Caribbean Medical University is recognized in the same way as any other medical schools in the Caribbean. It is recognized by the Government of Curacao and the Government of the Netherlands Antilles.
CMU is listed by the Education Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and World Health Organization (WHO) as an approved school so that our students are eligible to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) as well as licensing examinations in other countries.
Residents of Canada are required to take the MCCEE licensing examination and upon it’s successful completion, graduates will be able seek residency in Canada.
Caribbean Medical University Foundation has been registered under the law of the Netherlands Antilles for the purpose of establishing Caribbean Medical University. The founders are highly qualified, experienced professionals with extensive experience in medical education.
In general all our graduates are eligible for licensure in the United States. Each State has individual State licensing requirements. All States require ECFMG certification for international medical school graduates, which includes passing Steps 1, 2 (CK and CS) and 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), and successfully completing three years of residency training.
Each State has individual requirements relating to such areas as number of undergraduate credits received, age of the applicant, moral character of the applicant, etc. CMU’s educational standards will provide you with the necessary skills to pass the requisite examinations and to obtain a residency training position and licensure in those States.
We are still growing and establishing our reputation as a medical school, however there are still some advantages that CMU has over the others. Let us list them:
MD Curriculum is comprised of 10 semesters: 4 semesters of Basic Medical Sciences taught on Curacao and 6 semesters of clinical medical sciences taught at affiliated hospitals and approved training centers in the U.S. Each semester is about 16 weeks (3 1/2 months) long with 3 week vacation breaks between each semester.
In order to maintain a proper interaction between the students and the faculty members, we limit class sizes to no more than 60 students per class. When enrollment increases, we may split courses into separate sections to maintain the small class sizes.
Because the majority of applicants are accepted directly into the MD Program, the Premedical Program class size is relatively small and consists of not more than 20 students.
Professors generally submit their lecture notes or Power Point slides which are made available online. Wireless access points installed around campus enable students with laptops, and wireless access, to download the day’s notes prior to lecture in the convenience of the lecture halls.
All professors have designated office hours when they are available to answer questions. Professors are also required to set up additional appointments with students if necessary.
The Faculty has been created from a group of highly qualified applicants, trained in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia, with a long teaching or clinical experience. Most of them hold M.D., Ph.D., MBBS., PharmD or equivalent degrees.
In addition, the University cooperates with dozens of excellent visiting faculty members and honorary professors from various Medical Schools and different countries.
To maintain satisfactory student-teacher ratio, CMU has to appoint more qualified personnel as the student population grows rapidly.
The Basic Science Program courses have been designed according to the highest international education standards, which help our students prepare for the USMLE exams. We require the students to take the USMLE Step 1 within the first 6 months of completing the Basic Sciences Program.
Seriously considering the fact that many students of Caribbean medical schools fail USMLE Step 1 exam many times, the Academic Committee has formed an unique Curriculum with USMLE Review Courses being offered in the fifth semester of Basic Science Program to put strong pressure on effective preparation the students for this important exam.
The USMLE Step 2 (including Step 2CK and Step 2CS) is a clinically oriented exam so we work with the hospitals and preceptors to ensure that all students will receive excellent training to help them prepare and we track the students’ progress using the NBME shelf exams for each core rotation.
CMU has clinical sites in United Stated teaching Hospitals and various clinical out-patient programs that are affiliated with US and Caribbean medical schools. Currently we have agreements with hospitals and preceptors in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. We require that our students complete their core rotations in the approved teaching hospitals before doing electives in other hospitals.
Graduates of all international medical schools, who successfully complete Step 1 and Step 2 (CK and CS) of the USMLE and who receive ECFMG certification are eligible for residency training in the United States. Students apply through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).
Citizens of the United States, who have graduated from an international medical school have distinct advantage in obtaining residency training if they have completed Clinical Rotation at US Hospitals. There are approximately 23,000 first year residency position each year and only about 17,000 US medical school graduates, therefore, there is a surplus of residency positions, that are available for international medical schools graduates.
