MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE AMERICAS 2018-2020 CATALOG

 
MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE AMERICAS 2018-2020 CATALOG
MEDICAL UNIVERSITY
  OF THE AMERICAS
        2018–2020 CATALOG
MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE AMERICAS 2018-2020 CATALOG
MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE AMERICAS

                                                   “INTEGRITY IN EDUCATION”

                                                           P.O. Box 701
                                                 Charlestown, Nevis, West Indies
                                          Telephone: (869) 469-9177 Fax: (869) 469-9180
                                                      Website: www.mua.edu

                                                     U.S. Information Office:
                                                       c/o R3 Education Inc.
                                                    27 Jackson Road, Suite 302
                                            Devens, Massachusetts 01434, United States
                                          Telephone: (978) 862-9500 Fax: (978) 862-9599
                                                  E-mail: admissions@mua.edu

                                           GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION
                        For gainful employment information, please reference www.mua.edu/gainful-employment

                                                             DISCLAIMER
The information in this catalog is subject to change. Such changes may be without notice. Potential students should not consider this catalog
                   to represent a contract between Medical University of the Americas (MUA) and an entering student.

      MUA disclaims any misrepresentation that may have occurred as a result of errors in preparation or typesetting of the catalog.

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SABA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
   TABLE OF CONTENTS

                                                                                                            CONTENTS
WELCOME................................................ 1      Clinical Medicine Clerkships                            FINANCIAL INFORMATION...................... 27
  Mission Statement                                            Elective Clinical Rotations                              Tuition and Fees
  History                                                      Hospital Affiliations                                    Tuition Payment Policies
  Recognition, Approvals                                       Doctor of Medicine                                       Tuition Refund
  and Accreditation                                            Graduation Requirements                                  Late Fees
  The Island of Nevis                                          National Resident Matching Program                       Deferment Fee
  Goals and Objectives
                                                             BACHELOR OF HEALTH SCIENCE............ 20                  Foreign Check Policy

ACADEMIC CALENDAR.............................. 4              Educational Requirements                                 Financial Aid Information
                                                               General Requirements                                     Ed-Invest
ADMISSION.............................................. 5
                                                               Core Requirements                                        Canadian Student Loans
  Education Requirements
  Admission Process                                          ACADEMIC POLICIES.............................. 21        LIVING ON NEVIS.................................... 30
  Required Documents for Applying                              Honor Code of Professional Conduct                       Nevis Facts at a Glance
  MCAT Requirement                                             Attendance                                               Airlines Serving St. Kitts-Nevis
  Provisional Acceptance                                       Withdrawal                                               Language and Currency
  Re-Application                                               Leave of Absence                                         Hospital
  International Applicants                                     Grievance and Appeals Process                            Driving and Public Transportation
  Applicants with Advanced Degrees                             Academic Guidelines and                                  Utilities
  Visiting the Campus                                          Grading Policy                                           Accommodations
  Student Orientation                                          Office of the Registrar                                  Immigration Requirements
  Transfer Applicants and                                      Transcript Requests                                      Communications
  Advanced Standing                                            Student Promotions Committee                             Shipping
  Deferred Enrollment                                          Dismissal                                                Banking
                                                               Educational Commission for Foreign Medical               Pets
CAMPUS................................................. 10     Graduates (ECFMG)
                                                                                                                        Schools
PRE-MEDICAL PROGRAM....................... 11                  Ceremonies
                                                                                                                        Churches
  Educational Requirements                                     Academic Recognition and Awards
  Matriculation to the M.D. Program                            Student Responsibilities 		                             ADMINISTRATION AND FACULTY............. 32
                                                                                                                        Administration
BASIC SCIENCES CURRICULUM............. 12                    STUDENT LIFE........................................ 25
                                                                                                                        Faculty
  Basic Sciences Curriculum                                    Dress Requirements
  Basic Sciences Course Descriptions                           MUA Dormitories                                         RESIDENCY PLACEMENTS...................... 35
  Required Equipment and Materials                             Off-Campus Housing
                                                               Meal Plan
CLINICAL MEDICINE CURRICULUM........ 17
                                                               Smoke-Free Environment Policy
  Requirements for Clinical Placement
                                                               Substance Abuse
  Research: Literature Review & Analysis
                                                               Student Organizations
  Clinical Placement
MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE AMERICAS 2018-2020 CATALOG
HIPPOCRATIC OATH

                      I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

                I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk,
                       and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

                      I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required,
                       avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

                        I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science,
     and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

                  I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues
                            when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

  I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know.
  Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given to me to save a life, all thanks.
But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness
                        and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

         I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being,
    whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related
                                  problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

                     I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

    I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings,
                              those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

    If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection
                   thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling
                         and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.
MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE AMERICAS 2018-2020 CATALOG
WELCOME

By focusing on key fundamentals—excellent faculty, small class sizes, a modern campus, a wide range of clinical affiliations
and a cost-effective tuition—Medical University of the Americas (MUA) has enjoyed more than a decade of rapid growth
and achievement.

MUA was founded in 1998 by a group of educators who were active in international
medical education. Since the seating of the first class, more than 900 physicians have
earned their M.D. at MUA.                                                                           The Board of Trustees for
                                                                                                    the Medical University of the
Medical University of the Americas is proud of its track record:                                    Americas wishes to express
   • Residency placement rates.                                                                     its profound gratitude to
                                                                                                    the Government of St.
   • USMLE licensing exam performance.
                                                                                                    Christopher (St. Kitts)-
   • Recognition by key medical licensing authorities of the quality of an MUA education.           Nevis, as well as the Nevis
Medical education, globally, now emphasizes greater integration between the basic                   Island Administration for
and clinical sciences portions of the medical school curriculum. At MUA, case-based                 their overwhelming support
learning and clinical skills development are a prominent part of the Basic Sciences                 and assistance in the
curriculum. Learning objectives are fully integrated across all courses. This gives students        continued development of
the opportunity to maintain perspective on critical learning objectives and enables                 the university.
faculty to evaluate students based on patient-centered competencies, rather than just
their medical knowledge.

In addition to integrating more clinical experience into the first five semesters, MUA is also focused on extending its wide
range of affiliations with teaching hospitals in the U.S. and Canada where our students complete their clinical rotations.

MUA continually invests in its campus and is committed to implementing the latest instructional technologies and
information systems. Recent years have seen significant campus expansion, including new buildings and the addition
of faculty and administrative resources.

