Caribbean Medical University is one of the top medical schools in the Caribbean, established by Caribbean Medical University Foundation and registered on the island of Curacao, supported by the Government of Curacao.
Our goal is to prepare students for the next level of medical training in ACGME-accredited American teaching hospitals by implementing U.S. standard curriculum, used in the best North American LCME/AAMC colleges of medicine stressing Higher Order Thinking Skills (knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation) tested in USMLE Step I rather than simple memorization of facts.
At Caribbean Medical University, we intend to create an entirely new model of medical education, one that will enhance the university’s ability to act as a transformational agent in health care. Our unique approach embraces cross-disciplinary teaching modalities, breakthrough technologies, and innovative ways to advance training in both basic science and clinical skills throughout the medical school curriculum. In addition, we wish to deepen students’ understanding of academic medicine to better prepare tomorrow’s doctors and make a far-reaching impact on their further career.
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Des Plaines, IL
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The MD Program
The Premedical Program is designed to provide students with the strong foundation needed to handle the rigorous course of study they will experience in the MD Program. Premed consists of 3 semesters (16 weeks each) and has been designed for high school graduates or college students with less than 90 credit hours, who seek admission to a medical school and don't meet the MD Program requirements.
This three-semester program can be entered at each year depending upon academic qualifications. It offers undergraduate sciences and laboratories, as well as post-high school level of Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, English and Calculus. Those courses contribute to the overall goals of a pre-professional education and much of the final semester of the premedical program is taught by the medical school faculty members.
Students must achieve a ‘B’ average to maintain satisfactory academic progress. To be eligible for promotion into the medical sciences, a student must successfully complete all three semesters with at least 2.8 GPA and pass the Premedical Science Post Examination (PSPE).
During semesters 1-4, students concentrate on studying Basic Medical Sciences for 16 months. CMU administers both subject and comprehensive review exams intended to provide students with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the medical board examinations.
While they are not counted toward a student's academic grade, they are used to assess his or her readiness to be certified to take the medical board examinations.
The Basic Science semesters follow the new paradigm in medical education. All of the traditional didactic classroom and lab work is conducted in modern facilities, and clinical experiences begin in the first semester at three hospitals located on Curacao
Students receive preparation for the USMLE via the Basic Science curriculum, Kaplan, Becker or Pass review program, an electronic final exam (shelf exam) of seven hours simulating the actual USMLE, and course examinations that have been written in USMLE format.
During semesters 5-10, students experience clerkships focused on clinical medical sciences for 72 weeks. Clerkships consist of Clinical Core Rotations and Clinical Elective Rotations at approximately 30 clinical sites. Sites in the U.S. offer residency programs approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or are affiliated with a medical school.
After completing core clerkship rotations students are eligible to take the USMLE Step 2. Upon successfully passing the exam, students proceed to a residency program. Most students take Step 2 before graduation in order to be ECFMG certified and then apply for a residency.