Clinical Program
Clinical Program

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Clinical Science Program (Semesters 5-10)


The Clinical Science Program is designed to give students a broad spectrum of medical practice, training in clinical skills, and patient contact. The program consists of a fifth semester at our Maine Campus, as well as core and elective rotations at affiliated U.S. and Canadian teaching hospitals.  We have established regional centers consisting of multiple hospitals, for students that want to complete their core and elective rotations in a specific region. 


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5th Semester, Portland Maine Campus


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






Experienced Maine Medical Doctors Teaching in Real Clinical Settings


All student clinical experiences will be conducted by a team of experienced Maine physicians, many of whom have decades of both medical practice and teaching experience.  Students will be assigned to physicians in actual patient care settings at several hospitals, clinics, and office health centers in and around Portland.  The opportunity to work beside renowned Maine physicians is designed to build student clinical capabilities, increase student confidence, and enhance student performance on United States Licensing Examinations (USMLE).  


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




       Semester 5 


 Course  Credits  
 Introduction to Clinical Medicine II  7 Credits
 Biological Basis of Clinical Medicine  4 Credits
 TOTAL  11 Credits




     5th Semester Curriculum


Introduction to Clinical Medicine II

7 credits

Introduction is made to core medical information necessary to begin the third year of medical training, building on advances made in the fourth semester of ICM.  Didactics are blended with laboratory data interpretation, radiology and other imaging techniques, and electrocardiography, introducing core medical information necessary for the third and fourth years of clinical training. 

This will be done in a problem-based learning format stressing a review of the basic sciences, the development of case-centered learning goals and emphasis is placed on the introduction of a series of core medical conditions, integrating behavioral medicine.  Critical emphasis is also placed on the development of ethical standards, specialization, as well as education and licensing requirements in the various states.


Biological Basis of Clinical Medicine 4 credits

This clinical course is designed to fully integrate the knowledge acquired in the various basic medical sciences and pre-clinical sciences during the first four semesters of study in St. Kitts, into a useful body of information that can be utilized to prepare the student to sit for licensure examinations (USMLE Step I).  This clinical course will utilize a variety of visiting professors and faculty recruited primarily from U.S. medical schools. 









Clinical Rotations (Semesters 6-10)

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


78 Week Clinical Program 


These clinical clerkships include 48 weeks of mandatory core clinical rotations, as well as 30 weeks of elective rotations. The core rotations represent the primary areas of medical practice and the elective rotations provide students with an understanding of the various specialties in medicine.     


Clinical Curriculum Semesters 6-10  


 Course  Credits  
 Internal Medicine  12 weeks  
 Surgery  12 weeks  
 Pediatrics  6 weeks  
 Obstetrics and Gynecology  6 weeks  
 Psychiatry  6 weeks  
 Family Medicine 6 weeks  
 Electives 30 weeks  
 TOTAL  78 weeks  



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Internal Medicine (12 Weeks) 

Students build on skills acquired in physical diagnosis to include the completion of a thorough history and physical examination of primarily adult patients.  Students participate in general Internal Medicine areas, granting exposure to the diagnostic and treatment process as it unfolds.

Students develop competence in evaluating broad clinical problems and patient management skills. "Hands-on" patient experience is supplemented by tutorials and didactic sessions. Lectures will include the management of commonly encountered disease processes as well as an introduction to the use of diagnostic procedures.


Surgery (12 Weeks)

Students will be introduced to disease processes that require various levels of surgical intervention. Students develop skills needed by the general physician as well as those unique to surgery.  Students further develop abilities in data synthesis and problem-solving and become oriented to the clinical setting related to surgery. Ideally, students follow the patient from admission through discharge. Students are expected to participate in all aspects of patient care: assisting in the operating room, emergency room, and acute care units.  Opportunities will be provided for direct practice of simple procedures such as suturing, debridement and wound care. Students will be expected to observe and assist during various procedures in the OR and participate in follow-up and treatment of the post-surgical patient, as well as ambulatory practice settings.


Pediatrics (6 Weeks)

Students receive a broad overview of general pediatrics. Experience will be gained with in-patient and ambulatory pediatric care. Pediatric intakes and ward rounds are the basis of inpatient care while ambulatory care experience is gained in general pediatric clinics evaluating patients with common complaints and disorders.  This clinical rotation introduces the student to the challenging treatment of infants, children, and adolescents; the diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses will be emphasized, but the student will have opportunities to learn about rarer congenital as well as acquired disorders.


Obstetrics and Gynecology (6 Weeks)

Students are assigned to obstetrical and gynecological patients for evaluation and follow-up. Participation in normal deliveries is stressed. Students are expected to follow patients through the completion of delivery or surgery.  Ambulatory obstetrical and gynecological care is stressed and patient contact is supplemented with conferences and didactic teaching sessions. Observation and participation in a number of live births will be provided.


Psychiatry (6 Weeks)

In a primarily institutional setting, the students will learn about the major psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, affective, and anxiety disorders. Students build upon classroom knowledge gained during the first and second years. Treatment of psychiatric patients in the in-patient setting comprises the majority of the rotation. The resources available for the care of psychiatric patients are presented. Skill in the evaluation and diagnosis of psychiatric patients is developed through direct patient interviews and didactic sessions.


Family Medicine (6 Weeks)

Students work in both the private office and clinic setting and the hospital environment with family practitioners. Unlike other clerkships, this experience is not hospital-based. Each student is assigned to an office environment, either a single practitioner or a group to experience how different it is to practice primarily in an out-patient setting. 

Each student will be assigned to patients as they enter the office, take a history and do a physical examination; define a diagnostic and treatment plan and then present it to a physician. If the patient requires hospitalization, the student will participate in the course in the hospital. If out-patient care is needed beyond the initial visit, the student will schedule and do the follow-up care. 



Students can choose from dozens of electives that engage the student in a variety of specialty medical fields. These electives serve to provide the necessary credits for graduation while increasing the student's exposure to a variety of specialties in the medical field.


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Affiliated Hospitals 


UMHS has established affiliations with teaching hospitals throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada, where students complete their core rotations.  We are continuing to expand our core clinical affiliations, and are in negotiations with additional teaching hospitals in a variety of states.  The following list represents the hospitals where students can complete their core clinical requirements.  Hundreds of hospitals throughout the United States are available for electives in their senior year.  This list is updated periodically.


Affiliated Teaching Hospitals



Danbury Hospital, Danbury 

Griffin Hospital, Derby

St. Mary's Hospital, Waterbury



Larkin Community Hospital, South Miami   

        Southampton Hospital




        University Hospital, Augusta

Georgia Regional Hospital, Decatur



Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago



Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Baltimore

Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Glen Burnie



McLaren Oakland Hospital, Pontiac

McLaren Macomb Hospital, Mt. Clemens 

Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital, South Rochester


New York:

Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital, New Rochelle



Griffin Memorial Hospital, Norman


Puerto Rico:

Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce

Puerto Rico Children's Hospital, Bayamon 


Canadian Affiliations:

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Whitby, Ontario



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