The USAT College of Medicine, U.S. Satellite Sites

 

[Dean, Bruce H Robinson, MD, PhD[hon], MSOM, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Surgery]

 

Curriculum, College of Medicine, U.S. Satellite Sites

 

The College of Medicine at USAT consists of live, campus based lectures, laboratory exercises, and clinical clerkships in a variety of subjects and specialty areas, with live classroom based lecture elements or auxiliary topics broadcast via webinar in a blended instructional format. The College of Medicine programs are designed to enable medical students, and simultaneously enrolled graduate students to complete needed coursework and clinical clerkship training for their individualized degree programs in a timely and cost effective manner, often without leaving the confines of their home community for some clinical and lecture modules of their study.   All clinical teaching faculty are fully certified and prime source verified MDs, PhDs, EdDs, and MD-PhDs, and all are National Board Certified in their respective specialties.

 

 

The College of Medicine at USAT awards the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery {MBBS], the Doctor of Medicine [MD], the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine [DO], and other related medical doctorates.  Unique among Medical Colleges, USAT also awards the Doctor of Philosophy with a specialization in Medicine, the Diploma in International Medicine, and the PhD in Experimental Medicine. The College also awards the Diploma and Diplomat in International Medicine [Dip Int’l Med]. The College of Medicine also hosts the Health Care Professions {HCP] to MD Transition Program, and the Graduate Entry [GE] to MD Transition Programs, both of which may be taken in an accelerated program format in which most students can become fully ECFMG certified by the third year of study and be prepared for a seamless progression into residency. The College of Medicine is currently the largest College of the University, with over 1,000 active students and growing at a healthy rate.

 

Programs Offered:

 

1.       Doctor of Medicine, MBBS and MD, Main Campus, Enhanced Traditional Program [ETP]

 

2.       Doctor of Medicine, MBBS and MD, for Health Care Professionals [HCP to MD]

 

3.       USAT Fifth Year Program, previous International Medical Degree, Montserrat, US, and International Campus locations.

 

4.       Diploma in International Medicine  

 

5.       Diplomat in International Medicine [Post-Graduate]

 

6.       Doctor of Nursing Practice, DNP, conducted as a joint program of the College of Medicine and the School of Nursing.

 

 

The Basic Medical & Clinical Sciences consists of 5 blocks of instruction, which may be completed in a variety of flexible, blended instructional formats, combining courses offered on the Main Campus [Montserrat], The Evening [Webinar] Division, and multiple satellite locations [USA]. Each semester includes a free elective options programed to enhance the semester content, and scheduled to permit integration with later modules as an individual student may select.  Many USAT students hold part- or full time Professional employment in related areas and can split the sequence of the modules as needed to fit their individual occupational schedules.

 

 

Premedical Entrance Requirements [All]: Min 60 semester credits, including courses in Biological Sciences, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, English Comprehension, Mathematics & Computer Sciences, General Psychology & Social Sciences, and General Physics, free electives of your choice, or the equivalent of the above.   For some jurisdictions, up to 4 semesters of a language other than English may also be required.  A Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent is recommended for admission to the MD option.

 

 

1.     THE TRADITIONAL MBBBS/MD PROGRAM [Duration approximately 40 Months, Main Campus and International locations, 3 class starts / year [January, May, and September] [Typical enrolment 20 credits / semester]:

 

MBBS/MD, Block I:  Basic Medical Sciences - 3 semesters [min 60credits], designed to prepare the student for advanced study of clinical knowledge and Clinical Skills.

 

Block II: Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills, min 30 credits. Note: Semesters IV and V summarized below may be also completed at the Main Campus or the International - US based Satellite locations.  Basic and Clinical Sciences for MBBS and MD are the same content and duration.

 

Semester I: 20 Credits:  Includes Gross Anatomy lecture, Functional Anatomy Lab, Medical Embryology, Histology, Introduction to Human Nutrition, Medical Physics, and Free Elective.

 

MBBS/MD, Semester II: min 20 Credits: Includes Medical Physiology I, Medical Biochemistry I, Intro Cell Biology, Medical Imaging I, Neurosciences, Medical Biostatistics for the USMLE, and free elective

 

MBBS/MD, Semester III: min 20 Credits: Includes Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology, Microbiology I, II, Pharmacology

 

Block II:  Note: Semesters IV and V summarized below may be also completed at US based Satellite locations for US based students.

 

MBBS/MD, Semester IV [min 18 credits]: Includes additional modules in microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Pathology & Pathophysiology, Pharmacology II and III, Medical Ethics, Physical Diagnosis, Basic Cardiac Life Support [BCLS], and free electives as desired

 

MBBS/MD, Semester V: [minimum 12 credits] Includes Introduction to Clinical Medicine, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Epidemiology, Public Health, & Preventive Medicine, Toxicology & Medical Practice, and free electives as desired.

