must co-operate with the physician in combating the disease.”—Hippocrates— The physician is the servant of the art. A successful physician has the scientific knowledgeto understand the disease. The art is in understanding how to best apply the scientificknowledge to each patient. The successful physician incorporates the art of listening tothe patient and being able to compare what is heard with what is known. There is anart to seeing each patient as an individual with unique needs and an art to providingcompassionate care. The successful physician understands how to take care of himself/herselfas a person. The art to sharing oneself as a physician is to understand oneself as a person.At UMHS, our mission is to educate and nurture a new generation of physicians preparedto meet 21st century health care delivery in a rapidly changing world. Our goal is to help ourstudents grow as scientists and clinicians, but most importantly as human beings who areable to integrate the science and the art of being a physician.
  • 19. ADM I S S
  • 20. Admissions Requirements • 22–25 Overview Enrollment Periods Admissions Criteria Admissions Requirements Application Procedure Application Process Application Decision Accepted Students Application Checklist Tuition & Fees • 26–27 Deposits Tuition Direct Cost Additional Expenses Financial Aid • 28–29 Student Loans Canadian Student Loan Programs UMHS Institutional Loan Program Scholarships Tuition Refund PoliciesI O N S
  • 21. A dmissionsU M H S 22 R equirements OVERVIEW Test Taking Ability: If an applicant has rigorous academic requirements of a highly Applicants to the University of Medicine taken standardized tests, it is important structured curriculum. and Health Sciences should be highly that the scores be shared with UMHS. motivated, dedicated, and determined to The test scores are helpful in evaluating Educational Requirements: Applicants must become physicians. A commitment to the applicant’s needs relative to placement have successfully completed the following serve others and a desire to become caring in the UMHS curriculum. The Medical pre-requisites: physicians are key characteristics of the College Aptitude Test (MCAT) is required Inorganic or General One Year diverse UMHS student body. by UMHS for all U.S. citizens and Chemistry (with labs) permanent residents. Any applicant who Organic Chemistry One Year Serious consideration is given to all took the test one or more times must (with labs)* candidates showing the potential to submit all the results with their application. General Biology or One Year meet the University’s rigorous academic While not required of non-U.S. citizens, Zoology (with labs) requirements. Many variables, including, it is recommended for all applicants, but not limited to, academic performance, specifically those who are Canadian Physics (with lab) One Semester credit load, work and research experience, citizens or residents. English One Year letters of recommendation, and a personal College Level One Semester essay are carefully reviewed when assessing Motivation: Perhaps one of the most Mathematics candidates. important qualities of an applicant is a (preferably Calculus or Statistics) level of personal motivation for success. * Applicants may substitute one semester of All candidates are given an opportunity to At UMHS, we seek students who have Biochemistry for Organic II if this is the prescribed discuss their academic records and provide demonstrated the ability to adapt, to pre-medical chemistry sequence at your college any other background information during an study hard, to integrate various modes of or university. in-person interview at one of the University’s instruction and to retain useful knowledge Advanced placement courses may meet four regional offices. The prospective required for promotion. The applicant’s only one semester of the chemistry and/or student’s maturity, aptitude, and motivation personal essay, letters of recommendation, one semester of the physics requirements. are assessed during the interview. and the personal interview are important Advanced placement will not satisfy components used to assess motivation. the English, Biology, or non-science Enrollment Periods requirements. Students are accepted to UMHS in three ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS enrollment periods: January, May, and Prospective students must meet the Educational Recommendations: Applicants September. minimum requirements for admissions should have a broad background in the to the University of Medicine and Health humanities and have completed at least Admissions Criteria Sciences. Applicants are expected to have 12-16 credit hours in either the humanities Academic Performance: UMHS reviews completed a minimum of three years of and/or the social or behavioral sciences. transcripts to determine whether the study (90 semester credits) at an accredited It is recommended that additional science applicant has the intellectual capability to college or university. However, it is highly courses such as Genetics, Anatomy, perform in a challenging medical school recommended that applicants earn a Physiology, and Biochemistry be taken. curriculum. At UMHS, we are more Bachelor’s Degree prior to matriculating interested in the pattern of an applicant’s at UMHS. It is also highly recommended that academic development than whether or applicants have experiences in clinical not the applicant had difficulties some The Admissions Committee gives settings, research, public health, or years past. serious consideration to all candidates community outreach activities. demonstrating the potential to meet the
  • 22. Examination Requirements — MCAT:As of January 2011, UMHS requiresapplicants to provide a score for theMedical College Aptitude Test (MCAT).Examination Requirements — TOEFL:International students whose principallanguage is not English must take theTest of English as a Foreign Language Letters of Recommendation: If there is a ADMISSIONS PROCESS(TOEFL). At a minimum, a score of 600 Pre-Professional Advisory Committee at the Standardized Tests: UMHS is interestedon the paper-based version or 250 on college or university from which applicants in seeing all standardized test score reportsthe computer-based version of the completed their pre-medical or post- (if taken), including SATs, ACTs, GREs,TOEFL must be achieved. baccalaureate coursework, then we strongly or any and all tests that will assist UMHS recommend that applicants obtain a letter in evaluating a prospective student’sApplication procedure of recommendation from this committee. application. MCATs are required as ofThe application must be fully completed Applicants who do not submit a letter from January 2011. The test scores are helpful inin order for an applicant to be scheduled the Pre-Professional Advisory Committee evaluating the applicant’s needs relative tofor a personal interview. must explain in writing why they have opted placement in the UMHS curriculum. not to do so. Applicants who attended aApplication: The application may be school at which there is no Pre-Professional Preliminary Evaluation: The UMHS Facultycompleted electronically by going to the Advisory Committee must submit at least Admissions Committee reviews eachUMHS website ( two letters of recommendation from application and conducts a preliminaryand clicking on Inquire/Apply. Applicants faculty members in a department of the evaluation of the applicant’s credentials.should make sure the application is applicant’s major area of study. Additional If it is determined that the applicant meetscomplete, including listing all colleges and letters may be submitted from professional the University’s minimum qualifications,universities attended, before they click on health care workers who have had direct the applicant will be invited for a personalthe submit button. Once the application experience working with applicants. Letters submitted, students cannot access their of recommendation should be on officialapplication without permission from the letterhead and sent directly from the Personal Interview: Qualified applicantsAdmissions Department. Students who college/university to UMHS at the Office will be invited to one of the University’sdo not have access to a computer should of Admissions. four regional offices for a personalcontact the Office of Admissions to receive interview. The regional offices are in Newa paper application. Official Transcripts: Applicants must York, Florida, Michigan, and California. request official transcripts from allPersonal Essay: The personal essay is universities or colleges previously attended. Applicants will be given the opportunity toan important aspect of the application. Unofficial transcripts provided by the discuss their academic record and provideApplicants should be sure to follow the applicant will be accepted only for the any additional background information thatdirections completely. purposes of an initial evaluation. No may help the UMHS Admissions Committee application, however, is considered to be assess the applicant’s maturity, aptitude,Application Fee: Applicants must submit a complete until official transcripts have been and motivation. All documentation not$75.00 application fee. This may be done sent directly from the applicant’s previously able to be sent electronically must bevia credit card payment or by check sent attended universities or colleges. mailed directly to the University at:via U.S. Mail.
  • 23. A dmissions R equirementsU M H S 24 ( continued ) University of Medicine and Health Beginning with the September 2011 term, Admissions of your desire to participate Sciences, St. Kitts the admissions committee has determined in this program. North American Administrative Office that some of those admitted will be • Those who begin the regular four 460 West 34th Street accepted directly into the EBS program. semester program may opt into the EBS New York, NY 10001 Theses decisions are based upon a variety program following the completion of the ATTN: Office of Admissions of criteria that may include overall GPA, first mini examination if the results the GPA in the required pre-requisites, the suggest that more time would be Application Decision MCAT score, the passage of time between advantageous for successful completion Applicants can anticipate admissions completing the basic sciences and entering of the basic sciences. decisions being made usually within into medical school, a limited number of • Students may only opt into this program two weeks after the personal interview is advanced science courses completed at the in the first semester. conducted. Applicants will be notified undergraduate level, and even language in writing of the decision reached by the issues for those who speak English as a 4) Denial: The applicant has not met University of Medicine and Health Sciences Second Language, or some combination the minimum entrance qualifications as Admissions Committee. of these factors. determined by the UMHS Admissions Committee. An applicant may appeal There are five decision options: We feel confident that this is a good option this decision, in writing, and must supply for those of you who voluntarily choose to additional supporting documentation 1) Acceptance: The applicant has been complete the EBS as well as for those who for review by the Admissions Committee. accepted to attend UMHS. have been admitted into the EBS by the admissions committee—the ultimate goal 5) Accelerated Review Program (ARP): 2) Acceptance/Wait List: The applicant has being to reduce your course load in order to This program is designed for students been accepted to attend UMHS; however, perform well and master the information. who have the drive to become successful the next semester is currently full. The Courses are taken with students in the physicians but need additional academic applicant is placed on a wait list and offered regular four semester program so all EBS and study skills support to ensure their the opportunity to attend in the upcoming students are part of the “mainstream.” success in the rigorous UMHS medical semester if a vacancy occurs. Otherwise, As an incentive the University has reduced education program. UMHS believes that the student is accepted for the next available the tuition to $6740 per semester in the with the right support, students who have semester. extended basic sciences program. The only the passion to become physicians can additional costs to students attending the master the educational process to achieve 3) Acceptance to the Extended Basic EBS are time (an additional semester and their goal. Science Program: The University of cost of living on the island)—and semester Medicine and Health Sciences introduced fees but not additional tuition above that ARP Program Goals: The ARP program is the Extended Basic Sciences (EBS) Program paid by those completing the four semester designed to: effective with the May 2011 Class. The sequence. • Assist students with study skills that program was designed for entering students increase their opportunity to successfully who wished to spread the highly compressed Please note the following: complete the UMHS medical education work of the first four semesters of the • Those admitted to the EBS program program. MD program over a five semester period. or opting into the program will not be • Provide students with additional exposure Students accepted into the university permitted to accelerate into the four and/or review in targeted courses. may opt for this program up until a week semester Basic Science Program at a • Reduce attrition once a student enters after the first block exam in semester later date. the UMHS medical school program. one. Applicants were invited to enter this • Those who volunteer for the EBS should • Increase student confidence in their program if, in their view, they could benefit make their intentions known prior to the ability to be successful academically. from the additional time to complete the start of classes and registration on academic program. St. Kitts. Please notify the Office of
  • 24. ARP Program Length: The Accelerated process as described above, international Transfers into Second, Third, and FourthReview Program is a one semester program. applicants must submit scores from the Semesters: Application for transfer into English proficiency examination, Test of semester 2, 3, or 4 will be consideredARP Student Selection: Students who English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). on an individual basis. Any studentapply to UMHS and have met all minimum International students who are from an who transfers into UMHS must haveentrance requirements will be considered English-speaking country may be exempt satisfactorily completed all the medicalfor the Accelerated Review Program. The from this requirement. Applicants should school admissions requirements. InUMHS Admissions Committee will base contact the Department of Admissions to addition, medical school transcriptstheir decisions for admittance to ARP on determine if they are exempt. will be evaluated to determine coursethe student’s prior academic performance, comparability and the level of advancedthe personal interview, and assessment of Applicants who attended international standing.the student’s ability to successfully complete colleges or universities must have theirthe UMHS medical education program and college courses evaluated by an approved Undergraduate and medical schoolpass the United States Medical Licensing National Association of Credential transcripts must accompany the UMHSExamination, Steps 1 and 2. Students that Evaluation Services (NACES) agency such application. Initially, unofficial transcriptssuccessfully complete the ARP program as World Education Services. A NACES will be accepted; however, officialwill be accepted into the first semester agency determines if the courses are transcripts are required to complete theof UMHS. comparable and equivalent to courses application process. taken in the United States or Canada.ACCEPTED STUDENTS All required documents, if originally in a Application ChecklistOnce accepted to the University of foreign language, must be accompanied The application must be fully completedMedicine and Health Sciences, a student by a notarized English translation. prior to an interview being scheduled forwill be assigned a post-acceptance director the applicant.and sent a Welcome Package by U.S. Mail. TRANSFER POLICY A completed application consists of:The role of the post-acceptance director The University of Medicine and Health • Completed Application — eitheris to review the Welcome Package with the Sciences - St. Kitts (UMHS) does not accept electronic or paperstudent and assist them with all aspects transfer students beyond the fifth semester. • Personal Essayof the enrollment process. For example, • Application Fee — $75.00prior to arriving at the UMHS St. Kitts Transfers into Fifth Semester: Students • Letters of Recommendationcampus, all accepted students must have seeking to transfer into the fifth semester • Official Transcripts froma valid passport, a medical examination will be considered on an individual colleges/universities attendedthat includes required immunizations, and basis. Transferring students must take, • GRE and TOEFL Examination Scores,a background check. Travel arrangements at a minimum, the UMHS fifth semester if takenwill also need to be completed. curriculum in Portland, Maine. Students • Signature Form signed by the applicant who are lacking satisfactory completion • MCAT Score is required (See Page 22,INFORMATION FOR of any basic science courses must retake Test Taking Ability)CANADIAN APPLICANTS those courses at the UMHS - St. Kitts basicCanadian applicants should follow science campus. All application documentation, other thanthe procedures listed above. Financial the application and essay if completedinformation for Canadian applicants is Undergraduate and medical school electronically, must be mailed to:included in the catalog chapter called transcripts must accompany the UMHS University of Medicine and HealthTuition & Fees. application. Students may initially provide Sciences, St. Kitts unofficial transcripts; however, official North American Administrative OfficeINFORMATION FOR transcripts from each school or university 460 West 34th StreetINTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS are required to complete the application New York, NY, 10001In addition to completing the application process. ATTN: Office of Admissions
