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Four Year MD Program Overview

The MD program further consists of a 160-week curriculum that is typically completed within four calendar years:

  • Total Years = 4
  • Total Weeks = 160
  • Total Credits = 160
  • Total Credit Hours = 480

THE FOUR-YEAR MD PROGRAM IS CLASSIFIED INTO TWO PHASES:

1. BASIC SCIENCES (PRECLINICAL):

Year 1 and 2 of academic years comprises a total of:

  • Two years
  • 78 weeks
  • 80 Credits
  • 240 credit hours of study at BIMS SOM-HP campus in Montego Bay, Jamaica and

2. CLINICAL TRAINING     

Year 3 and 4 of academic years comprises a total of:

  • Two years
  • 82 weeks
  • 80 Credits
  • 240 credit hours of rotating through clerkships in the Clinical Sciences at BIMS SOM-HP associated teaching and participating hospitals principally in the United States, Jamaica, wider Caribbean and Asia


Credits & Credit Hours

A total of 480 credit hours are required at BIMS SOM-HP to obtain the Doctor of medicine Degree, as follows:

  • Years 1 & 2: Introduction to basic science with correlated system teaching, incorporating basic and clinical sciences in the study of an organ system, for a total of 240 credit hours.
  • Years 3 & 4: Clinical training is directed toward area of medicines that are important in family practice, for a total of 240 credit hours.

These are:

 

Year I 

Duration (Weeks)   

Credits     

Credit Hours

 

Semester 1

18 Weeks

17

51

 

Semester 2

18 Weeks

18

54

 

Semester 3

06 Weeks

07

21

Total Year 1

Three Semesters

42 Weeks

42

126

 

 

Year II

Duration (Weeks)   

Credits     

Credit Hours

 

Semester 1

18 Weeks

19

57

 

Semester 2

18 Weeks

19

57

Total Year 2

Two Semesters

36 Weeks

38

114

 

 

 

Year III

Duration (Weeks)   

Credits     

Credit Hours

 

Internal Medicine

12 Weeks

12

36

 

General Surgery

12 Weeks

12

36

 

Paediatrics (Adolescent) Medicine

06 Weeks

06

18

 

Obstetrics & Gynaecology 

08 Weeks

06

18

 

Psychiatry

04 Weeks

06

18

Total Year 3

42 Weeks

42

126

 

 

Year IV

Duration (Weeks)   

Credits     

Credit Hours

 

Family Medicine 

04 Weeks

04

12

 

Additional Electives

36 Weeks

34

112

Total Year 4

40 Weeks

38

114

 

Total = 4 Years

160 Weeks

160 Credits

148 Credit Hrs

                               

MEDICAL CURRICULUM

OVERVIEW

The medical curriculum offered at BIMS SOM-HP has adopted a flexible and an innovative trend in medical education with the delivery of a medical school curriculum which brings together the medical disciplines through integration of those branches but from a technology driven platform to:

  • foster greater communication and cooperation among departments.
  • develop a holistic perspective on the function of the human body in health and disease.
  • develop an understanding of the basic sciences and find that the knowledge gained will be useful in the laboratory in the hospital or the physician’s office.

The four-year MD Program is spread over four years (160 Weeks):

  1. Years 1 and 2: 78 WEEKS – BASIC SCIENCES (Preclinical)
  2. Years 3 and 4: 82 WEEKS – CLINCIAL TRAINING
  3. GLOBAL HEALTH TRACK (GHT) PROGRAMME – a four-year longitudinal track embedded into its curriculum.

Year 1 and 2: Two academic years / 78 weeks of study at BIMS SOM-HP campus in Montego Bay, Jamaica and

Year 3 and 4: Two academic years / 82 weeks of rotating through clerkships in the Clinical Sciences at teaching hospitals principally in the United States, Jamaica, Wider Caribbean and Asia.

CANCELLATION OF ENROLLMENT:

* The students have the right to cancel his/her enrollment agreement by the end of the first day of semester.

* After classes have commenced, the student has the right to withdraw at any time as per the following withdrawal process.

STUDENT WITHDRAWAL

          Official Withdrawal

  1. A student wishing to withdraw from further study at the institution for any reason at any time of the academic year, he/she will need to inform the Dean and the Admissions office with a written letter of intent and with immediate effect.
  1. The statement by the student must be dated and duly signed and further witnessed by a Justice of the peace in Jamaica or an Attorney at Law or a Notary public in Jamaica or their country of origin.
  1. The same document shall be sent by a courier or electronically to the above-mentioned offices and are required to receive written approval for a Leave of Absence (LOA) from the Office of the Dean of Students
  1. DISCONTINUED ATTENDANCE OR NOTIFICATION TO THE INSTRUCTOR OR ANY OTHER OFFICE WILL NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFICIAL WITHDRAWAL.

    Unofficial Withdrawal
  1. If a student stop attending classes or clinical rotations and has not provided a Withdrawal Form, notified the Dean and Admissions office of a withdrawal, or requested a Leave of Absence, he/she will be unofficially withdrawn from the institution through the Administrative Withdrawal process.
  1. An interruption of enrollment status that does not qualify as a leave of absence is considered as a unofficial withdrawal as of the last date of attendance.
  1. DISCONTINUED ATTENDANCE OR NOTIFICATION TO THE INSTRUCTOR OR ANY OTHER OFFICE WILL CONSTITUTE AN UNOFFICIAL WITHDRAWAL.

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