The first two years of the education are part of the basic science program and are mostly classroom-based with patient exposure given through health centers and the Milton Cato memorial Hospital in St Vincent. The third and fourth years are part of the clinical science program and consist of rotations through the different major specialties of medicine.
The basic science program constitutes the first two years and is comprised of five semesters. Each semester lasts for 15-weeks. Basic science instruction consists of lectures, laboratories, case studies, and clinics.
Students begin their study of the basic sciences with learning about microscopic anatomy, which presents the normal structure and function of cells, tissues and the organ systems, and biochemistry which teaches the chemistry of cells, tissues and the organ systems. This is followed by studying the structure of the human body. Students also study the physical, psychological, and social development of humans and the legal and ethical issues associated with the provision of health care. They will then begin to learn about the pathology and pathophysiology of the organ systems and infectious diseases.
The second year focuses on the clinical aspects of disease. Students will continue to learn about the pathology and pathophysiology of the organ systems in addition to the principles of therapeutics, especially pharmacology. Students also learn the art and technique of the patient interview and physical examination before continuing on to learn the policies and procedures necessary for performing the duties associated with clinical rotations in a hospital environment. The second year concludes with the individualized preparation for the USMLE Step 1.
The basic science curriculum embraces problem-based learning, with all courses incorporating case studies chosen to reinforce and integrate the basic science concepts.
In the third year, students have a variety of clinic and hospital based experiences in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, surgery and psychology. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience the application of their education to actual, real-time medical situations.
The fourth year is an exciting time where students may direct much of their clinical rotations to areas of their interest or areas where they wish to improve their skills. Students often select elective rotations based on their residency interest. It’s during this year when students begin