  • 25. T uition & F eesU M H S 26 The University of Medicine and Health Sciences prides itself on providing a quality BASIC SCIENCE TUITION RATES PER SEMESTER FEE—Semesters 1–4 education at an affordable price. We Basic Science Tuition $8,600.00 understand the significance of student debt Health Insurance (age-based) $284.00–$684.00 Evacuation Insurance $105.00 load and have established tuition at a value Lab Fees $500.00 that makes the academic program, as well Student Government Association (SGA) $30.00 as repayment, affordable, and far below that of many other schools. EXTENDED BASIC SCIENCE TUITION RATES Per Semester Fee—Semesters 1–5 Extended Basic Science Tuition $6,880.00 There are two categories of costs associated Health Insurance (age-based) $284.00–$684.00 with attending any educational institution: Evacuation Insurance $105.00 Lab Fees $500.00 Student Government Association (SGA) $30.00 Direct Costs: Direct costs are those associated specifically with institutional ACCELERATED REVIEW PROGRAM PER SEMESTER FEE charges billed directly by UMHS. Direct TUITION RATES charges include tuition, lab fees, course Accelerated Review Program Tuition $3,000.00 fees, medical and evacuation insurance, Health Insurance (age-based) $284.00 -$684.00 and applicable registration fees. Evacuation Insurance $105.00 Student Government Association (SGA) $30.00 Indirect Costs: Indirect costs include CLINICAL SCIENCE TUITION RATES PER SEMESTER FEE—Semesters 5–10 housing, living expenses, books, supplies, Clinical Science Tuition $11,000.00 and transportation. Students should be Health Insurance (age-based) $284.00–$684.00 aware that they are responsible for all Liability Insurance $344.00 indirect expenses. UMHS does not bill or receive money for indirect costs. Students Tuition rates effective January 2012 may choose to take loans to assist with Note: Tuition rates are subject to change without notice. these costs. UMHS only bills for direct costs. Students, Tuition will be prorated for students who The cost of medical insurance purchased however, should take into account both are less than full time at a rate of $650.00 through UMHS varies depending upon a direct and indirect costs when planning per credit in the Basic Science portion of student’s age. their financial needs. the program, and $750 per credit for the clinical semesters. Evacuation Insurance: Students are DEPOSITS required to have medical evacuation Upon acceptance, a non-refundable DIRECT COST insurance while attending the UMHS $200.00 deposit must be received by UMHS There are additional direct cost expenses St. Kitts campus. This insurance covers within 10 days. This deposit will be credited for all students attending the UMHS. the costs due to evacuating a student towards the first semester tuition. from St. Kitts should there be a medical Health Insurance: Health insurance is emergency. Enrollment in the medical TUITION required for all students attending UMHS in evacuation insurance plan offered by Tuition and payments are due each St. Kitts or in the United States. Enrollment UMHS is automatic and is due at the semester before classes begin. Payments in the medical health insurance plan offered beginning of each semester. can be made by money order, credit card, by UMHS is automatic unless proof of or through financial aid. Failure to pay fees health insurance coverage is provided by Liability Insurance: Liability insurance is and tuition may result in an inability to the student before or during registration. required for students throughout the clinical complete registration for classes. program in the United States. Students will
  • 26. be provided further details regarding liability student to pack books and supplies without Transportation Costs: UMHS providesinsurance prior to returning to the U.S. exceeding the checked luggage weight limit. transportation to students that live outsidefor fifth semester. the general vicinity of campus. Transports Laptop/Tablet Computers: Students pick up students in the morning and returnLaboratory Fees: Students are responsible are required to bring a Microsoft at various times during the day and evening.for laboratory fees each semester. This fee Windows®-based laptop/tablet computer Students are encouraged to purchase aencompasses costs associated with the use to campus as of first semester. Computers used vehicle in St. Kitts. This is a short termof laboratory, competency testing, and are utilized in virtually every classroom investment that yields a tremendous amountcomputer facilities. The laboratory fee will and laboratory where students can access of enjoyment and satisfaction. Used carsbe billed along with tuition for all semesters faculty PowerPoint® presentations and can be purchased at a reasonable St. Kitts. class notes. UMHS has followed the The UMHS Student Service Office maintains lead of U.S. medical schools in developing a list of available used cars and can assistADDITIONAL EXPENSES a digital library of histological images. students in locating an appropriate vehicle.Book and Equipment Needs: Each In the past, students were required to In many cases, students can recover mostsemester, students receive a list of the utilize microscopes to view these images. of their investment when they ultimatelyrequired books, supplies, and uniforms Today, histology is taught in modern sell their vehicle.that they will need to purchase. The most computer laboratories where studentsefficient way to obtain these items is can manipulate the images and resolution Living Expenses: Students should budgetthrough the Campus Bookstore on the to optimize the learning experience. for typical living expenses, including housing,St. Kitts campus. The books offered will be Furthermore, all students are required utilities, food, local transportation, andthe latest editions available at the time of every semester to use their own personal entertainment. Costs will vary based onshipping. Entering students should purchase computer to take the web-based NBME the level of accommodation and location.their books in advance of traveling to St. shelf examinations. For more informationKitts to ensure the order is available upon about laptop/tablet computer requirements,arrival. Students should be aware that most refer to the UMHS website under Acceptedairlines have weight restrictions for checked Students.luggage. This makes it difficult for the
  • 27. F inancial A idU M H S 28 UMHS recognizes that a medical approved by the bank for an amount larger UMHS Institutional education requires a significant financial Loan Program than the cost of attendance, the Office of investment from the student and their Financial Aid will only certify a maximum UMHS offers a special loan program families and encourages students to amount equal to that of your total cost. for both incoming and current UMHS pre-plan and carefully consider all Consumer or other personal debt (credit medical students. This is a needs-based anticipated costs. Applicants receive cards, mortgages, car payments, legal loan program that requires a credit- a detailed financial aid package and fees, etc.) cannot be included in the worthy U.S. cosigner. Applications are offered financial aid counseling. cost of attendance. for this loan program can be obtained The Office of Financial Aid staff helps from the Office of the Financial Aid at applicants review and understand how The UMHS website ( their previous education debt, personal offers the most current financial aid/loan financial resources, and credit history information. Scholarships may impact their ability to finance their A limited number of partial tuition medical education. CANADIAN STUDENT scholarships in the amounts of $500, LOAN PROGRAMS $750, and $1,000 per semester are Once enrolled, students continue to There are several loan opportunities for awarded to students in each UMHS receive guidance from the Office of Canadian students who are accepted to incoming class. The scholarships are Financial Aid with presentations and study medicine at UMHS. merit-based and award amounts are practical workshops on budgeting, determined by the strength of the credit awareness, and debt management Provincial Loans: The Canadian student’s previous academic record as strategies. Each UMHS financial aid government provides loan information recorded in their admissions application. counselor has years of experience helping and access to the National Student Loan All accepted students are automatically students develop viable financial plans to Center through their Can Learn website at considered and reviewed for institutional achieve their educational goals. UMHS does not qualify scholarship funds. for the provincial loans at this time. Financial aid consists of institutional loans However, postponement of repayment UMHS also offers two scholarships to and scholarships. Because UMHS is a new on previous provincial loans and tax citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis. Criteria university, students are not yet eligible to credits is often available. Please contact for these scholarships will be sent to receive aid from any of the federal student the Office of Financial Aid and the Can those recommended by the Ministry aid programs available through the U.S. Learn website for further details. of St. Kitts and Nevis. Federal Direct Loan programs. There is a UMHS Financial Planning Guide available Credit-Based Loans: To supplement TUITION REFUND POLICIES in the Financial Aid Section of the provincial loans, UMHS has coordinated Students who officially withdraw from University website ( credit-based loans with the Royal Bank the University will have their refunds, if of Canada and the National Bank of any, calculated according to the tuition Student Loans Canada. Each program offers specific refund schedule that is published in the Loans are monies that must be repaid. terms and conditions as well as pre-set UMHS Student Handbook and website. Typically repayment begins after students limits. The lines of credit are credit-based The percentage of refund is based on the have completed their education. Student and a co-signer may be required. To actual date of withdrawal recorded by the loans have varying interest rates and terms apply for a credit-based loan from Royal Registrar. This may not necessarily result in of length that can affect the total amount Bank of Canada or the National Bank of a refund, and in some instances, a tuition a borrower will pay over the life of the loan. Canada, Canadian students accepted at balance may still be due. Insurance and fees UMHS may go to any bank branch office are non-refundable. Refunds are mailed A student will not be permitted to borrow with their acceptance letter. (See university directly to the student’s home by the Office more than the cost of attendance for each website for most up to date information of the Bursar. loan period. Even if a student loan is credit on Canadian Loans.)
  • 28. When withdrawing from the University, a • All cash students (non-financial aid)student is required to complete and file the who officially withdraw from theappropriate form before being entitled to University during the first 60% of aany credit or tuition refund. The completed semester may receive a tuition refunddocument must be returned to the Office of in accordance with the pro-ratedthe Registrar. Once the form is processed, tuition will constitute an official withdrawalfrom UMHS. Discontinued attendance Although a leave of absence may beor notification to the instructor or any authorized in limited circumstances,other office will not constitute an official failure to return to school from a leave ofwithdrawal. absence is considered a withdrawal as of the last date of attendance. Under federalThe effective date of a withdrawal is regulations, a leave of absence must benormally the student’s last date of requested and approved in advance, mayattendance. The University’s handling of not exceed 180 days, and may not betuition and charges corresponds with federal granted within 12 months of a previousloan entitlement regulations, which are leave of absence. Any interruption ofbased on the period attended. enrollment status that does not qualify as a leave of absence is considered a• If a student withdraws prior to the start withdrawal as of the last date of attendance. of a semester, no tuition charges are due.• If a student withdraws during the first 60% of a semester, tuition charges are directly pro-rated based on the number of days attended during that term. (There are three semesters per year.)• If a student withdraws after the first 60% of a semester, full tuition charges remain due.• For withdrawals during the first 60% of a semester, student loan entitlement is recalculated in accordance with federal loan regulations. If applicable, the University and the student are each proportionally responsible for returning “unearned” loan funds to lenders. In addition to the lender returns required by federal regulations, the University returns any remaining credit balance to lenders, which decreases the student’s loan debt for that semester.
  • 29. A C A D E
  • 30. ACADEMIC OVERVIEW • 32 ACADEMIC CALENDAR• 33 ACADEMIC PROGRAMS • 34–37 Teaching Methods Basic Science Program Basic Science Curriculum Extended Basic Science Curriculum Clinical Science Program Fifth Semester Affiliate Hospitals Clinical Science Curriculum Clinical Rotation Placement COURSE DESCRIPTIONS • 38–41 GRADUATION INFORMATION • 41–42 Graduation Graduate Training Licensure USMLE ECFMG Certification ADMINISTRATION • 43 FACULTY • 44-54 ACADEMIC POLICIES • 55–57 Registration of New Students Grading Competency Examinations Student Progress Academic Probation Non-Academic Dismissal Academic Delays and Absences Withdrawals Code of Ethics Liability Policies Disciplinary Actions Grievance Policy M I C S
  • 31. A cademic O verviewU M H S 32 The University of Medicine and Health SCHEDULE Sciences is modeled after the best U.S. UMHS operates on a three semester medical schools. To graduate with a schedule per calendar year, with Doctor of Medicine Degree (M.D.), classes beginning in January, May, students must successfully complete the and September. Each semester is basic and clinical science programs and approximately 15 weeks. Students pass the United States Medical Licensing complete their program in just Examinations (USMLE) Step 1 and over three years. Step 2 CK and CS.
