Teaching Methods
Teaching Methods

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Teaching Methods



Basic science courses are taught in lecture format.  Audio visual tools are a key element utilized with this traditional teaching method.  The UMHS lecture halls were designed to provide students with maximum viewing access to all audio visual content including PowerPoint presentations, videos, and more.


Block examinations are given three times a semster. Exams for all courses are given on the same day to simulate the USMLE experience.  Shelf examinations, created by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), are given as final examinations in each of the core basic and clinical science courses.  These examinations are similar in style and format to the USMLE and are utilized by most U.S. medical schools.  Students receive a thorough evaluation of their test scores including a review of their performance in comparison to U.S. medical students. 





Clinical Experiences 


During the Basic Science Program, students have access to a variety of clinical settings, including community health centers and local hospitals.  UMHS is unique in offering students a virtual hospital ward on campus where students work with computerized human simulators in a 24-bed hospital ward setting.  Standardized and professional patients are utilized in both Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) I and II to further enhance the students' pre-clinical experience.







A tutoring program is available for students requiring additional support.  The Dean of Student Affairs is responsible for assigning students to a tutor.  In addition, the faculty are available throughout the day, and have posted office hours for students who may need additional assistance.  The University through the promotions committee closely monitors student performance throughout the semester.  Students encountering academic difficulty will be required to meet with the Dean and an advisor to develop an action plan to address any issues.  As a result of our strong support services, we have successfuly reduced our attrition rate to less than 4%. 




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Individual Learning 


Students are required to bring a laptop/tablet computer to all of their classes to access the faculty PowerPoint presentations and class notes.  Students can save this information to their C-Drive for future use.  Students have the ability to annotate these presentations for studying purposes.  In addition, students can access online resources from the Library and Learning Resource Center on campus or at home.




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UMHS is currently affiliated with Kaplan Medical, the premier USMLE review program in the United States.  In the 5th Semester, students are required to complete a seven week live USMLE Step 1 review course taught by faculty from some of the leading medical schools in the United States.  UMHS students have been extremely successful at the USMLE Step 1 because of this excellent USMLE review, as well as our defined medical school curriculum, dedicated faculty, personalized education, and utilization of shelf examinations. 


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