Earn Your MD in the Caribbean at UHSA

Pursue your dream of earning your MD, eligible to apply for United States and Canadian Medical Residencies. There are several pathways at the University of Health Sciences Antigua.

We offer flexible start dates: February, June, and October

Three session starts allow you to begin your MD when it’s convenient for you and your journey. Speak with our supportive admission advisors to learn more.

Academic Programs And Pathways For Students

Doctor of Medicine Program (MD) – 4 Years

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 to prepare for the USMLE Step 1.

The final four terms of the program are spent completing the Clinical Sciences at our partner teaching hospitals. The MD program is based on the curriculum standards of US medical schools by fully integrating the basic sciences and clinical sciences throughout the entire program.

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

Students are required to complete 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. 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 must 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 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

Premedical Sciences Program – 1 1/2 Year

Designed for high school graduates, the Premedical Sciences Program offers students guaranteed entry into the Doctor of Medicine program upon completing the four premedical academic terms.

Our curriculum allows students a smooth transition into the basic sciences of the MD program. It presents fundamental scientific concepts from a medical perspective and incorporates USMLE Step 1 familiarization from day one.

Term I

General Biology
General Chemistry
Introduction to Psychology
College Algebra

Term II

English I

Term III

Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Organic Chemistry
English II

Term IV

General Physics
Cellular and Molecular Biology
English III – Conversational
Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Other advantages of our program:

  • Recognized by The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
  • Listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED)
  • Listed in Avicenna Directory of Medical Schools
  • Recognized by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC)
  • Recognized by the General Medical Council (GMC)