Medical University of the Americas was founded over 20 years ago on a philosophy of education that believes students are best-taught medicine in small classes, with one-on-one instruction, and with a commitment to providing education on par with U.S. and Canadian medical schools.
Today MUA continues to adhere to those founding principles, and has earned a reputation for academic excellence—and graduate success—that has made it a leader among international medical schools.
Here are just a few reasons so many doctors now get their start at MUA:
- Key U.S. Approvals: MUA is one of only a handful of international medical schools with approvals from the key states of New York, California, and Florida. This means that MUA students have access to high-quality clinical rotations in their 3rd and 4th years of medical school that would otherwise be unavailable to them, as well as access to sought-after residencies and licensure in the case of New York and California, respectively. Collectively, these approvals also make MUA graduates who complete the requisite licensing exams eligible to practice in all 50 U.S. states and Canada.
- Residency Placements: MUA students obtain residencies in competitive programs across the full range of medical specialties in the U.S. and Canada. Many of MUA’s graduates excel in their residencies, becoming Chief Residents, and many pursue Fellowship opportunities following residency. Since 2001, 88% of MUA graduates seeking residency have secured positions in programs in the U.S. and Canada.
- Access to U.S. Federal Financial Aid: MUA is one of a select group of international medical schools approved by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the U.S. Federal Financial Aid programs.
- Integrated, Systems-Based Curriculum: MUA’s academic program is based on the integrated, systems-based approach in use at top U.S. medical schools. Diverse learning opportunities include interactive lectures, small-group work sessions, individual and group presentations, team-based learning, and simulations with standardized patients. In addition, our program offers learning experiences you won’t find at big international schools. For example, MUA’s first-semester anatomy class includes dissection of cadavers, as at many U.S. medical schools, giving you the early hands-on training you won’t get at the bigger schools. Also, MUA offers a special research module that teaches you critical analytical skills you’ll need throughout your medical career to evaluate and assimilate scientific evidence and continually expand your knowledge.
- USMLE Success: MUA students have a 95% first-time pass rate on the critically important USMLE Step 1 exam, on a tier with top U.S. medical schools.
- Clinical Rotations: MUA has an extensive clinical program at ACGME-approved teaching hospitals throughout the United States and Canada, providing the core knowledge and broad-based experience that is essential to obtaining a top residency.
- Our Faculty: All MUA faculty members have an advanced medical or doctoral degree (MD, MBBS, Ph.D.) in their academic field, with postgraduate training in their specialty, as well as demonstrated experience in teaching and research.
- Class Size: At the core of MUA’s educational philosophy is the belief that small class sizes, with significant student-teacher interaction, are fundamental to the student experience. This means that MUA students get the one-to-one attention in the basic sciences and the ongoing support during their clinical rotations they need. This is a critical benefit that larger medical schools simply cannot offer.
- Canadian Students: Canadians make up a large proportion of each incoming class at MUA. MUA has a very strong track record of placing graduates in residencies in Canada and the U.S.
- Campus: Located on the beautiful island of Nevis, MUA’s 10-acre campus boasts modern classrooms (including a dedicated on-campus test center), fully equipped laboratories, an extensive library, and an island hospital where students can get clinical experience early in their basic sciences study. Outside the classroom, students enjoy well-appointed dorms and gym facilities, plus all the amenities of Nevis island life, including a weekly fresh produce market and the stunning beaches Nevis is famous for.
"They want you to be successful, and that’s what I love the most about it. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for MUA."
—Andy Truong, MD
MUA's Accreditations and Approvals
Medical University of the Americas is a fully accredited medical school.
Medical University of the Americas’ M.D. program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM), the accrediting body for Nevis. The University is also accredited by the St. Kitts and Nevis Accreditation Board.
Comparability to U.S. Medical School Requirements
The United States Department of Education, via the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), reviews the standards that countries use to accredit medical schools. The NCFMEA has determined that the accreditation standards used by the ACCM to accredit MUA's medical program are comparable to those used by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting body that accredits M.D.-granting medical programs in the United States.
Approved for U.S. Federal Loans
Medical University of the Americas is one of the select international medical schools approved to participate in U.S. Federal Student Aid programs.
Approved by New York, California and Florida
Medical University of the Americas is one of the few international medical schools with approvals in the key states of New York, California, and Florida. These states mandate institutional review and approval prior to granting access to clerkship opportunities in their respective states. Medical University of the Americas' students who successfully complete the requisite licensing examinations are eligible to practice medicine in Canada, Puerto Rico, and all 50 U.S states. Specifically, the following bodies have approved, recognized, or licensed Medical University of the Americas:
- Approved by the New York State Education Department: In addition to clerkship opportunities, New York approval provides access to residencies in the state.
- Recognized by the Medical Board of California: Recognition is also necessary for licensure. Additionally, other states follow California’s recognition for the purposes of licensure.
- Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education
Record of Success
Since its founding in 1998, the Medical University of the Americas has enjoyed a steady track record of success, with more than 1,000 graduates, excellent performance on licensing exams, and a history of winning top residency positions. MUA has received the recognition of key licensing authorities, including the New York State Education Department, the Medical Board of California, and the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education.
MUA students have obtained residency appointments in virtually every medical specialty and subspecialty at renowned teaching hospitals and leading medical centers across the U.S. and Canada. In a typical year, more than half of our students obtain residencies in fields outside of Family Medicine. A significant number are selected as Chief Residents, and many pursue Fellowship (subspecialty) training following their residencies.