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MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE AMERICAS 2018-2020 CATALOG
MISSION STATEMENT
            MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE AMERICAS
                    MISSION STATEMENT
 To provide students of diverse backgrounds with the opportunity to acquire the medical and clinical
 expertise needed for a successful career as a practicing clinician, along with the skills and confidence
 needed to critically evaluate and apply new information.
 In order to fulfill its mission, the university’s program is structured around certain ideals which
 embody its view of the essential qualities of today’s practicing physician. These ideals are defined in the
 six competencies adopted by the university and summarized below:

    1. Patient Care: Students must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate,
       and effective for the treatment of illness and the promotion of health.
    2. Scientific & Medical Knowledge: Students must demonstrate knowledge about established and
       evolving biomedical, clinical, and associated sciences and application of this knowledge to the
       practice of medicine throughout the life cycle.
    3. Lifelong Learning, Scholarship, & Collaboration: Students must be able to examine and
       evaluate their patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and use this
       information to improve their abilities.
    4. Professionalism: Students must demonstrate a commitment to the highest standards of
       professional responsibility, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity in all interactions
       with patients, families, colleagues, and others with whom physicians must interact in their
       professional lives.
    5. Communication & Interpersonal Skills: Students must display interpersonal and
       communication skills that foster effective information exchange and build rapport with patients,
       their families, and professional associates.
    6. Social & Community Context of Healthcare: Students must demonstrate knowledge of and
       responsiveness to the larger context of health care and the ability to effectively call on system
       resources to provide care that is of optimal value to the health of the individual and of the
       community.

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HISTORY                                                             RECOGNITION, APPROVALS
After extensive research and collaboration with medical             AND ACCREDITATION
educators from the United States and abroad, MUA was                MUA is accredited by the St. Kitts and Nevis Accreditation
established to provide a comprehensive program leading to           Board and graduates are eligible for licensure within the
the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree.                               federation. MUA is also accredited by the Accreditation
                                                                    Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM). The
MUA is approved and chartered by the Government of St.
                                                                    ACCM, Nevis’ accrediting body, undertook its accreditation
Christopher (St. Kitts)-Nevis. Since its inception in 1998,
                                                                    process for MUA in 2009. The ACCM initially granted
MUA, in close collaboration with the Government of
                                                                    MUA accreditation on June 30, 2010 for a period of six
Nevis, has continued to develop into a dynamic, successful
                                                                    years (the longest period available under the ACCM
medical school that stresses quality and integrity. The
                                                                    protocols). Contact details for the ACCM are: ACCM
cooperative relationship with the local government and
                                                                    Secretariat, 131 Belmont, Southern Cross Road, Bray,
health authorities, and the rapid expansion of the physical
                                                                    Co Wicklow, Ireland, Phone: +353 872388502, www.
campus, has produced an excellent learning environment
                                                                    accredmed.org.
for completion of the M.D. degree.
                                                                    In 2012, the United States Department of Education
MUA’s 10-acre campus is located on what was once a                  determined that Nevis’ accreditation standards are
sugar plantation and enjoys a constant breeze along                 comparable to those set by the Liaison Committee on
with breathtaking views of the ocean and surrounding                Medical Education (LCME) to accredit medical schools
mountains. The physical structure has expanded step                 in the United States and Canada.
by step with the completion of a laboratory building
(containing the anatomy, histology and microbiology labs)           The Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program at the Medical
and a two-story library with extensive learning resources.          University of the Americas is listed in the latest
A multipurpose complex with on-site health care clinics,            International Medical Education Directory (IMED).1 The
a computer testing center, as well as additional classrooms         Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
and faculty office space, was added in 2009. The campus             (ECFMG) has declared that students from MUA are
also boasts on-site recreation for students with tennis             eligible to take the United States Medical Licensing Exam
courts, a basketball court and a fitness center. While              (USMLE), which is required for residency and medical
preclinical and clinical enrollment has grown, MUA has              licensure in the United States.
maintained its focus on faculty accessibility and small class       The New York State Education Department/State Board
sizes. This strong academic environment has produced high           for Medicine approved MUA in 2006 for clerkships and
USMLE passing rates and excellent residency placement.              residencies in the State of New York.
                                                                    Medical University of the Americas is licensed by
THE ISLAND OF NEVIS                                                 the Commission for Independent Education, Florida
Nevis is located in the eastern Caribbean, 2 miles from St.         Department of Education. Additional information may be
Kitts and easily reached by air via connecting flights from         obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines
San Juan, Antigua, St. Maarten or St. Kitts. Nevis, also            Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, toll-free
called the “Paradise Island,” is 36 square miles in area            telephone number (888) 224-6684.
with a population of approximately 12,000. It is a safe
                                                                    Medical University of the Americas is recognized by the
island, conducive to study, family life and recreation.
                                                                    Medical Board of California.
Much of Nevis slopes gently down from a 3,000-foot
                                                                    1 Published by the Foundation for Advancement in International Medical Education and
mountain peak to the palm-fringed, silver sand beaches,             Research (FAIMER) in partnership with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical
                                                                    Graduates (ECFMG).
coconut groves and turquoise sea. Nevis has a pleasant
year-round climate with an average temperature of 79
degrees. Humidity is low and constant northeast trade
winds keep the island cool. Although there is no defined
rainy season, the average annual rainfall is 55 inches.
The capital of Nevis is Charlestown. The twin-island
federation of St. Christopher (St. Kitts)-Nevis gained its
independence from the United Kingdom in 1983, but
still remains a member of the British Commonwealth.
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MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE AMERICAS 2018-2020 CATALOG
ACADEMIC CALENDAR
                                                              FOR 2018–2020
JANUARY SEMESTER 2018                                         MAY SEMESTER 2019
Orientation & Registration            January 8, 2018         Orientation & Registration                May 6, 2019
Classes Begin                         January 9, 2018         Classes Begin                             May 7, 2019
MD Graduation                         January 5, 2018         MD Graduation                           May 17, 2019
MD Graduation                         March 16, 2018          MD Commencement Ceremony                          TBD
Tuition Due for Next Semester             April 1, 2018       Tuition Due for Next Semester         August 1, 2019
Last Day of Classes                     April 17, 2018        Last Day of Classes                  August 13, 2019
Basic Science Awards Ceremony           April 19, 2018        Basic Science Awards Ceremony        August 15, 2019
Reading Day and Final Exams         April 18–20, 2018         Reading Day & Final Exams         August 14–16, 2019