  • 32. A cademic C alendarWINTER 2012 TERM (January–May 2012)Wednesday, January 4–Sunday, January 8 Orientation and RegistrationWednesday, January 4 5th Semester Registration MaineMonday, January 9 Classes Begin — Late RegistrationFriday, January 13 Last Day to RegisterFriday, April 20 Last Day of Final Exams/End of SemesterSPRING 2012 TERM (May–August 2012)Wednesday, May 2–Sunday, May 6 Orientation and RegistrationWednesday, May 2 5th Semester Registration MaineMonday, May 7 Classes Begin — Late RegistrationFriday, May 11 Last Day to RegisterFriday, August 17 Last Day of Final Exams/End of SemesterFALL 2012 TERM (September–December 2012)Tuesday, August 28–Sunday, September 2 Orientation and RegistrationTuesday, August 28 5th Semester Registration MaineMonday, September 3 Classes Begin — Late RegistrationFriday, September 7 Last Day to RegisterWednesday, September 19 Independence Day–Campus ClosedFriday, December 14 Last Day of Final Exams/End of Semester(Subject to change without advance notice)Please be advised that the fifth semester calendar may be different from the Basic Science Calendar:Effective January 1, 2012
  • 33. A cademic pro g ramsU M H S 34 Teaching Methods Tutoring: A tutoring program is available Every semester, students take three Traditional Teaching: The lecture format for students requiring additional support block examinations and a final is used to teach basic science content on a given topic. comprehensive examination for each with class groups. Audio-visual tools are course. In many courses, the NBME a key element utilized with this traditional Individual Learning: Students typically subject examinations are administered teaching method. The UMHS lecture halls bring a laptop/tablet computer to most as the final comprehensive examination. are designed to provide students with classes. Students can access online Subject examinations from the maximum viewing access to all audio- resources throughout the campus via a NBME are, in essence, mini USMLE visual content. wireless environment. Students can also examinations in that they use a similar access our online histology database at type and style of questions. This form Clinical Experiences: During the UMHS home by cable modem. of testing better prepares students Basic Science Program, students have for successful first-time passage of access to a variety of clinical settings, Basic Science Program USMLE Step 1. including community health centers The Basic Science Program is located and local hospitals. UMHS is unique at our state of the art campus on the in offering students a virtual hospital Caribbean island of St. Kitts. The four ward where students work with human semester program provides a thorough computerized simulators in a 24-bed knowledge of the basic biomedical hospital ward setting. sciences, which includes history taking, physical examination skills, and problem solving techniques.
  • 34. Basic Science curriculumSemester Department Course Number Course Name Credits Total 1 MANT 603 Gross & Developmental Anatomy 11 1 MANT 620 Histology 5 1 MBIO 650 Cell & Molecular Biology 6 1 MICM 940 Medical Ethics 1 1 MICM 660 Physical Diagnosis 2 25 2 MBIO 760 Biochemistry 7 2 MPHY 711 Physiology 10 2 MBIO 770 Genetics 3 2 MBEH 920 Biostatistics & Epidemiology 3 2 MMCR 823 Immunology 2 25 3 MBEH 830 Behavioral Sciences 5 3 MNEU 810 Neuroscience/Neuroanatomy 7 3 MPAT 800 Pathology I 9 3 MMCR 822 Microbiology 5 26 4 MPHM 910 Pharmacology & Therapeutics 7 4 MPAT 900 Pathology II 12 4 MICM 930 Introduction to Clinical Medicine 6 25EXTENDED BASIC SCIENCE CURRICULUMSemester Department Course Number Course Name Credits Total 1 MANT 603 Gross & Developmental Anatomy 11 1 MICM 940 Medical Ethics 1 1 MBIO 650 Molecular & Cell Biology 6 1 MICM 660 Physical Diagnosis 2 20 2 MBIO 760 Biochemistry 7 2 MBEH 830 Behavioral Sciences 5 2 MANT 620 Histology 5 2 MBIO 770 Genetics 3 20 3 MMCR 822 Microbiology 5 3 MPHY 711 Physiology 10 3 MMCR 823 Immunology 2 17 4 MNEU 810 Neuroscience/Neuroanatomy 7 4 MPAT 800 Pathology I 9 4 MBEH 920 Biostatistics & Epidemiology 3 19 5 MPAT 900 Pathology II 12 5 MPHM 910 Pharmacology & Therapeutics 7 5 MICM 930 Introduction to Clinical Medicine 6 25Curriculum as of January 2012.Please note that the curriculum may change after the printing of this catalog.For the most current version of our curriculum, please visit our website at
  • 35. C linical science pro g ramU M H S 36 The Clinical Science Program is designed its demonstrated excellence in medical Fifth semester students have an opportunity to give students a broad spectrum of education. The UMHS facilities includes a to enjoy a beautiful state with rugged medical practice, training in clinical skills, modern classroom, multiple examination coastlines and unspoiled landscapes. and patient contact. The program consists rooms, conference room for small group Portland, Maine offers all the amenities of core and elective rotations that are meetings, faculty offices, student lounge, of a big city: art districts, waterfront, completed at U.S. teaching hospitals and access to a state of the art library and museums, parks, and diverse shopping affiliated with the University of Medicine learning resource center. Virtual clinics opportunities, but within minutes, students and Health Sciences. utilizing human simulators are a regular can be in the country to enjoy the woods, student experience. river canoeing, or downhill skiing. Fifth Semester There are two required courses in All student clinical experiences are Affiliate Hospitals fifth semester: Introduction to Clinical conducted by a team of experienced Maine UMHS has established affiliations Medicine II and Biological Basis of physicians, many of whom have decades with a number of teaching hospitals Clinical Medicine, which includes a of both medical practice and teaching in New York, Connecticut, Ohio, Georgia, USMLE review component. These courses experience. Students are assigned to Maryland, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, are designed to help students transition physicians in actual patient care settings and Puerto Rico. In addition, we are into the core clinical program as well as at several hospitals, clinics, and office continuing to expand the core clinical prepare them to sit for the USMLE Step 1. health centers in and around the Portland affiliations and are in negotiations with a Please note that the academic calendar area. The opportunity to work beside significant number of teaching hospitals. for the fifth semester may be different renowned Maine physicians is designed to Visit our website at for from the Basic Science calendar. build student clinical capabilities, increase a detailed listing of our affiliated hospitals. student confidence, and enhance student The fifth semester program takes place performance on United States Licensing in Portland, Maine. Maine was selected Examinations (USMLE). Students must by UMHS because of its long tradition pass the USMLE Step 1 to progress to of providing quality health care and the sixth semester.
  • 36. CLINICAL SCIENCE CURRICULUMSemester Course Name Credits 5 Introduction to Clinical Medicine II 7 5 Biological Basis of Clinical Medicine 4 Semesters 6-10: After passing Step 1 of the USMLE, students are placed in clinicalrotations at one or more teaching hospitals affiliated with UMHS throughout theUnited States.The Clinical Sciences Program includes 48 weeks of mandatory core clinical rotations and30 weeks of elective rotations. The core rotations represent the primary areas of medicalpractice and the elective rotations provide students with an understandingof the various specialties in medicine.CLINICAL ROTATION PLACEMENTThe Dean of Clinical Sciences will assign each student a mandatory clinical rotationsequence after students have successfully completed their Basic Science Programand fifth semester, passed USMLE Step 1, and met all financial obligations.Semester 6-10 duration Internal Medicine 12 weeks Surgery 12 weeks Pediatrics 6 weeks Obstetrics/Gynecology 6 weeks Psychiatry 6 weeks Family Practice 6 weeks Electives 30 weeks
  • 37. C ourse D e s criptionsU M H S 38 MANT 0603: Gross and Students are exposed to a wide variety from abnormal functioning (i.e., disturbance Developmental Anatomy of topics, such as cell structures and their of homeostasis) of one or more of the basic (11 credits) functions, membrane transport, signal control systems. Thus it is of fundamental Anatomy focuses on the gross structure transduction, DNA replication and repair, importance that the future physician of organs and function and, through transcription, translation, regulation of understands these regulatory mechanisms clinical correlations, relates each to clinical gene expression, cancer, and molecular taught in this basic medical science course. medicine. An Anatomical Learning Resource biology techniques. After completing the course, students will Center has been established to utilize have a clear understanding of how the computer-based instruction, anatomical MICM 0660: Introduction major systems of the body operate in an models, radiographic materials as well as to Physical Diagnosis integrated fashion necessary to maintain a supervised laboratory sessions dissecting (2 credits) homeostatic state. various parts of the human body. Students Physical Diagnosis I is designed to provide study the structure and function of all early exposure to clinical medicine. Students MBIO 0760: BIOCHEMISTRY organs with some interaction with cellular are instructed in patient interviewing (7 credits) structure. This course incorporates an and communication skills. They also This course focuses on the inter-relationship understanding of how embryological receive hands on examination skills in the and regulation of metabolic pathways as it processes give rise to the mature body form. musculoskeletal system using simulated pertains to understanding the mechanism When this course is complete, each student and standardized patients. Additionally, of disease states. The student is prepared will have extensive knowledge of the gross clinical correlations and medical imaging accordingly through a discussion of the anatomy and development of the entire are presented in conjunction with the principles of biochemistry including anabolic human body as it relates clinically to the Gross and Developmental Anatomy course. and catabolic reactions as permitted by the practice of medicine. Professionalism in doctor-patient, generation and use of energy. Bio-chemical doctor-doctor, and doctor-society mechanisms are utilized to justify particular MANT 0620: HISTOLOGY interaction is stressed. signs and symptoms noted in certain clinical (5 credits) conditions. In so doing, a comprehensive This course centers on the study of the MPHY 0711: PHYSIOLOGY understanding of the metabolism of microscopic structure of normal human (10 credits) Proteins, Carbohydrates, Lipids, and other cells, tissues, and organs. Virtual microscopy Physiology concentrates on how the various Nitrogen containing molecules is achieved. is used to study the structure of basic organ systems that comprise the human tissue types and their integration into body function. The major objective of MBIO 0770: GENETICS organs and organ systems. The lectures this course is to enable the student to (3 credits) correlate microscopic and gross anatomy acquire a sound understanding of the This course provides a description of the with basic histophysiology and function of mechanisms upon which life depends human genome including the details of organ systems. On completion, the student through an integrated study of the many DNA, gene, and chromosome structure, must be able to identify, describe, and give control systems that maintain homeostasis. the basics of gene expression, and the function of cells, tissues, structures, and Emphasis is placed on the mechanisms that various forms of inheritance. The overall organs of the human body presented via maintain a homeostasis under a variety of goal is to use this knowledge to better lecture and digital imagery. Students must conditions. The course begins with a study understand the molecular mechanisms of complete specific performance objectives of basic physiological principles, such as how genetic mutations lead to the single which accompany individual lecture the transport of ions, intracellular signaling, gene and complex disorders described in segments, and, where appropriate, be osmosis, membranes, and their electrical the textbook case studies. Specific course able to integrate histology with other properties. Following the presentation of the topics include gene mapping and disease classes of the curriculum. basic principles of cellular physiology, which gene identification, the treatment of genetic includes muscle and nerve, cardiovascular, disease, prenatal diagnosis, cancer genetics, MBIO 0650: MOLECULAR respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, and pharmacogenetics. AND CELL endocrines, and reproductive physiology (6 credits) are taught and integrated into total body MPAT 0800: PATHOLOGY I This course develops the necessary function. Temperature regulation and (9 credits) understanding of how the cell functions at the integrated physiological responses to Pathology introduces students to the the cellular, organelle, and molecular levels. exercise and adverse environments are also cellular system of each organ and traces presented. Most disease conditions result the morphological changes in a cell that
  • 38. are responsible for a disease in an organ. that help in diagnosis of a patient and how MBEH 0830: BEHAVIORALAs cells undergo alteration, their change these symptoms relate to disease. Prevention SCIENCEin function is studied in respect to its of disease such as vaccines, hand washing, (5 credits)deviation from the “normal” state. Course and sterilization and disinfection are stressed Behavioral Science stresses the complexpresentation includes the response of cells, as well as the treatment of infectious relationship between psychological make-uptissues, and organs to disease and injury; disease. In the laboratory, students perform and experience, by providing a knowledgethe normal and adapted cell; degeneration the techniques needed to identify and base for normative and non-normativeand necrosis; inflammation, fluid, and inform treatment strategies for a variety human development throughout the lifehemodynamic derangements; neoplasia; of gram positive as well as gram negative cycle. The course also introduces the studentimmunopathology; systemic, environmental, bacteria. Case studies are used in laboratory to the behavioral basis of clinical medicineand nutritional disease. Lecture discussions sessions to enhance the learning experience by focusing on common behavioralare supplemented by a study of gross and and provide a well-rounded educational problems and the circumstances that evokemicroscopic specimens. experience. important behavioral/emotional responses. The concept of culturally competent careMNEU 0810: NEUROSCIENCE MMCR 0823 LEC: Immunology will be defined, and the basics of recognizingNEUROANATOMY (2 credits) organic and functional psychological(7 credits) The course begins with a general overview disturbances are described. Workshops onNeuroscience begins with an overview of and introduction to the immune system realistic clinical problems are an integralthe entire nervous system. As the course including a description of the cells and part of this course; sexual dysfunction,progresses, the focus is on comprehending tissues involved with innate and adaptive bereavement, suicide, and sociologicalthe basic structure and function of each immunity. This is followed by descriptions disorders receive detailed attention.level of the nervous system, integrating of the molecular and cellular mechanisms Additionally, the student should developboth the anatomy and physiology of the employed in innate immune responses, increased insight into personal functioningnervous system. The principles that underlie and for those used in the humoral and cell- and feelings and develop the skills neededthe anatomical structure of each system of mediated arms of adaptive immunity. This to act as an empathetic and effectivethe brain are correlated with its physiology; includes the details of antigen processing interviewer and behavioral change agent.correlations between the functional deficits and presentation by antigen presenting cellsand the pathological anatomy in several and the central role of MHC molecules in MPAT 0900: PATHOLOGY IIneurological diseases which require working this process. The maturation and selection (12 credits)knowledge of anatomy and physiology of B and T lymphocytes and the production Pathology II applies the basic conceptsare stressed. Special attention is given of the diverse antigen receptors required for learned in Pathology I to continue theto integrating current understandings lymphocyte activation are also described study of pathologic basis of disease usingof human neurological and psychiatric in detail. The pathways of lymphocyte a physiologic system, or organ-baseddiseases, and each topic is supplemented activation are followed by an explanation approach. This course covers red andby relevant lab exercises which include for the generation of the different effector white cell diseases, male and female genitaldetailed brain dissection and exposure to functions and memory cells produced during tracts, and kidney and liver systems. Courseangiograms, CT scans, MRI, etc. a humoral or cell-mediated response. The presentations include etiology, pathogenesis, last half of the course is focused on more and morphologic changes in diseasesMMCR 0822: Microbiology clinically related topics including tolerance according to organ system. Appropriate(5 credits) and autoimmunity, transplantation and use of the laboratory is stressed in theMicrobiology teaches students the basic immunosuppression, immunotherapy diagnosis of disease while case presentationsconcepts of infectious disease in a lecture strategies against tumors, hypersensitivity, further emphasize the clinical aspects of theand laboratory setting. The goal of the and the consequences of congenital pathologic processes.course is for students to gain a basic immunodeficiencies. The course ends withknowledge and understanding of microbial a description of the tools and assays of MPHM 0910: PHARMACOLOGYdiagnosis of Bacteria, Viruses, Fungus, immune function. AND THERAPEUTICSProtozoa, and Parasites. The etiology, (7 credits)pathogenesis, and genetics of bacterial This course concentrates on howinfection are key foundations to the study of chemical agents (drugs) regulate ormicrobes. Students will learn the symptoms modify physiological functions of the
