American University of St Vincent School of Medicine
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The first two years of education are part of the basic science program. They are mostly classroom-based with patient exposure given through health centres and the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in St Vincent. The third and fourth years are part of the clinical science program and consist of rotations through medicine's different major specialities.
The basic science program constitutes the first two years and is comprised of five semesters. Each semester lasts for 15-weeks. Basic science instruction consists of lectures, laboratories, case studies, and clinics.
Students begin their study of the basic sciences with learning about microscopic anatomy, which presents the normal structure and function of cells, tissues and the organ systems, and biochemistry which teaches the chemistry of cells, tissues and the organ systems. This is followed by studying the structure of the human body. Students also study the physical, psychological, and social development of humans and the legal and ethical issues associated with healthcare provision. They will then begin to learn about the pathology and pathophysiology of the organ systems and infectious diseases.