FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

UHSA Program FAQ

What type of degree do I receive after completing the Medical Programs at UHSA?

Upon completion of the M.D. program at UHSA School of Medicine, you will be awarded a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree.

How long is the program?

The M.D. program at UHSA is a 4-year program that consists of Basic Sciences studies and Clinical Pathways leading to the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree.

The M.D. program for Health Care Professionals is a 10 trimester (40 month) program that consists of Basic Sciences studies and Clinical Pathways leading to the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree.

How long will I be in Antigua?

For the Medical Doctor Program, you will be in Antigua for the first 2 years, completing the Basic Sciences portion of the program.

For the M.D for Healthcare Professionals Medical Program, the first 4 weeks of each trimester of the Basic Sciences portion (first 5 trimesters) is spent in Antigua.

Does UHSA use cadavers within its curriculum?

Yes. Students are exposed to cadavers throughout the curriculum.

How do I complete each trimester in the MD for Healthcare Professionals Medical Program?

After the 4 week stay in Antigua, you will return home and complete the trimester through the use of technology. This is completed in this manner for each of the first 5 trimesters (Basic Sciences).

If I am not in the healthcare profession and cannot move to Antigua for 20 months, can I be accepted into the M.D. for Healthcare Professional Medical Program?

The M.D. for Healthcare Professionals is designed for individuals currently working within hospitals and/or in the healthcare field. However, this decision can only be determined by the Admissions Committee after having thoroughly evaluated your application.

Where will I conduct the Clinical Sciences (rotations)?

The Clinical Sciences portion of the medical program can be conducted within the United States, Puerto Rico, and London. UHSA has various affiliated hospitals in these locations and is constantly expanding. Please visit the Hospital Affiliations webpage for an updated list.

Is there a printed list of hospitals in the United States that will accept the students from the University of Health Sciences Antigua (UHSA) for clinical clerkships?

Yes. They are listed among those that are mentioned under the title “Hospital Affiliations” on the website.

Does the UHSA Medical Program meet the criteria for State Board Licensure since different states have different criteria for licensure?

Yes. Our institution is aware of all the State Licensing Board requirements. Our curriculum is designed in keeping with the recommendations of the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

Will I be able to do my residency in the United States after obtaining the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree?

Yes, once successfully passing the tests of United States Medical Licensing Examination, you will have the opportunity to obtain a license to practice medicine in the United States. You should check with the State Medical Board of the state where you would like to practice medicine for their specific requirements regarding foreign medical school graduates.

Is UHSA accredited by the United States?

The United States does not currently accredit foreign medical schools. What is required is that the medical school must be recognized by the Government and Educational Ministry where the institution is located. UHSA is Accredited by the Antigua & Barbuda National Accreditation Board (ABNAB) and recognized by the Government and Educational Ministry of Antigua and Barbuda. We are also recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Medical Education Directory (IMED), and the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). This confers our students the right to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) Steps I, II and III.

Is the University of Health Sciences Antigua (UHSA) accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)?

The University of Health Sciences Antigua (UHSA) does not have Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation since it is a foreign medical school. The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) only accredits institutions in the United States and Canada and not foreign institutions.

However, once you pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), you are equalized with those individuals that graduate from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited institutions.

What is the passing rate for UHSA students on the USMLE?

Statistics within the Caribbean as evidenced by review programs, shelf exam statistics, the New York Times and other agencies, show USMLE passing rates within the Caribbean as being typically in the range of 65-70%.

How do you prepare the student for Basic Sciences part of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and on what timing?

At the conclusion of the Basic Sciences portion of the program, the University of Health Sciences Antigua offers a comprehensive review of the USMLE Step 1. Students are presented with essential concepts in each subject area by experienced faculty members, guest lecturers and problem based computer modules. In addition, students are given shelf exams prepared by NBME and structured curriculum review materials to enhance their test-taking skills. Students also have a chance to discuss the difficult areas identified by the practice test with the resource persons and experienced members of the faculty.

What does the State Board of Medical Examiners require?

The State Board of Medical Examiners requires:

  • A good academic record
  • Clinical rotations and residencies must be completed at affiliated hospitals
  • The applicant must pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) for certification

When is the application for admission deadline?

Click here for application deadlines

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Program Requirements

Does the medical school accept individuals with a B.S. degree in other disciplines but lack science requirements?

Yes. Individuals with a B.S. degree in other disciplines but lacking science requirements may be considered for the M.D. program, however, the necessary prerequisites would need to be completed for admission. If an applicant is missing one or two courses, an applicant may be given permission to complete these courses on campus.

If I lack one course in Organic Chemistry or Inorganic Chemistry, or both, will I be considered for acceptance into your medical program?

