Central America Health Sciences University
University description (as per official university website)
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.
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.
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.