Please note that the curriculum is subject to change at the university’s discretion:

The 4 Year MD Degree Program

The 4 year MD Degree program consists of 2 years of basic science courses at the Aruba campus followed by 2 years of clinical rotation in the United States.  The basic science curriculum is as follows:

First Semester
(16 Weeks):

  • Gross Anatomy
  • Histology
  • Medical Embryology
  • Medical Ethics
Second Semester
(16 Weeks):

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Neurosciences
Third Semester
(16 Weeks):

  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Psychology
  • Pathology I
  • Pharmacology
Fourth Semester (16 Weeks):

  • Pathology II
  • Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine
  • Physical Diagnosis
Fifth Semester (16 Weeks):

  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine
  • Board Review

The 5 Year MD Degree Program

The 5 year MD program consists of 3 years of Pre-Med and Basic Sciences at the Aruba Campus followed by Clinical Rotation in the United States.  Beginning in May 2012, students will have the option of completing their three semesters of Pre-Med in the Greater Toronto Area or the Greater Vancouver Area at one of our Aureus Academic Centres. The curriculum is as follows:

3 Semesters (16 Weeks):

  • Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Math
  • English
  • Medical Terminology
  • Introductory Anatomy
  • Introductory Histology
  • Introductory Med Psyche
  • Introductory Physiology

The remainder of the program is consistent with the 5 Year MD Degree program above.

A more detailed curriculum with course descriptions is provided to students upon admission.

Clinical Clerkship (Minimum 72 – 80 Weeks)

End of the Second Year

The second year of medical school ends with the Introduction to Clinical Medicine program and enters into the third year to begin the Clinical Clerkship program. In the first two years of medical school, students focus on basic knowledge of health and disease and are introduced to the care of individuals and populations.

The Third and Fourth Years

In the third and fourth years, students become directly involved in the care and study of patients. They begin to work with members of teams caring for hospitalized patients. Third year students rotate through the following clerkships: 12-week rotations in Internal Medicine and Surgery and 6-week rotations in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology.

End of the Fourth Year

The 4th year consists of 30 weeks of electives. The clerkship program is designed to ease the transition between the Basic Sciences and Postgraduate training by introducing the student to the many fields of medicine and enhancing both their clinical and diagnostic skills. The underlying concept is that the transition from pre-clinical to clinical studies involves both the development of pre-clinical skills and the achievement of the physician role.

Core Rotations
  • Internal Medicine (12 Weeks)
  • General Surgery (12 Weeks)
  • Obstetric/Gynecology (6 Weeks)
  • Pediatrics (6 Weeks)
  • Psychiatry (6 Weeks)
  • Family Practice (6 Weeks)
  • Elective (24-30 Weeks)

Information Regarding Textbooks

  • A list of books required for courses is issued upon admission to the university
  • Discounts are available through the university’s book store.
  • Students can also check out book from the student library and/or visit our e-library when they are in Aruba.
  • For PreMed students, professors contain the course material within their presentation lecture and ordering books are optional.  Any specific question regarding PreMed books can be asked during orientation and the first week of classes.
  • For any other questions, please feel free to contact the student body government

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