Yes. Individuals lacking one course in Organic Chemistry or Inorganic Chemistry, or both, can be offered acceptance into our medical program. However, those deficiencies will be fulfilled at our Medical School (additional fees will occur).

Is there a preferred undergraduate major for admission into your medical program?

No. There is no preferred undergraduate major for admission into our medical program. However, it is most important that you do well in pre-medical requisite courses.

To enhance my chances of admission, will it help to have a graduate degree?

A higher level of education and additional courses certainly will be noted, however, applicants are not recommended to obtain a graduate degree since the Admissions Committee places emphasis on undergraduate performance in science courses and not on graduate courses.

If I work in a healthcare field, will it enhance my chances of admission into your medical program?

Experience in the healthcare field, definitely will be considered. However you would still be expected to have all the prerequisites as well as the required competitive grades.

I am a Doctor in Chiropractic Medicine (DC) Doctor in Podiatric Medicine (DPM) Dentist (DDS) Physical Therapist or any other medical related profession. Can I be accepted as a transfer student and just take the Clinical Sciences portion of the medical program since I already completed the Basic Sciences at the DC, DPM, and DDS School?

UHSA can only accept as transfer credits, courses earned at another medical school listed in IMED. The ECFMG does not recognize credits awarded at a DC, DPM or DDS School and therefore will not grant certification to graduates who have not obtained all of their Basic Sciences credits at an IMED listed medical school.

The ECFMG Certification is required if you wish to sit for the USMLE.

I am in my junior year, can I be considered for acceptance into your medical program?

Yes. We have accepted junior year students into our medical program.

Should I take science courses like biochemistry or expand my liberal arts background after completing the required pre-medical courses?

Yes. It is recommended. This will further prepare you for your medical courses.

What level of G.P.A is considered acceptable to the Admission Committee?

It is expected that UHSA applicants will at least have a GPA of 2.8 or higher.

Does UHSA accept transfer students?

Yes, we will accept transfer students under the following circumstances:

  • Basic Sciences portion of the program must be completed at an IMED listed medical school.
  • Transferred course credits must not have been completed more than 5 years ago. Transferred course credits must not surpass 7 years at the time of graduation from UHSA).
  • Grades obtained in transferred courses must be “C” or higher.

What percentages of students have been accepted after being dismissed from other medical schools?

None. UHSA does not accept students who have been dismissed from other medical schools.

I have completed my Basic Sciences and some of my Clinical Rotations at an IMED listed medical school. Can I be accepted as a transfer student?

Yes (please refer to previous question for specifics). However, all Clinical Rotations must all be conducted while enrolled at UHSA.

Please provide me with the names and phone numbers of prospective applicants in the same program in order to discuss mutual concerns.

Due to privacy concerns, it is not possible to provide you with names of our prospective applicants accepted into the program.

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Tuition & Fees

What is the cost per year?

Please visit the Tuition & Fees webpage.

Are there any scholarships available?

No, UHSA does not offer scholarships at this time.

Is there any financial aid available?

Yes. Please visit the Financial Aid & Tuition Assistance webpage.

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General Questions

Are books included in the tuition and fees?

No. Books and supplies are not included within the tuition and fees.

Have any of your graduates who went through your medical programs been accepted into residency programs in the United States?

Yes. Many of our graduates who completed our medical programs have passed the United States Licensing Examinations (USMLE) and consequently have been accepted into residency positions as well as practicing in the United States.

At what stage would the Medical students take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step I and II?

The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step I is taken at the completion of the Basic Sciences requirements. The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step II is taken at the completion of the Clinical Sciences requirements.

Do I need to pass USMLE Step 1 before starting the core rotations in the curriculum either by your rule or the Hospitals?

The USMLE is required before students are allowed to begin clinical rotations in most hospitals in United States. At UHSA, comprehensive examination is required before the student begins the clinical portion of the program. As for the institution’s policy, students may either pass the USMLE or the school comprehensive examination before beginning clinical rotations.

How soon are we able to get permission to take Step I?

You may take United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step I after completing the Basic Sciences portion of the medical program.

Is there an Alumni contact list for prospective candidates?

Yes. But you will need a user ID and password to access it on the web site. The login information will be provided after acceptance to the program.

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Student Housing FAQ

Is there housing available on-campus?

Yes. On-campus housing is available on a first-come first-serve basis.

What are the on-campus housing rates?

Please refer to the Student Housing webpage for more information.

Is there housing off-campus near the school?

For off-campus housing locations please contact the Housing Director at reception@uhsa.edu.ag

Do the dormitories have air conditioners at this time?

Yes. They are available on a first come first-served basis.

Do the dormitories have screens on the windows that will prevent biting insects from entering the rooms?

Yes. The dormitories at the campus in Antigua have screens on the windows that will prevent insects from entering the rooms.

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