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A Brief History of the Saint Kitts and Nevis

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Carib Indians occupied the islands of the West Indies for hundreds of years before the British began settlement in 1623. In 1967, the island territory of Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla became an associated state of the UK with full internal autonomy. The island of Anguilla rebelled and was allowed to secede in 1971. The remaining islands achieved independence in 1983 as Saint Kitts and Nevis. In 1998, a referendum on Nevis to separate from Saint Kitts fell short of the two-thirds majority vote needed. Nevis continues in its efforts to separate from Saint Kitts. Read More....

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The UMHS mission is to educate and nurture a new generation of physicians prepared to meet 21st century health care delivery in a rapidly changing world.

Year Founded:
  • 2007
Inaugural Class:
  • May 2008
  • Basic Science: St. Kitts
  • 5th Semester: Portland, Maine
  • Clinical Clerkships: At affiliated hospitals throughout the U.S.,Canada, and Puerto Rico.
  • Anticipated trimester enrollment 100- 150 students
Course of Study:
  • Basic Science Program
  • 5th Semester includes Introduction to Clinical Medicine and Biological Basis of Clinical Medicine
  • Clinical Science Program
To Graduate:
  • Successful completion of all Basic Science and Clinical Science Programs
  • Good academic standing
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Good financial standing
  • Pass USMLE Step 1
  • Pass USMLE Step 2 (CK and CS)
  • Pass rate on USMLE Step 1 for Spring 2013 was 93% with an average score of 220
Degree Conferred:
  • Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree
First Graduation Class:
  • June 2011
  • 100% of graduates obtained a U.S residency
  • Graduates qualify for residencies throughout the U.S. and Canada. UMHS graduates obtain premier residency positions at major teaching hospitals throughout the United States and Canada (See Residency Page)
Financial Aid:
  • Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan Program, Residency and Relocation Loans, Institutional Loans, Veteran Benefits, and scholarships
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The curriculum at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) is modeled after the best U.S. medical schools. We offer a traditional Basic and Clinical Science program. The academic program is both accelerated and rigorous, with a focus on preparing students for licensure in the United States.

UMHS operates on a three semester schedule, with classes beginning in September, January, and May. With this continuous schedule, students can complete the 10 semester program in just over 3 years. Each semester is approximately 15 weeks in length.

The Basic Science curriculum, semesters 1-4, is offered at the UMHS state-of-the-art campus in St. Kitts. Our faculty are highly qualified and appropriately credentialed. They are recruited primarily from the United States and are fully dedicated to our student's success.

We maintain small classes to ensure a personalized education. We provide a variety of support services throughout the Basic Science to ensure the students succeed academically. Our faculty dedicate virtually all their time to students and provide counseling and tutoring services. 

anatomy class


Students are introduced to clinical material throughout the Basic Science Program. To enhance their pre-clinical experience students will rotate through our 24 bed virtual hospital and have access to professional patients, the local hospital, as well as the local health care facilities.

human simulation sim


Throughout the Basic and Clinical Science Program students will sit for shelf examinations developed by the NBME (National Board of Medical Examiners). These are the same examinations offered to students attending US school. They are similar in style and content to questions on the USMLE. Students receive a detailed analysis of each exam showing strengths and weaknesses which helps guide students in their preparation for the USMLE.


After completing the Basic Science Program, students transition to our 5th semester program in Portland Maine. The first 8 weeks consists of an Introduction to Clinical Medicine where students are mentored by our clinical faculty and are exposed to a variety of clinical settings to further enhance their clinical skills. The last 7 weeks is dedicated to a live Kaplan USMLE review program taught by highly renowned faculty from U.S. medical schools. Upon completion of the 5th semester students sit for USMLE Step 1 (United States Medical Licensing Exam). In 2016 our USMLE Step 1 pass rate was 93% with an average score of 220.


After passing Step I of the USMLE, students are placed in clinical rotations at one or more teaching hospitals affiliated with UMHS throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The Clinical Science Program includes 48 weeks of mandatory core clinical rotations and 30 weeks of elective rotations. The core rotations represent the primary areas of medical practice while the elective rotations provide students with an understanding of the various specialties in medicine.


UMHS has established affiliations with a number of teaching hospitals in New York, Connecticut, Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Maryland, Michigan, Illinois, Puerto Rico, and Canada. In addition, we are continuing to expand the core clinical affiliations and are in negotiations with a significant number of teaching hospitals.


UMHS students are eligible to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations as a result of the IMED and WHO AVICENNA listings.


In addition to having been granted a five year accreditation from the Accreditation Board of St. Kitts and Nevis, the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) also has a full six-year accreditation from the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM) an internationally recognized accrediting body,that follows the Liaison Committee of Medical Education's (LCME) Standards for Accreditation. The LCME is empowered by the US Department of Education as the accreditor of US and Canadian medical schools.

ACCM is approved by the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA). The NCFMEA is empowered by the US Department of Education to review written and applied accreditation standards for medical schools outside of North America. ACCM is approved by NCFMEA and is recognized as having standards comparable to those utilized in the US.

