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COVID-19 Update


To: The UMHS Community
From: Warren Ross, President


On Saturday March 14th, I announced new campus actions designed to help limit coronavirus (COVID-19) risk on campus. There are no confirmed cases on our campus or on Island at this time; however, as local, national, and global public health recommendations shift to include mitigation of transmission, the campus is proactively taking steps that will help to protect our students, staff, and faculty.


These changes will take affect starting today, Monday March 16th and will continue until such time as it is safe to resume classes on St. Kitts.


Beginning Monday, March 16th, we will be suspending all in-person classes and will be offering ALL lecture and lab courses including ARP (through alternative modalities (e.g., Zoom, Blue Button, course capture, etc.) starting Tuesday March 17th. Students, please look for communications from instructors about plans for individual courses.


Instructors who do not have remote learning processes in place by March 17th will be given an additional day during which they may cancel classes, to allow them time to establish such processes and to ready their course(s) for resumption online by Wednesday, March 18th. Students, please look for communications from instructors about plans for individual courses.


The university is actively looking at solutions for on line testing and or use of testing centers for students returning home. We should have an update on our progress mid week and we feel optimistic that a solution will be found.


Campus Operations


The campus is not closing. Campus buildings will remain open, and many campus operations will proceed normally, including the library and learning resource center.


We understand that implementing these changes with such limited notice will have broad impacts and will be challenging and disruptive for many of you, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation. We are grateful to the staff throughout our campus for their tremendous efforts on our behalf during these challenging times especially the faculty and IT staff who are working at break neck speed to roll out our new distance learning platform. I have attached a fact sheet on COVID-19. I would highly recommend that you monitor the CDC website for the most current and up to date information on the virus. I wishing you all good health during this trying time.



What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus strain first detected in Wuhan, China. There are many types of human coronaviruses, including some that cause mild upper-respiratory illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease not previously seen in humans

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

        1)  Fever

        2)  Cough

        3)  Shortnness of breath


In severe cases, particularly in people with underlying severe and chronic health conditions, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, and death.

I don’t feel well, what should I do?

Since it is cold and flu season, and the virus has similar symptoms, do not make assumptions. If you feel unwell, contact the university nurse or your family health provider.


How does COVID-19 spread?

Based on what is known about similar coronaviruses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person:

        1)  Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet).

        2)  From respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

        3)  Possibly from touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes.


People are thought to be most contagious when they are most sick. Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this with this new coronavirus.

What is the incubation period for this virus?

The incubation period is the time between exposure to a pathogen and the appearance of first symptoms.

The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days after exposure. This is based on the incubation periods for similar viruses.

How can I protect myself?

1)  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

2)  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

3)  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

4)  Stay home when you are sick.

5)  Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, and disinfect your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.

6)  Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

7)  If you haven’t already been immunized against the flu, get a flu shot.


This is making me anxious, how can I cope?


Stress and anxiety are normal reactions when there is an infectious disease outbreak. It’s important to monitor your own physical and mental health. Know the signs of stress, how to relieve stress, and when to seek help. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers this detailed guide with more information and helpful tips. If you need assistance, contact our counseling service on campus.


Where can I get more information on the virus?

For up-to-date information, please check the following websites:

1)  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

2)  World Health Organization

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Florida Provisional License


To: The UMHS Community

From: Warren Ross


I am pleased to announce UMHS has been granted a provisional license in the State of Florida, effective immediately. With this approval we are now in a position to schedule core and elective rotations in Florida. UMHS is currently affiliated with Larkin Community Hospital in Miami and will be scheduling students there shortly. The University goal is to establish multiple hospital affiliations in Florida where students can complete both their core and elective rotations.


With each approval the reputation of UMHS will continue to grow and flourish.

There are only a handful of states that have a mechanism to approve a foreign medical school. We now have two of them, Georgia and Florida, an uncommon achievement. In January 2020, we are poised to have approval in the State of California. Later this year, we will be furthering our application to New York, which is the last remaining state approval we seek.