  • 39. C ourse D escriptions ( continued )U M H S 40 body, demonstrating how interactions of for patient care. Didactics are blended MICM 1020: BIOLOGICAL BASIS drugs with living organisms contribute to with laboratory data interpretation, FOR CLINICAL MEDICINE diagnosis, prevention, treatment, or cure of radiology and other imaging techniques, (4 credits) diseases. Biologic responses, physiological and electrocardiography, introducing This course is designed to fully integrate alterations, and correction for each drug core medical information ready for the the knowledge acquired in the various basic class highlighting receptor interaction, third and fourth years of clinical training. medical sciences and pre-clinical sciences which define the agent’s boundaries of Critical emphasis is on the development during the first four semesters of study efficacy. Because pharmacology and of ethical standards, specialization, as well into a useful body of information that therapeutics is an integrated science, as education and licensing requirements in can be utilized to prepare the student to strong attempt is made to maintain this the various states. Class size is small-group sit for licensure examinations (USMLE I). integrated approach in lectures, tutorials, to facilitate free discussion and pertinent The USMLE Review provides a solid review and case studies. Major emphasis will technique demonstrations. of the entire basic science curriculum so be on principles of pharmacogenetics that students are fully prepared to take the (pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, MICM 0940: MEDICAL ETHICS USMLE Step 1. adverse drug reactions, teratogenicity, (1 credits) etc.) as well as therapeutics of common Medical Ethics is designed to introduce INTERNAL MEDICINE drugs used in infectious disease, malignant ethical, professional, and legal issues that (12 weeks) diseases, and endocrinal disorders. arise in the practice of medicine. This Students build on skills acquired in physical course provides an overview of the salient diagnosis to include the completion of a MBEH 0920: BIOSTATISTICS issues for students, tools used to recognize thorough history and physical examination AND EPIDEMIOLOGY ethical, professional, and legal conflicts of primarily adult patients. Students (3 credits) in clinical settings, and resources to participate in general Internal Medicine The principles of biostatistics are critically examine and address questions areas, granting exposure to the diagnostic introduced in this course, emphasizing and concerns these conflicts present and treatment process as it unfolds. both the practice of interviewing and in-patient care. Students develop competence in evaluating collecting data. The epidemiology of broad clinical problems and patient disease and concepts of Public Health MICM 1010: INTRODUCTION management skills. “Hands on” patient and Industrial Medicine are also covered TO CLINICAL MEDICINE II experience is supplemented by tutorials and in this course. Finally, the course will end (7 credits) didactic sessions. Lectures will include the with discussions of broad issues related to Introduction is made to core medical management of commonly encountered health care delivery, health care legislation information necessary to begin the third disease processes as well as an introduction and costs, and a comparative discussion year of medical training, building on to the use of diagnostic procedures. of health care systems. advances made in the fourth semester of ICM. Didactics are blended with SURGERY MICM 0930: INTRODUCTION laboratory data interpretation, radiology (12 weeks) TO CLINICAL MEDICINE I and other imaging techniques, and Students will be introduced to disease (6 credits) electrocardiography, introducing core processes which require various levels This course is designed to introduce medical information necessary for the third of surgical intervention. Students develop students to the basic skills they will need and fourth years of clinical training. This skills needed by the general physician as well to function as effective clinicians. History will be done in a problem-based learning as those unique to surgery. Students further taking and physical examination skills are format stressing a review of the basic develop abilities in data synthesis and taught in practical classes using the latest sciences, the development of case-centered problem solving, and become oriented to technological media, including Laerdal learning goals and emphasis is placed the clinical setting related to surgery. Ideally, patient stimulators (adult, pediatric, and on the introduction of a series of core students follow the patient from admission adolescent). The course addresses a range medical conditions, integrating behavioral through discharge. Students are expected of clinical skills necessary for the future medicine. Critical emphasis is also placed to participate in all aspects of patient care: development as a physician, including on the development of ethical standards, assisting in the operating room, emergency clinical assessment and plan for the care specialization, as well as education and room, and acute care units. Opportunities of patients using library and computer licensing requirements in the various states. will be provided for direct practice of simple search of evidence-based information procedures such as suturing, debridement,
  • 40. and wound care. Students will be expected care of psychiatric patients are presented. Because enrollment occurs three timesto observe and assist during various Skill in the evaluation and diagnosis of the a year, students will complete the medicalprocedures in the OR and participate in psychiatric patients is developed through school curriculum at different times.follow-up and treatment of the post-surgical direct patient interviews and didactic A student is considered to have graduatedpatient, as well as ambulatory practice sessions. from UMHS when they have met all thesettings. requirements stated above. FAMILY PRACTICEPEDIATRICS (6 weeks) A graduation ceremony will be held in(6 weeks) Students work in both the private office New York City each spring for all studentsStudents receive a broad overview of general and clinic setting and the hospital who have successfully met their educationalpediatrics. Experience will be gained with environment with family practitioners. obligations. The UMHS website will listin-patient and ambulatory pediatric care. Unlike other clerkships, this experience the date and location of the graduationPediatric intakes and ward rounds are the is not hospital based. Each student is ceremony.basis of in-patient care while ambulatory assigned to an office environment, either acare experience is gained in general single practitioner or a group, to experience GRADUATE TRAININGpediatric clinics evaluating patients with how different it is to practice primarily in Residency Positions: Residency programscommon complaints and disorders. This an out-patient setting. begin July 1st of each year. In order to beclinical rotation introduces the student Each student will be assigned to patients eligible, students must have the followingto the challenging treatment of infants, as they enter the office. Students will take prior to May 31st:children, and adolescents; the diagnosis a history and do a physical examination;and treatment of common illnesses will define a diagnostic and treatment plan • Passing scores on the USMLE Step 1be emphasized, but the student will have and then present it to the physician. If and USMLE Step 2 CK and CSopportunities to learn about more rare the patient requires hospitalization, the • Diploma from the University of congenital as well as acquired disorders. student will participate in the course in Medicine and Health Sciences the hospital. If out-patient care is needed • ECFMG certificateOBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY beyond the initial visit, the student will(6 weeks) schedule and do the follow-up care. When applying for residency positions,Students are assigned to obstetrical and deadlines are critical. Most residencygynecological patients for evaluation andfollow-up. Participation in normal deliveries GRADUATION programs accept applications from July to December for entry the followingis stressed. Students are expected to follow INFORMATION July. Students must call or write all thepatients through completion of delivery programs in which they are interested andor surgery. Ambulatory obstetrical and obtain applications as early as possible. GRADUATIONgynecological care is stressed and patient Interviews are generally conducted from To be considered eligible for graduation,contact is supplemented with conferences September to January. students must achieve the following:and didactic teaching sessions. Observationand participation in a number of live births • Maintained a 2.0 or better Grade The best way to become familiar withwill be provided. Point Average (GPA). programs and their addresses is to • Successfully completed all Basic Science obtain a copy of the American MedicalPSYCHIATRY Program coursework Association (AMA) Graduate Medical(6 weeks) • Successfully completed all Clinical Education Directory, also known as theIn a primarily institutional setting, the Science Program coursework “green book,” from any medical librarystudents will learn about the major or bookstore. This book lists programs and rotationspsychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, accredited by the Accreditation Council for • Passed all University examinationsaffective, and anxiety disorders. Students Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). • Passed the USMLE Step 1 andbuild upon classroom knowledge gainedduring the first and second years. Step 2 CK and CS Match Program: The National ResidencyTreatment of psychiatric patients in the • Fulfilled all financial obligations to Match Program (NRMP) is a universalin-patient setting comprises the majority the University placement service that most programsof the rotation. The resources available for and applicants participate in as it
  • 41. Graduation information ( continued )U M H S 42 greatly optimizes the chances of getting shelf examinations into the Basic Science medical school graduates can apply medical a residency position. Applications are Program. These examinations are made knowledge, skills, and understanding of available from July to October for entry the up of questions that are similar in type biomedical and clinical science essential following July. The deadline for receipt of and style to the USMLE. These are the for the unsupervised practice of medicine. the application is October. same examinations that are offered to U.S. medical students. Shelf examinations are, in ECFMG CERTIFICATION To be eligible to participate in the NRMP, essence, mini USMLE examinations as they ECFMG certification is required for students must have passed the USMLE use a similar type and style of questions. residency and licensure in the United States. Step 1 and the USMLE Step 2 CK and CS To obtain ECFMG Certification, Graduates by December of the year prior to which A board preparation program is offered of UMHS must pass Step 1 and Step 2 CK they wish to enter residency training. by UMHS to fifth semester students. and CS of the USMLE, and must submit a Students must also be scheduled to The purpose of this program is to further certified copy of their diploma. graduate from medical school on or before prepare students to pass Step 1 of the May 31st. USMLE on their first attempt. After applying to the NRMP, students State Licensure: In addition to the national must apply to each residency program examinations, each U.S. state regulates in which they are interested and go on medical licensure in its state as well. Because interviews. In February, students must these standards vary by state, students are submit a “rank order list” to the NRMP. urged to contact their state medical board The rank order list is a list of the programs prior to enrolling for further information at which students interviewed that are about licensure. listed from most to least desirable. Simultaneously, all residency programs USMLE submit their rank order lists of the Three tests comprise the USMLE. candidates they interviewed. They assess a physician’s ability to apply knowledge, concept, and principles as A computerized matching process begins, well as demonstrate fundamental patient- with results released in March. If a student centered skills that constitute the basis matches at a specific program, it is a of safe and effective patient care. legally binding contract and he/she must begin the residency that July. If a student USMLE Step 1: The USMLE Step 1 is fails to match or is not eligible to enter taken prior to semester 6 at UMHS. the NRMP, the student can still apply to This examination assesses whether medical residency programs to obtain a position school students understand and can apply “outside the match.” Students who important concepts of the sciences basic participated in the NRMP but did not to the practice of medicine. match will be a sent a publication listing all unfilled residency positions. USMLE Step 2 CK and CS: The USMLE Step 2 CK and CS are taken prior to LICENSURE graduation from UMHS. These tests National Licensure: To practice medicine assess whether medical school students in the United States, graduates must can apply medical knowledge, skills, and successfully pass the United States Medical understanding of clinical science essential Licensing Examination (USMLE) and be for provision of patient care under certified by the Educational Commission supervision. for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). UMHS prepares its students to sit for USMLE Step 3: The USMLE Step 3 is the USMLE licensing examinations in a taken prior to the completion of residency variety of ways. UMHS has integrated the training. This examination assesses whether
