The Central America Health Sciences University (CAHSU), Belize Medical College was founded in 1996. The University is located in Belize City, Belize. Previously known as British Honduras, Belize lies on the east coast of Central America in the heart of the Caribbean Basin. The country borders Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the west and south, and is flanked by the Caribbean Sea to the east. Belize offers beaches and a semi tropical climate. It is a small, politically stable Commonwealth country with English as its official language. The University's location in Belize City allows easy access to the United States, Central and South America and Mexico.

CAHSU is a medical school with a curriculum patterned after US medical programs. The University ensures its students receive a well-rounded education, allowing them to develop into skilled and responsible physicians well equipped to enter into the competitive job market upon graduation.

CAHSU Mission:

The mission of Central America Health Sciences University, Belize Medical College is to promote the health of all peoples through education and public service. The aim of our curriculum is to facilitate students to develop a thorough understanding of normal health and an intricate knowledge of the physical, chemical, biological, psychological, and social factors which may undermine it.

The medical program includes the study of the human body and its structure as well as the function and coordination of its major systems. Lectures, conferences and laboratory exercises form a substantial part of the course of study. The curriculum is continuously evaluated and revised by the Medical Education Committee in order to keep abreast with the latest advances including those related to health promotion and management.

On completion of the programs in the basic sciences, students are provided with the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge in the clinical setting by rotating through the various medical disciplines at the University's affiliated hospitals, located in the United States Of America, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Belize.

Recognition & Accreditation:
The University is chartered by the Government of Belize and is approved by the Ministry of Education in Belize. The Central America Health Sciences University is listed in 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 sit for the USMLE and to facilitate admission into a residency program in the United States. It is also recognized by the General Medical Council (GMC) of the United Kingdom to allow students to sit on the Professional Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) and to facilitate admission into a residency program in the United Kingdom.
Location:
Belize, previously known as British Honduras, lies on the east coast of Central America in the heart of the Caribbean Basin. The country borders Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the west and south, and is flanked by the Caribbean Sea to the east.
Geography:

The cayes (pronounced keys), the offshore atolls and the barrier reef are the main tourist attractions in Belize. The 185-mile long barrier reef is the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. The cayes are islands and mangroves located between the mainland and the barrier reef, on the barrier reef, and on or within the barrier reef perimeters of the offshore atolls.

Although the mangrove cayes are normally uninhabitable by humans, they do provide a superior habitat for birds and marine life. Many birds, fish, shellfish and marine organisms begin their lives within the protection of the mangrove.

The island cayes, which are distinguishable by their palm trees, have provided the foundation for the development of many fine resorts serving water sports enthusiasts and marine naturalists. The cayes and atolls are excellent for SCUBA diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating, sailing, sail boarding, sea kayaking, and provide a habitat for both nesting birds and turtles.

The northern half of the mainland of Belize is a plain that was once a seabed. The land is covered with a thin layer of soil supporting scrub vegetation and dense hardwood tropical forests. The coastal area is neither land nor sea, but a sodden combination of the two. It consists of mangrove and grasses, and is bordered by tussock grasses, cypress, and sycamore trees where the land separates from the water.

The central part of Belize consists of sandy soil supporting large savannas. Approximately thirty miles southwest of Belize City, in the enchanting Mountain Pine Ridge District and the Maya Mountains, the land begins to rise dramatically from between 1,500 and 3,680 feet above sea level. Abundant rainfall runs off to the northwest from the highlands, through number of streams, flowing into the Macal River. Ultimately, the Macal River and the Mopan River converge to provide the headwaters of the Belize River.

The southern part of Belize, with the Maya Mountains watershed to the southeast, consists of short rivers rushing through slopes combed with caves and overhanging ledges. The rivers, carrying sand, clay and silt, have enriched the coastal belt over the years, allowing Belize to develop significant agricultural products such as citrus and bananas. Along with an annual rainfall of 170 inches, southern Belize has a true tropical rain forest that is rich with ferns, palms, lianas and tropical hardwoods.

Climate:

The climate is subtropical, with a brisk prevailing wind from the Caribbean Sea. The country has an annual mean temperature of 79 F, and the humidity is nicely tempered by sea breezes.

Weather varies depending on elevation, which highlights the variety of types of geology, plant and animal life. Summer temperature never exceeds 96 F and seldom dips below 60 F in the winter, even at night. The saltwater temperature varies between 75 and 84 F.

 

The Central America Health Sciences University, Belize Medical College Basic Science and Clinical Medicine curriculum provides a high quality medical education which encourages students to take active responsibility for their learning process and to prepare them for life-long, self-directed learning.

The Basic Science program is five terms in length and may be completed in twenty months. The Clinical Medicine program is composed of 88 weeks of clinical rotations at affiliated hospitals in the United States of America, Belize and Mexico.

Basic Sciences Curriculum:

The Basic Medical Science curriculum:
Offers an in-depth program of the basic medical sciences.
Presents the range of problems encountered by doctors and the range of solutions
that have been developed for their recognition, investigation, prevention and treatment.
Covers the principles of disease, therapy, ethical and legal issues relevant to the practice of medicine.

Clinical Sciences Curriculum:
The Clinical Medical Sciences curriculum:
Presents the opportunity to record a history, perform a physical examination and interpret the findings.
Teaches the students to act independently correlating the clinical relevance to the basic sciences.
Gives access to areas of medical practice students may be interested in while pursuing their career.

On successful completion of the whole curriculum and satisfactorily meeting all the other requirements, students will be conferred with a MD degree.

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