MAY SEMESTER 2018                                             SEPTEMBER SEMESTER 2019
Orientation & Registration               May 7, 2018          Orientation & Registration          September 2, 2019
Classes Begin                            May 8, 2018          Classes Begin                       September 3, 2019
MD Graduation                           May 18, 2018          MD Graduation                       September 6, 2019
MD Commencement Ceremony                         TBD          Tuition Due for Next Semester        December 1, 2019
Tuition Due for Next Semester         August 1, 2018          Last Day of Classes                December 10, 2019
Last Day of Classes                  August 14, 2018          Basic Science Awards Ceremony      December 12, 2019
Basic Science Awards Ceremony        August 16, 2018          Reading Day and Final Exams     December 11–13, 2019
Reading Day & Final Exams         August 15–17, 2018
                                                              JANUARY SEMESTER 2020
SEPTEMBER SEMESTER 2018                                       First Day of Enrollment               January 6, 2020
Orientation & Registration          September 3, 2018         Orientation & Registration            January 6, 2020
Classes Begin                       September 4, 2018         Classes Begin                         January 7, 2020
MD Graduation                       September 7, 2018         MD Graduation – no ceremony          January 10, 2020
Tuition Due for Next Semester        December 1, 2018         MD Graduation – no ceremony           March 13, 2020
Last Day of Classes                December 11, 2018          Tuition Due for Next Semester             April 1, 2020
Basic Science Awards Ceremony      December 13, 2018          Last Day of Classes                     April 15, 2020
Reading Day and Final Exams     December 12–14, 2018          Basic Science Awards Ceremony           April 16, 2020
                                                              Reading Day and Final Exams         April 15–17, 2020
JANUARY SEMESTER 2019
Orientation & Registration            January 7, 2019         MAY SEMESTER 2020
Classes Begin                         January 8, 2019         First Day of Enrollment                   May 4, 2020
MD Graduation                         January 4, 2019         Orientation & Registration                May 4, 2020
MD Graduation                         March 15, 2019          Classes Begin                             May 5, 2020
Tuition Due for Next Semester             April 1, 2019       MD Graduation                           May 22, 2020
Last Day of Classes                     April 16, 2019        Commencement                                      TBD
Basic Science Awards Ceremony           April 18, 2019        Tuition Due for Next Semester         August 1, 2020
Reading Day and Final Exams         April 17–19, 2019         Last Day of Classes                  August 12, 2020
                                                              Basic Science Awards Ceremony        August 13, 2020
                                                              Reading Day and Final Exams       August 12–14, 2020

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ADMISSION
Medical University of the Americas                                 data, and perform in a reasonably                                  or if the student is registered, dismiss
encourages applications from students                              independent manner. MUA accepts                                    the student.
who are dedicated, enthusiastic,                                   students from wide educational and
and well suited for the rigorous                                   geographic backgrounds, with the                                   Students or graduates of any
study of medicine. Prospective                                     belief that such a diverse student body                            accredited college or university in
students must have a solid pre-                                    can only enrich the overall educational                            the world are invited to apply to
medical undergraduate education                                    experience.                                                        MUA. Applicants from the United
incorporating appropriate science                                                                                                     States (who are U.S. citizens or have
courses. Students are also expected                                Applicants are accepted based upon the                             permanent visas) or Canada are
to have a mature sense of values and                               presumption that all of their statements,                          expected to have a minimum of three
sound goals for pursuing a career in                               both oral and written, are true and                                years of undergraduate studies or the
medicine. Once enrolled at MUA, each                               that all documents are authentic. If it is                         equivalent of 90 semester hours or 135
student must be able to integrate all                              later discovered that false or inaccurate                          quarter hours, including pre-medical
information received, demonstrate the                              information was submitted, MUA may                                 requirements from an accredited
ability to learn, analyze and synthesize                           nullify acceptance into the program,                               college or university.

NOTE: MUA’s program of study is principally designed to meet the guidelines for medical education set forth by the LCME. Students whose anticipated or preferred career path is subject to other
guidelines or requirements should carefully consider whether MUA’s program would satisfy those other requirements.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO NON-U.S AND NON-CANADIAN STUDENTS: In order to complete the program in medicine, students from outside the U.S. and Canada may need to obtain certain visas in
order to undertake all or a portion of the requisite clinical training in affiliated hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, all students from outside the U.S. and Canada will need certain
visas to take one or more segments of the USMLE exams in the U.S. These visas are solely the student’s responsibility to obtain. Medical University of the Americas understands that as a result
of policies or practices adopted by the U.S. State Department, a number of medical students from outside the U.S. and Canada have been unable to obtain the required visas. Students from
outside the U.S. and Canada who are unable to obtain the necessary visas will not be able to complete the school’s degree program. In such a case, no refund of tuition or other expenses
incurred in connection with his or her attendance at MUA will be made.

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EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
The following courses are considered standard pre-medical        Course                Length of Study         Credits
requirements for admission. Exceptions will be considered        General Biology or
on an individual basis.                                          Zoology               One academic year       6+ credits
                                                                 Inorganic Chemistry
Biology: A one-year general biology or zoology course            (with lab)            One academic year       6+ credits
with a laboratory component. Students who elect to pursue        Organic Chemistry
additional coursework in the biological sciences should          (with lab)            One academic year       6+ credits
consider genetics, embryology, cell and molecular biology,       English
or comparative anatomy.                                          (recommended)         One academic year       6+ credits
                                                                 Physics
Chemistry: One year of inorganic chemistry and one year of       (recommended)         One academic year       6+ credits
organic chemistry with laboratory component. Biochemistry        Mathematics
can be considered an option for Organic Chemistry.               (recommended)         One academic year       6+ credits
                                                                 Other                 A broad background in
English: One year of college-level English literature or                               humanities, social
composition. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in                                or physical sciences,
writing, reading and oral communication.                                               and computer skills

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ADMISSION PROCESS                                                    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR
MUA operates on a trimester system and admits a limited              APPLYING
number of students for the January, May, and September               The following documents are required to complete the
semesters. Prospective students may apply for admission              application process:
to MUA at any time throughout the year. Applicants are
encouraged to submit their application and supporting                  • Completed application form along with a personal
documents early (generally six to eight months in advance).              statement.
Since the number of students in each class is limited, early           • Application fee of US$75.00.
applicants have a better chance of securing a place in the             • Official transcript(s) sent directly from each college/
semester of choice.                                                      university attended.
Completed applications are reviewed and evaluated within               • MCAT official report (MCAT scores are required for
two weeks by the Pre-Screening Committee. Qualified                      all U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent residents prior
applicants will be scheduled for a telephone or an in-person             to matriculation).
interview.                                                             • Two letters of recommendation (at least one should
                                                                         be from an individual capable of assessing the
The Admissions Committee will evaluate the candidate’s                   applicant’s academic ability), or a Pre-medical advisor’s
potential based upon the following criteria:                             committee report.
  1. Intellectual and academic ability.                                • TOEFL scores, official report if applicable.
  2. Communication skills, both oral and written.                      • Two passport-size (2” x 2”), color photographs.
  3. Goals for entering the medical field.                           These additional documents are required once admission
                                                                     has been granted:
  4. Letters of recommendation and personal statement.
  5. Knowledge of international medical education.                     • Health certificate/immunization form to include:
                                                                         MMR, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, and
  6. Special talents, hobbies, interests and international
                                                                         tuberculin.
     travel.
                                                                       • Negative HIV test within six months (requirement of
  7. Personal qualities such as spontaneity, enthusiasm,
                                                                         the Government of St. Christopher-Nevis).
     motivation, perseverance and sound judgment.
                                                                       • Police report or letter of clearance from the applicant’s
  8. Willingness to work as a team member, function
                                                                         local police department.
     effectively under stress and display flexibility.
                                                                       • Four passport photographs.
  9. Community service and leadership skills.
                                                                       • Completed dormitory form.
 10. Volunteer experience, work or research in the
     medical field.                                                    • Valid passport.
Decisions regarding admission are made within ten business
days. All interviewed applicants will receive a final decision
in writing. Upon receiving a letter of acceptance, students
will be required to acknowledge their candidacy within 30
days by submitting a signed registration form along with a
nonrefundable tuition deposit of US$250. The tuition deposit
will be credited toward tuition once the student matriculates.