  • 42. ADMINISTRATIONNORTH AMERICAN ADMINISTRATIONWarren ROSS, J.D. Howard Sachs, M.B.A.President Chief Financial OfficerJerry W. Thornton, Ph.D.Executive Vice PresidentOFFICE OF ADMISSIONSNortheast Office Midwest Office TARI GRIGSBY SMITH Associate Director of AdmissionsDAVID WILLIS, M.F.A. MICHELLE PERES, B.A.Senior Associate Vice President of Enrollment EARL MAINER, B.A.Director of Admissions Management Senior Associate Director of AdmissionsJOHN KRAMER, M.A. CAROLE WALKER, M.A. West Coast OfficeAssociate Director of Admissions Regional Director of Admissions, Midwest E. LEON MATTINGLEY, M.A.RYAN ROSS, B.S. Regional Director of AdmissionsAssistant Director of Admissions NIKKI GONZALEZ, B.A. Assistant Director of Admissions ELENA VELASCO, B.A.KYLE KASKIW, B.A. Associate Director of AdmissionsDirector of Special Projects SoutheAST Office CANADAOBED FIGUEROA, B.S. NANCY ROSS, B.S.Assistant Director of Admissions Regional Director of Admissions, DANIYAL SAUD, B.A., B.S. South Assistant Director of AdmissionsOffice of financial aidJANE SUTTER, B.A.DirectorOffice of The registrar Office of the BursarLINDA EVERETT, B.S. MARLENE HUMMEL, B.S. Magdalena Rosario, B.A.University Registrar Associate Registrar Bursarclinical departmentBurton L. Herz, M.D., FACS, FACG Maxine Paul, J.D.Dean of Clinical Sciences Director of Clinical RelationsPURCHASING DEPARTMENT IT DEPARTMENT SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETINGVINCENT BOLOGNA WAYNE WILLIAMS RYAN ROSS, B.S.Director of Purchasing University IT Director DirectorUMHS, ST. KITTS ADMINISTRATIONZENAIDO CAMACHO, Ph.D. AYO OLUJOHUNGBE, B.S. NORMA ANN CELESTINE,Dean of Basic Sciences Director, Information Technology, M.L.S., A.H.I.P. St. Kitts Director of Library ServicesTHERESA BOESE, M.S.N., R.N.Director of Human Simulation DAN VITALO, B.A. HELEN GILLANDERS, B.S.N.,Laboratories Vice President of Facilities EN(G), R.N. Campus NurseTHOMAS J. LAST, Ph.D. DONLEY SAUNDERSDean of Student Affairs and Director of Housing CECILIA FRANCEProfessor of Biochemistry Campus Registrarand Cell Biology
  • 43. U M H S 44 FACULTY Faculty members at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences share a love of teaching. Skilled and credentialed educators, they truly believe that medical students deserve the best instructional methods, including technological tools, available today. Priding themselves on availability to UMHS students inside and outside of the classroom, they create a nurturing environment geared toward student success. UMHS recruits its qualified faculty primarily from U.S. medical schools. Many of the faculty have also had experience at international medical schools. St. KITTS FACULTY* JAMES ADEKEYE, Ph.D., D.V.M., M.S. ALAN ERNST, Ph.D., B.A. Professor of Microbiology Associate Professor of Neuroscience JAMES GORDON AVERY, M.D., Ch.B., F.F.P.H.D.T.M.& H. STEVEN D. GARMON, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P. Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine TERESA BOESE, M.S.N., R.N. DAVID HERRICK, Ph.D., B.S. Director of Human Simulation Laboratories Associate Professor of Immunology and Genetics MARY JO CANNON, M.D., R.N. ANOOP JALAN, M.D., M.B.B.S. Professor of Clinical Medicine Professor of Pathology NORMA ANN CELESTINE, B.A. GIRISH KOTWAL, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc., Director of Library Services and Professor of Library Research Professor of Microbiology and Biochemistry MICHAEL D. DOHERTY, Ph.D. ,M.Sc. MOHAN KUMAR, M.D., M.B.B.S. Professor of Neuroscience Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
  • 44. THOMAS J. LAST, Ph.D.Dean of Student AffairsProfessor of Biochemistry and Cell BiologySTEVEN LEWIS, Ph.D.Professor of PhysiologyTHOMAS O. McCRACKEN, Ph.D. (H.C.), M.S., M.S., B.E.Professor of Anatomy and PhysiologyNAGY MILIK, M.B.B.Ch. F.R.C.S.G., F.R.C.S.Chair and Professor of Clinical MedicinePRAKASH MUNGLI, M.B.B.S., M.D.Associate Professor of BiochemistryBIRGIT NARDELL, Ph.D.Professor of Pharmacology James Gordon Avery, M.D., Ch.B., F.F.P.H.D.T.M.& H.LENA NILSSON, M.Sci., M.A., B.Sci.Assistant Professor of Medical EducationEDWIN PURCELL, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Anatomy and EmbryologyGARY A. ROGERS, Ph.D., B.S.Professor of Pharmacology and Director of ARPBICHARA SAHELY, M.D., M.B.B.S.Clinical Assistant Professor of MedicinePINAKINI SHANKAR, M.B.B.S., M.D.Professor of PharmacologyFRANK WAGNER, Psy.D., M.A., B.S.Professor of Behavioral Science David Herrick, Ph.D., B.S.CAMERON WILKINSON, M.D.Clinical Professor of SurgeryFERAS YAMIN, M.D.Assistant Professor of AnatomyUNITED STATES FACULTYJAMES O. PRINGLE, M.D.Associate Dean of Clinical ScienceProfessor Of Clinical MedicineDONNA THOMPSON, M.D.C.M.Assistant Dean of Clinical ScienceProfessor of Clinical Medicine Thomas O. McCracken, Ph.D. (H.C.), M.S., M.S., B.E.CLINICAL ADJUNCT FACULTY/MAINEJOSCAR CABATINGAN, M.D. — Internal MedicineKAREN EWERT, M.D. — Obstetrics/GynecologyPATRICE THIBODEAU, M.D. — Internal Medicine/PediatricsROBERT WILHOITE, M.D. — PathologyRICHARD KAPPELMAN, M.D.-Internist *UMHS is continually adding to its faculty. Please refer to our website at for a complete faculty listing.
  • 45. DR. ZENAIDO CAMACHOU M H S 46 Dean of Basic Sciences The University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Zenaido Camacho to the position of Dean of Basic Sciences. He was the Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of Colorado Denver as well as Senior Associate Dean at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Prior to his appointment at University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Camacho served as the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Regional Dean at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, in addition to holding an appointment as full professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pathology. Before his time at Texas Tech, Dr. Camacho served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Rice University as well as Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. He was the Senior Associate Dean at Baylor College of Medicine and Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Community Medicine. He also served as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Associate Professor of the Division of Research and Medical Education and Associate Professor of Pathology. Dr. Camacho will be accompanied by his wife of 47 years, Carol Camacho. Together they have two adult children, Tres and Zahn. THOMAS J. LAST, Ph.D. Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology Dr. Thomas J. Last received his Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. His B.S. in biology was received from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Last was a research scientist at Matek Corporation in Massachusetts before becoming an assistant professor of cell biology and genetics at the Medical University of the Americas (MUA), Nevis. He was promoted to associate professor and then assistant dean of the basic science program at MUA. Dr. Last joined UMHS in 2009 as an associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology. Dr. MARY JO CANNON, M.D. Professor of Clinical Medicine Dr. Mary Jo Cannon earned her M.D. from the School of Medicine, University of Maryland at Baltimore. She also has a B.A. in psychology from George Washington University, Washington, DC, and an Associate Degree in nursing from Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland. Dr. Cannon’s residency training was in anesthesiology at George Washington University Hospital. Dr. Cannon worked as a level three shock-trauma designate in western Maryland prior to moving into the field of medical education. She established the Physical Diagnosis Department and implemented the clinical skills acquisition program at the Medical University of the Americas, Nevis West Indies. Dr. Cannon then became a professor of physical assessment, International University of Nursing, St. Kitts, which shares a campus with the University of Medicine and Health Sciences.
  • 46. NORMA ANN CELESTINE, M.L.S., B.A., A.H.I.P.Director of Library Services and Professor of Library ResearchProfessor Celestine received her M.L.S. and her B.A., with a major in Spanish, from the Universityof British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.In addition to her work with the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Professor Celestineheads the library program for the International University of Nursing, which shares the campuswith the University of Medicine and Health Sciences. Professor Celestine directs all libraryoperations, and keeps the library abreast of advances in technology, including incorporatingWeb 2.0, electronic resources, multimedia, digital repository functionality, and coursemanagement systems into the library services.Prior to joining UMHS and IUON, Professor Celestine directed operations for HealthLinkServices-Research Services Department, Kitchener Public Library, Kitchener, ON, and hasbeen the assistant director of Library Services at St. Georges University, School of Medicine,Grenada, West Indies. She also has been the director of library services at Arusha InternationalDevelopment Resource Centre in Calgary, AB.JAMES ADEKEYE, Ph.D.,D.V.M., M.S.Professor of Microbiology­As a microbiologist, Dr. Adekeye believes in the importance of learning strong research anddiagnostic skills during the educational process. He understands the critical nature of usingthese educational skills in real-world practice due to his role as a research scientist in Guelph,Ontario establishing optimal conditions for minimizing microbial contamination.Dr. Adekeye has been associated with educational organizations worldwide, including: theUniversity of Guelph Biomedical Sciences, the Natural Sciences and Engineering ResearchCouncil (Canada) Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, the Center forTropical Veterinary Medicine in Edinburgh, the Norwegian Veterinary College, the CentralPublic Health Laboratory in London, the Veterinary Public Health Laboratory at KansasState University, and the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta (CDC), where he trained inepidemiology and health administration.Dr. Adekeye has taught as a professor of microbiology and epidemiology at a veterinary schoolin St. Kitts and his alma mater, Ahmadu Bello University, where he served as professor and headof pathology and microbiology and deputy dean of the faculty. He has several scientific journalpublications to his credit and has served as major supervisor for several students at the masterand Ph.D. levels.After completing his Master of Science degree at Kansas State University, Dr. Adekeye began hisPh.D. course work at Kansas State. Dr. Adekeye completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicineand Ph.D. degrees in Nigeria at Ahmadu Bello University.
  • 47. ALAN ERNST, Ph.D., B.A.U M H S 48 Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Dr. Alan Ernst received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His Ph.D. thesis work explored the role of nitric oxide and brain derived nerve growth factor in the development of the visual system of the chick embryo. He also has a B.A. in music from Carleton College, Northfield, MN. In addition, Dr. Ernst has done undergraduate and graduate coursework in psychology and mathematics. In 2008, he took an intensive review in neurology course at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ernst’s research interests include plasticity of the nervous system and the cellular and molecular cues that establish appropriate patterns of neural connectivity during development of the nervous system. Prior to joining UMHS, Dr. Ernst was an assistant professor in the anatomy department at an offshore medical school. He was a science/math teacher at the junior and senior high levels with the United Nations International School in Hanoi, Vietnam. Dr. Ernst also taught, as an assistant professor of biology and psychology, at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN. In addition, he was an adjunct professor, teaching assistant, tutor, music therapist, and elementary school teacher. Dr. Ernst is a member of the Society for Neuroscience. He has co-authored publications and has presented at meetings throughout the United States. When not teaching, Dr. Ernst likes traveling, foreign languages, and making music. NAGY MILIK, M.B.B.Ch. F.R.C.S.G., F.R.C.S. Professor of Clinical Medicine Dr. Nagy Milik is licensed to practice medicine in the United Kingdom, Egypt, Dominica West Indies, and in St. Kitts. He received his M.B., B.Ch. in medicine and surgery from Assuit University, Egypt. He completed a variety of post-graduate appointments at teaching hospitals in the United Kingdom, leading to the degree of Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, London, England (F.R.C.S.). He then received the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow, Scotland (FRC.S.G.). After having received intensive training in general surgery in both the acute and cold surgical fields, Dr. Milik specialized in orthopedics. While training as an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Milik ran the daily activities of the orthopedic unit of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians, Glasgow, Scotland. Most recently, Dr. Milik was the founder, chairman, and dean, Medical International Learning Institute at St. Kitts, MILIK University. He also has been a professor at a medical school in Dominica, West Indies and professor and director of Doctor, Patient and Society at American University of Antigua (AUA), Antigua, West Indies.
  • 48. GARY A. Rogers, Ph.D.Professor of PharmacologyDr. Gary A. Rogers received a B.S. in Organic Chemistry from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Bio-OrganicChemistry from the University of California Santa Barbara. Subsequently, he carried out post-doctoral research in protein biochemistry and bioenergetics at UCLA with Professor Paul Boyer,who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1997. Dr. Rogers held faculty positions at UCLA, TheUniversity of Texas, King Faisal Medical University in Saudi Arabia and at the Universityof California Santa Barbara. He also lectured at Lunds University in Sweden.GIRISH K. KOTWAL, Ph.D., M.SC., B.Sc.Professor of Microbiology and BiochemistryDr. Girish K. Kotwal began his academic career as a research and teaching assistant atMcMaster University Health Sciences Center, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He was a visitingfellow and later became a visiting associate at the Laboratory of Viral Diseases, NationalInstitutes of Health, Bethesda, MD and then an assistant member, Division of MolecularVirology and a member, Institutional Animal Care and User Committee, Cincinnati, OH.Dr. Kotwal became an assistant professor and then an associate professor at the Departmentof Microbiology and Immunology, University of Louisville School of Medicine. He was a seniorInternational Wellcome Trust fellow for biomedical sciences in South Africa and professorand chair of medical virology at the University of Cape Town. Most recently, he became aprofessor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sullivan University College of Pharmacybefore joining UMHS.Dr. Kotwal earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from McMaster University. His Bachelor ofScience in Chemistry, Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, and Master of Science in MedicalBiochemistry degrees were earned from Bombay University, Mumbai, India.MICHAEL D. DOHERTY, Ph.D.Professor of NeuroscienceDr. Michael Doherty received his Ph.D. from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.His M.Sc. is also from McGill University, and his B.A. is from Concordia University in Montreal.Prior to joining UMHS, Dr. Doherty was chair of the Neuroscience Department at the MedicalUniversity of the Americas, Nevis, West Indies. Dr. Doherty also has taught at Weill MedicalCollege of Cornell University in New York, and he was an instructor in the Science OutreachProgram in New York City, a program for elementary, middle school, and high school students.Dr. Doherty was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Neurobiology/Neuroscienceat Weill Medical College. He did postdoctoral research at Rutgers University in New Jersey,and he was a postgraduate research assistant, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurologyat McGill University.
