About CAHSU

Central America Health Sciences University(CAHSU) is a modern, technologically up-to-date medical school with standards comparable to those of worldwide universities. The CAHSU faculty not only prepares graduates to practice in the various fields of medicine but also to hold distinguished positions among their colleagues. The University was founded in 1996, chartered by the Governament, and is approved by the Ministry of Education in Belize. Central America Health Sciences.

University is listed the World Directory of Medical Schools published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The University is recognized by the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates(ECFMG) for students to take the USMLE and get into a residency program in the United States and by the General Medical Council for students to take the PLAB and get into a residency program in the United Kingdom. CAHSU is ahead of other medical schools that must adhere to standards set by their respective countries. This combined with innovative teaching methods better prepares graduates to practice medicine any place in the world.

Why a 4-Year Program ?

Students who take the traditional route with aspirations of studying medicine to become practicing Physicians in United States must complete a 4-year pre-medical program before applying to medical school. Many by their 4th year get discouraged by the harsh reality of how few of the highly qualified applicants actually are admitted to medical schools. Many of the students who do not lose sight of their goals and apply to medical school still do not get accepted (over 53%) and go on to study for a Master’s Degree with the hopes of becoming more competitive applicants. Because of this many medical school graduates are excellent academians but recent concern has been raised over the ability of these students in relating to their patients and establishing rapport Our 4-Year Baccalaureate/MD program is designed to help students develop the interpersonal skills that are everincreasingly lacking in present-day medicine while giving them the basic foundations and ample clinical exposure which are essential in helping doctors excel among their peers.

Plan of Study and Curriculum

The first graduating class of new students was admitted for the September 1996 term. Students are admitted every January, May and September of each school year. The school is conducted on a trimester system and has a pattern similar to that of US medical schools. All classes are taught in English. The Baccalaureate/MD program is scheduled over twelve (12) trimesters. Pending completion of all recquired coursework, in as little as 4years students can receive an MD (Doctor of Medicine) Degree, Students take their first 6 trimisters at our campus in Belize. The next 108 weeks in the affliated Hospitals.T CAHSU CAHSU< Belize Medical College’s Program of Study has been designed with objectives equivalent to those of American medical schools. The number of courses and hours are identical to the majority of American schools. Courses that are required by only some states have been adopted as part of the curriculum to avoid licensing complications for the graduate seeking licenture in any state in the USA. During the first six trimisters students will compete all the basic medical science classes and during the remaining 108 weeks the required hospital clerkships.

The medical program includes the study of the human body and its structure, function and coordination of its major systems. Lectures, conferences and laboratory exercises form a substantial part of the student’s course of study. The aim of our curriculum is to inculcate upon our students the knowledge of normal health, and an understanding of the physical, chemical, biological, psychological and social factors affecting a patient’s health.

Students acquire the essential skills needed for the practice of medicine, and are provided with the opportunity to refine their clinical skills through clinical training at the affliated hospitals. Clinical rotations are available in the USA, UK, Mexico and Belize. Every effort will be made to place students in the clinical facility of their choice. Also, Students who wish for and can secure positions other than at an affliated hospital teaching facility may petition to rotate through that specific hospital. Their petition will be approved if the concerned authorities classify the hospital as a teaching hospital.

Campus Technology

The campus is fully equipped with high speed wireless internet. Students are urged to bring their laptops with either a built in or external wireless card. Upon arrival our highly trained technicians will configure all laptops to the campus wireless system.

Evaluation of Curriculum

The curriculum is continuously evaluated and revised by the Medical Education Committee in order to keep up with the advances in the field of medicine and to assure the highest quality of education for the students. The program is continually updated and improved to ensure that CAHSU remains ahead of current methodology, technology, techniques and breakthroughs.

Licensing Information

After successfully completing the twelve trimester terms of training at CAHSU, Baccalaureate/MD students receive a Doctor of Medicine Degree (MD). Students are then eligible to compete a residency program, subject to the regulations of the country in which they apply for participation in such residency program. The university is currently in the process of developing several residency programs with the assistance of the Belize Governament. These programs will initially be in General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Family medicine, Emergency Medicine, Gynecology, Obstetrics and Radiology. Details, terms and requirements of these programs will become available in the future for those students expressing interest. All students are encouraged to research the regulations of their country or state in relation to physicians or specialists who have completed their training, residency program or specialization in another country. The United States Medical Licensing Examination(USMLE) is given in three steps by the Federation of State Medical Boards(FSMB), and is required prior to licensure in the USA. Passing the first two steps of the USMLE as well as the ECFMG English Test gives students the certification necessary to attend post-graduate residency training programs in the USA. This will qualify foreign medical graduates to apply for a residency program in the United States.

Student Housing

Name of housing Complex: Los Lagos Students at CAHSU, Belize Medical College are currently utilizing the area of Los Lagos as their student residency community. Prior to your arrival at the university, you are asked to contact the university and make contact with the Office of Student Services and indicate your housing preferences (some students prefer to share their housing with a roommate to save on costs). Los Lagos is located approximately one mile from the university or approximately five minutes driving distance. All houses are two bedroom, two bathrooms, one study room with desk and chair, sofa set, refrigerator, dining table with four chairs, TV stand, TV, Twin Tub washer, rug, shower heater, gas tank, plates, pots, pans, glass cups, knives, forks, spoons, two fans and a coffee table Note: It is the responsibility of the student to purchase any additional items that are not listed above example mop, broom, mop bucket cutting knives, mirrors and other items needed that are not listed! Furthermore, personal items should be obtained by the student and not at the expense of the university. Student housing is not owned by the University; houses are owned by local land lords functioning as a group to provide student housing

Location

Central America Health Sciences University, Belize Medical College is located in Belize. Previously known as British Honduras, Belize lays on the East coast of Central America in the heart of the Caribbean Basin, bordering with Mexico to the North, Guatemala to the West and South, and flanked by the Caribbean Sea to the East. Belize is a small politically stable British Commonwealth country in Central America with English as the official language. Belize is most popular for its wide beaches, vacation spots, its semi tropical climate, and its proximity to the United States, Mexico, and South America.

The CAHSU campus is located at Mile 13 ½ on the Northern Highway, Belize. Belize is a small country, 8,867 square miles, about the site of Massachusetts. The capital city is Belmopan, which is a small city with a population of approx 19,458. The main population center in Belize is Belize City, The population of the city is about 180,000. The total population of the country is about 700,000: Belize is the most sparsely populated nation in Central America. English is the official language and nearly all people speak it. Spanish is the native tongue of about 50%, and is spoken by about 20% as a second language.

Belize Climate

The climate is subtropical, with a brisk prevailing wind from the Caribbean Sea. The country has an annual mean temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit, and humidity is nicely tempered by the Sea breezes. Variation in weather features emphasizes the interesting difference in elevation, geology, plant and animal life. Summer high temparatures usually never exceed 96 degrees Fahrenheit, and winter lowa are seldom below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, even at night. Saltwater temperature varies between 75 degrees Fahrenheit and 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainfall ranges from 50 inches in the North to 170 inches in the South. Although the rainy season is usually between in June and August and the dry season is between February and May, global weather changes are making historical predictions somewhat invalid. At the end of October the weather does become cooler, and from November to February it is pleasant with showers of rain. Average humidity is 85 percent.

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