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MCAT                                    INTERNATIONAL                             APPLICANTS
REQUIREMENT                             APPLICANTS                                WITH ADVANCED
The MCAT is requested of North          The Admissions Committee actively         DEGREES
American resident students. Admitted    seeks to enhance the international        Medical University of the Americas
students are to submit their test       representation of its student body        encourages applications from
results prior to enrolling into MUA.    and therefore takes into account the      individuals who hold advanced,
The Admissions Committee at MUA         variety of academic and scholastic        graduate, or doctoral degrees in the
will use MCAT scores to assist in the   differences that exist throughout other   basic science areas. Each applicant will
admissions decision, but does not       countries of the world. Students from     be evaluated on an individual basis.
base decisions solely on MCAT scores.   all countries can be assured equal
There is no minimum score below         consideration for admission to MUA.
which an application is automatically
                                                                                  TRANSFER
rejected.                               Applicants from countries with            APPLICANTS
The MCAT is offered online multiple
                                        educational standards similar to
                                        the U.S. will be evaluated by the
                                                                                  AND ADVANCED
times per year. Information on the      Admissions Committee. Each                STANDING
MCAT testing dates is available at      applicant, in general, should meet        MUA does not support M.D. programs
www.aamc.org.                           the educational requirements for          that do not reflect a solid foundation
                                        admission to a medical school in their    of traditional medical education.
Application for the test must be made   country of origin. Students who have      Therefore, MUA will not accept
approximately one month prior to the    attended institutions outside the U.S.    any transfer credits earned through
designated testing date. If using the   and Canada and whose transcripts          distance learning.
MCAT (THx) system, please use the       are not in English must obtain an
school name. MCAT scores must be        interpretation in U.S. equivalency from   Programs of this nature may seriously
submitted to the Admissions Office in   a translation service. Students who       jeopardize a student’s potential
Devens, Massachusetts.                  have attended a college or university     for medical licensure in the U.S.,
                                        outside the U.S. or Canada are            Canada, and other countries. MUA
PROVISIONAL                             required to obtain a course-by-course     does not offer advanced standing to
ACCEPTANCE                              evaluation of their transcript through    students for courses taken in Doctor
                                        the World Education Services (www.        of Chiropractic, Physician Assistant,
Applicants who have not met all of      wes.org) or from other accredited         Podiatry, or Doctor of Dentistry
the admission requirements may be       agencies that are members of the          degree programs.
provisionally accepted. However, if     National Association of Credential
the requirements stipulated in the                                                Students with unsatisfactory records or
                                        Evaluation Services (www.naces.org).
provisional letter of acceptance have                                             dismissal for any reason from another
not been successfully fulfilled, the    Since English is the language of          medical school will not be considered
applicant will not be permitted to      instruction at MUA, it is important       for advanced standing. Acceptance is
register for classes.                   that applicants be prepared               contingent upon the recommendation
                                        academically to pursue the curriculum     of the Admissions Committee on the
RE-APPLICATION                          and be able to communicate effectively.   basis of space availability within the
                                                                                  class. Basic Sciences transfer applicants
                                        Applicants whose principal language
Application materials are maintained    is not English may be required to         may be accepted to the second, third,
on file for one year, after which       take the Test of English as a Foreign     or fourth semester.
students must re-apply for admission.   Language (TOEFL).
Unsuccessful candidates may re-apply                                              Transfer students are admitted on a
by submitting a new application form,                                             space-available basis into the Basic
a US$75 application fee, an updated                                               Sciences portion of the program.
personal statement and updated                                                    Transfer credits are only accepted from
transcripts when applicable.                                                      schools listed by the World Health
                                                                                  Organization (or successor).

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Transfer applicants must submit the
following documents:
                                            DEFERRED
                                            ENROLLMENT                                   STUDENT ORIENTATION
  1. Official transcript(s) sent directly                                                Attendance at the student orientation is
     from the current institution, and      Students who have already secured            required for all new incoming students.
     all colleges/universities attended.    placement by paying their tuition            The orientation session is conducted on
                                            deposit may request to defer their           the day before the first day of class. During
  2. Verification that the student was                                                   orientation, incoming students will officially
                                            enrollment to a future semester.
     a registered medical student and                                                    register for classes, submit documents
     coursework was taken while the         Deferment requests will be considered        required for temporary residence, tour the
     student was “in residence.”            on a case-by-case basis. Deferments          campus, meet the deans and faculty, and
                                            will be granted only if space is available   learn about MUA policies and procedures.
  3. Students who wish to transfer
                                            in the requested semester. Students
     directly into the Clinical
     Medicine program will be               requesting to defer their date of
     required to:                           enrollment must submit a Deferment
                                            Application along with a US$500              VISITING THE CAMPUS
     a) Provide documentation that
                                            nonrefundable deferment fee to the           MUA maintains an open-door policy and
     they have successfully passed the                                                   encourages students and their families
                                            Admissions Department. If approved,
     USMLE Step 1 with a score of                                                        to visit the campus on Nevis. Visiting
     200 or better.                         the tuition deposit and the deferment        the campus will allow students to meet
                                            fee will be credited toward the first        current students and faculty, tour the
     b) Schedule a personal interview       semester’s tuition. Only one deferment       campus facilities, sit in on classes and
     with the Associate Dean of                                                          visit the dormitories. To avoid arriving
                                            request will be honored.
     Clinical Medicine.                                                                  during semester breaks and exam periods,
                                                                                         please contact the campus Administration
                                            In the event the student is still unable
                                                                                         Office
                                            to attend the deferred semester,             (869-469-9177) for assistance in schedul-
                                            s/he will forfeit their tuition deposit      ing your visit.
                                            and deferment fee and be required to
                                            reapply for admission.

