Our MD Program

Washington University of Health and Science (Belize) offers Basic Sciences and Clinical Sciences curricula which are designed to prepare students for licensure and practice in the US or Canada.

Program Overview

Our MD Program consists of 11 semesters (MD1-MD11) that are divided as follows:

  • Basic Sciences (MD1 – MD5)

    MD1 – MD4: Foundations of Medicine
    This segment of the Basic Sciences program is conducted in our School of Medicine campus, located in San Pedro, Belize. The duration of the study is approximately 16 months.

    MD5: Introduction to Clinical Medicine
    After completing the Foundations of Medicine portion, students are eligible to study for a single semester in the United States, in preparation for their upcoming clinical training. This segment introduces students to Clinical Medicine in addition to Physical Diagnosis. A USMLE Review is also given in this semester.

  • Clinical Sciences (MD6 – MD11)

    After passing our Basic Sciences program, students are eligible to to enter clinical clerkships, in rotation, in several specific fields. There is a total of 76 weeks of required clinical core clerkships and electives. All clinical training is conducted in our affiliate hospitals in the United States.


  • Premed Program

    Our Premed Program qualifies students who do not meet any or all of the academic requirements for the MD Program at WUHS. The Premed Program consists of two-semesters coursework in each of the following:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
    • English

Objective of the Program

  • Patient Care

    The graduate is able to:

    1. Approach the care of patients as a cooperative endeavor, integrating patients’ concerns and ensuring their health needs are addressed.
    2. Comprehensively evaluate patients by obtaining accurate and pertinent medical histories; conducting appropriate and thorough physical examinations; gathering detailed ancillary information; and synthesizing all relevant data to generate prioritized differential diagnoses and formulate plans of care that reflect an understanding of the environment in which health care is delivered.

  • Medical Knowledge

    The graduate is able to:

    1. Demonstrate a broad working knowledge of the fundamental science, principles, and processes basic to the practice of medicine and apply this knowledge in a judicious and consistent manner to prevent common health problems and achieve effective and safe patient care.
    2. Understand the clinical relevance of scientific inquiry and demonstrate the ability to evaluate emerging knowledge and research as it applies to diagnosis, treatment and the prevention of disease.

  • Practice-Based Learning

    The graduate is able to:

    1. Evaluate the performance of individuals and systems to identify opportunities for improvement.
    2. Seek out and apply best practices, measure the effect of changes and develop strategies to improve performance.

  • Interpersonal Communications

    The graduate is able to:

    1. Demonstrate leadership and collaborate effectively with other healthcare team members and professional associates.
    2. Understand how human diversity may influence or interfere with exchange of information.

  • Systems-Based Practice

    The graduate is able to:

    1. Understand the institutions and individuals that participate in healthcare delivery and the role of the physician in the health care system.
    2. Appropriately use system resources and assist patients in accessing health care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable.