At MUA, we teach a modern, systems-based curriculum similar to what you’ll find at leading U.S. medical schools. What truly differentiates MUA is how we teach it.
"The professors on the island were awesome. They built relationships with us. They were always there for help."
—Brian Chwiecko, MD
2015 MUA Graduate
Residency: Internal Medicine
Reading Hospital, Reading, PA
Experienced, Supportive Faculty
We begin, of course, with a highly experienced and accomplished faculty. All MUA faculty members are seasoned educators and hold an advanced medical degree (MD, MBBS) or doctoral degree in the field they teach.
But we also look for something special when we hire faculty: a demonstrated willingness to welcome and encourage student interaction. In fact, one of the main reasons faculty members tell us they chose MUA over other schools is the opportunity we give them to work closely with their students.
It’s a core belief at MUA that students learn best in small classes, where they have the opportunity to work one-on-one with their professors. You won’t find the anonymous, big lecture hall experience at MUA that’s increasingly becoming the norm at other schools.
Small classes allow for individualized attention throughout the semester, from the important early days when critical concepts are being established, to exam time, when getting just a few more minutes of insight and explanation from an experienced teacher can make all the difference.
Always an Open Door
You’ll feel that faculty support not only in the classroom, but outside of it. MUA faculty members maintain a flexible open-door policy, and make themselves available to students whenever they’re needed.
Let’s face it: Medical school is challenging enough. Struggling to get sufficient time with your teachers is an extra challenge you don’t need.
"I really enjoyed MUA because of the small number of students. You don't feel like you're lost. And I found the teachers to be very, very good."
—Tameca Bakker, MD
2014 MUA Graduate
Residency: Family Medicine
PinnacleHealth, Harrisburg, PA
What’s more, MUA’s faculty support doesn’t end you when you move on to your clinical rotations in the U.S. and Canada. MUA provides significantly more oversight and guidance during clinicals than other schools. (You can learn more about that on our Clinical Difference page.)
The MUA Magic
Finally, MUA’s insistence on small classes and supportive faculty has benefits that extend beyond the classroom. It creates a true feeling of community at MUA, a sense that faculty members and fellow students are all working together toward the common goal of helping you become a doctor.
It’s a feeling that’s hard to quantify, but it’s there. Some call it, simply, “the MUA Magic.” Whatever it is, you will feel it from the moment you arrive on campus to the moment you and your classmates graduate as doctors—together.