Accelerated Review Program
Accelerated Review Program

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Accelerated Review Program


The Accelerated Review Program (ARP) is designed for students who have the drive to become successful physicians but need additional academic and study skills support to ensure their success in medical school. Medical school is very intense and demanding.  ARP provides students with a very sound academic foundation and the necessary tools to excel academically.  This one semester program exposes you to virtually every Basic Science Course and Faculty Member.  Classes are small, and you get a tremendous amout of personalized attention from faculty dedicated to your success.  We urge you to watch the video below and hear directly from former ARP students.  

Program Goals

1)  Assist students with study skills that increase their opportunity to successfully complete the UMHS medical education program.
2)  Provide students with exposure to targeted courses.
3)  Reduce attrition once a student enters the UMHS medical school program.
4)  Increase student confidence in their ability to be successful academically. 










 Accelerated Review Program  DURATION 
 Study Skills  Throughout the semester
 Medical Terminology  2 Weeks
 Anatomy  3 Weeks
 Anatomy Laboratory  3 Weeks
 Neuroanatomy  2 Weeks
 Histology  3 Weeks
 Physiology  3 Weeks
 Molecular and Cell Biology  3 Weeks
 Biochemistry  4 Weeks
 Microbiology  3 Weeks
 Genetics   1 Week

 2 Weeks

 Behavioral Science  2 Weeks
 Pathology  2 Weeks
 Cardiovascular System  6 Weeks




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Student Selection

Students who apply to UMHS and have met all minimum entrance requirements will be considered for the Accelerated Review Program. The UMHS Admissions Committee will base their decisions for ARP selection on the student’s prior academic performance and personal interview.


Program Results

Students who successfully complete the Accelerated Review Program with a grade average of 70% or above will be granted admission to the UMHS MD program. This is a unique program not offered by most Caribbean Medical Schools. Students who have successfully completed this program typically have performed exceedingly well in medical school.

Program Site

The Accelerated Review Program is offered at the UMHS campus in St. Kitts. Students have access to a learning resource center, library, study areas, and classrooms. The classrooms contain the latest teaching technologies, and all areas offer wireless internet access.



The Accelerated Review Program faculty is made up of specialists in the basic science areas who hold advanced degrees in their subject areas.

Program Description

ARP has two components: Study Skills Enhancement and Academic Courses.  


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           Study Skills 


Skill 1: Learning/Study Skills

1)  Active and Passive Learning

2)  Active Review for Remembering

3)  Preparing for MCQ Exams

4)  Listening for Learning

5)  Reading for Learning

6)  Note Taking

7)  Levels of Learning (Bloom’s Taxonomy)

8)  Concept Mapping


                         Skill 2: Interpersonal/Intrapersonal Communication

1)  Professionalism in Health and Medicine

2)  Study Team

3)  Cultural Awareness and Appreciation

4)  Exam Anxiety

5)  Wellness


                         Skill 3: The Basics of Medical Terminology

1)  Using a Medical Dictionary

2)  Taking Terms Apart

3)  Word Roots, Suffixes, Prefixes

4)  Spelling and Pronunciation Do Matter



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Basic Science And System-Base Courses


ARP includes material from virtually every class in the basic science program ranging from anatomy to medical ethics. The program also provides a system-based course, which integrates multiple disciplines in a single system.  This approach permits students to demonstrate their ability to digest and retain the different types of information presented in medical school.  Each of the academic subjects includes a short examination at the end of the course to permit faculty to evaluate progress and development. In addition, a comprehensive final examination is given at the end of the course.  Subjects are listed below in the approximate order of presentation, although some are taught concurrently. The number of weeks devoted to each topic is indicated in parentheses following the title. New topics may be introduced at the discretion of the course director.  


Accelerated Review Curriculum


          Study Skills (Throughout the semester)

The study skills lecture series is designed to help students improve their learning effectiveness, attitudes, and motivation.  Study Skills includes: time management, concentration skills, note taking skills, textbook study methods, test taking strategies, and critical thinking skills.


Medical Terminology (2)

This course will focus on the main components of a medical term and how to break down a medical term by knowing the meaning of the prefix or suffix.  By learning the individual parts of a medical word, there is no need to memorize hundreds of complex terms and their definitions.  


Anatomy (3) + lab (3)

The anatomy course examines principals of anatomy with an overview of the human body; there is an emphasis on the head, thorax, abdomen & pelvis. Clinically oriented anatomical references are also provided. A one-week laboratory section gives students experience at identifying selected structures on anatomical models and cadavers.


Neuroanatomy (2)

Neuroanatomy studies the structure of the central nervous system as it relates to physical, reflexive, sensory, cognitive, and emotional behavior.


Histology (3)

Histology covers the basic elements of microscopy, tissue preparation, and cellular and tissue organization at the light and electron microscopy level. The course also covers the histological principles for epithelia and human integument (skin, hair, and nails). Clinical correlations relevant to the material covered are introduced.


Physiology (3)

The Physiology section will comprise an introduction to cellular function and physiology, which will give the students the tools necessary to understand general and specific aspects of human physiology. After the introductory component, attention will focus on three or four systems, rather than a brief overview of all major systems. Students will actively participate in choosing those systems (cardiac, lymphatic, endocrine, GI, etc.), for which basic anatomy, function, and clinical correlates will be presented.


Molecular and Cell Biology (3)

Molecular and Cell Biology is the foundation for understanding disease at the molecular level. This module is offered to help students acquire the knowledge of cell function by focusing on topics such as cellular structures and their function, cell signaling, transcription, translation and DNA replication.


Biochemistry (4)

Biochemists strive to give a comprehensive description and understanding of chemical structures and processes critical to cell function and viability. Emphasis will be placed on the major families of biomolecules and central metabolic pathways.


Microbiology (3)

Fundamental concepts of microbiology are presented, emphasizing the mechanism of action of infectious agents, including introductions to bacteriology, virology and mycology.


Genetics (1)

An introduction to the principles and mechanisms of inheritance and vaill be taught at both the molecular and phenotypic level.


Immunology (2)

An introduction to the immune system, including innate immunity mechanisms and adaptive immunity responses.


Behavioral Sciences (2)

While addressing the compassionate and humanistic aspects of medicine, Behavioral Science provides the prospective physician with the basic understanding of human behavior in the context of health and sickness.


Pathology (2)

Pathology introduces the concept of injury from normal structure and function in the human body, as occurs in disease.  The various pathological processess and their importance in the basis of human disease will be studied.  Correlation with clinical presentations will also be made.


Cardiovascular System (6)

Cardiovasculer disease, such as atheroscierosis and congestive heart failure, are exceptionally complex and involve multiple factors. The key to understand the cardiovascular system is the integration of all of its components and functions.  This course brings an innovative system-based approach to help students form a framework to understand how the cardiovascular system works.   It includes lectures in Anatomy, Embryology, Histology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacolgoy, and Physical Diagnosis.



Inquiries about the ARP program should be directed to Dr. Angel Matos, Director ARP at 


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