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Medical University of the Americas School of Medicine

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Medical University of the Americas School of Medicine

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The MUA Difference

What sets MUA apart from other medical schools? Quite simply, a laser focus on the key fundamentals: excellent and engaged faculty, small class sizes, a modern campus, a wide range of clinical affiliations, a tightly knit student body and a cost-effective tuition. It's that simple.

  • Modern Systems-Based Curriculum: MUA's academic program is based on the modern systems-based approach in use at top U.S. medical schools. Diverse learning opportunities include interactive lectures, small-group work sessions, individual and group presentations, team-based learning, and simulations with standardized patients, ensuring students get the comprehensive perspective they need to achieve their learning goals.
  • Residency Success: MUA students achieve residency placements at a rate comparable to many U.S. medical schools, and significantly higher than U.S. graduates of other international medical schools.
  • Supportive Environment: MUA's small class sizes and high faculty-to-student ratio creates a supportive learning environment that helps students succeed. When you attend MUA, you are known by the faculty and are an integral part of a tight-knit community dedicated to your success. In addition, there is a core group of students matriculating from the MUA pre-medical program who are well versed in life on the island and the demands of the Basic Sciences program. This nucleus is always welcoming and ensures a high level of class camaraderie from the outset.
  • U.S. Approvals: MUA is one of the few Caribbean schools approved by the key U.S. states of New York and Florida and recognized by California.
  • Affordability: MUA is the least expensive medical school in its class that is eligible for U.S. federal student loans—so students graduate with less debt.
  • Practice Anywhere: With MUA's approvals and accreditations, graduates can be licensed to practice anywhere in the US or Canada and in any specialty.
  • USMLE Success: MUA students have a 99% first-time pass rate on the critically important USMLE Step 1 exam that's the equal of top U.S. medical schools.
  • Advanced Campus: MUA has high-tech classrooms, hands-on labs, and simulation activities with the latest multimedia, instructional technology.
  • Canadian Focus: MUA has a top track record of securing clinical rotations and residencies in Canada.
  • On-Campus Pre-Med Program: MUA's pre-med program is taught by the same faculty, and in the same facilities, as our med school program, allowing a seamless transition between programs.


MUA's Accreditations and Approvals

Medical University of the Americas' M.D. program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM), the accrediting body for Nevis. The University is also accredited by the St. Kitts and Nevis Accreditation Board.
The United States Department of Education has determined that Nevis' accreditation standards are comparable to those set by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) to accredit medical schools in the United States and Canada.
The Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program at the Medical University of the Americas is listed in the latest International Medical Education Directory (IMED). The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) has declared that students from MUA are eligible to take the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), which is required for residency and medical licensure in the United States.
Medical University of the Americas is one of the few international medical schools with approvals in the key states of New York, California and Florida. These states mandate institutional review and approval prior to granting access to clerkship opportunities in their respective states. Medical University of the Americas' students who successfully complete the requisite licensing examinations are eligible to practice medicine in Canada, Puerto Rico and all 50 U.S states. Specifically, the following bodies have approved, recognized or licensed Medical University of the Americas:

  • Approved by the New York State Education Department: In addition to clerkship opportunities, New York approval provides access to residencies in the state.
  • Recognized by the Medical Board of California: Recognition is also necessary for licensure. Additionally, other states follow California's recognition for the purposes of licensure.
  • Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education:

Approved for U.S. Federal Loans

Medical University of the Americas is one of the select international medical schools approved to participate in U.S. Federal Student Aid programs.

Record of Success

Since its founding in 1998, Medical University of the Americas has enjoyed a steady track record of success, with more than 1,500 graduates, excellent performance on licensing exams and a history of winning top residency positions. That's why MUA has received the recognition of all three key licensing authorities.

MUA students have obtained residency appointments in virtually every medical specialty and subspecialty at renowned teaching hospitals and leading medical centers across the U.S. and Canada. In a typical year, more than half of our students obtain residencies in fields outside of Family Medicine. A significant number are selected as Chief Residents, and many pursue Fellowship (subspecialty) training following their residencies.
A sampling of some of the recent post-graduate programs where MUA students have obtained residencies:

  • Albert Einstein (Neurology)
  • Case Western Reserve (Emergency Medicine)
  • Cleveland Clinic Health System – Fairview Hospital (Surgery)
  • Duke University (Psychiatry)
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital  (General Surgery)
  • Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, St. Cloud, MN (Family Medicine)
  • New York Medical College (Surgery)
  • Queen's University (Pediatrics)
  • St. Vincent's Medical Center – Connecticut (Diagnostic Radiology)
  • Tulane (Neurology)
  • University of Calgary (Family Medicine)
  • University of Connecticut School of Medicine (Neurology)
  • University of Florida (Pathology, Pediatrics)
  • University of Nevada (Surgery)
  • University of North Carolina (Anesthesiology)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Anesthesiology)
  • University of Saskatchewan (Surgery)
  • University of Tennessee (Urology)
  • University of Toronto (Internal Medicine)
  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Orthopedic Surgery)
In addition, many MUA graduates have residencies in Family and Internal Medicine across the U.S. and Canada.