 

NOTE: Some but not all of the core courses in the above instructional blocks of instruction overlap those required for the College of Graduate Studies and the Einstein Institute, thereby increasing the efficiency of Graduate study and complimenting / reinforcing medical study at USAT.

 

Clinical Clerkship & Clinical Rotations: Clinical experiences may be taken in any sequence, for a total of not less than 80 weeks [80 credits] of clinical training for the award of the MD degree, and 60 weeks of clinical training for the MBBS degree.  In addition, free elective lecture modules in areas of specialization may be taken throughout the duration of the clinical training.  The Clinical training may be completed in any USAT approved hospital or clinical setting.  International clinical experiences are strongly encouraged.  Clinical specialties may be taken in any sequence.  It is recommended to blend cores and electives in any given clinical semester.

 

Block III: Core Clinical Specialties: 50 weeks in duration, may be completed in any sequence.  The designated specialty or substantial equivalent, and may be completed in any hospital or clinical environment approved by USAT.

 

General Medicine / Family Medicine, minimum 4 weeks

Internal Medicine, minimum 12 weeks

General Surgery, minimum 12 weeks

Emergency Medicine or Urgent Care, minimum 4 weeks

Obstetrics & Gynecology, minimum 6 weeks

Pediatrics, minimum 6 weeks

General Psychiatry, minimum 6 weeks

 

Block IV: Elective Clinical Specialties: 30 weeks minimum.

 

Note: Clinical Electives may be completed in virtually any area of medicine as practiced by physicians [MD or DO] physicians. 

 

Recommended Clinical Electives: [recommended 2 to 4 weeks each, minimum 30 weeks total]

Dermatology, 4 weeks

Cardiology, 4 weeks

Radiology, 2 to 4 weeks

Orthopedics, 2 to 4 weeks

Ophthalmology, ENT, 2 to 4 weeks

 

Free Electives, any additional clinical specialties including but not limited to Pathology, Hematology & Oncology, Rheumatology, Tropical Medicine, Physical Medicine, Acupuncture & Pain Management, Clinical Nutrition, Allergy & Infectious Diseases, Integrative Medicine, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

 

NOTE: Additional weeks in a core specialty as desired may also substitute for elective weeks. Recall 80 weeks is the minimum total needed, PGY directors may look for applicants who have completed the more than the minimum requirement. Strongly recommend that one use the clinical elective category to tailor their resume toward the residency specialty of their choice.

 

 

1b. MBBS only.  Blocks I and II as for the MD program; Clinical training of cumulative minimum of 60 weeks in duration, including minimum of 4 weeks of Family or General Medicine.  Recommended as an in route prerequisite to the final completion of the MD program.

 

 

2.     Health Care Professionals to MBBS/MD programThe Health Care Professionals to MBBS/MD program [HCP to MD] is designed as an advanced, graduate level program, with a unique curriculum specifically designed to accommodate practicing health care professions including Physician Assistants, Nurse practitioners, Chiropractic Physicians, Pharmacists, Physical Therapists, and others with similar qualifications. This program can be easily combined with a second simultaneous doctorate program such as MD+EdD. MD+DNP, MD+DPH, MD+ScD, MD+PhD or similar double doctorate program, and is among the largest and most heavily enrolled double doctorate programs in North America at the present time, with a current census of over 200 students.  The basic HCP to MD currently enrolls over 1,000 students. Minimum Prerequisite for the HCP to MD is a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an academic area related to Medicine.  This program enrolls 12 class starts / year. NOTE: USAT currently has the largest MD+PhD program in North America.

 

 

Overview of the HCP to MD and HCP to MD+PhD curricula. 

 

Part I:  Basic Medical Sciences Equivalent:  This course sequence is based on a review of systems approach at the Graduate level of Instruction. [Minimum 80 credits, < 18 months in duration] All lectures are live, interactive lectures.  Each lecture block covers Intensive instruction from embryology to clinical management, and provides excellent preparation approaching the USMLE exam sequence.   Lecture blocks include Gross Anatomy with Dissection Lab using fresh cadavers, Musculoskeletal System, Neurology System, Immunology System, Hematology and Oncology System, Infectious diseases, Gastrointestinal system, Cardiovascular System, Reproductive System, Endocrine System, Renal System, Hepatic System, Psychology, Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, Nutritional medicine, and numerous additional integrated topics. Note:  Each Review of Systems course includes topics of Embryology, Anatomy, Histology, Physiology, Pathology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Clinical Diagnosis and Management as applied to the specific organ system under discussion, all at a Graduate level of Instruction.  Part I of this program may be completed at the Main Campus or at any of the satellite locations of the College of Medicine.

