MD- Doctor of Medicine
Duration: The duration of our MD program is 4.5 years. It has 2 phases.
Phase I : Basic medical Science in St Lucia (2.5 years)
Basic Medical Science
Doctor of Medicine program is derived mainly from the American Medical Education System.The program is structured in two phases – Phase I Basic Medical Science and Phase II Clinical Clerkship. At AIMU, a solid science foundation is essential for the Basic Medical Sciences. Students are required to complete about 137 credit hours of course work in five (5) semesters of 16 weeks. In the Clinical Clerkship program, there is an emphasis on preparing students for practice in hospital and ambulatory settings. AIMU has developed innovative ways to teach medical students the clinical skills they will need to function as a physician. The core clinical clerkship includes 44 weeks of family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, Obstetrics Gynecology, Surgery and psychiatry, with 28-week electives in various departments in hospital settings. The Basic Medical Science courses are presented in lecture format and power point presentations, combined with laboratory exposure to allow for visual reinforcement and development of analytical skills. AIMU requires students to pass the NBME Comprehensive Basic Science Exam before proceeding with the Clinical Clerkship. The strong preparation provided by the Basic Medical Science supports the student in achieving this important transition.
For the student to be eligible for the clinical rotations he/she must have successfully completed the Comprehensive Basic Medical Science Examination conducted by the National Board for Medical Education (NBME) at the end of the 5th Semester of the Basic Medical Science program.
Phase II : Clinical rotations in St.Lucia or in the US or UK (2 years)
The clinical program falls in the third and fourth year of medical education.The clinical rotations are performed at hospitals in the United States and Saint Lucia. The program in USA is conducted at ACGME affiliated teaching hospitals through our clinical administration office located in Maryland, near Washington DC.
These clinical facilities are state of-art teaching hospitals under green book category. These facilities provide the student with superior clinical exposure that will ensure better career options. To undergo the Clinical Clerkship Program in USA, a student should complete Basic Medical Science Program along with USMLE STEP 1.
The clinical program in Saint. Lucia allows such integration to be possible. Students are encouraged to use their knowledge and skills creatively, whether it concerns the human body in health or disease. The prevention of disease and the promotion of good health are considered important aspects in educating a well rounded physician.
AIMU CUC Centre for Medical Science, Maryland, USA
The Clinical Coordination Facility at the AIMU CUC is responsible for Introduction to Clinical Medicine Program and clinical placement in the affiliated hospitals. The attachment and allotment of the clinical students to various ACGME affiliated hospitals is monitored and allotted by the Clinical Team in USA, The state of art modern tutoring facilities at AIMU CUC campus will prepare the students for the USMLE II during the clinical program. The preceptors guides of the various specialties have good experience and exposure and are always responsible for the best possible result. The clinical facilities are affiliated and accredited to ACGME.
Clinical administration and organization
The Office of Clinical Student Affairs is part of the Clinical Administration. This department works as a bridge between students and Clinical Centers. At AIMU CUC, the department of CMS provides a medium of communication that helps the student through the clinical process. Each Clinical Center in the U.S has a residency program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or is affiliated with a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME). All the hospitals affiliated with AIMU has an on staff program director, faculty members and an administrative assistant who are responsible for teaching, supervising and otherwise facilitating the clinical experience for AIMU students. Program directors are directly responsible to our Clinical Dean and in turn the whole setup is directly controlled by Office of the Executive Dean in USA for implementing the published requirements of American International Medical University. They also undertake daily supervision of clinical teaching programs and regularly scheduled core clerkship exams. Administrative professionals supplement their responsibility for student counseling, daily program coordination, management and record keeping requirements. Besides the regular clinical coordination activity, the AIMU clinical Centers also looks after the clinical phase of your education. There are several steps that are important for you to consider as you strive towards your ultimate goal of succeeding in receiving your medical degree and eventual medical licensure.