Onward and upward! This is a great day for UMHS.




Dr. William Thurman Scholarship For Academic Excellence


To: The UMHS Community

From: Warren Ross, President


It is my pleasure to announce the formation of the Dr. William Thurman Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Founding Provost, Dr William Thurman, made an enormous contribution to the creation and development of UMHS. His spirit of professionalism along with a clear student-centered approach lives on, and is part of the UMHS ethos. Dr. Thurman loved medicine and always inspired students to greatness. To honor his memory, and lasting impact on our University standards and culture, the Board of Trustees has established the Dr. William Thurman Scholarship for Academic Excellence. This scholarship will be awarded to exemplary students who demonstrate academic excellence during their clinical semesters.


The Dr. Thurman Scholarship will be implemented on September 1, 2018. The scholarship will be awarded towards semesters 6-10. All clinical semesters starting on or after 9/1/18 will be considered. This scholarship will not be applied retroactively.


The Dr. Thurman Scholarship for Academic Excellence bears a per semester award of $1000 for students meeting the following criteria:


  • Must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.80 for an award toward any clinical semester
  • Must achieve a minimum of 75 on the first attempt of all NBME Core Shelf exams, for an award toward semesters 7, 8, and 9
  • Must be in good academic standing for an award toward any clinical semester
    Must earn a score of 240 or higher on a first attempt at USMLE Step 1 for a semester 6 award
  • Must earn a score of 240 or higher on first attempt at USMLE Step 2 CK for a semester 10 award 


Starting in June 2018, in recognition of the graduating student demonstrating the highest academic achievements, the scholarship will grant an annual award to the Valedictorian in the amount of $2500. The award will be disbursed directly to the Valedictorian at graduation.


Students that have any questions should contact Dr. Brijette Sena, Associate Dean of Academic Administration,


There is no application necessary. Students’ academic records will be reviewed upon receipt of each NBME and USMLE Score. Any award granted will be applied to the appropriate semester.


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As of January 1, 2020, The Medical Board of California shall determine a foreign medical school to be a recognized medical school if the foreign medical school meets any of the following requirements:


(1) The foreign medical school has been evaluated by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or one of the ECFMG-authorized foreign medical school accreditation agencies and deemed to meet the minimum requirements substantially equivalent to the requirements of medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools, or the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.


(2) The foreign medical school is listed on the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) World Directory of Medical Schools joint directory or the World Directory of Medical Schools.


We believe that UMHS will satisfy these requirements and should qualify for recognition in January 2020. We are fully accredited by ACCM which is an ECFMG authorized foreign medical school accreditation agency. ACCM is also recognized by the US Department of Education through NCFMEA. UMHS is also listed with WFME and the World Directory. As a result we should be in full compliance with both items 1 and 2.


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We understand how important it is for students to perform well on both Step 1 and 2 of the USMLE and want to provide students with all the resources necessary to ensure your success. To be competitive in the match students must pass both Steps on the first attempt and obtain the highest score possible. Kaplan has played a key role in preparing our students for Step 1 with a 7 week comprehesnive reviw program in Maine.


In 2016, UMHS partnered with Kaplan Medical to also provide a comprehensive review program for Step 2 CK and CS. All students are automatically enrolled in this program once they succesfully passed Step I. This gives our students the competitive edge they need to ensure a high first time pass rate and exceptional scores.


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Canadian Provincial Loan Program

We are happy to announce that come May 12, 2018 UMHS will have satisfied all the major requirements to qualify for the Canadian Provincial Student Aid programs, including the provision that the school be in operation for ten years. This is great news for our Canadian students!
The financial aid office will be sending further details about the process to apply for your provincial student aid programs. The financial aid staff will be working directly with each student to assist them in this process. Keep in mind that each province may have their own set of rules, eligibility requirements, and limits.

All information will also be posted in the financial aid section of the UMHS website.

We expect that you will be able to apply for these loans for the Spring Term. Once again, the financial aid department will be sending you further information later this week. Should you have any questions, please email Ms. Schoening at


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We are very proud of our accomplishments and thrilled to announce that last week we received notification that our accrediting body (ACCM) is now recognized by the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) a division of the U.S. Department of Education. This recognition substantially enhances the reputation of UMHS, since the ACCM accreditation standards have now been deemed comparable to the standards of the Liaison Committee of Medical Education (LCME), which is the official accrediting body for medical schools in the United States and Canada. There are only a limited number of schools outside of the United States that have this recognition. With NCFMEA we are now one step closer to being eligible for federal student loans. In addition, NCFMEA’s recognition is also a prerequisite for Florida approval. This approval will allow UMHS to expand its clinical program into the State of Florida and provide further opportunities for its students. We hope to submit our application to Florida within the next 30 to 60 days. As it stands now, we are currently affiliated with over 20 major teaching hospitals located throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

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Sallie Mae Parent Loan Program


UMHS is happy to announce a new student loan program offering from our lender, Sallie Mae.

The Sallie Mae Parent LoanSM gives parents, and/or other family and non-family sponsors, a flexible way to borrow an education loan in the sponsor’s name only. The loan, which features competitive interest rates, no up-front fees, and a choice of repayment options, can cover 100% of school-approved costs. While this is still a credit based private education loan, the student bears no financial responsibly and the student does not need to meet the lender’s credit criteria.

This new loan program can be used in conjunction with, or replacement of, the Smart Option loan program. This is a great opportunity for students who do not qualify for the smart option loan due to credit history, but have good cosigners who are willing to assist them. However, remember, that no student can receive aid in excess of their cost of attendance, as outlined by school administration.

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New York, NY: The University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) is proud to announce it has received a full six-year accreditation by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM). An internationally recognized accrediting body, ACCM ( follows the Liaison Committee of Medical Education (LCME) Standards for Accreditation. The LCME is empowered by the US Department of Education as the accreditor of US and Canadian medical schools.


ACCM is also closely aligned with the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA). The NCFMEA is empowered by the US Department of Education to review written and applied accreditation standards for medical schools outside of North America.  ACCM is approved by NCFMEA and is recognized as having standards comparable to those utilized in the US.


In a very short period of time, UMHS has developed an excellent reputation for medical education. Boasting technologically advanced campus facilities, a renowned board review program, and partnerships with more than 20 US teaching hospitals, graduates of the MD program have achieved tremendous outcomes. UMHS students consistently post a USMLE Step 1 first-time pass rate of 93%, an average Step 1 score of 220, and an outstanding record of residency placements across the US and Canada. The University has earned distinction among its peers with recognition for its personalized educational approach which has resulted in a retention rate of 94%. UMHS also offers a comprehensive financial aid program, unique within its sector.

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Update on UMHS Puerto Rican Hurricane Relief Efforts

As of January 26, 2018, UMHS staff, faculty and students have raised an estimated $45,000 to help the people of Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria.  Med4You nonprofit founder and UMHS student Ariana Hernandez worked over the recent holiday break with other UMHS students on the island, helping staff clinics and giving donations to the Ponce Research Institute at the Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc. in Ponce, Puerto Rico.


"We gave $25,000 to the Foundation and the rest of the money is being sent to them," Ms. Hernandez said. "We had three great clinics where UMHS students and Ponce Medical School students participated. Med4You is committed to keep doing these clinics."


Ponce Research Institute President Kenira Thompson, Ph.D. praised UMHS' efforts in a letter dated January 22, 2018.


"Words cannot express how grateful we are for the support provided by you during these difficult times," Dr. Thompson wrote. "You came to our aid with a generous donation, comforting messages, and support for our faculty, students, researchers, and ongoing activities."


An interview with Ariana Hernandez about UMHS students' outstanding contributions to Puerto Rican hurricane relief efforts will be published soon in the UMHS Endeavour blog.


