Doctor of Medicine Programs - Become a Physician

UHSA school of medicine provides students with a comprehensive course of study that prepares students for the future. Students complete the basic sciences on-campus in Antigua while the clinical sciences are taught at UHSA’s affiliated teaching hospitals located in the United States, United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico.

Make a positive impact on patient care and your career by becoming a physician at UHSA.

Premedical Sciences

Designed for high school graduates, the Premedical Sciences Program offers students guaranteed entry into the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program upon successful completion of four terms of premedical courses.

Our curriculum is consistent with our integrated medical curriculum, which allows students to have a smooth transition into the basic sciences of the M.D. program. It presents fundamental scientific concepts from a medical perspective and incorporates USMLE Step 1 familiarization from day one.

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Program

Designed for college graduates, the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program is completed within 4 years. The first six terms of the program are dedicated to completing the Basic Sciences, followed by a Review of the Basic Sciences.

The final four terms of the program are spent completing the Clinical Sciences at our affiliate teaching hospitals. Our M.D. program is based on the curriculum standards of U.S. medical schools by fully integrating the basic sciences and clinical sciences throughout the entire M.D. program.

Concurrent M.D./Masters

UHSA is excited to partner with Walden University, a U.S. regionally-accredited online university that offers concurrent enrollment opportunities to medical students. The concurrent enrollment model allows students to pursue an online Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) or Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) while completing the M.D. program at UHSA. The concurrent degree program prepares students for the future by enhancing their academic credentials and developing their professional perspective.

BSc Leading to M.D. Program

In partnership with Wolverhampton University (WU), the BSc leading to M.D. Program is unique in that actively enrolled WU students receive instruction from undergraduate studies during their regular terms and from UHSA during their summer breaks. Students are required to attend three summer school sessions at UHSA, once at the end of each year of the BSc course.

Following the third session, students return to Antigua for an additional year that includes a fall session, a spring session, and a fourth summer session. After successful completion, students progress to the clinical sciences.

Concurrent M.D./Masters

UHSA has partnered with Walden University, a U.S. regionally accredited online university, to offer medical students the opportunity to pursue an online Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) or Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) while completing the M.D. program at UHSA. The concurrent program prepares students for the future by enhancing their academic credentials and developing their professional perspective.

Walden University has an established track record of concurrent enrollment success with dedicated support to allow students to succeed. The concurrent enrollment model provides the structure to master time management.

Walden programs can help you develop critical and creative thinking skills required to be successful in the healthcare field. Walden’s concurrent curriculum will enhance your understanding of the evolving healthcare delivery system, both in the U.S. and abroad. Medical students require a sound understanding of administrative policy and practices to administer care both effectively and efficiently in a rapidly changing environment. The concurrent degree program prepares students for the future by enhancing their academic credentials and developing their professional perspective.

For more information, contact Walden University directly to discuss the 20% tuition reduction. Please mention the UHSA Partnership to take advantage of the tuition reduction for the lifetime of your program.

Walden University
Direct number: 443-627-7292
Email address: medstudents@waldenu.edu

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Curriculum

Basic Sciences

The Basic Sciences, which takes place in Antigua at our 50-acre campus, focuses on the medical sciences using our United States modeled medical school curriculum. In the Basic Sciences, student build a medical knowledge base that will serve them throughout their medical career. Our Basic Sciences faculty are highly credentialed and recruited primarily from the United States.

Term I - Year One

Human Engineering I:

  • Clinical Anatomy and Imaging
  • Embryology
  • Cell Biology
  • Histology

The Practice of Medicine I:

  • Clinical Observership (Primary Care)

The Physician and Society:

  • Medical History and Professionalism

Term II - Year One

Human Engineering II:

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Medical Genetics

The Practice of Medicine II:

  • Clinical Observership (Primary Care)

Perspectives of the Mind:

  • Behaviour and Health

Term III - Year One

Human Engineering III:

  • Neuroscience
  • Medical Microbiology and Immunology

The Practice of Medicine III:

  • Clinical Observership (Primary Care)

Healthy Communities:

  • Wellness and Prevention

Term IV - Year Two

Disruption, Repair, and Care I:

  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology

The Practice of Medicine IV:

  • Clinical Observership (Internal Medicine Wards)

The Physician as a Scientist:

  • Enquiry and Evidence-based Medicine

Term V - Year Two

Disruption, Repair, and Care II:

  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology

The Practice of Medicine V:

  • Clinical Observership (Internal Medicine Wards)

The Medical Ethos:

  • Intersections of Medicine, Law, and Ethics

TERM VI - Year Two

Basic Sciences Comprehensive Review

Clinical Sciences - Years Three and Four

Once advancing to the Clinical Sciences, students are required to complete 78 weeks of core and elective clinical clerkships, which can be completed in four academic terms at our affiliated hospitals and specialized Clinical facilities across the United States, Antigua, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, and other international sites.

Students receive personalized guidance from the clinical faculty and develop the skills and knowledge that are essential for graduate medical education. Clinical training includes history taking, physical examinations, laboratory analysis, case presentations, clinical workshops, conferences, and online lectures. Scheduling of clerkships are completed by the clinical department.