  • 49. DAVID HERRICK, Ph.D., B.S.U M H S 50 Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology With more than 30 research publications to his name, Dr. Herrick brings his research and medical education skills to UMHS. Dr. Herrick was an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He then became a research assistant professor, Department of Anatomy, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Herrick was a research associate professor, Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology, at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Herrick received his Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and his B.S. in biology from Windham College in Vermont. He was a post- doctoral research fellow and then a research associate at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin. BURTON L. HERZ, M.D., FACS, FACG Dean of Clinical Sciences Dr. Burton L. Herz joined the University of Medicine and Health Sciences in August 2010 as the Dean of Clinical Sciences. Dr. Herz comes to us from the Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester in New Rochelle, New York where he was chairman of Surgery Emeritus and Director of Graduate Surgical Education. For the past 17 years Dr. Herz was Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Sound Shore Health System. As Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program, he was responsible for the coordination of the Residency program. Dr. Herz was responsible for the overall direction of the program, curriculum development, and compliance with both New York State and the American Board of Surgery. As one of the founding members and president of a 140 physician multispecialty in Brooklyn, Dr. Herz worked as the Director of Surgery for 20 years. He has also served as Professor of Clinical Surgery at New York Medical College, Governor of the American College of Surgeons, Former Associate Dean of the New York Medical College, Director of Medical Education & Professor of Surgery at St. George’s University School of Medicine. Pinakini K. Shankar, M.D., M.B.B.S. Professor of Pharmacology Dr. Pinakini K. Shankar received her Doctor in Medicine (M.D) in Pharmacology from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal, India. She also earned a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) from JSS Medical College, Mysore University, Mysore, India. At the beginning of her medical education career, Dr. Shankar was an assistant professor, then associate professor at the Department of Pharmacology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal India. She also was an associate professor, course director at Department of Pharmacology at the American University of Antigua School of Medicine, Antigua, West Indies. In her most recent position prior to joining UMHS, Dr. Shankar was an associate professor and course director, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Therapeutics, St. Matthews University College of Medicine, Grand Cayman Island, where she taught, evaluated, and mentored students in preparation for the USMLE. Dr. Shankar has been instrumental in initiating and serving as the principal investigator for phase III clinical trials. She also has research publications in reputed indexed medical journals and is an author for Cochrane reviews. Dr. Shankar has been a guest lecturer and presented at a variety of conferences and symposia.
  • 50. DONNA THOMPSON, M.D.C.M.Assistant Dean of Clinical Science,Professor of Clinical MedicineDr. Donna Thompson is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine. She graduatedfrom Colby College, Waterville, Maine, Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Thompson then received herM.D.C.M. from McGill University College of Medicine, Montreal, Canada. Her internalmedicine residency was completed both in Canada and at the Maine Medical Center, Portland,Maine. That was followed by a clinical fellowship in oncology and then a research fellowship inoncology at the Maine Medical Center.Dr. Thompson’s extensive medical background includes positions as the director, Division ofOncology and chief, Department of Medicine at Central Maine Medical Center. She also wasdirector, Cancer Research Program at the Foundation for Blood Research, Lewiston, Maine.Dr. Thompson’s medical education background is just as extensive. She was an assistant inmedicine at Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, an instructor, Biology of Cancer at theUniversity of Southern Maine, and a clinical preceptor and associate professor, Department ofPharmacology at St. Matthews University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman, West Indies.She has been an associate professor, Preclinical Medicine and director, Introduction to ClinicalMedicine, as well as the chief of clinical medicine, Preclinical Sciences at St. Matthews.STEVEN D. GARMON, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.Assistant Professor of Clinical MedicineDr. Steven Garmon is a board-certified general pediatrician and Fellow of the AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics. He completed his undergraduate work at Oberlin College in Oberlin,Ohio in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry. Dr. Garmon was an Ohio Board ofRegents Fellow and went on to receive his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University Schoolof Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio in 1992. Dr. Garmon’s pediatric internship and residencywere completed at the University of Florida Health Science Center (University of Florida) inJacksonville, Florida in 1995, where he was recognized as Best First Year Continuity ClinicResident and received a Golden Apple Senior Resident Teaching Award.Dr. Garmon worked as an Urgent Care and Primary Care Pediatrician at Children’s Health careof Atlanta (formerly Egleston Children’s Hospital) from 1995 to 2000 and then worked as anattending physician in private practice with various Atlanta community physicians from 2000to 2004.Because his passion is HIV/AIDS prevention and education, Dr. Garmon completed a threemonth internship in Cape Coast, Ghana, West Africa, from September to December 2009educating communities about the disease.Dr. Garmon’s goal at UMHS is to help bridge the relationship between the St. Kitts communityand the medical school. He also wants to work with medical students in building theirconfidence and integrating their basic science knowledge into clinically relevant skills that willserve them and their future patients well.
  • 51. JAMES O. PRINGLE, M.D.U M H S 52 Associate Dean of Clinical Science Professor of Clinical Medicine Dr. James Pringle is a board certified urologist. He completed his undergraduate work at Pennsylvania State University. He received his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Pringle subsequently earned a Harvard/Macy certificate in Graduate Medical Education. His general surgery residency was completed at University Hospital, Cleveland, OH, and his urology residency was completed at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Dr. Pringle resides in Maine and has an extensive record in medical education in the state of Maine. In particular, Dr. Pringle has worked with St. Matthews University College of Medicine, Portland campus, as a professor, associate dean, chairman of the Admissions Committee, and dean of pre-clinical sciences. During his tenure with St. Matthews University, Dr. Pringle won many teaching awards. In addition, Dr. Pringle has had a successful private practice in urology. He also has been the chief, Division of Urology, Mercy Hospital, Portland, Maine and Clinical Instructor of Surgery at the University of New England. DR. FRANK WAGNER, Psy.D., M.A., B.S., B.B.A. Chair and Professor of Behavioral Science Dr. Frank Wagner is an experienced medical educator and administrator. For 23 years, Dr. Wagner served as a senior administrator in mental health and substance agencies that provided clinical education to social work, psychology, and graduate-level students. Dr. Wagner came to the International University of Nursing (IUON) after holding the position of associate dean of student affairs at an international medical school. At IUON, Dr. Wagner was dean of student services, where he focused on serving student, community, and government constituencies. He was instrumental in developing student leadership, implementing judicial affairs, and developing programs that brought cohesiveness to the student body. In 2008, Dr. Wagner became the assistant provost at UMHS. He played a key role in the introduction and expansion of the UMHS medical education program. Dr. Wagner earned his Psy.D. from the International University for Graduate Studies. He has an M.A. in clinical psychology from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, and a B.S. in psychology from Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa. He also received a B.B.A. in management from Northwood Institute in Midland, Michigan.
  • 52. THOMAS McCRACKEN, Ph.D. (H.C.), M.S., M.S., B.E.Professor of Anatomy and PhysiologyAn internationally known medical illustrator, Professor McCracken brings his unique andexciting expertise in 3D computer imaging to the UMHS anatomy and physiology classes.The use of computer imaging greatly enhances the teaching component of the University’sanatomy and physiology classes.Professor McCracken received an M.S. in anatomy and physiology from the University ofMichigan, and he received another M.S. from the same institution in biomedical illustration.His B.E. is also from the University of Michigan in biology and education.Professor McCracken has illustrated over 200 journal articles and textbooks during his career.He was also involved in a National Institute of Health project to construct three dimensionalinteractive computer models which are used by most medical schools in the United States.Prior to joining UMHS and its sister nursing school, IUON, Professor McCracken taught atColorado State University and the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center inSaudi Arabia.Professor McCracken is a member of the American Association of Anatomists, the AmericanAssociation of Clinical Anatomists, the Association of Medical Illustrators, the Federationof American Societies for Experimental Biology, and the Health Science CommunicationAssociation.BIRGIT NARDELL, Ph.D.Professor of PharmacologyDr. Birgit Nardell has an extensive medical education background. For many years, Dr. Nardellheld positions in pharmacology, physiology, cell biology, and behavioral science at a Caribbeanmedical school. Prior to that, Dr. Nardell was an associate professor of pharmacology/physiology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV. While there, she also taught biologicalchemistry, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and anatomy/physiology. Dr. Nardell began herteaching career at the University of Maryland, Dentistry and Medicine, Baltimore MD, as anassistant professor of physiology and pharmacology. In addition, Dr. Nardell has held adjunctappointments since 2004 at the University of Maryland and a Caribbean medical school.Dr. Nardell earned her Ph.D. in physiology/pharmacology from the University of Maryland,College Park, MD. Her courses in clinical pharmacology were completed at the Johns HopkinsUniversity School of Medicine. Dr. Nardell received her M.S. in pharmacology/microbiologyfrom the University of Maryland, and she earned her B.S. in physiology (zoology) from theUniversity of Illinois.As a consultant, Dr. Nardell has worked with Children’s Hospital, Division of Pediatric DentistryOral Aspects of AIDS in Children (OACC) in Los Angeles, CA. She also was a consultantphysiologist with NIH, National Institutes of Dental Research, in Rockville, MD. Dr. Nardellhas published articles in journals such as Osteopathic Annals, Journal of Dental Education,and Journal, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.
  • 53. Anoop Kumar Jalan, M.D., M.B.B.S.U M H S 54 Professor of Pathology Dr. Anoop Kumar Jalan earned his Doctor of Medicine degree in Pathology from the Kasturba Medical College, Deemed University in India. He received his M.B.B.S. degree from J.J.M. Medical College, Davangere, Kuvempu University, Karnataka. India. At the beginning of his medical education career, Dr. Jalen was a tutor in pathology and a tutor in microbiology at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. He also conducted basic laboratory sessions in medical microbiology for medical and dental undergraduates as well as reporting histopathology, cytology, and haematology specimens under supervision. While in Nepal, Dr. Jalan was actively involved in independent reporting of histopathology cytology and haematology specimens at Manipal Teaching Hospital, Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Nepal. Dr. Jalan also worked at SABA University School of Medicine, Saba Dutch Caribbean, as an associate professor of pathology. Immediately prior to joining UMHS, Dr. Jalan was Chair, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, St. Eustatius School of Medicine, St Eustatius, Netherlands Antilles as a professor of pathology. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Jalan was the course director for Pathology I and II, head of the Student Grievance Committee, head of the Curriculum Committee, and faculty advisor for the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). Edwin S. Purcell, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Anatomy and Embryology Dr. Edwin S. Purcell earned a Ph.D. in Anatomy from the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS. He received his Master of Arts in Physiology and his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas. Dr. Purcell also has an Associate and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Monmouth College, West Long Branch, New Jersey. Dr. Purcell’s extensive medical education background has included his work an instructor of biological sciences at Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, New Mexico. He moved on to become a graduate teaching assistant, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas. He then became an instructor of biological sciences at Johnson County College, Overland Park, Kansas, followed by work as an adjunct instructor and research assistant at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He then worked as director of medical neuroscience and associate professor of basic medical science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri and his work as director of neuroanatomy, co-coordinator of the neurosensory system and associate professor of anatomy, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pennsylvania. He also has been an associate professor of anatomy at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa. Just prior to joining UMHS, Dr. Purcell was an associate professor of anatomy at A.T. Still University, Kirksville, Missouri. Dr. Purcell has been a member, State Anatomical Board, State of Missouri, a medical board review instructor, Northwestern Learning Center, and Director, Medical Applications to Science and Health and an associate professor, Post Baccalaureate Program, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a member of the following professional organizations: Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Sigma Xi, Society for Neuroscience, and the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society. He has published numerous articles and abstracts throughout his career.