The supervision of the foreign medical graduates is through the ECFMG in the US and the MCC in Canada so students can contact those organizations about the requirements for their countries.
CMU applications can be submitted online through our website. We also accept applications sent directly to the Admission Office by regular mail. The complete application should comply with the admission requirements and contain all submittals and fees in order to start the process of evaluation. A decision is usually communicated within 2-3 weeks of the application date.
You should check Admission Step by Step page for detailed information.
There are admission counselors who can assist you in determining whether your academic preparation is acceptable for admission to the medical school. We encourage you to contact the Office of Admission for a preliminary evaluation of your eligibility. The office may request unofficial transcripts for the purpose of making such an evaluation.
While the University does not require MCAT scores, it is strongly recommended to enclose them if available to significantly improve the chances of being admitted.
Yes. However, applications for transfer/advanced standing are evaluated on an individual basis, by the Admission Committee. In general, the student must be transferring from a IMED listed medical school to qualify.
Please Note: CMU does not grant advanced standing to students for work done in schools of Podiatry, Allied Health, Chiropractic, Dentistry, Physician Assistants or Nurses. Health professionals who wish to upgrade their skills and earn an MD degree may be admitted to the first semester of Medical Science Program.
Curacao is a Caribbean tourist destination located approximately 35 miles off the northern coast of Venezuela. The island is 38 miles long and varies between 2 and 8 miles in width. Although English is spoken everywhere and the U.S. dollar is an accepted currency, the island retains many elements of European culture. The up-market lifestyle offers over 400 restaurants ranging from elegant Cuisine, sidewalk cafes, to American fast food. There are pristine beaches, excellent diving and other tropical sports activities, and duty-free shopping. For further details about Curacao, please visit http://www.curacao.com
The average apartment rent is about $700, with a range of about $550-$900 per month. Your monthly rent will depend on factors such as quality, location, Internet & TV fees, and whether or not utilities are included.
The cost of food is comparable to U.S. and Canada but all other products and services may cost a little bit more because of the fact that Curacao is mostly a tourist destination.
The price of utilities can vary from $50 to $150, depending on where you live, and the frequency of use (especially air conditioning). You may want to consider a location that exposes your apartment to trade winds in order to reduce the need for air conditioning. Be sure to inquire about the cost of utilities with previous tenants of the same complex, and the landlord, prior to signing the lease.
For further information regarding housing, please consult the CMU Housing Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
A round trip ticket costs between $500-$800. This may vary according to season and availability.
The CMU Office has a list of local apartment owners available to the student at $400-$800 per month. To reduce the living expenses we strongly encourage students to find a roommate and split some expenses. Please note: The housing department is not responsible for arranging off campus housing for students.
We are proud to be among only few Caribbean Medical Schools that provide students with on-site student dormitories. There are 40 units within 20 minutes walking distance from the campus, available to students at a very competitive monthly rate. The rate includes room, wired and wireless Internet connection, water, electricity, A/C, microwave, stove, small microwave and monthly cleaning. In 2019 there will be additional 40-50 rooms constructed next to the current facilities;
The US dollar, although not official, is accepted everywhere on the island. Traveler’s Checks are also widely accepted, while personal checks are generally not. It is advisable to have approximately $1000 available either in the form of cash or through an ATM card to support you during the first few weeks.
US and Canadian Banking Cards are accepted to withdraw money at numerous ATM machines on the island, therefore there is no need to open up a local checking or savings account. Most banks will charge a $1-$3 fee for each ATM cash withdrawal. You may ask your bank to lower, or even wave, the fee for you as a students studying abroad.
Caribbean Medical University provides Internet access to students for study and personal use on the campus. Several computers as well as wireless connections are available on campus, accessible during school hours. There are several Internet providers available for home use.
Yes, but the only requirement is to have a cell phone supporting SIM card that can be purchased locally at one of several phone companies. The price is about $15 for the activation and initial credit to make phone calls.
