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General Information

  • Forum: CMU Forum
  • Location: Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
  • USA Clinical Rotations: Yes
  • Pre-Medical Tuition: $3,900 per semester
  • Basic Science Tuition: $5,900 per semester
  • Clinical Science Tuition: $7,900 per semester
  • Time required for MD: 4 Years
  • Student Loans: Private Loans
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The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830 Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered invasion and occupation by Germany in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU), and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999. In October 2010, the former Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and the three smallest islands - Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba - became special municipalities in the Netherlands administrative structure. The larger islands of Sint Maarten and Curacao joined the Netherlands and Aruba as constituent countries forming the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Read More...

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About Caribbean Medical University

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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 Netherlands Antilles.

Our goal is to prepare students for the next level of medical training in ACGME accredited American teaching hospitals by implementing U.S. standart curriculum, used in 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 s 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.

CMU's Profile:

  • Official Name
    Caribbean Medical University
  • Office of Admissions
    Chicago, IL
  • Campus Location
    Willemstad, Curacao
  • Clinical Rotations
    over 300 slots throughout the United States
  • Academic Calendar
    16 week Trimester - January, May, September
  • Faculty Staff Qualifications
    MD, PhD, PsyD, PharmD and MBBS
  • Financial Aid
    Private Loan, Scholarship, Payment Plan, Tuition Discount
  • BS Student-Teacher Ratio
    9-1 (*)
  • CS Student-Preceptor Ratio
    7-1 (*)
  • Number of Clinical Rotation Slots
    327 (*)
  • Average Class Size
    27 students
  • Cost of Living
    $600-$800 per month
  • Cost of Attendance
    Premedical - $3900 per semester
    Basic Science - $4900 per semester
    Clinical Science - $6900 per semester

School's History

Schools History

With graduates across the globe and two campuses that include professors and students from over 85 different countries, Caribbean Medical University School of Medicine has earned a worldwide reputation as an international center for medical education and a beacon of academic excellence. The school of medicine is upholding its reputation and dedication to developing outstanding doctors and working hard to improved health standards and healthcare delivery systems throughout the world. Its reputation for academic excellence and innovative approach to medical training continues to attract students from across the world and distinguished faculty from the most prestigious medical institutions.

Almost all of the founding faculty members have been educated either in the United States or Europe, and their broad range of experience has led to the creation of an innovative curriculum that combines the best of the American and British medical traditions. Caribbean Medical University School of Medicine has built a strong faculty, recruited from numerous countries, shaped graduate and undergraduate programs aimed at attracting students from developing nations, worked closely with the government of Curacao to ensure mutual cooperation, and has overseen the expansion of the Curacao campus. The University is poised to continue the legacy, with the campus expansions and further growth of the undergraduate and research programs.

We are confident that because of modern teaching guidelines, the university has earned its reputation as a leading international center for medical education. The reputation for academic excellence and innovative approach to medical training continues to attract students from across the world and distinguished faculty from the most prestigious medical institutions.

Other firsts team members for the University include Dr. Jogenanda Pramanik, the first Dean of the school, whose great experience in research and outstanding personality assures the best Academic Quality, Training, USMLE Passing Rate and Residency Placement. Now, In addition to his academic duties, Dr. Pramanik serves as an Executive Dean and is responsible for overall quality of education offered on our main campus.

Largely because of its commitment to basic teaching and faculty development, the University has attracted distinguished visiting professors from some of the world's most prestigious institutions. Many of these scholars have joined Caribbean Medical University School of Medicine on a permanent basis and work with the administration, to create new programs beyond medicine. As one would expect, the medical school's growing reputation has attracted a new breed of international medical student. The students are committed to the life-long study and practice of medicine as well as the transformational power of medicine in improving existing healthcare delivery systems around the world.

Campus & Facilities

Caribbean Medical University campus is located in WTC, one of the largest facilities on the island. First two academic years (4 semesters of Medical Sciences) are taught on the island of Curacao in this modern complex situated in the capital of the island, Willemstad. Renovated in 2002, a US standard, A-class, 20,000 square meter WTC complex features 400-seat auditorium, 12 classrooms, university office, computer lab, library, fitness center, student lounge, 2 restaurants, on-site bank, 300-room guest hotel and 1200-car parking lot. The complex been designed to provide an outstanding teaching environment for up to 2000 students; The safety of all students and employees is provided by 24/7 security personnel and digital monitoring. The facilities promote teaching and learning, as well as encourage an overall living experience for medical students.

Main Campus

CMU Main Campus

The campus is located in Willemstad, the capital of Curacao. It's close to downtown, within a walking distance of all city amenities and transportation. Most of shopping malls and the fast food chains are nearby. The life style is quite similar to North America with all familiar eating's and shopping outlets.

Comprehensive study is promoted to students by providing them with contemporary lecture halls enhanced with audio/visual technology, fully equipped library and computer center. A convenient cafeteria is available as well as numerous common areas available for study and relaxation.