  • 54. A cademic P oliciesThe University of Medicine and Health week of classes. Students arriving after in order to progress. Every effort is madeSciences publishes the UMHS Student that time will be required to register for the student to repeat the course theHandbook of Policies and Procedures for the subsequent semester. next term. A course for which an “F” iseach semester. The UMHS Student Handbook awarded is included in the term GPAsupersedes information provided in this Grading and cumulative GPA.catalog, and the UMHS Student Handbook Basic Science Program: A passing gradeinformation on academic policies is binding of 70% (equivalent to a grade of C) is Incomplete Grade: An incompleteupon all students. It is the responsibility of required in all courses. Any grade below grade “I” signifies that not all requiredthe student to be aware of all regulations 70% is considered failing (equivalent to a coursework was completed during thecontained in the UMHS Student Handbook grade of “F”). Students must maintain a term of enrollment. The “I” grade is notand any changes or modifications. Only minimum cumulative grade point average calculated into the term GPA or thea brief overview of academic policies and of 2.0 in order to make satisfactory cumulative GPA at the time it is awarded.procedures is contained in this publication. academic progress. Students who receive a grade of “F” in any course will be placed All required coursework must beRegistration of New on academic probation. Failure to pass completed on or before the first day ofStudents a repeated course with a grade of “C” or classes of the subsequent term. StudentsAll students must register for classes in better is grounds for dismissal from the with incomplete grades will not beperson each semester prior to the start medical program. Students may not take permitted to register for the next termof classes. Any specified documentation more than six semesters to complete the until all requirements have been satisfied.upon which the student’s admission Basic Science Program. If course requirements are not satisfied is contingent must be on file at that by the deadline date, the “I” grade will betime. If essential documentation is Equivalent changed to an “F”.not provided, the student will not GRADE grade gpabe permitted to register and may be A 90% or above 4.0 Competency Examinationsadministratively withdrawn. B 80%–89% 3.0–3.9 Course Examinations: With the exception C 70%–79% 2.0–2.9 of students on an approved leave ofRegistration is not complete and F 0%–69% 0.0 absence, all students are expected to sitenrollment is not official until tuition I Incomplete 0.0 for scheduled examinations. Studentsand fees are paid in full. Failure to make W Withdrawn 0.0 unable to do so by virtue of illness mustscheduled payments or arrange payments present documentation that they werethrough the Office of the Bursar when Clinical Science Program: Evaluations under the care of a physician at the timedue will result in cancellation of the during the Clinical Science Program of the examination. The form of the make-student’s registration. It is the student’s segment of the curriculum include an up examination will be at the discretion ofresponsibility to ensure that payment assessment not only of the student’s the course instructor. In lieu of a make-upis received in the Bursar’s office by the mastery of course objectives, but also the examination, the individual instructor mayestablished due dates announced each characteristics considered desirable in a elect to average all of the students othersemester. Questions regarding tuition and good physician. These include problem examinations in the course and use thefees, payments, returned checks, late fees, solving ability, industry, reliability, averaged examination score in place of therefunds, etc. should be directed to the judgment, interpersonal relationships, missed examination.UMHS Office of the Bursar. professional skills, and motivation. Students who receive a failing grade in Shelf Examinations: UMHS has beenStudents who register after the first day any required or elective clerkship are approved by the National Board ofof class are responsible for all prior subject to dismissal. Medical Examiners to administer the onmaterials and assignments presented line shelf examinations in St. Kitts. Shelfin class. No student will be allowed to Failing Grade: A student who receives a examinations are integrated into the Basicregister after the close of registration failing grade “F” in any course must repeat Science Program and are offered as finalwhich is typically at the end of the first the course and receive a passing grade examinations in many of the courses.
  • 55. A cademic P oliciesU M H S 56 These examinations are, in essence, of 2.0 must be maintained throughout the NON-Academic Dismissal mini USMLE examinations as they academic program. Failure to do so will Violations of UMHS regulations, Code use a similar type and style of questions. result in Academic Probation. A minimum of Ethics, or legal expectations may of “C” is required in all courses. Students constitute cause for dismissal. These type USMLE: To enter into UMHS clinical receiving an “F” in any course are eligible of violations will be adjudicated under rotations, students must successfully to repeat that course one time only. Failure the procedures outlined in the Student complete and pass the USMLE Step 1. to pass a repeated course with a grade Handbook under “Non-Grade Grievances.” This examination is taken between of “C” or better is grounds for dismissal. Such information will be listed on the semester 5 and the start of semester 6. The student must also have adhered to academic transcript. To receive a diploma from UMHS, all UMHS rules and regulations and be students must complete the USMLE Step current with all financial obligations. Academic Delays and 2 which consists of two parts: Clinical Absences Skills (CS) and Clinical Knowledge (CK). Clinical Science Program — Satisfactory In rare cases, circumstances may require These examinations are usually taken after Academic Progress: Progress in the the deferral or interruption of attendance completing the core clinical clerkships. Clinical Science Program is considered in the educational program. UMHS will USMLE Step 3 is the final step for licensing satisfactory if the student has passed work with a student who needs to delay and is taken after graduation and during the UMSLE Step 1 and successfully or suspend enrollment. Deferrals are or at the completion of residency training. completed all clinical rotations within the limited in length of time and may affect allotted timeframes. The student must student financial aid. Please consult the ECFMG: In order to be licensed to practice also have adhered to all UMHS rules and Student Handbook for more information medicine in the United States, graduates regulations, and remained current with regarding leaves. must be certified by the Educational all financial obligations. Commission for Foreign Medical Academic Leave of Absence: Academic Graduates (ECFMG). To be certified by Academic Probation Leave of Absence is a temporary ECFMG, students must pass the USMLE A student who receives a failing grade interruption in a student’s education Step 1 and Step 2 CS and CK. in any course during the Basic Science for a specific period of time. An approved segment will be placed on academic Academic Leave of Absence may not Student Progress probation for the following term. If the exceed 180 days. Students may only take Attendance: Attendance is mandatory student successfully passes the course(s) one leave of absence per calendar year. for 80% of all classes and 100% of all labs in the probationary term and the students and clinical clerkships. Unavoidable and/ cumulative GPA is 2.0 or greater, the Emergency Leave of Absence: An or unexcused absences are addressed on probation designation will be lifted. Emergency Leave of Absence is a a case-by-case basis. However, excessive However, any subsequent failure in a temporary interruption in a student’s lateness or absence from a course may repeated course or during a probationary education for a specific period of time. result in a failing grade. Students who term will be considered grounds for An approved Emergency Leave of Absence require an extended absence from academic dismissal. Students with is generally no longer than two weeks. class may request a Leave of Absence cumulative grade point averages below 2.0 Students who fail to return from an (emergency or academic). will remain on Academic Probation until approved leave will be administratively the student’s GPA reaches or exceeds 2.0. withdrawn from UMHS. Basic Science Program - Satisfactory Academic Progress: Student academic During the clinical science portion of the Unauthorized Leave of Absence: An progress is considered satisfactory if the curriculum the student will be placed on Unauthorized Leave of Absence is a leave student has passed all courses, course probation if a failing grade is received in that has not been approved by UMHS. examinations, and shelf examinations any required or elective rotation. A student In this case, UMHS reserves the right to within the allotted timeframes. A minimum who fails a repeated rotation will be administratively withdraw the student. GPA of 2.0 must be maintained for each academically dismissed. Should that happen, the student must semester, and a cumulative minimum GPA re-apply to UMHS.
  • 56. Withdrawals Violation of this policy may result in academic violations, including criminalStudent Withdrawal: Students who disciplinary action against the student action or failure to meet academic orwithdraw from UMHS must reapply for who is alleged to have committed the ethical standards. Suspended or dismissedadmission. Readmission is solely at the act as well as the student organization students will receive written notificationdiscretion of UMHS, and readmission which allowed the act to be committed. of the reason for such action. Suspendedis not guaranteed. Students, who are Such acts may also violate the laws of students will be informed of any availablereadmitted to UMHS, will be required to St. Kitts and, as such, may result in options for reinstatement. Dismissaladhere to all tuition policies/rates and all criminal sanctions as well. All students, decisions may be appealed. Suspensionsacademic policies that are in effect at the as part of their registration process with or dismissals may affect student aid.time of re-admittance. Any loan originators UMHS, St. Kitts campus, shall be requiredwill be notified of such a withdrawal, and to submit an attested acknowledgment Grievance Policythe student will be responsible for any stating that they have been informed of UMHS expects students, faculty, andfinancial obligations resulting from such a the policy and understand its implications administration to be responsible forwithdrawal. and further agree not to engage in hazing maintaining personal, professional, activities. and institutional standards in orderAdministrative Withdrawal: UMHS may to bring a positive reflection uponwithdraw a student who fails to register Policy on Sexual Harassment: UMHS themselves, the school and the medicalfor classes or return to campus. The considers sexual harassment, in all its profession. To that end, faculty, students,effective date of withdrawal will be the forms, to be a serious offense and one and administration are responsible forlast day the student attended classes. Any that is subject to a range of actions up reporting any allegation to the dean. Suchloan originators will be notified of such to and including suspension or dismissal. reports must be in writing (signed anda withdrawal, and the student will be Sexual harassment by students, faculty or dated by the person making the report orresponsible for any financial obligations staff is a violation of UMHS policy and allegation) and should describe the natureresulting from such a withdrawal. is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil and specifics of the alleged conduct and Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and the code or standard believed to haveCode of Ethics Title IX of the Education Amendments been violated. Violations of, but notThe honorable profession of medicine of 1972. limited to, the following may be reported:requires students to behave appropriatelyat all times. Students must comply with Policy on Alcohol and Drugs: The Academic integrity and professional •professional standards of medicine in both unlawful possession, use, or distribution standards as set forth in the respectivepersonal and professional aspects of life in of alcohol and/or illicit drugs on any sections of the UMHS Student Handbook.order to maintain a professional learning institutional property is prohibited.environment during enrollment at UMHS. Students, who believe they have a drug or American Medical Students Association •Students are expected to function within alcohol problem, may contact a University Code of Ethics and/or UMHS policies.the framework of the American Medical counselor for confidential assessment, If a hearing is requested, the HearingStudents Association Code of Ethics which counseling, or referral for treatment. Procedure in the Student Handbookis contained in the Student Handbook. will be followed. Disciplinary ActionsLIABILITY POLICIES If student behavior necessitates It is the goal of UMHS that your timePolicy on Hazing: No student in disciplinary action, students may be as a student be educational andattendance at UMHS shall conspire to suspended or dismissed by the dean. enjoyable. If a student believes they haveengage in hazing, participate in hazing, Students have a right to appear before the been treated unfairly or have a complaint,or commit any act that causes, or is grievance committee on issues that give they should follow the procedureslikely to cause, bodily danger, physical rise to disciplinary action. The committee outlined in the Student Handbook.harm, or personal degradation or makes a final determination and provides It is our commitment to all studentsdisgrace resulting in physical or mental their recommendation to the dean. This that any concerns will be addressedharm, to any fellow student. may occur due to academic or non- in a timely manner.
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  • 58. CAMPUS LIFE • 60 Student Body AIR TRAVEL • 60–61 Getting to Campus Leaving Campus WHAT TO CARRY ON BOARD WITH YOU • 61 WHAT TO PACK • 61–62 Luggage Tags Clothing University Dress Code What Not to Bring CUSTOMS • 62 SHIPPING ITEMS TO ST. KITTS • 62 EVENTS • 62–63 New Student Orientation White Coat Ceremony Fourth Semester Banquet HOUSING • 63–64 Housing Department Off-Campus Housing Student Housing Requirements Housing Database Making Your Housing Selection Roommates Pets CAMPUS SUPPORT SERVICES • 64 Academic Advisors Medical Health Care Mental Health Care CAMPUS SAFET Y • 65 SPORTS AND RECREATION • 65 ORGANIZATIONS • 66–67 Student Government Association (SGA) American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Religious, Cultural, Sports and Recreation OrganizationsLIFE
  • 59. U M H S 60 campus L ife The University of Medicine and has to offer, including the beauty of may be possible to get the best airfare by Health Sciences campus has a vibrant St. Kitts and the unique opportunity to booking with them. atmosphere, evoking a collegial live and study in another culture. environment. The students, faculty, and It is important that UMHS know the staff members are all dedicated to medical Air Travel student’s itinerary as soon as possible education. The faculty maintains open Getting to Campus: St. Kitts is located to ensure that a University representative office hours to support students. Campus in the eastern Caribbean. Renowned as meets each student at the airport. facilities, such as the Library and Learning an island resort, St. Kitts is easily accessible Resource Center, are open for extended from New York, Miami, Puerto Rico, and Leaving Campus: When leaving St. Kitts periods to provide quiet study areas. other major airports. The major St. Kitts via air, there is a $22.00 U.S. departure tax airport is Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw that must be paid at the airport prior to Student Body International Airport (airport code SKB), boarding the airplane. The student body at UMHS is diverse. It which is located about three miles is a mix of ages, backgrounds, genders, northeast of Basseterre, the capital of and religious beliefs. Everyone, however, St. Kitts. shares at least one thing in common — the desire to become a professional Accepted students are responsible for physician. By dedicating themselves to booking their airfare; however, UMHS this purpose, students will find themselves recommends that students work with in a rewarding and enriching peer group. the UMHS designated travel agent, Tom Although aggressive in pursuit of their Backer at Austin Travel (631-465-1000). medical degree, when time permits, Because Austin Travel negotiates volume students take time to enjoy what life discounts with American Airlines, it
  • 60. What to CarryOnboard With YouCarry your laptop/tablet computer withyou. Do not pack the computer, cables,or accessories in your checked luggage. What to Pack times. Clothing should be lightweight, Airline luggage requirements and costs comfortable, and easy to wash. ItUMHS also recommends that you bring vary by airline. Accepted students should is recommended that students bringany medications, personal care items such be sure to check the airline website sneakers, sandals, and close-toed eye glasses, contact lens solutions, to ensure they are following the most Rain gear, including lightweight raintoothbrush/toothpaste, shampoo, and current rules and regulations — especially coats and umbrellas, is recommended.1 or 2 days change of clothing. concerning the weight of each suitcase Classrooms, the library, and some lab- and the number of bags allowed by each oratories are air conditioned, so lightStudents arriving in St. Kitts should have airline. sweaters or jackets are also recommended.enough funds to cover their first month’sexpenses regardless of the amount of Luggage Tags: Be sure to have identifying Plan to bring two lab coats or twofinancial aid expected for disbursement. tags on each piece of carry-on and sets of scrubs for anatomy lab. If you checked luggage. There should be at are buying lab coats, you should purchaseAll students are required to have a valid least one tag on the outside of the luggage a long coat for use in the anatomy labpassport when they arrive in St. Kitts in and at least one tag on the inside of and a short lab coat for the White Coatorder to gain admission into the country. each piece of luggage. The luggage tag Ceremony.They will present this to an immigration should state the student’s name and theofficer at the airport upon arrival. UMHS St. Kitts address: UMHS Campus, University Dress Code: In non-clinical St. Kitts. and classroom settings, clothing maySince students will be at the campus be casual but should be reflective of alonger than 3 months, the Government Clothing: UMHS recognizes that island professional image. Street clothing shouldof St. Kitts requires students to have living and tropical temperatures are be neat and clean. Shorts and T-shirtsa student visa. All visa documentation conducive to casual dress; however, are allowed, but miniskirts, bare midriffs,must be provided to the UMHS post- the University expects medical students and low-cut blouses are not. Whenacceptance director prior to the student’s to maintain a professional image at all wearing a lab coat, street clothes shouldarrival in St. Kitts. extend below the lab coat.