Exceptional Value

Medical University of the Americas has always been committed to making medical education as affordable as possible.

MUA's tuition and fees are the lowest of the Tier 1 international medical schools. In fact, in some cases tuition and fees at the other schools can be nearly double those of MUA. With the financial flexibility that this lower tuition provides, our students are able to complete their education with far less indebtedness than students at other medical schools, and can more easily transition to a rewarding career as a doctor.

You can see how MUA's cost compares to other schools in the chart below.

Medical University of the Americas School of Medicine

Pre-Medical School Program at MUA

Many students with the desire and ability to earn an MD begin the process of applying to medical school, only to discover that they lack the pre-medical education requirements or feel the need to sharpen the skills required to tackle a medical degree program.

This is especially true for students who decide to focus on medicine as a career late in their undergraduate experience or are drawn to medicine after entering the work world.

For these students, Medical University of the Americas offers a comprehensive Pre-Medical Program on its campus in Nevis, taught by MUA faculty, that is specifically designed to provide the missing elements in your pre-medical background and to allow a smooth transition into the Doctor of Medicine Basic Sciences program.

Unlike less comprehensive programs offered elsewhere, MUA's pre-med program is a full two semesters, and thoroughly prepares students for their medical school coursework. Courses include:

  • Principles of General Chemistry
  • Medical Terminology
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Cell Biology

One of the hallmarks of the pre-med program is that students who transition into the MD program are confident they can complete the MD program coursework, are familiar with living on Nevis, and have already formed a nucleus of friends and study partners. It's no wonder that graduates of the MUA Pre-Medical Program are often among MUA's most successful MD students and graduates.

Modern Curriculum, Personalized Learning

At MUA, we teach a modern, systems-based curriculum similar to what you'll find at leading U.S. medical schools. What truly differentiates MUA is how we teach it.

Experienced, Supportive Faculty

We begin, of course, with a highly experienced and accomplished faculty. All MUA faculty members are seasoned educators and hold an advanced medical degree (MD, MBBS) or doctoral degree in the field they teach.
But we also look for something special when we hire faculty: a demonstrated willingness to welcome and encourage student interaction. In fact, one of the main reasons faculty members tell us they chose MUA over other schools is the opportunity we give them to work closely with their students.

One-on-One Instruction

It's a core belief at MUA that students learn best in small classes, where they can work one-on-one with their professors. You won't find the anonymous, big lecture hall experience at MUA that's increasingly becoming the norm at other schools.
Small classes allow for individualized attention throughout the semester, from the important early days when critical concepts are being established, to exam time, when getting just a few more minutes of insight and explanation from an experienced teacher can make all the difference.

Always an Open Door

You'll feel that faculty support not only in the classroom, but outside of it. MUA faculty members maintain a flexible open-door policy and make themselves available to students whenever they're needed.
Let's face it: Medical school is challenging enough. Struggling to get sufficient time with your teachers is an extra challenge you don't need.
What's more, MUA's faculty support doesn't end you when you move on to your clinical rotations in the U.S. and Canada. MUA provides significantly more oversight and guidance during clinicals than other schools.

The MUA Magic

Finally, MUA's insistence on small classes and supportive faculty has benefits that extend beyond the classroom. It creates a true feeling of community at MUA, a sense that faculty members and fellow students are all working together toward the common goal of helping you become a doctor.

It's a feeling that's hard to quantify, but it's there. Some call it, simply, "the MUA Magic." Whatever it is, you will feel it from the moment you arrive on campus to the moment you and your classmates graduate as doctors—together.

MUA's Clinical Difference

MUA, like other international medical schools, offers a full complement of online tools to help students organize patient notes, perform self-assessments and manage other elements of their clinical rotations. What sets MUA's clinical program apart, however, is the personalized, hands-on support provided by MUA's faculty at every stage of a student's clinical rotations.

Small Size. Big Support.

MUA's small class size, combined with our emphasis on personalized learning, means you'll receive a level of support and guidance during your clinical rotations that simply can't be matched by bigger schools—particularly those with classes three and four times as big as MUA's.

