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.

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

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, 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
Cell Biology

The Practice of Medicine I:

Clinical Observership (Primary Care)

The Physician and Society:

Medical History and Professionalism

Term II - Year One

Human Engineering II:

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:

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:


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:


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 must 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. The clinical department completes the scheduling of clerkships.

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 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 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

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.

Walden’s programs can help you develop the critical and creative thinking skills you’ll need to succeed in the healthcare field. You will have the option to 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:

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.

*Updated October 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)
San Juan Municipal Hospital

United States

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


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)


Rajput Institute of Medical Sciences Islamabad

Students must meet the following requirements to graduate from UHSA:

  • Successfully 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 a final degree audit has been cleared by the Office of the Registrar.