  • 61. campus lifeU M H S 62 While in a clinical setting, it is the From a cost perspective, and for student shipped to their Miami location. Items are expectation that the student physician safety and security, expensive items such then sent weekly to St. Kitts via cargo ship. will wear clothing appropriate to the clinic as jewelry, stereo systems, etc. should not setting. For men, this includes dress shirt be brought to St. Kitts. Additionally, it When shipping items to UMHS through and tie, long slacks, and leather close-toed is not worth the risk of having expensive U.S.P.S. students should use the following shoes with socks. For women, business items lost or stolen. address: dresses, skirts and blouses, or pantsuits are acceptable, but the length of dresses Customs The University of Medicine and skirts must be appropriate to a International laws apply on St. Kitts with and Health Sciences clinical setting. Minimal jewelry may be regard to importation of luxury items. P.O. Box 1218 worn; however, multiple rings, dangling Cigarettes, alcohol, bicycles, TVs, stereos, Basseterre, St. Kitts bracelets, and necklaces are unacceptable. etc. will be taxed at the current duty rate Only one earring per lobe may be worn. used for shipping bulk items. Tropical When shipping items to UMHS through Shipping requires that the items be UPS, DHL, or Federal Express, students Other Items to Consider Bringing: shipped to their Miami location. Items are should use the following address: Students recommend that the following then sent weekly to St. Kitts via cargo ship. items be brought with you to the The University of Medicine and St. Kitts campus. Shipping Items to St. Kitts Health Sciences Campus, St. Kitts Calculator Dress Clothes/shoes Items may be shipped to St. Kitts; Hair dryer Laundry bag however, it may be more convenient to Events Playing cards Shampoo/ purchase forgotten items after arrival. New Student Orientation: Students Spare eyeglasses Conditioner Apartments are furnished, so there is no coming to the University of Medicine Camera/film Toiletries need to send furniture to St. Kitts. and Health Sciences for the first time Hobby items Envelopes are required to attend the New Student Reading books Market bag To ship items to St. Kitts, students may Orientation. This occurs several days prior Spare sunglasses Snorkel/Mask/Fins use the U.S. Postal Service, Federal to class registration. This gives students Combination lock Umbrella Express, United Parcel Service (UPS), DHL time to learn about the campus, meet Insect repellent Waterproof watch or Amerijet International Inc. which flies fellow classmates, obtain information on Sewing kit once a week from Miami (305-593-2997). student services, and enjoy a bit of island Surge Protector Tropical Shipping (800-367-6200) may life. New Student Orientation includes be used for shipping bulk items. Tropical seminars to help students become familiar Please note that the Government of Shipping requires that the items be with their unique living environment. St. Kitts does not allow certain medications to be shipped or mailed into the federation, but it does allow an individual to carry the medication into the country with proper documentation. We urge students to contact the Dean of Student Affairs for additional information. What NOT to Bring: It is a University policy that pets are prohibited on campus. Since most landlords do not allow pets, students are strongly encouraged not to bring a pet with them to St. Kitts.
  • 62. The University president and provost Housing apartment at the end of a semester.kick off the orientation program and The University of Medicine and Health Housing Database: UMHS maintainsprovide a detailed campus tour and an Sciences maintains a housing department a student housing database. Access tointroduction to the faculty. Included in on the St. Kitts campus. The Housing the database is via the Internet and athe orientation are a variety of special Department helps students identify and username/password is provided in thepresenters who provide information on secure the right accommodations to suit student’s Welcome Package or providedsuch topics as housing, safety and security, each individual’s needs. by the Housing Department. There arebanking, registration, financial aid, visa a wide variety of rental units to fit everyand immigration, and an orientation Housing Department: The UMHS budget and every need. The databaseto the library/learning resource center. Housing Department’s hours of operation includes descriptions of the property, are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to rental price, proximity to school, andDuring orientation week several events 4:00 pm Atlantic Standard Time. Housing amenities. The housing database isare planned to help students acclimate representatives may be reached by phone shared with the International Universityto their new environment including a first at 869-466-1057, ext 126. of Nursing (IUON).semester party, a catamaran/snorkelingtrip for students and faculty, and a tour of Off-Campus Housing: All UMHS students Making Your Housing Selection:Basseterre. live off-campus during their time in While there are many housing options St. Kitts. There are many apartments near campus, students choosing to liveWhite Coat Ceremony: First semester near the University. Apartments are fully further from campus may find it necessarystudents are welcomed into their clinical furnished, so students only need to bring to buy or lease a used car. That should bestudies at the White Coat Ceremony. The bedding, towels, personal items, and considered when determining a budget.ceremony includes a formal cloaking of clothing. Once an apartment is selected, thestudents in their white coats to signify their student should immediately contact thejourney toward a medical career. Students Student Housing Requirements: Because Housing Department.should have a short white lab coat to put there are several schools in St. Kitts whoseon during the ceremony. students are vying for apartments, UMHS The Housing Department will verify with requires students to secure housing prior the landlord if the unit is available. If itFourth Semester Banquet: Fourth semester to their arrival in St. Kitts. UMHS requires is available, the Housing Department willstudents participate in a banquet that students to live in their selected apartment immediately email the student a housingsignifies student accomplishments as they for a minimum of one semester. This deposit form to be completed.complete their Basic Science Program and requirement gives students time toget ready to return to the U.S. At this time, acclimate to their surroundings and tostudent accomplishments are recognized meet other students. It also providesand teaching awards are handed out. landlords ample time to re-rent an
  • 63. campus lifeU M H S 64 To secure the apartment, UMHS will pay so students may talk with each other prior Medical Health Care: The UMHS the landlord the security deposit on behalf to deciding to room together. UMHS Health Care Clinic is staffed with a of the student. Students must send the provides this service as a courtesy and is registered nurse who provides University deposit form and the required security not responsible for roommate selections. members with care or referral for deposit to UMHS. It is recommended that additional medical services. the payment be made with a money order Pets: Pets should not be brought with or certified bank draft. The deposit and you to St. Kitts. Pets are not allowed in St. Kitts has health clinics located form should be sent to: most of the housing in St. Kitts. There are throughout the island. The main hospital strict government regulations pertaining in St. Kitts is the Joseph N. France General University of Medicine and to the importation of pets into St. Kitts. Hospital in Basseterre. Health Sciences, St. Kitts North American Administrative Office Campus Support Services Every student is required to maintain 460 West 34th Street On campus support services at UMHS health insurance coverage, as well as New York, NY 10001 are available to help counteract academic emergency evacuation insurance which Attn: Office of the Bursar concerns, poor health, stress, or other is used to transport an ill student to the problems that may negatively impact a closest U.S. hospital. No apartment is considered to be rented student’s educational process. until UMHS receives the deposit form Mental Health Care: The mental and and the required security deposit. If a Academic Advisors: Each student is physical health of UMHS students and personal check, rather than a certified assigned an academic advisor. The faculty is of vital importance. There is a bank draft or money order is sent, the advisor’s role is to provide educational counselor available to students on the check must clear the bank and the support and guidance and to help UMHS campus. Referral to appropriate money be deposited in UMHS accounts students determine future career goals. mental health care providers would occur prior to UMHS notifying the landlord. if additional intervention is required. Roommates: Students interested in finding a roommate should notify the UMHS St. Kitts Housing Department. With student permission, the Housing Department will share contact information
  • 64. Campus Safety Recreation: The island of St. Kitts offersStudent safety and security is of a diversity of culture and a treasure-trovegreat importance to the University of of historic sites to explore. There areMedicine and Health Sciences. There is plantation homes to view, small townsan on-campus security office with staff that highlight colonial architecture, andavailable to assist with any questions quaint local shops. Each year, St. Kittsor concerns 24 hours a day, 7 days a holds a colorful carnival and a musicweek. Students are required to obtain a festival. Special events are often held atUniversity identification card when they the 10,000-seat stadium built for thefirst register for classes. Students must 2007 World Cup Cricket their identification card to enter thecampus, and the card must be visible on For students interested in wildlife,the student at all times while the student St. Kitts has many interesting birds,is on campus. including frigate birds, egrets, and herons. St. Kitts is also known forAccording to the Ministry of National its green Vervet monkeys.Security in St. Kitts-Nevis, the islands haverelatively little crime. UMHS communitymembers should always exercise normalprecautions just as they would in theirhome town. It is important to be aware oflocal surroundings and not leave valuablesunattended.Sports and RecreationSt. Kitts is known for its breathtakingnatural beauty, crystalline waters, softsandy beaches, tropical forest areas, anda spectacular dormant volcano. St. Kittsoffers something for everyone to enjoy.Sports: There are a wide range ofoutdoor activities available, includingwater-based sports such as snorkeling,scuba diving, and sailing.The island has a golf course,and there are facilities forbasketball, tennis, cricket, andother outdoor sports. St. Kittsis a perfect setting for hiking,where opportunities includea fortress, waterfalls, caves,and a volcanic crater.
  • 65. campus lifeU M H S 66 Organizations These activities foster socialization • Global Health Equity: AMSA is using As a new university, organizations at and teaming, which are all important its resources to focus on global health UMHS are constantly forming. It is components of becoming a physician. issues of wellness, safety, opportunity, anticipated that additional organizations In addition, it is a great opportunity to and environment, regardless of which will evolve based on student interests experience all that St. Kitts has to offer. country people live in. and needs, and that they will reflect the diversity of the student population. The American Medical Student Association • Enriching Medicine Through Diversity: organizations include: (AMSA): AMSA is a student-governed AMSA is focusing on developing a health national organization that is committed to care workforce that reflects society. Student Government Association (SGA): representing the concerns of physicians in This includes advocacy for culturally The SGA represents all UMHS students in training. AMSA is committed to improving appropriate care, underrepresented student affairs and administrative matters. medical training and the nation’s health. providers in medicine, and admissions All students are SGA members, and dues criteria which do not exclude those from are collected each semester as part of the In 2007, AMSA leaders selected four different backgrounds. UMHS tuition and fees. Students elect priorities to focus its activism: SGA officers to represent them. • Professional Integrity, Development, • Quality, Affordable Health Care for All: and Student Well-Being: AMSA is In addition to supporting enrolled UMHS AMSA is working through state and committed to helping all students students from a student affairs and national coalitions to improve existing through the process of medical school administrative perspective, SGA schedules public programs and to advocate for a admissions, undergraduate medical a variety of recreational activities each public health insurance program. education, and career choices in semester. residency and beyond.
  • 66. Religious, Cultural, Sports, and RecreationOrganizations: Religious and culturalorganizations are welcomed at UMHS.Their purpose is to support the diversespiritual needs of the UMHS student bodyand promote cultural growth experiences.Organizations may also be sports orrecreation focused such as intramuralteams. These experiences demonstratediversity while also bringing a cohesiveset of experiences that will provide lifelongbenefits to students.
  • 67. University of Medicine and Health sciences, St. Kitts North American Administrative Office 460 W. 34th St., 12th Floor • ­ ew York, NY 10001 N Phone: 212-868-0855 • Toll Free: 1-866-686-0380 Email: UMHS www . u m hs - S K . o r g©2012 University of Medicine and Health Sciences Issued: March 2012