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University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine

About The University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine

The University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine represents a dynamic collaboration between a growing cadre of veteran medical educators richly experienced in mentoring U.S. and international medical students throughout all phases of education and clinical training. We share the precept that the time has come for the world medical community to broaden its viewpoint beyond state and national borders to embrace a more inclusive, global perspective on teaching and healthcare delivery.

"There are few more valuable professional assets than a medical degree."

Our deans and faculty are drawn from leadership positions in the U.S. and world medical academic mainstreams. We are extraordinarily sensitive to the unique needs, prerogatives and challenges of international medical students. We have years of experience overseeing international students' seamless transition into mainstream clinical training, research and practice opportunities.

The tangible rewards are great. The intangible rewards are priceless. A medical degree confers a measure of pride, respect and flexibility unprecedented in other professions.

The successful practice of medicine today is a team effort hence the culture of medical education should foster a spirit of collaboration rather than rivalry. We encourage constructive group process and supportive student to student and student to faculty relations at all times - both Medical students who lead balanced lives are more likely to be successful students and future physicians than those who put their lives on hold for four years.

We welcome applications from students with families, as well as from friends and colleagues who wish to matriculate at Sint Eustatius at the same time and pursue their pre-clinical and clinical training together.

The University reserves the right to make changes to the curriculum, degree requirements, course offerings, tuition and fee structure and any rules and regulations contained herein at any time without prior notice.  

Recognition

Students and graduates of the University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine will be eligible to be registered by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for Steps 1 and 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Our medical graduates will therefore be able to enter a residency or fellowship program in the United States that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). 

Programs

The University of Sint Eustatius offers a comprehensive M.D. degree program, including training in the Basic Sciences and in Clinical Education. Depending on qualifications, a student may enter at either of these levels of training. Since the University of Sint Eustatius offers 1 ½ academic years (3 terms) within one calendar year, students actually complete the programs in less calendar time than traditional 4-year medical programs in the U.S.

Premedical Program
A distinctive Pre-Medical Program consisting of four semesters of college level sciences and humanities courses. This track is ideal for highly qualified students who are committed to the study of medicine upon their successful completion of high school.It is a path for non-traditional students who wish to complete their prerequisite courses necessary for acceptance into the Medical Program (MD) at the University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine. The prerequisite premedical courses offered may be completed during the Basic Sciences Program depending upon the student’s individually tailored curriculum requirements.

Basic Sciences Program
The University offers a Basic Sciences curriculum to qualified students. Students who successfully complete this phase of training and subsequently pass Step I of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) then transition into the final phase of medical training, the Clinical Education program. The Basic Sciences program takes place during 15-week terms on the island of Sint Eustatius. Summer and winter breaks are short by U.S. standards, permitting three academic terms in any given calendar year. Students also have the option of completing their 5th semester in the United States, which further reduces students’ total time away from their home country.

The Basic Sciences consists of training in multiple disciplines taught in a 5-term format. Most courses are taught in double 50-minute blocks, 3-5 times per week. Training in some disciplines may span two terms.

For students needing extra preparation for the Basic Sciences program, the University offers an extended program involving an extra 4-month term of pre-basic sciences coursework (e.g., medical physics, chemistry in medicine.). To optimize learning, the courses in the extra term are taught in an integrated, clinically-relevant fashion.

Clinical Medicine Program
In the Clinical Education program, students complete 72 weeks of clinical rotations at hospitals in the U.S. (or the U.K., at the student’s preference). The University has over 60 high-quality clinical sites in dozens of U.S. states, Canada and the U.K. Students seeking transfer directly into the Clinical Education program must pass the USMLE Step I prior to starting clinical rotations. The Dean of Admissions, in consultation with the Deans of Basic Sciences and Clinical Education, will determine the suitability of an applicant’s pre-clinical preparation for the Clinical Education program. The Clinical Medicine segment is a stimulating and enriching feature of medical training at the University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine that requires both resolve and perseverance. The Clinical Education staff will work personally with students to ensure they fully benefit from clinical rotations and attain rewarding residency positions.

Students eligible for clinical rotations have clinical sites available to them in over 60 hospitals across nearly 30 states (e.g., CO, CT, GA, IL, LA, MD, NC, DC). Many of our clerkships have ACGME (“Green Book”) listed or affiliated programs on site. Students who have earned their M.D. degree and certification through the ECFMG have had great success in gaining entrance into a residency training program.

The clinical curriculum, which follows the Basic Sciences program, consists of 48 weeks of core clinical rotations and 24 weeks of elective clinical rotations. Students practice clinical skills through patient contact, which is supervised by a physician-preceptor in patient care settings. Students thereby enhance their proficiency in taking medical histories and conducting physical diagnostic examinations and develop their patient/relationship skills in training to become competent physicians.

Tuition

PreMedical Program: $6,100 / term 
Basic Sciences Program: $8,800 / term 
Clinical Rotations / Six Terms: $9,000 / term 

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