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CAMPUS
Located on 10 acres of land generously
provided by the Government of
                                          pathology laboratories provide
                                          each student with a medical-quality
                                                                                    LORRAINE HANLEY
St. Christopher-Nevis, the Medical        binocular microscope and prepared         BROWNE MEDICAL
University of the Americas Basic          slides. Faculty has access to dual-       LIBRARY
Sciences campus is situated on the        binocular and trinocular microscopes
                                                                                    The Lorraine Hanley Browne Medical
eastern side of Nevis, overlooking        to facilitate student learning.
                                                                                    Library is a two-story 10,000 square
the Atlantic Ocean, three miles from
                                          The cafeteria on campus is open to        foot facility that houses computer
Newcastle airport and one mile from
                                          all students, faculty, and staff from     terminals, individual-study carrels
Nisbet Plantation Beach.
                                          7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Services include      with monitors and videotape
Currently, the MUA campus consists        breakfast, lunch, and snacks, with food   recorders. In addition, students have
of an administration building,            prices subsidized by MUA.                 access to an extensive selection of
classroom buildings, a student                                                      journals and textbooks, as well as
cafeteria, a multipurpose building with   Recreational facilities on campus         extensive access to on-line medical
gross anatomy, microbiology, histology    include two tennis courts, a basketball   journals and resources. The Learning
and pathology laboratories, as well as    court, a volleyball court, a children’s   Resource Center (LRC) also contains
a medical reference library with free     play area and a fitness center.           printed USMLE reference material so
wireless Internet access. The teaching                                              that students can start preparing for
microbiology lab includes a wet lab                                                 their board exams throughout their
and facilities for incubating and                                                   Basic Sciences program.
evaluating microbiological cultures.

A 38,500 square foot building
was completed in 2009 and houses
additional classrooms, administrative
and faculty offices, laboratories,
meeting rooms, a clinic, a general
function room and a fitness center.

All classrooms are air-conditioned
and contain a wide variety of teaching
resources such as classroom monitors,
slide and overhead projectors,
microscopes with video capability,
LCD projectors, and computers.

The gross anatomy laboratory
utilizes human cadavers that have
been specially prepared for medical
dissection. In addition, there is a
dry anatomy laboratory with many
teaching aids, as well as, tutorials
in X-Ray, CT and MRI imaging
technologies. The histology and

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PRE-MEDICAL
                                                   PROGRAM
MUA offers a highly structured, one-
year, Pre-medical science curriculum
                                         CURRICULUM
designed to allow students a smooth      First Semester:                                          Credit Hours
transition into the Doctor of Medicine
Basic Sciences program. The Pre-         PMED 011 – Principles of General Chemistry                      5
medical program consists of two          PMED 012 – Medical Terminology                                  3
semesters (one academic year) of
science coursework. Students may         PMED 013 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I                         6
enter the Pre-medical program
during any of the academic semesters     Second Semester:
(January, May or September).             PMED 021 – Advanced Organic Chemistry                           5

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR               PMED 022 – Introduction to Cell Biology                         5
THE PRE-MEDICAL PROGRAM:
                                         PMED 023 – Human Anatomy & Physiology II                        6
  1. Applicants must demonstrate
     proficiency in writing, reading,
     and oral communications.
  2. A completed application form.       MATRICULATION TO THE M.D. PROGRAM
  3. A nonrefundable application fee     Students enrolled in the Pre-Medical program must meet the following criteria,
     of US$75.                           as well as all requirements, in order to qualify for matriculation to the Doctor of
  4. A personal statement.               Medicine program:
  5. Official transcripts from each
                                           1. Complete the entire Pre-Medical Program in two semesters.
     college/university attended.
                                           2. Achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 (B) and be in good standing.
  6. Two letters of recommendation.
  7. Two passport-size (2” x 2”),
     color photographs.
Coursework in general biology,
zoology, genetics, immunology,
physics, psychology, and human
growth and development are highly
recommended, but not required.

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BASIC SCIENCES
                                   CURRICULUM
                                             BASIC SCIENCES CURRICULUM
                                          Course                               Course Name                               Credits   Contact
                                                                                                                                    Hours
                                         Semester 1
                                         MED 502      Human Body Structure & Function                                         15       231
                                         MED 504      Human Histology & Physiology                                            13       180
                                         MED 506      Clinical Skills I                                                        2        30
                                                                                                  SEMESTER ONE TOTAL:         30       441
                                         Semester 2
The Medical University of the            MED 601      Metabolism & Nutrition                                                   9       143
Americas curriculum in the Doctor        MED 602      Genetics & Development                                                   7       105
of Medicine (M.D.) program parallels     MED 603      Infection / Defense / Response                                          10       169
the courses and training offered
                                         MED 606      Clinical Skills II                                                       4        51
by medical schools in the United
                                         MED 607      Foundational / Applied Clinical Correlate                                2        24
States and Canada and is principally
designed to meet the guidelines set      MED 609      Research Curriculum - Evidence Based Medicine                            2        16
forth by the Liaison Committee on                                                                 SEMESTER TWO TOTAL:         34       508
Medical Education. The Basic Sciences    Semester 3
program is five semesters in length.     MED 701      Neuroscience, Mind & Behavior                                           12       185
The Clinical Medicine program            MED 702      Systems & Disease I (Introduction/Neuro)                                10       152
consists of 72 weeks of clinical         MED 703      Medical Ethics                                                           2        26
rotations at hospitals in the United
                                         MED 706      Clinical Skills III                                                      3        54
States and abroad, and eight weeks of
                                         MED 707      Epidemiology                                                             2        27
the Research: Literature Review and
Analysis module.                         MED 708      Foundational / Applied Clinical Correlate                                2        24
                                                                                              SEMESTER THREE TOTAL:           31       468
The first five semesters comprising      Semester 4
the Basic Sciences program are
                                         MED 801      Systems & Disease II (Repro/Endo)                                        8        79
taught on Nevis by qualified M.D.
                                         MED 802      Systems & Disease III (CV/Resp/Renal)                                   11       147
and Ph.D. medical school faculty
who are dedicated to providing the       MED 803      Systems & Disease IV (GI/Peds)                                           6        56
highest quality instruction. The low     MED 806      Clinical Skills IV                                                       8       136
student-professor ratio provides ample                                                        SEMESTER FOUR TOTAL:            33       418
opportunity for students to interact     Semester 5
with the teaching faculty.               MED 901      Systems & Disease V (Heme/Immune/Integument/MSK/Multisystem)            12       156
The Basic Sciences program consists      MED 908      Foundations of Clinical Medicine                                        16       246
of five 15-week semesters of             MED 906      Clinical Skills V                                                        3        48
coursework with two-week breaks          MED 909      Research Curriculum - Critical Appraisal                                 1         8
between each semester.                                                                            SEMESTER FIVE TOTAL:        32       458