Initial fundraising for Puerto Rico began with a GoFundMe page set up by Med4You and the UMHS Student Government Association right after the disaster hit in September 2017.


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UMHS First Caribbean Medical School Approved by Georgia

Dear Students, Staff, and Faculty,


I am pleased to announce that the Georgia Composite Medical Board has approved the University of Medicine and Health Sciences.


In order to qualify for an approval, the University had to provide a significant amount of documentation including both a database of outcome information as well as a self-study. The review was very rigorous and demanding. In 2014 the University received a conditional approval after receiving a positive response from a site visit to the University. A subsequent follow up site visit occurred in January 2015 resulting in a full approval of the University.


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We are happy to announce that we have been approved for the Residency and Relocation Loan by Sallie Mae.

Students in their senior year and students who have graduated in the last 12 months can qualify for this loan program. Depending upon need, students can borrow a minimum of $1000 to a maximum of $20,000 to cover a variety of residency related expenses.


The attached documents will provide you with further details about the program. Aspects of the U.S.-based school application are not applicable to you; therefore, a special application link has been created specifically for UMHS students.

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UMHS Approved for Veterans Benefits

UMHS is approved for Veterans Benefits and announces the formation of the Robert Ross Veterans Scholarship

New York, NY (December 10, 2012) The University of Medicine and Health Sciences is very pleased to announce that it has been approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) , enabling eligible veterans, servicepersons, and certain dependents of veterans to receive VA educational benefits.

Eligible persons may receive benefits under one of several types of GI Bill:

  • Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill
  • Chapter 32 - Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
  • Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Chapter 35 - Dependents Educational Assistance Program
  • Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill/Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program.
  • Chapter 1607 - Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

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UMHS Receives Full Accreditation

New York, NY (December 3, 2012) - The University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) has received full St. Kitts Accreditation, further establishing itslf as a top-tier Caribbean Medical School and a leading medical institution.


Earning full accreditation in its host country is an important achievement for a Caribbean Medical School. UMHS receiving full accreditation from St. Kitts and Nevis is a significant milestone in the University's mission of educating tomorrow's physicians.


The Accreditation Board of St. Kitts/Nevis uses clearly defined standards for accreditation to evaluate medical education programs, including:

  • areas of organization
  • physical facilities and equipment
  • clinical resources
  • library and information resources
  • programs and curriculum
  • admissions policies
  • faculty qualifications
  • research programs


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UMHS St. Kitts; A New Medical School Option for Canadian Students


NEW YORK, Oct 16, 2012 With growing concern over a projected shortage of primary care physicians and internists, and the limited number of available seats in U.S. and Canadian medical schools, the question of how to expand options for qualified prospects for medical school, looms large in the minds of those charged with educating the next generation of physicians. The University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts (UMHS) and Carleton University of Ottawa, Ontario are joining forces to meet this challenge head on.


Thanks to a new articulation agreement between these institutions, Canadian students’ options have increased. Carleton students will now be offered an educational track that will qualify them for consideration for a seat in a future UMHS class, provided they meet or surpass certain minimum standards and requirements. This agreement comes at a time

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UMHS Appoints New Dean Dr. Zenaido Camacho


The University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Zenaido Camacho to the position of Dean of Basic Sciences. Dr. Camacho will be joining us on August 27. He is currently the Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of Colorado Denver as well as Senior Associate Dean at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

Prior to his appointment at University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Camacho served as the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Regional Dean at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, in addition to holding an appointment as full professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pathology. Before his time at Texas Tech, Dr. Camacho served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Rice University as well as Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. He was the Senior Associate Dean at Baylor College of Medicine and Professor in

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Warren Ross Chosen by U.S. Department of Education 


Warren Ross, president of UMHS, has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the negotiated rule making process as a member of the Foreign School Committee. 


In this role, Mr. Ross will be a primary negotiator for the committee to develop proposed regulations related to student financial assistance programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The committee will focus on foreign school issues (medical, veterinary, and nursing) as it relates to student financial aid. 


