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C L I N I C A L   P R O G R A M 
School Of Medicine

After the first 80 weeks of pre-clinical studies, students spend the second 80 weeks of their medical study program in clinical facilities, often called “rotations” or “clerkships”. In the clinical facilities, the students learn by ‘apprenticeship’ to specialists in the various clinical disciplines.


By working under close supervision with experts, students learn to treat patients and to acquire the skills of communications, interviewing, history taking, physical examination and medical procedures. This is accomplished in hospital and clinic based models. Rotations are broken down into two sequential components: 48 weeks of prescribed core rotations and 32 weeks of elective rotations.

C O U R S E    S T R U C T U R E
Required Core
R E Q U I R E D    C O R E    C L E R K S H I P S

The first 48 weeks of prescribed core rotations are the foundation of the student’s clinical education framework. Therefore we encourage the student to schedule core rotations during their 3rd year.  We are flexible with this schedule because of our diverse student population and the ever changing demands of global jurisdictions.

All clinical rotations must be approved in advance by the IUHS Clinical Affairs Office. The core studies consist of the following:

  • 12 weeks Internal Medicine

  • 12 weeks Surgery

  • 6 weeks Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • 6 weeks Pediatrics

  • 6 weeks Psychiatry

  • 6 weeks General Family Practice

University core and elective requirements represent the minimum number of weeks which IUHS requires for students to qualify for graduation.

University Affiliated teaching Hospitals and Clinics


The Clinical Affairs Office arranges and places students in clinical rotations in affiliate hospitals in St. Kitts, United States, UK, Australia, India, Mexico and other appropriate jurisdictions.


For the students who have hospital privileges or a point of contact to a potential clinical site IUHS will pursue an affiliation when possible. IUHs has made over seven hundred such affiliations over the years to accommodate students needs while growing the teaching network of the school.

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