Doctor of Medicine Program - 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.

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

Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program

Designed for those with a bachelor’s degree, the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program is completed within four 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 MD program is based on the curriculum standards of U.S. medical schools by fully integrating the basic sciences and clinical sciences throughout the entire MD program.

Second Degree Options

Walden University, a regionally accredited online university based in the U.S., offers an array of program options to UHSA students. The University also provides UHSA students a 25 percent reduction in tuition for their second degree. The concurrent enrollment model allows students to pursue a second degree online while completing the MD program at UHSA. The concurrent degree program prepares students for the future by enhancing their academic credentials and developing their professional perspectives.

BSc Leading to MD Program

In partnership with Wolverhampton University (WU), the BSc leading to MD 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.

Doctor of Medicine (MD) Curriculum - Four Years

Basic Sciences - Years One and Two

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. Students build a medical knowledge base that will serve them throughout their medical careers. 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

After completing the basic sciences curriculum, students move on to years three and four to complete clinical rotations in the United States or Canada at UHSA-affiliated teaching hospitals. The clinical curriculum consists of 78 weeks of core and elective clinical clerkships.

Students receive personalized guidance from the clinical faculty and develop the skills and knowledge essential for graduate medical education. Training includes interviewing and examining patients, interpreting laboratory results, performing certain procedures, and communicating with patients, families, and the health care team.

The clinical department schedules rotations for students.

Core Rotations - 48 Weeks

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

Family Practice – 6 weeks
Internal Medicine – 12 weeks
Obstetrics and Gynecology – 6 weeks
Pediatrics – 6 weeks
Psychiatry – 6 weeks
Surgery – 12 weeks

Elective Rotations - 30 Weeks

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

Allergy and Immunology
Orthopedic Surgery
Anesthesiology
Otolaryngology
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Pathology
Dermatology
Pediatrics
Emergency Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Family Practice
Plastic Surgery
Internal Medicine
Preventive Medicine
Medical Genetics
Psychiatry
Neurological Surgery
Radiology
Nuclear Medicine
Surgery
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Thoracic Surgery
Ophthalmology

Second Degree Options

Walden University, a regionally accredited online university based in the U.S., offers an array of program options to UHSA students. Walden also provides UHSA students a 25 percent reduction in tuition for their second degree.

Walden’s programs can help students develop the critical and creative thinking skills needed to succeed in healthcare. Students can choose from bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral-level degree programs in areas of study such as Business and Management, Public Health and Health Sciences, Public Policy and Administration, and more.

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.

For more information, visit the Walden partnership page.

For additional questions, contact:

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

Affiliated Hospitals And Clinical Centers

We are continuously offering students more options. The Clinical Sciences Department at UHSA manages hospital placements for students. Students completing electives have more options and should contact the Clinical Sciences department.

US Affiliated Hospitals and Clinical Centers

Illinois

Community First Medical Center – Chicago
Loretto Hospital – Chicago
Oak Park Urgent Care Center – Oak Park
Weiss Memorial Hospital – Chicago

Puerto Rico

Bayamon Medical Center
Costa Salud Community Heath Center
El Buen Samaritano Hospital
Hospital Metropolitano de la Montaña
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
San Juan Municipal Hospital

Canadian Affiliated Hospitals and Clinical Centers

Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authority

  • Operates 22 facilities, including three hospitals, three community health centers, 14 community clinics, and two long-term care facilities. Its headquarters is based in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, serving approximately 37,000 people.
Canadian Elective Sites

Dalhousie University – Faculty of Medicine
McGill University – Faculty of Medicine
McMaster University – Faculty of Health Sciences
Peterborough Regional Health Centre
University of Manitoba – Faculty of Medicine
University of Ottawa – Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto – Faculty of Medicine
University of Western Ontario – Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Students must meet the following requirements to graduate from UHSA:

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

Diplomas will not be released unless all outstanding balances, administrative documents, clinical evaluations, and scores from the USMLE Steps have been received and cleared by the Registrar.