The first meeting will occur the week of November 16th, 2009 at the Department of Education in Washington D.C.




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UMHS to Offer an Accelerated Review Program (ARP)


University of Medicine and Health Sciences – St. Kitts (UMHS) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Accelerated Review Program beginning in May 2009. The Accelerated Review Program will be offered at the UMHS campus in St. Kitts as of May 2009.


The one semester Accelerated Review Program is designed for students who have demonstrated the personal skills needed to become a physician, but who would benefit from an intensive review program prior to acceptance to UMHS. Students who succeed in the Accelerated Review Program will automatically be accepted into the UMHS basic science first semester program at the St. Kitts campus.


The Accelerated Review Program provides a unique combination of exposure to standard curriculum offered to first semester UMHS students and intensive study/learning skills

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UMHS Contracts with Kaplan Medical for USMLE Review


UMHS is proud to announce a contract with Kaplan Medical that will allow UMHS students access to the highest quality comprehensive USMLE review available.


Kaplan Medical, the world leader in USMLE preparation, has helped tens of thousands of students and physicians pass their medical licensing boards with high scores and continue on to successful careers in medicine.


Our tailored review program will include a diagnostic examination with detailed analysis and individual feedback, both live and online lectures, full-length simulated Step 1 exam and comprehensive lecture notes.


UMHS is dedicated to the success of our students. We will continue to provide the best

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UMHS Anatomy Lab Opens

UMHS is pleased to announce the opening of our new 11,000 square foot anatomy building that now houses both the gross and neuro anatomy laboratories. Each laboratory contains approximately twenty dissection platforms.


The anatomy building houses state of the art audio visual equipment to enhance the quality of education. Additional equipment is on order and being installed. Large 42-inch high resolution monitors are stationed by each of the dissection platforms. Computers are being placed at the end of each cadaver table for students to access anatomical software as reference material during lab sessions.


While students are dissecting, they can view relevant information provided by the faculty in several formats, including Microsoft PowerPoint and Elmo presentations. Overhead cameras focus on a prosected cadaver that is used for demonstration purposes.

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UMHS Seats its Inaugural Class


The University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) is pleased to announce that it seated its inaugural medical school class of 22 students on May 12, 2008.


UMHS students complete their basic science curriculum at the state of the art campus located in St. Kitts. The St. Kitts campus has two 150-seat auditoriums, technologically advanced laboratories, a 24-bed virtual hospital utilizing human simulators, and an 11,000 square foot anatomy laboratory. The campus also includes the International University of Nursing (IUON).


Fifth semester UMHS students move to the UMHS campus located in Portland, Maine. The 5th semester program gives UMHS students the opportunity to work with a team of experienced physicians in actual patient care settings at several hospitals, clinics, and

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USMLE and ECFMG Certification


The University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) understands the importance of having its programs accredited so that our students may be eligible to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) and apply for certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). This certification is required for international medical school graduates to obtain residencies and licensing to practice medicine in the United States.


An important first step is to be accredited in the country where the school is located. UMHS was granted provisional accreditation by the St. Christopher and Nevis Accreditation Board, an arm of the Ministry of Education on January 1, 2008.


The next step is for the school to be listed in the International Medical Education Directory


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New 5th Semester Campus


The University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) is pleased to announce the formation of a Fifth Semester campus in Portland, Maine beginning September 2008. The fifth semester consists of the following required courses, Introduction to Clinical Medicine II and Biological Basis of Clinical Medicine. Maine was selected by UMHS because of its long tradition of providing quality health care and its demonstrated excellence in medical education.

The UMHS goal of excellence in medical education will be ensured by making the best in faculty and facilities available to UMHS students during their fifth semester of study. The UMHS facilities will include the latest in simulation and technology resources and a library and learning resource center. Virtual clinics utilizing human simulators will be a regular student experience.





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