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)
Phase II : Clinical rotations in St.Lucia or in the US (2 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.
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.