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Caribbean Medical University School of Medicine (CMU)

About Caribbean Medical University 

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.


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

  • 3-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 3 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

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

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.


Caribbean Medical University is approved by the Government of Netherlands Antilles and the Government of the Island of Curacao as well as listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) directory of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and WHO/Avicenna Directory of Medical Schools.

The recognition makes our students eligible to take the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE), to allow CMU graduates to participate in the medical residency training programs through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and finally to apply for a license in the United States, subject to the licensing board regulations. ECFMG Certification is a requirement for international medical graduates seeking unrestricted license to practice medicine.

Recognition of the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) and the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) provides certification and eligibility to take the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) and to apply for a license to practice medicine in Canada, subject to the Canadian licensing board regulations. 

Information received from the Caribbean Medical University website.

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