The complex includes an atrium and beautiful landscaping. All buildings are air-conditioned, equipped with a high speed wired and wireless internet connection, while external structures are accommodated with breezeways and shaded areas.


CMU Dormitories

We are proud to be among only few Caribbean medical schools that provide students with 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, 2 mb/s high-speed wired and wireless Internet connection, Direct TV, water, electricity, A/C, microwave, stove, small microwave and monthly cleaning. In 2012 there will be additional 40 rooms constructed next to the current facilities.

All rooms are also equipped with student desk and feature wireless phone that allows making free calls to U.S. and Canada with no monthly fee so students can always stay connected with their families and friends.

On-Campus Hotel

CMU Hotel

Clarion Hotel & Suites is attached to the main building and serves as a place to live for our faculty members, administration and visiting professors as well as short time stay of students, their families and guests. There are 300 single and double apartments available at a very competitive rate.

The hotel has its own beach, business center, and convention space. Main features include Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Fitness Room, Restaurant, Handicap Accessible, Guest Laundromat, Outdoor Pool, Interior Room Access, Direct TV and High Speed Internet Access

U.S. Facilities

Students in the Clinical Science Program spend the final two years of their medical education at hospitals and training centers in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Our Clinical Department constantly works hard to get affiliation with preceptors and hospitals from the other states.

Caribbean Medical University CMU Academics

Academics Overview


A solid foundation in Basic Medical Sciences is essential for the development of strong clinical skills. At Caribbean Medical University, a carefully designed Basic Science curriculum provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully progress through the clinical phase of medical education.

The basic science faculty at our campuses is an exceptional group of professors and scholars who are dedicated to teaching and who spend a great deal of time with the students. The final phase of the Basic Science education involves preparation for the first part of the United States Medical Licensing Examination.

The opportunities for clinical education are many and varied. Caribbean Medical University has clinical sites in the United States and Canada. All sites offer the same basic clinical education even though there may be local differences due to the venue. Once core rotations in Medicine, Family Practice, Ob/Gyn, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery are complete, students have the opportunity to take elective rotations in a wide array of clinical disciplines.


Caribbean Medical University, based on its accreditation of the main campus on Curacao, is permitted to offer the following two academic programs:

  • 4-semester Premedical Program (Premed)
  • 10-semester Medical Program (MD)

Rolling admission begins January, May, and September with semesters of approximately 16 weeks each.


Our curriculum has been designed to prepare students to be knowledgeable, skillful, compassionate and dutiful physicians in the twenty-first century.

Premed Curriculum is comprised of 4 semesters taught on Curacao and upon its completion students automatically enter into MD program.

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.

CMU graduates participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and are eligible for U.S. residency.

Premedical Program

Pre-Medical Program

The Premedical Program is designed for high school graduates or those with less than 90 college credit hours. It provides students with the firm foundation needed to be accepted into MD Program.

Medical Program

Medical Program

The MD Program requires a Baccalaureate degree or at least 90 credit hours of undergraduate education from an accredited institution. It leads to the degree of Medical Doctor (M.D.)


Students from other medical schools generally admitted into one of the Premed or MD semesters, depending upon their academic qualifications. Evaluation of prior educational background will determine eligibility and appropriate placement within the Premed/MD program. Applications for transfer/advanced standing are evaluated on a case by case basis by the Director of Admissions.



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 4 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 four-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, Chemistry, Physics, Ethics and Psychology. 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.

Promotion into the Medical Sciences Program

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 the Fourth Premedical Semester with at least 2.5 GPA and pass the Premedical Science Post Examination (PSPE).


Medical Program (MD)

The majority of students enter with a baccalaureate degree, required premedical sciences, and/or optional scores from the Medical College Admission Test, directly into the MD Program. These students generally complete the requirements for the MD degree after 10 semesters of successful academic progress. Students receive preparation for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) through the Basic Science curriculum, review courses, simulated USMLE exams, and taking all course examinations in USMLE format.

Caribbean Medical University's curriculum is comprises of 10 semesters: 4 semesters of Basic Medical Sciences taught at the Curacao campus and 6 semesters of Clinical Medical Sciences taught at affiliated hospitals and clinical centers in the United States.

Basic Medical Sciences

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.

Clinical Medical Sciences

USMLE Review Program is a program that is devoted primarily to USMLE exam and the Clinical Sciences. The program acts as a bridge between the Basic Science curriculum and the Clinical Science curriculum.

The course "Biological Basis of Clinical Medicine" encompasses a fifteen-week board examination review course.

After completing the program, students are required to take the USMLE Step 1. Upon successfully passing the exam, students proceed to clinical medical sciences in which clinical rotations are focused.

Students receive preparation for the USMLE via the Basic Science curriculum, Kaplan review courses, which last 16 weeks, an electronic final exam of seven hours simulating the actual USMLE, and course examinations that have been written in USMLE format.

During semesters 6-10, students experience clerkships focused on clinical medical sciences for 80 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.

NOTE: CMU reserves the right to change the curriculum at any time to further improve the standards of medical education, without prior notice. CMU may schedule classes or examinations on any day of the week.


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