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Programs - MD Program

4-year MD program for students who have premed requisites.

Starts with five 16-week semesters in Jamaica and sixth semester in Jamaica/USA. These first 2 years of curriculum focuses on courses in Basic Sciences and their application to clinical medicine. Semesters begin in January, May and September, and students can begin their studies in any semester. In addition to didactic lectures, lab work and problem based learning; students make community and hospital visits, practice history taking and physical examinations with patients in Clinical Simulation Training rooms on our basic sciences campus. Upon successfully completing five semesters, students are given intensive training to pass US Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE Step 1) in our sixth semester with an option to receive this training at our Jamaica campus or USA. Students are required to PASS USMLE Step 1 to enter into third year Clinical Sciences of MD Program.

Clinical Sciences program will take place in years 3 and 4. In these years students will get training in the care and study of patients in Hospitals. The training comprises 96 weeks of clinical rotation in both core and elective subjects. Once required clinical rotations are completed, students are required to PASS USMLE Step 2CK and CS exams. After complete year 3 and 4, students graduate with MD degree and successfully passing USMLE Step 1, 2CK and CS graduates receive ECFMG certification that makes them eligible to participate in the Residency Matching Process in the USA.

Curriculum

Basic Sciences (MD Program)

The students who are admitted for the 4 year MD program attend the first two years Basic Sciences in Jamaica by attending didactic lectures, laboratory exercises, and community health and hospital visits. The two year program in Jamaica spans six (6) semesters as follows:

Semester 1

Course Credit Hours
Human Anatomy I 04
Developmental Anatomy 03
Molecular Medicine 02
Cells and Tissues 02
Applied Biochemistry 03
Nutrition I 02
Communication Skills I 02
Practice of Medicine I 06
Total Credits 24

Semester 2

Course Credit Hours
Neuroscience 04
Human Body and Disease I 06
Human Anatomy II 04
Medical Genetics 02
Practice of Medicine II 06
Complementary Medicine I 02
Total Credits 24

Semester 3

Course Credit Hours
Immunology and Disease 04
Human Body and Disease II 10
Complementary Medicine II 02
Practice of Medicine III 08
Total Credits 24

Semester 4

Course Credit Hours
Human Body and Disease III 12
Practice of Medicine IV 10
Nutrition II 02
Total Credits 24

Semester 5

Course Credit Hours
Human Body and Disease IV 10
Psychiatry and Neuropharmacology 04
Practice of Medicine V 08
Communication Skills II 02
Total Credits 24

Semester 6

Course Credit Hours
USMLE Step I Review: 14
Comprehensive Basic Sciences Examination USMLE Step 1 Examination 10
Total Credits 24

Clinical Sciences (MD Program):

The period of clinical clerkship will take place in years 3 and 4. During this period, students will become directly involved in the care and study of patients. The training comprises 80 weeks of clinical rotations in both core and elective departments.

Course Credit Hours
Internal medicine 12
Surgery 12
Family practice 06
Obstetrics & Gynecology 06
Pediatrics 06
Psychiatry 06
Total Credits 48
Elective rotations: 32 weeks
Note: The elective rotations will revolve around the recommended areas: Dermatology, Family medicine, Radiology, Pathology, Ophthalmology, Infectious diseases, Neurology, Oncology, Cardiology, Nephrology, Emergency medicine, Rheumatology, Orthopedic surgery, Endocrinology, Gerontology, Anesthesiology, Allergy and Immunology.