A sampling of some of the recent post-graduate programs where MUA students have obtained residencies:
- Albert Einstein (Neurology)
- Case Western Reserve (Emergency Medicine)
- Cleveland Clinic Health System – Fairview Hospital (Surgery)
- Duke University (Psychiatry)
- Louisiana State University (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
- Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, St. Cloud, MN (Family Medicine)
- Michigan State University (Family Medicine)
- New York Medical College (Surgery)
- Queen’s University (Pediatrics)
- St. Vincent’s Medical Center – Connecticut (Diagnostic Radiology)
- Tulane (Neurology)
- University of Arizona (Internal Medicine)
- University of Florida (Pathology, Pediatrics)
- University of Nevada (Surgery)
- University of North Carolina (Anesthesiology)
- University of Pennsylvania (Anesthesiology)
- University of Saskatchewan (Surgery)
- University of Tennessee (Urology)
- University of Toronto (Neurosurgery)
In addition, many MUA graduates have residencies in Family and Internal Medicine across the U.S. and Canada.
"Matching to my first choice back home in Georgia was the highlight of my life, and that's all because MUA was there for me."
—Emily Kurokawa, MD
Medical University of the Americas has always been committed to making medical education as affordable as possible.
MUA’s tuition and fees are the lowest of the Tier 1 international medical schools. In fact, in some cases, tuition and fees at the other schools can be nearly double those of MUA. With the financial flexibility that this lower tuition provides, our students are able to complete their education with far less indebtedness than students at other medical schools, and can more easily transition to a rewarding career as a doctor.
MUA's Clinical Difference
MUA, like other international medical schools, offers a full complement of tools to help students organize patient notes, perform self-assessments, and manage other elements of their clinical rotations. What sets MUA’s clinical program apart, however, is the personalized, hands-on support provided by MUA’s faculty at every stage of a student’s clinical rotations.
Small Size. Big Support.
MUA’s small class size, combined with our emphasis on personalized learning, means you’ll receive a level of support and guidance during your clinical rotations that simply can’t be matched by bigger schools—particularly those with classes three and four times as big as MUA’s.
At every step of your clinical rotations, MUA faculty will be in contact with your attending physicians and preceptors to monitor your progress. They’ll personally review your logs and casework and provide regular assessments to make sure you’re progressing as expected.
And if you’re not, they’ll work with you and your preceptors to steer you back on track.
Clinical, Professional and Personal
MUA’s objective is not only to make sure each student maximizes his or her clinical experience but also focuses on career planning and personal growth. Additionally, MUA works with students on the mundane yet vital administrative details that come with clinical rotations, such as housing and scheduling.
The result is that MUA students are able to focus fully on their clinical, professional, and personal development during this critical phase of their education, knowing the MUA team is behind them.
That’s a far cry from the experience at other schools, where students are often on their own once they move on from Basic Sciences.
Hand-Picked Programs—and No Waiting
MUA’s extensive clinical network ensures that there is no waiting period for clinical rotations.
Without the challenge of having to place hundreds of students at once, MUA is more selective about the clinical sites it chooses for its students.
At these sites, students have the opportunity to become immersed in the finer points of clinical medicine, and they receive significant hands-on training under the guidance and supervision of the clinical faculty and deans.
The Key to Great Residencies
The extensive experience progressively gained through each clinical rotation, both cores and electives, combined with MUA’s oversight, prepares each student for board exams, USMLE Step II CK/CS, and ultimately successful placement into residency and success as a resident and a physician.
Most important, MUA provides students with a comprehensive “Road to Residency” plan, which clearly identifies all steps required to gain a desirable residency position. MUA’s clinical faculty works individually with students to prepare them for each step of the process, helping them train for the Step II exams, identifying potential residency opportunities, and even conducting mock residency interviews.
Our goal is to do everything possible to make sure MUA students get the training, development, and support they need to get the residency they want, and ultimately to succeed as a practicing clinician.
"What really impressed me was when I got to the clinical part of the education...the rotation spots offer you tremendous opportunities."
— Henry Nguyen
Student Life at MUA
It’s true that classrooms, labs, and studies will be the focus of your time at MUA—but there is more to medical school than that, particularly here.
It starts with our emphasis on community, and our requirement that all unaccompanied students spend their first semester living in communal dorms. Not only does this simplify life as you make your transition into medical school, but it helps build a sense of camaraderie among your classmates that will last through your years at MUA and beyond.
And then there is the amazing adventure of spending two years of your life on the beautiful and historic island of Nevis—an opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture and a different way of life that you may never have again.
So yes, you will study hard when you come to MUA. But you will leave not only with an incomparable medical education but with good friends and a lifetime of memories.
Why Choose MUA
Practice in the US or Canada: By virtue of MUA’s approval by the states of New York, California and Florida, MUA graduates are eligible to practice in all 50 states and the Canadian provinces
Residency placements: Graduates earn residencies in competitive programs in both the US and Canada
Access to US Federal Financial Aid: Approved by the US Department of Education to participate in the US Federal Financial Aid programs
Integrated systems-based curriculum: Learn through a mix of interactive lectures, small-group work sessions and simulations with standardized patients
USMLE success: 95% average first-time pass rate on USMLE Step 1 Exam, between 2015 and 2019
Clinical rotations: Access to clinical programs at credentialed teaching hospitals in the US and Canada
Our faculty: All our faculty members have an advanced or doctoral medical degree in their academic field
Class size: Small class sizes to encourage student-teacher interaction
Campus location: Study on the beautiful island of Nevis in the Caribbean
Charlestown, Saint Paul Charlestown Parish, Saint Kitts and Nevis