At every step of your clinical rotations, MUA faculty will be in contact with your attending physicians and preceptors to monitor your progress. They'll personally review your logs and case work and provide regular assessments to make sure you're progressing as expected.

And if you're not, they'll work with you and your preceptors to steer you back on track.

Clinical, Professional and Personal

MUA's objective is not only to make sure each student maximizes his or her clinical experience, but also focuses on career planning and personal growth. Additionally, MUA works with students on the mundane yet vital administrative details that come with clinical rotations, such as housing and scheduling.

The result is that MUA students can focus fully on their clinical, professional and personal development during this critical phase of their education, knowing the MUA team is behind them.

That's a far cry from the experience at other schools, where students are often on their own once they move on from Basic Sciences.

Hand-Picked Programs—and No Waiting

MUA's extensive clinical network ensures that there is no waiting period for clinical rotations.

Without the challenge of having to place hundreds of students at once, MUA is more selective about the clinical sites it chooses for its students.

At these sites students become immersed in the finer points of clinical medicine, and they receive significant hands-on training under the guidance and supervision of the clinical faculty and deans.

The Key to Great Residencies

The extensive experience progressively gained through each clinical rotation, both cores and electives, combined with MUA's oversight, prepares each student for board exams, USMLE Step II CK/CS, and ultimately successful placement into residency and success as a resident and a physician.

Most important, MUA provides students with a comprehensive "Road to Residency" plan, which clearly identifies all steps required to gain a desirable residency position. MUA's clinical faculty works individually with students to prepare them for each step of the process, helping them train for the Step II exams, identifying potential residency opportunities, and even conducting mock residency interviews.

Our goal is to do everything possible to make sure MUA students get the training, development and support they need to get the residency they want, and ultimately to succeed as a practicing clinician.

A Top Choice for Canadian Students

On the short list of international medical schools Canadian students consider, MUA is a top choice.

Canadians make up a large proportion of each incoming MUA class, and while they're attracted to MUA for all the same reasons that draw non-Canadian students, these reasons stand out:

  • MUA's incredibly strong track record of securing clinical rotations and residency placements in Canada
  • MUA's tuition structure, which fits in with the financial resources available to Canadian students, both for provincial loans and private sources of funding

The extensive prep that MUA provides for the USMLE (resulting in an exceptional first-time pass rate) also applies very well to the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination – Part I (MCCQE - 1).

Clinical Rotations in Canada

MUA has been working with Canadian students for many years securing clinical rotations across Canada. These rotations take place during the elective phase of their education. The process and timing in some ways mirrors that in the U.S., but there are nuances, and MUA works closely with its Canadian students to ensure that each is aware of the process and target rotations appropriate to his or her line of study.

Documentation: MUA's familiarity with the documentation process at the various Canadian university-affiliated programs ensures an efficient path toward garnering electives of choice.
Historical Data: MUA students are aware of both the programs and the rotations in which previous Canadian students have participated.
Guidance: While electives are chosen by the students, an MUA clinical advisor will actively counsel students about appropriate selections.
U.S. and Canadian Options: Canadian students have the option to pursue electives in the U.S. or Canada—or both.
Reputation: MUA and its students have a strong reputation throughout the Canadian affiliate system, which assists in securing rotations.

Residency and Licensure

MUA has been one of the most successful international medical schools in placing Canadian students into residencies in Canada.

Canadian students are eligible to participate in both the U.S. National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)* and the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS), which take place on different schedules.

To be eligible to participate in CaRMS, Canadian students must pass the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination.

Specific rules on matching in Canada do vary from province to province. Please visit the CaRMS website for more detail.

Recent Canadian Residencies

Below is a representative list of recent MUA residency programs and specialties:

  • University of Ottawa: OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology
  • Queens University: Psychiatry
  • McMaster University: Neurology, Anesthesiology
  • Memorial University: Psychiatry
  • Western University: Internal Medicine
  • U. Toronto: Psychiatry, General Surgery
  • U. of Saskatchewan: Surgery
  • U. of Western Ontario: Family Medicine
  • University of Manitoba: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

n addition, many MUA graduates are currently in Family and Internal Medicine practices across Canada.

Financial Aid Options

MUA's Canadian students are approved to apply for financial aid through their provinces. In addition, numerous banks provide student lines of credit to supplement or substitute for the provincial loan alternative. Some of these banks include RBC, TD and BOM, among others.

MUA has a dedicated resource focused on assisting applicants in this process

*Eligible U.S. residency programs must accept H-1 and J-1 visas.

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Create Date: 07-14-2005
Last Modification: 07-24-2018
Medical University of the Americas School of Medicine (MUA), St. Kitts & Nevis