UMHS understands the importance of having its programs accredited so that our students may be eligible to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) and apply for certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). This certification is required for international and Caribbean medical school graduates to obtain residencies and licensing to practice medicine in the United States.


An important first step for ECFMG is to be accredited in the country in which the school is located. UMHS was granted full Five year accreditation by the St. Christopher and Nevis Accreditation Board, an arm of the Ministry of Education, in 2012.


The next step is for the school to be listed in the World Directory of the World Federation of Medical Education as well as the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). UMHS received this listing in June 2008.

As a result of the IMED listing and our accreditation, students at UMHS are eligible to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations. Graduates who have successfully passed Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS of the USMLE may be eligible for ECFMG certification. USMLE Step 3 is taken after graduations.


Graduates, who have successfully completed the UMHS program and have passed Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS of the USMLE, are eligible to apply for Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) certification which is required to obtain a residency in the United States. We highly recommend that students visit the ECFMG website for further information about certification.


Step 3 of the USMLE is taken after graduation. To be eligible for licensure graduates must have successfully passed all three steps of the USMLE and satisfied the specific state requirements. Since licensure requirements vary by state, we urge all students to contact their licensure board, or boards, for further details.


In August 2007, the WHO and the University of Copenhagen signed an agreement, which gives the University responsibility for the development and administration of new global directories for the academic health professions with the assistance of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), which has a long-standing collaboration with WHO. WHO will continue its involvement together with other partners.

The University of Copenhagen has provided the data of the World Directory of Medical Schools since August 2008, via the Internet, in a web site called the Avicenna Directories. The University of Medicine and Health Sciences listing can be found under the country of St. Kitts/Nevis.


In order to qualify for an approval, the University had to provide a significant amount of documentation including both a database of outcome information as well as a self-study. The review was very rigorous and demanding. In 2014 the University received a conditional approval after receiving a positive response from a site visit to the University. A subsequent follow up site visit occurred in January 2015 resulting in a full approval of the University.

As of this date, we are the only foreign medical school to be approved by the State of Georgia under the new standards of the Georgia Composite Board. This approval allows our University to continue to conduct clinical programs in Georgia. Consequently, our students will be eligible for unlimited clinical rotations, residency selection, and licensure in the State of Georgia.


In addition to accreditation, there are a small number of States that have provisions for approving foreign medical schools. Gaining state approvals enhances the reputation of the university, provides further opportunities to expand the clinical program, substanitally increases residency opportunities, which postively impacts both our students and graduates.

In 2014, UMHS received provisional approval from the State Board of Georgia. In 2015 the Board granted full approval to UMHS. We are the first foreign medical school to be approved by the State of Georgia under their new standards.

In 2014 UMHS applied to New York for State Approval. We are now in queue for a future site visit. The university will be applying for additional approvals in 2016.


UMHS will be submitting an application to the Commission for Independent Education in the State of Florida the later part of 2016. They are empowered by the Florida Board of Education to determine if an off shore medical school is qualified and approved to conduct clinical programs in the State of Florida. Once UMHS is approved and licensed by Florida, questions about our approval and or institution can be directed to: Commission for Independent Education.


The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) assesses the readiness of international medical graduates to enter residency or fellowship programs in the United States that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

To become ECFMG certified, UMHS students and graduates, like all international medical school students and graduates, must register with ECFMG to take the USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3. Graduates must also must provide their international medical school transcripts. ECFMG verifies that the international medical school is listed with IMED.


Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) is a non-profit foundation committed to improving world health through education. FAIMER was established in 2000 by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®). In partnership with ECFMG, FAIMER promotes excellence in international health professions education through programmatic and research activities.


The International Medical Education Directory (IMED)The International Medical Education Directory (IMED) is a free web-based resource for accurate and up-to-date information about international medical schools that are recognized by the appropriate government agency in the countries in which they are located. The agency responsible for this recognition in most countries is the Ministry of Health. FAIMER is not an accrediting agency. Listing of a medical school in IMED does not denote recognition, accreditation, or endorsement by FAIMER.

A medical school is listed in IMED after FAIMER receives confirmation from the Ministry of Health or other appropriate agency that the Ministry or agency has recognized that school.


The Basic Science Program, consisting of semesters 1-4, is held at our state of the art campus located on the exotic Caribbean Island of St. Kitts. We offer a traditional medical school curriculum modeled after schools in the United States. The curriculum utilizes problem-based learning, with an emphasis on clinical correlations. A thorough knowledge of the basic biomedical sciences is emphasized, and students are introduced to history taking, physical exam skills, and problem solving techniques beginning in the first semester with Physical Diagnosis.

Our Basic Science faculty are highly credentialed and recruited primarily from the United States. We maintain a low student to faculty ratio to ensure students receive a quality education where student success is paramount.

basic sciences


A compelling differentiator at UMHS is the students' access to a variety of clinical settings. Not only are students involved at community health centers, local hospitals, and with professional patients, but they also have access to our virtual hospital ward on the campus.