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BASIC SCIENCES
  COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
FIRST SEMESTER                                        MED 506 CLINICAL SKILLS I
                                                      This is the first course in a five-part series that
                                                                                                              MED 602 GENETICS &
                                                                                                              DEVELOPMENT
                                                      focuses on communication skills, eliciting the          This course provides students with an under-
MED 502 HUMAN BODY                                    patient’s history, performing a physical exam,          standing of the principles and concepts upon
STRUCTURE & FUNCTION                                  and communicating their findings to health-             which current clinical genetic practice (diag-
This course explores basic gross human                care professionals through oral presentations           nosis, treatment, and genetic counselling) is
anatomy, allowing students to understand the          and written notes. In this course, students will        based. It also incorporates human development,
relationship anatomical structure and function.       learn and practice the foundations of patient-          allowing students to understand the relation-
Through lectures, regional dissections of cadav-      physician communication skills, including               ship between embryonic development, in terms
ers and evaluation of radiographs (including CT       initiating the session, building the relationship,      of human body structure & function, and the
and MRI), students acquire a basic knowledge of       exploration of problems, understanding the              underlying genetic mechanisms of congenital
the normal gross structure, functional and clini-     patient agenda and structuring the consultation.        abnormalities. This course covers the genetics
cal anatomy of organs and systems of the adult        Students will also learn the first steps of eliciting   of human populations and introduces recent
human body, including the brain and spinal            the patient’s story in a patient centered manner        and ongoing discoveries so that their future
cord. Computer-based tutorial programs and            and the initial components of a physical exam.          applications may be understood. It is integrated
structured reviews are used to supplement the         In addition, students will begin to develop their       with MED 607 - Foundational / Applied Clinical
lectures and labs. (15 credits; 245 hrs.)             skills documenting their findings in a patient          Correlate. (7 credits; 105 hrs.)
                                                      note. (2 credits; 30 hrs.)
MED 504 HUMAN HISTOLOGY &                                                                                     MED 603 INFECTION /
PHYSIOLOGY                                            SECOND SEMESTER                                         DEFENSE / RESPONSE
This course examines the microanatomy of cells,                                                               This course considers the characteristics and
tissues and organs as well as the basic compo-        MED 601 METABOLISM &                                    properties of microorganisms, their role in the
nents of human physiology. Lectures illustrate        NUTRITION                                               disease processes and selected aspects of
the microstructure of major tissues and organs                                                                diagnosis and treatment of infectious disease.
in relation to their function. This program pres-     The biochemical pathways of living organisms
                                                      are studied with a focus on metabolic processes.        Other topics include the basic principles of
ents the molecular biology and histology of nor-                                                              bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, virology,
mal cells, tissues and organ systems at various       Topics include pathways linking nutritional in-
                                                      take and energy yielding processes as well as the       immunology and microbial genetics, including
developmental functional stages. Students learn                                                               cultural characteristics and pathogenic proper-
how individual cell functions interact with one       application of underlying principles discussed
                                                      in the first semester. Broad content includes a         ties of medically important species of bacteria,
another and how such interactions are accom-                                                                  fungi, and viruses. This course covers the basic
plished from the tissue levels to the organ levels.   study of the chemistry and reactions of constitu-
                                                      ents of living matter, including carbohydrates,         immunologic concepts of the cells and humoral
The course prepares students for an understand-                                                               products of the immune system. Lectures include
ing of normal (homeostasis) structure of the          lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, vitamins, coen-
                                                      zymes, and minerals. In addition, the chemistry         the molecular biology and genetics of antigen
systems and furnishes the background for ap-                                                                  recognition and immunoglobulin production plus
preciating pathological conditions. In addition,      and regulation of the reactions and processes
                                                      of whole organisms will be examined including:          the characteristics and detection of antigen-
students learn how molecular building blocks                                                                  antibody reactions. The approach is to correlate
are utilized for growth and differentiation, wound    endocrinology, enzymology, nutrition, intermedi-
                                                      ary metabolism and biochemical mechanisms               these basic concepts with clinical manifes-
healing and tissue repair, defense mechanisms                                                                 tations of disease, the immunopathologic
and transfer of hereditary characters. Physiology     involved in select disease states. The content of
                                                      MED 601 - Metabolism & Nutrition is integrated          mechanisms of hypersensitivity, autoimmunity,
topics include the basic components of all organ                                                              transplantation, tumor immunology, hematology,
systems. (13 credits; 180 hrs.)                       with the course MED 607 - Foundational / Ap-
                                                      plied Clinical Correlate allowing for the direct        reproduction, infectious diseases, immunode-
                                                      application of the principles learned to human          fiency and pharmacotherapy. This course will be
                                                      health. (9 credits; 143 hrs.)                           integrated with the course MED 607 - Founda-
                                                                                                              tional / Applied Clinical Correlate. (10 credits;
                                                                                                              169 hrs.)