Core Rotations - 48 Weeks

Third-year medical students are required to complete core rotations in the following areas:

Family Practice6 weeks
Internal Medicine12 weeks
Obstetrics and Gynecology6 weeks
Pediatrics6 weeks
Psychiatry6 weeks
Surgery12 weeks

Elective Rotations - 30 Weeks

Fourth-year medical students are required to complete 30 weeks of elective clerkships (two terms). Students choose their clerkships based on their interests and goals. Elective clerkships can be in any of the below categories, can be no less than two weeks and no more than four weeks.

Allergy and ImmunologyOrthopedic Surgery
AnesthesiologyOtolaryngology
Colon and Rectal SurgeryPathology
DermatologyPediatrics
Emergency MedicinePhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Family PracticePlastic Surgery
Internal MedicinePreventive Medicine
Medical GeneticsPsychiatry
Neurological SurgeryRadiology
Nuclear MedicineSurgery
Obstetrics and GynecologyThoracic Surgery
Ophthalmology

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the following requirements in order to graduate from UHSA School of Medicine:

  • Successfully complete all required Basic and Clinical Science courses
  • Complete the Application for Graduation and pay associated fee
  • Receive a passing score on USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 CK & CS

Premedical Sciences Curriculum

Term I

  • General Biology
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Introduction to Physics
  • English I
  • College Algebra
  • Island Health and Economics

Term II

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Calculus
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry laboratory
  • General Physics
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • English II

Term III

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Advanced Physics
  • Medical Ethics
  • English III- Conversational
  • Spanish I

Term IV

  • Biostatistics
  • Microbiology
  • Sociology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Spanish II
  • English IV-Critical Reading & Writing

BSc Leading to M.D. Curriculum

Summer One

  • Patient, Doctor and Community
  • Gross Anatomy
  • Cell Biology /Histology

Summer Two

  • Patient, Doctor and Community II
  • Embryology
  • Human Physiology I
  • Biochemistry

Summer Three

  • Preceptorship
  • Human Physiology II
  • Medical Genetics
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Total credits

Summer Four

  • Disease & Management I
  • Neurosciences
  • Fundamentals of Immunology

Summer Five

  • Disease & Management II
  • Introduction to Research & Biostatistics
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Clinical Skills II

Summer Six

  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine
  • Law & Medical Ethics
  • Human Values & Professionalism

Hospital Affiliations

UHSA utilizes a network of affiliate teaching hospitals where students complete their core clinical rotations. We are continuously expanding our clinical affiliations in an effort to offer students more options. The Clinical Sciences Department at UHSA manages hospital placements for clinical students.

The below list is frequently updated and represents teaching hospitals where students can complete their core clinical requirements. Students who are completing elective clinical rotations have more options and should contact the Clinical Sciences department.

*Effective June 2020

Puerto Rico

  • Bayamon Medical Center
  • Costa Salud Community Heath Center
  • El Buen Samaritano Hospital
  • Hospital Metropolitano de la Montaña
  • Hospital Metropolitano Dr. Susoni
  • Hospital Metropolitano Dr. Tito Mattei
  • Hospital Metropolitano, Guaynabo
  • Hospital Pavía, Hato Rey
  • Hospital Pavía, Santurce
  • Hospital Perea, Mayagüez
  • Hospital Psiquiátrico Metropolitano
  • Manati Medical Center
  • Metro Pavia Health System/Perea Hospital
  • Neo Med Center
  • Puerto Rico Women’s and Children’s Hospital Bayamon
  • San Carlos Borromeo Hospital
  • San Juan Capestrano System (Psychiatry)

United States

Colorado
  • Centura Home Care and Hospice
  • Centura Senior Life Center
Illinois
  • Jackson Park Hospital
Texas
  • Dallas Veterans Affairs
  • Department of Veterans Affairs-Dallas
  • THR Lakeview FM
  • Medical Center at Terrell
  • Hendrick Medical Center
  • Agencies
  • Americlerkships Medical Society
  • US Clinical Training Services
  • Affiliated Institute for Medical Education (A.I.M.E)

United Kingdom

  • Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation
Limited Hospitals (electives only)
Requires a direct application from the student
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
  • Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust
  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Charing Cross
  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Hammersmith
  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, St Mary’s
  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Western Eye
  • North West London Hospitals Trust, Central Middlesex
  • North West London Hospitals Trust, Northwick Park
  • Walsall Hospital

Canada

Requires a direct application from the student
Limited hospitals (electives only)
  • Dalhousie University – Faculty of Medicine (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
  • McGill University – Facultie of Medicine (Montreal, Quebec)
  • McMaster University – Faculty of Health Sciences (Hamilton, Ontario)
  • Peterborough Regional Health Centre (Peterborough, Ontario)
Limited hospitals (electives only)
  • University of Manitoba – Faculty of Medicine (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
  • University of Ottawa – Faculty of Medicine (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • University of Toronto – Faculty of Medicine (Toronto, Ontario)
  • University of Western Ontario – Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (London, Ontario)

Pakistan

  • Rajput Institute of Medical Sciences Islamabad