Become a Doctor for Global Health

If you are an applicant from Canada, there are several pathways for your to obtain your Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of Health Sciences Antigua. Students from a Canadian educational system with bachelor’s degrees typically enter the four-year Doctor of Medicine program. Most students complete the program in four calendar years.

Academic Programs And Pathways For Students From Canada

Premedical Sciences Program – 1 1/2 Year

Designed for high school graduates, the 96-credit-hour Premedical Sciences Program offers students guaranteed entry into the Doctor of Medicine program upon completing the four premedical academic terms.

Our curriculum is consistent with our integrated medical curriculum, allowing students to transition smoothly into the MD program’s basic sciences. 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

Doctor of Medicine Program (MD) – 4 Years

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 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.

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.

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 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

Enrollment Dates

Applicants for admission to the Premedical Sciences or Doctor of Medicine program may apply to start in January, May, or September of any given year.

Advantages of UHSA

Receive a quality medical education on a safe island at our beautiful 50-acre campus. Students attend classes in a year-round trimester format. Our curriculum was designed with the same prerequisites as US medical schools, offering students the necessary knowledge for excelling during Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Residency. Other advantages include:

  • Recognized by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC)
  • Instruction from North American-trained MD faculty
  • Our Standardized Patient laboratory gives students the real-life experience necessary to develop and continuously improve their clinical skills
  • Clinical rotations in North America, the Caribbean, and Asian Countries
  • On-campus accommodations for male and female students
  • Opportunities to shadow hospital teaching faculty and be mentored by tutors who have mastered the basic science coursework

Financial Aid For Students From Canada

UHSA is a designated institution for the Canada Student Loans Program (CSLP), which provides citizens with loans and grants to cover education costs. All provinces and territories participate in the CSLP, except Quebec, solely because the province does not provide provincial loans for international schools.

Applicants must use UHSA’s designated school code [ZPAS] when completing the process of obtaining funding.

Provincial and territorial student aid offices:

The approval process for Canadian financial aid may take up to 12 weeks. After you apply, your provincial or territorial student aid service will be in touch with you for the steps that will follow.

For students who still need to pursue a private loan option beyond federal and provincial funding, we also offer the following:

Canadian Banks Offering Student Lines Of Credit

As a Canadian student, you may also be eligible to apply for Student Lines of Credit through banks that cater specifically to medical students. When applying for a student loan, you must first supply the financial institution with our school information and then complete the application process. Some banks will require a cosigner during the application process.

To apply for a Student Line of Credit, we recommend contacting the Financial institutions directly. For your convenience, a direct link to the specific programs at each eligible financial institution can be found below:

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