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MED 606 CLINICAL SKILLS II
After a review of the skills developed in Clinical
                                                      THIRD SEMESTER                                        MED 703 MEDICAL ETHICS
                                                                                                            (WEEKS 1-4)
Skills I, students will learn additional compo-                                                             This course provides a comprehensive study
nents of a patient-centered history, including        MED 701 NEUROSCIENCE, MIND
                                                                                                            of the legal and ethical issues involved in the
explaining and planning a treatment plan and          & BEHAVIOR (WEEKS 1-15)                               practice of medicine. Medical ethics will consist
communication skills in specific situations           This course will include an interdisciplinary         of a series of seminars devoted to discussion of
including delivering bad news, cultural and           investigation of the physiology and the gross and     various topics such as disclosure, confidential-
social diversity, and demonstration of empathy.       microscopic structure of the brain, spinal cord,      ity, informed consent, and death and dying.
Instruction on the history continues with the past    and nervous system of humans. Aspects of brain        The inclusion of ethics case discussions will
medical history, family history, social history and   energy metabolism, neurotransmitter synthesis         allow students to discuss and debate ethical
a complete review of systems. Students will also      and degradation, and psychopharmacology are           scenarios. Legal cases posing dilemmas that
learn to perform a complete screening physical        presented. This course integrates anatomical          relate to each case will be presented, along with
exam, and will continue to develop documen-           and physiological material to assist the student      abstract material to facilitate conceptual and
tation skills with oral presentations and the         in understanding common neurological disease          ethical analysis. This course will be integrated
patient note. (4 credits; 51 hrs.)                    processes. Laboratory exercises will provide          with MED 706 - Clinical Skills III. (2 credits; 26
                                                      slides and dissection of the human brain, spinal      hrs.)
MED 607 FOUNDATIONAL /                                cord, and relevant structures. Students will be
                                                      introduced to modern methods of neuroimaging,
APPLIED CLINICAL CORRELATE                            including CT scans and MRI. Additionally, this        MED 706 CLINICAL SKILLS III
In Foundational / Applied Clinical Correlate          course presents the basic principles of hu-           (WEEKS 5-15)
sessions, students will be introduced to the          man behavior including biological, social, and        After a review of the skills developed in Clinical
relationship between basic science and clinical       cultural substrates. Both normal and abnormal         Skills I & II, students will learn to communicate
medicine with emphasis on diagnostics, thera-         behavior theories will be included in an overview     in a patient-centered manner in other specific
peutics and disease causation. In addition, there     of personality development. Workshops will cover      situations including patients with mental illness,
will be integration of concepts learned in MED        areas such as interviewing techniques, death          obtaining information from other caregivers,
606 - Clinical Skills II. Each of these interactive   education, human sexuality, and psychophysi-          providing advocacy and support and medically
sessions will include didactic instruction, group     ological disorders including stress management        unexplained symptoms. Students will continue
problem-solving exercises and critical appraisal      and biofeedback. Additional lectures present          to refine their ability to obtain a complete history
of the primary literature. Students will present      various classes of psychotropic drugs and their       and conduct a complete physical exam. Students
different aspects of contemporary scientific and      indications. This course will be very closely         will also refine their ability to obtain a complete
medical literature including the background,          integrated with MED 708 - Foundational / Ap-          history and physical exam in a patient-centered
current understanding and future directions.          plied Clinical Correlate and MED 702 - Systems        manner, and will begin to learn to obtain a
This course will also be integrated with MED 601      & Disease I. (12 credits; 185 hrs.)                   problem-focused history. Documentation skills
- Metabolism & Nutrition, MED 602 - Genetics &                                                              will focus on the complete history and physical
Development and MED 603 - Infection / Defense                                                               exam with oral presentations and the patient
/ Response. (2 credits; 24 hrs.)                      MED 702 SYSTEMS & DISEASE
                                                                                                            note. (3 credits; 54 hrs.)
                                                      I (INTRODUCTION/NEURO)
MED 609 RESEARCH                                      (WEEKS 1-15)
                                                                                                            MED 707 EPIDEMIOLOGY
CURRICULUM - EVIDENCE-                                Basic principles of human physiology are first
                                                      studied followed by an investigation of the           (WEEKS 1-4)
BASED MEDICINE                                        Neurological System. This course employs the          This course addresses the fundamental prin-
Student will have an opportunity to develop re-       Neurological System as a transition to semesters      ciples of the distribution of diseases and their
search skills related to Evidence-Based Medicine      4 and 5 where the remainder of the systems will       causes in human populations. Students will
(EBM). Students will be introduced to concepts        be discussed. As with the rest of the Systems &       learn how to conduct epidemiologic investiga-
of research analysis and critical thinking. At        Disease courses, each system will begin with a        tions, how to critically review medical literature
the end of this course, students will be able to      detailed review of pertinent human body struc-        and how to use this information in a clinical
identify and frame a clinical question based on       ture & function as well as cell / tissue structure    environment. Students will acquire a basic level
therapy, diagnosis, prognosis or etiology; develop    & function. This will be followed by the presenta-    of proficiency in epidemiologic principals, bio-
a focused search strategy to identify articles        tion of the individual systems in detail, including   statistics and be able to apply these in clinical
that best answer the clinical question; find the      relevant pathology, physiology, pharmacology,         practice. (2 credits; 27 hrs.)
appropriate medical database; and critically          clinical skills and clinical presentations of
appraise articles for validity. Students will be      disease. All content will be integrated. Addition-
required to independently utilize various types       ally, Clinical Correlate sessions will introduce
of EBM resources. Students will use technologi-       students to the relationship between individual
cal resources that are available online and in        systems, pharmacology and clinical medicine
the Medical University of the Americas library.       with emphasis on diagnostics, therapeutics and
Skills acquired in this course will allow students    disease causation. These sessions will include
to successfully complete the research module,         didactic instruction, group problem-solving
Research: Literature Review and Analysis (RLRA).      exercises and critical appraisal of the primary
(2 credits; 16 hrs.)                                  literature. (10 credits; 152 hrs.)

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MED 708 FOUNDATIONAL /                                 MED 806 CLINICAL SKILLS IV                            MED 909 RESEARCH
APPLIED CLINICAL CORRELATE                             After a review of the skills developed in Clinical    CURRICULUM – CRITICAL
(WEEKS 1-15)                                           Skills I–III, students will continue to develop       APPRAISAL
                                                       their communication skills and ability to perform
In Foundational / Applied Clinical Correlate                                                                 Students will participate in the critical appraisal
                                                       a complete history and physical exam. Physical
sessions, students will be introduced to the                                                                 of contemporary medical literature, including
                                                       exam skills will be reinforced by more in-depth
relationship between basic science and clinical                                                              publications representing various study designs
                                                       instruction in the physical exam skills that
medicine with emphasis on diagnostics, thera-                                                                as well as the incorporation of basic science
                                                       correspond to the systems studied in Systems
peutics and disease causation. In addition, there                                                            principles. Selected primary literature will range
                                                       & Disease, concentrating on the integumentary,
will be integration of concepts learned in MED                                                               from preclinical investigation through the vari-
                                                       cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and neurologi-
706 - Clinical Skills III. Each of these interactive                                                         ous phases of clinical trials. Templates such as
                                                       cal systems. Students will further develop their
sessions will include didactic instruction, group                                                            PICOT (population, intervention, comparison,
                                                       ability to complete a problem-focused history
problem –solving exercises and critical appraisal                                                            outcome and time) will be introduced and
                                                       and physical exam. Documentation skills will
of the primary literature. Students will present                                                             utilized. This course will be integrated with
                                                       focus on the complete history and physical exam
different aspects of contemporary scientific and                                                             the content presented in MED 901 - Systems
                                                       with oral presentations and the patient notes for
medical literature including the background,                                                                 & Disease V. Skills acquired in this course will
                                                       both a complete history and physical exam and a
current understanding and future directions.                                                                 allow students to successfully complete the
                                                       focused patient visit. (8 credits; 136 hrs.)
This course will also be integrated with MED                                                                 research module, Research: Literature Review
701 - Neuroscience, Mind & Behavior. (2 credits;                                                             and Analysis (RLRA).
24 hrs.)                                               FIFTH SEMESTER –                                      (1 credit; 8 hrs.)