Students have access to the simulation lab throughout the Basic Science Program where it is utilized during Physical Diagnosis, Physiology, and Introduction to Clinical Medicine. In the lab students work with cutting edge human simulators in a 24 bed hospital ward setting to integrate their Basic Science Program in a clinically relevant manner. Very few schools both in the United States and Caribbean have simulation centers that can compare.

simulation lab


During the Basic Science Program at UMHS, students take comprehensive block examinations at various points throughout each semester. UMHS has also incorporated the NBME shelf examinations into the academic program. Shelf examinations are made up of questions that are similar in style and content to those questions on the USMLE. As a result, throughout the Basic Science Program students are preparing for Step I.

These examinations are typically offered at the end of each semester as finals. Students will be provided with a complete analysis of each exam which shows both strengths and weaknesses as well as how they compare to students in the United States. These are the same examinations that U.S. medical students take.


The Clinical Science Program is designed to give students a broad spectrum of medical practice, training in clinical skills, and patient contact. The program consists of a fifth semester at our Maine Campus, as well as core and elective rotations completed at U.S. and Canadian teaching hospitals affiliated with the University of Medicine and Health Sciences.


UMHS students complete their fifth semester studies at the UMHS campus in Portland, Maine. The fifth semester consists of the following required courses, Introduction to Clinical Medicine II and Biological Basis of Clinical Medicine. The UMHS facilities in Portland, Maine include the latest in simulation and technology resources. Virtual clinics utilizing human simulators are a regular student experience. Recently the facilities have been expanded to include a learning resource center and additional examination rooms.

5th semester clinical training site


All student clinical experiences will be conducted by a team of experienced Maine physicians, many of whom have decades of both medical practice and teaching experience.

Students will be assigned to physicians in actual patient care settings at several hospitals, clinics, and office health centers in and around Portland. The opportunity to work beside renowned Maine physicians is designed to build student clinical capabilities, increase student confidence, and enhance student performance on United States Licensing Examinations (USMLE).

Fifth semester students will have an opportunity to enjoy all that Portland, Maine has to offer, including succulent lobster, beautiful lighthouses, and scenic views. Portland offers all the amenities of a city such as museums, parks, and great shopping. Maine offers the mountains for skiing and hiking, rivers for canoeing, and of course, the incredible ocean coastline.


After passing Step I of the USMLE, students will be placed in clinical rotations at our affiliated teaching hospitals throughout the United States for their core rotations. This occurs under the guidance of clinical faculty, and under the supervision of the Dean of Clinical Sciences.

clinical affiliates


UMHS has established affiliations with 18 teaching hospitals throughout the United States (and Canada), where students complete their core rotations. We are continuing to expand our core clinical affiliations, and are in negotiations with additional teaching hospitals in a variety of states.


The University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) understands the significance of student debt load and has purposefully established tuition at a value that makes the academic program affordable, and far below that of many other schools. We pride ourselves on providing a quality education at an affordable price.

There are two categories of costs associated with attending an educational institution: direct and indirect.

Direct Costs:  Direct costs are those associated specifically with the educational process. UMHS bills the student directly for these charges. Direct charges include tuition, lab fees, course fees, medical and evacuation insurance, and applicable registration fees.

Indirect Costs: Indirect costs include, but are not limited to housing, living expenses, books, supplies, and transportation. Students are responsible for indirect expenses. UMHS does not bill nor receive money for indirect costs.

Although calculating financial aid eligibility involves the total of all direct and indirect expenses, students will only be billed for the direct costs at UMHS. Students who qualify may choose to apply for available loan programs to assist with their educational and (if applicable) living expenses.



Basic Science Program Per Semester Fee
Basic Science Tuition $12,100.00
Lab Fees $800.00
Student Government Association Fee $30.00
Evacuation Insurance $105.00
Health Insurance (Age based) $278.00-$669.00
TOTAL $13,313.00-$13,703.00
Extended Basic Sciece Tuition $9,830.00
Lab Fees $800.00
Student Government Association Fee $30.00
Evacuation Insurance $105.00
Health Insurance  (Age based) $278.00-$669.00
TOTAL $11,043.00 - $11,434.00
Clinical Science Tuition $14,750.00
Liability Insurance $344.00
Health Insurance (Age based) $375.00 - $903.00
TOTAL $15,469.00 - $15,997.00
Accelerated Review Program Tuition $7,750.00
Student Government Association Fee  $30.00
Evacuation Insurance $105.00
Health Insurance (Age based) $278.00-$669.00
TOTAL $8,163.00 - $8,554.00


Tuition and Fees are subject to change without notice.

** Any credits above or below the semester total credits will be charged at a rate of $775.00 ** p/credit (EBS and BAS); $975 p/credit (CLN #5-10)

Payment Options: (All payments must be in U.S dollars and drawn from a U.S bank

1) Checks

2) Money

3) Credit Card (Master Card, Discover, American Express, Visa)

4) Wire Transfer

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Last Modification: 12-19-2016

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