 

Part II:  Selected modules as needed and/or appropriate for each individual student.  Includes Review of Inorganic and Organic chemistry as applied to medicine, medical physics and advanced imaging, biochemistry and nutrition, anatomy lecture topics, forensic pathology, advanced pharmacology and psychopharmacology and others, approximately 50 individual course selections to choose from.

 

Part III:  Clinical Training, is the same as in the traditional program above. Includes 50 weeks of cores, and a minimum of 30 weeks of elective specialties, and as above may be completed in any sequence for a total of 80 weeks for the MD and a minimum of 60 weeks for the MBBS.  Special note, the MBBS Must include at least 0ne rotation of not less than 4 weeks in duration in family medicine.

 

Block III: Core Clinical Specialties: 50 weeks in duration, may be completed in any sequence.  The designated specialty or substantial equivalent, and may be completed in any hospital or clinical environment approved by USAT.

 

General Medicine / Family Medicine, minimum 4 weeks

Internal Medicine, minimum 12 weeks

General Surgery, minimum 12 weeks

Emergency Medicine or Urgent Care, minimum 4 weeks

Obstetrics & Gynecology, minimum 6 weeks

Pediatrics, minimum 6 weeks

General Psychiatry, minimum 6 weeks

 

Block IV: Elective Clinical Specialties: 30 weeks minimum.

 

Clinical Electives may be completed in virtually any area of medicine as practiced by physicians [MD or DO] physicians. 

 

Recommended Clinical Electives: [recommended 2 to 4 weeks each, minimum 30 weeks total]

 

Dermatology, 4 weeks

Cardiology, 4 weeks

Radiology, 2 to 4 weeks

Orthopedics, 2 to 4 weeks

Ophthalmology, ENT, 2 to 4 weeks

 

Free Electives, any additional clinical specialties including but not limited to Pathology, Hematology & Oncology, Rheumatology, Tropical Medicine, Physical Medicine, Acupuncture & Pain Management, Clinical Nutrition, Allergy & Infectious Diseases, Integrative Medicine, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

 

The PhD Component The addition of the PhD or other academic doctorate [EdD, ScD, DNP], may be added after the first semester of any MD program, or Independently for non-MD students who are only seeking a Graduate degree.   The Academic Doctorates are administered by the College of Graduate Studies or the Einstein Institute, or both.  The minimum GPA is 3.0 for any course for Graduate Credit.

 

 

3.     International prior MBBS or MD to USAT MD Program.  This program is designed for Individuals who have previously eared an MBBS, MD or equivalent degree prior to application to USAT, with or without prior qualification of the USMLE.  This program is equivalent to <4 semesters of basic sciences and clinical knowledge, clinical skills update,  followed by < 20 or more weeks of core clinical and elective specialties, depending on the years that may have elapsed since award of the first professional medical degree.  Maybe completed at any USAT campus or satellite location.

 

NOTE: The Diploma and Diplomat in International Medicine are unique offerings of USAT College of Medicine and the Montserrat College of Medicine.  They may be awarded to applicants for the MBBS or MD degree from USAT, or graduates of any qualifying IMED/WDOMS School or College of Medicine who has met the qualifications for the distinction.

 

 

 

4.     Diploma in International Medicine. The Diploma in International Medicine may be awarded to medical students who, upon graduation with the MBBS or MD degree, have completed a significant portion of their clinical training in a country or culture other than the USA as part of their clinical training, where most student complete most of their clinical training.  Applicants for this distinction must of completed clinical training in at least two countries, and may include the USA as one of the two or more countries.

 

 

5.     Diplomat in International Medicine. The Diplomat in International Medicine is the highest recognition that can be awarded to Individuals who have contributed to the highest standards of medical care in the USA and abroad. The applicants must have demonstrated a sustained commitment and a substantial contribution of 5 or more years of cumulative duration since becoming registered as a practicing physician in any area of specialization.   The 5 years need not be consecutive, and may have been completed over any period of time.  Recommended for International MBBS to MD 5h year program.

 

 

6.     Doctor of Nursing Practice.  This program is designed for working Nurse Practitioners, who have previously completed an MSN-NP in any area of clinical specialization to complete the DNP degree.   The program consists of 12 months of advanced graduate level study, < to 20 weeks of additional doctoral level clinical experiences in selected [individualized] clinical areas, and a doctoral thesis in an area related to integrated clinical practice and/or medicine.  Note:  All doctoral thesis papers are scheduled for a public thesis defense at a location compatible with the student and a minimum of 5 faculty who have been appointed to the student’s graduate committee.  Typical timeframe is variable, with a typical minimum of 4 semesters.   This program is easily combined with and overlaps with the HCP to MD program, which may be competed simultaneously or independently so as to maximize the efficiency of the applicant’s time and resources.