                                                       FIRST BLOCK
FOURTH SEMESTER                                                                                              FIFTH SEMESTER –
MED 801 SYSTEMS & DISEASE II
                                                       MED 901 SYSTEMS & DISEASE V                           SECOND BLOCK
                                                       (HEME/IMMUNE/INTEGUMENT/
(REPRO/ENDO)                                           MSK/MULTISYSTEM)                                      MED 908 FOUNDATIONS OF
The Systems & Disease series of courses begin          This course covers the Hematologic, Immune,           CLINICAL MEDICINE
with a detailed review of pertinent human body         Integumentary and Musculoskeletal systems as
structure & function as well as cell / tissue                                                                This course utilizes daily live lectures and other
                                                       well as Multisystem disease. It follows the struc-    materials to provide a structured, integrated
structure & function. This will be followed by         ture described in MED 801 - Systems & Disease
the presentation of the individual systems in                                                                review of the basic sciences. An emphasis is
                                                       II. (12 credits; 156 hrs.)                            placed on understanding of disease processes
detail, including relevant pathology, physiol-
ogy, pharmacology, clinical skills and clinical                                                              and clinical problem solving. Students attend
presentations of disease. All content will be          MED 906 CLINICAL SKILLS V                             daily live lectures. Early in the course students
integrated. Additionally, Clinical Correlate ses-                                                            are given a diagnostic pre-test to help identify
                                                       After a review of the skills developed in Clinical
sions will introduce students to the relationship                                                            problem areas and individualize learning goals.
                                                       Skills I– IV, students will continue to develop
between individual systems, pharmacology and                                                                 At the end of the course students are adminis-
                                                       their communication skills and ability to perform
clinical medicine with emphasis on diagnostics,                                                              tered a full-length, simulated comprehensive
                                                       a complete history and physical exam. Physical
therapeutics and disease causation. These                                                                    exam. (16 credits; 246 hrs.)
                                                       exam skills will be reinforced by more in-depth
sessions will include didactic instruction, group      instruction in the physical exam skills that
problem-solving exercises and critical appraisal       correspond to the systems studied in MED 901
of the primary literature. This course covers the      - Systems & Disease V, concentrating on the
Reproductive and Endocrine systems. (8 credits;        gastrointestinal, endocrine, reproductive, and
79 hrs.)                                               musculoskeletal systems. Students will further
                                                       develop their ability to complete a problem-
MED 802 SYSTEMS & DISEASE III                          focused history and physical exam. Documenta-
                                                       tion skills will be further developed with focused
(CV/RESP/RENAL)                                        patient visits, with additional instruction on
This course covers the Cardiovascular, Respira-        medical order writing, diagnostic decision-mak-
tory and Renal systems, and follows the struc-         ing, and prescription writing. (3 credits; 48 hrs.)
ture described in MED 801 - Systems & Disease
II. (11 credits; 147 hrs.)

MED 803 SYSTEMS & DISEASE IV
(GI/PEDS)
This course covers the Gastrointestinal sys-
tem and Pediatrics, and follows the structure
described in MED 801 - Systems & Disease II. (6
credits; 56 hrs.)

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RESEARCH                                               REQUIRED
Students and faculty are encouraged to
participate in research projects. Students
                                                       EQUIPMENT AND
are able to engage in projects focused on the          MATERIALS
advancement of patient-focused care, especially        Medical Apparel: Students must purchase their
as related to primary care and underserved             own medical apparel (laboratory coats, scrubs,
populations.                                           short white coat, etc.).
                                                       Computer: Students should consider bringing a
ELEC 104 RESEARCH                                      laptop for note taking during classes. The major-
Students are invited to participate in research        ity of lectures are presented using PowerPoint.
projects at the discretion of the professor. The
amount of credit and time will be determined on        Textbooks: Students will be given a list of
a case-by-case basis.                                  required textbooks and other equipment at the
                                                       time of admission. A complete listing is avail-
                                                       able on the MUA website. Faculty may make
MED 515 INDEPENDENT STUDY                              changes to the booklist up to two months prior
In this course, students learn the skills of a         to the first day of class. MUA reserves the right
systematic approach to acquiring important             to change the book list. To prevent unnecessary
medical data via independent study. Medical            expenditures, it is suggested that students pur-
information acquisition and further review of          chase their textbooks one semester at a time.
topics of interest will be accomplished under
the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students will
develop their skills by working with an individual
professor who agrees to monitor their experience.
Students will be responsible for defining their area
of interests and arranging the experience with
their faculty mentor (variable hours and credits).
May be taken any semester with permission of
the Associate Dean of Basic Sciences and the
instructor.

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CLINICAL MEDICINE

Once students have successfully            goals. Students, however, are required         • Provide proof of personal health
completed the Basic Sciences, they are     to complete at least four weeks of a             insurance.
eligible to enter the Clinical Medicine    Primary Care elective (e.g., Family            • Submit an updated resume.
portion of the M.D. program. The           Medicine, Ambulatory Internal
                                                                                          • Submit a USMLE release form.
80-week Clinical Medicine Program          Medicine, or Ambulatory Pediatrics).
component consists of a required                                                          • Pass the USMLE Step 1.
eight-week research module followed        REQUIREMENTS                                   • Pay liability insurance premium.
by 72 weeks of clinical clerkships in
various medical specialties in selected
                                           FOR CLINICAL                                   • Research: Literature Review and
                                                                                            Analysis final paper approved
teaching hospitals in the United States    PLACEMENT                                        by sponsor for presentation to
and abroad. During this time, students     Students must meet the following criteria        committee
attain broad experience in conducting      in order to qualify for matriculation to
physical examinations, taking              the Clinical Medicine program:              RESEARCH:
thorough histories while focusing                                                      LITERATURE REVIEW
                                              • Be considered in good standing
on the fundamentals of diagnosis
and gaining an introduction to the              at the completion of the Basic         AND ANALYSIS
management of health care problems.             Sciences program.                      The Research: Literature Review and
                                              • Receive a recommendation by the        Analysis course, a required portion of
The 72 weeks of clinical clerkships             Promotions Committee and the           the curriculum (effective September,
include 42 weeks of required core               Associate Dean of Basic Sciences.      2012), is designed to further develop
clinical hospital rotations and 30 weeks                                               students’ abilities to evaluate and
                                              • Submit a complete and updated
of elective rotations. Core rotations                                                  assimilate scientific evidence and
                                                Immunization Form.
consist of Internal Medicine, Surgery,                                                 to reinforce the skills required to
Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Obstetrics        • Participate in a Clinical
                                                Orientation Session on the             critically appraise the ever-changing
and Gynecology.                                                                        body of medical knowledge.
                                                MUA campus.
Elective rotations may be in any of the       • Sign the MUA Clinical Medicine
various medical specialties, depending          contract.
upon the student’s future

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