There are several ways to communicate including e-mail, instant messaging, call-back, net-to-phone or Skype. Students choosing to utilize internet phone companies should realize that the internet connection speed on the island may not be comparable to what they are used to. Students may also purchase prepaid phone calling cards online from http://www.UnionTelecard.com
The campus at Caribbean Medical University is completely air-conditioned, but the local climate is warm all year round, day and night. Minimum temperatures are in the low 80s and maximum temperatures reach the low 90s. Moderate humidity is almost always tempered by trade winds.
The dress code on campus is solid-colored scrubs Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. At least one semi-formal outfit is suggested (e.g. jacket and tie for men, dress for women). Long sleeves and sweatshirt are occasionally worn, but coats are not needed.
The beautiful beaches on Curacao are ideal for host of water sports such as snorkeling, jet skiing, kite surfing, wind surfing, parasailing, etc. Indoor activities include movie theatres, a variety of international restaurants, pool halls, and a bowling alley. Please refer to the official Curacao website http://www.curacao.com for further ideas on recreation
When shipping items home, you may use DHL, Fed Ex, UPS or US mail. Shipping via DHL and FedEx can get pricey – about $50 for documents. When ordering items online you may ship them to the school’s address. The package must be clearly labeled with the student’s name, c/o Caribbean Medical University, WTC Piscadera Bay, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
Yes, you can print your documents from the school’s computer lab equipped with laser printers for student use. To use the copiers students need to have enough credits on their print card to use the devices.
Do students need lab coats, dissection kits, etc.?
Yes, students will need a dissection kit and stethoscope, which can be purchased online. Students will receive a white lab coat during the White Coat Ceremony.
Is there a place students can study after/before classes?
Students can study in a number of places. They may choose to study in one of the outdoor tables, or in the cafeteria, library or computer lab. The library and computer lab are open from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. 7 days a week.
What is the best way to commute?
The school provides a bus that transports students between dormitories and the campus several times a day. There is also public transportation available to students living in rented apartments. Most students would agree that a car, bus, bike are the best way of transportation, however most of the stores, shops and other places are within walking distance from campus.
Can I purchase, or lease, a car on the island?
A typical island car can be purchased for approximately $500-$2000. Often students buy cars together and sell it upon completing Basic Science Program.
Leasing a car may require a slightly higher initial investment, but the leasing company generally covers repairs and other maintenance. If you do lease, you may wish to begin on a month-to-month basis. The most economical option would be to split the price of the car with a few friends. It is important to note, however, that everyone’s name has to be on the insurance, while only one person’s name is permitted on the lease. In order to buy or lease a car, a student should be in possession of a valid drivers license.
Currently Caribbean Medical University offers student loans, scholarships, payment plan, tuition deferment option and partial of full tuition waver for students required financial aid. Additionally we provide MedLoan Financial Aid Program.
As Your Medical University we will do our best to let you continue your education even with temporary financial difficulties.
You should start planning for your residency in the 3rd year of the MD Program. By then you should have narrowed down the areas of medicine in which you would like to apply for residency.
Currently the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) regulates the placements in a large percentage of the residency slots in the US. This is a central computerized matching program where students are matched to available residency slots around the country based on the students’ credentials and the requirements laid down by residency programs. Through this service the student may be granted several interviews, based on which the final selection is done by the individual program directors.
The Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS) handles the application materials. While there is a wealth of information on the internet concerning residency and the NRMP, the following sites may be of your assistance in learning more about the residency application procedure:
You may also visit our Educational Links page for more websites containing information about residency and licensure
The University provides you with final transcripts, recommendation letters from the preceptors (physicians) that you have worked with during your clinical rotations (you can obtain these directly from the preceptor as well). The main contribution from school authorities are the Medical Students Performance Evaluation (MSPE). This document summarizes the students performance throughout the entire MD Program both Basic Sciences and Clinical Science.
Faculty comments are also included and relied on heavily, therefore students are advised to maintain a good overall performance and to abide by the Honor Code during the course of study.