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 rotations in the United States & Canada.
The basic science curriculum is as follows:
- Gross Anatomy
- Medical Embryology
- Medical Ethics
- Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine
- Microbiology & Immunology
- Pathology I
- Pathology II
- Physical Diagnosis
- Introduction to Clinical Medicine
- Board Review
- Comprehensive Basic Science Exam (CBSE)
The 5 Year MD Degree Program
The 5-Year MD program consists of 1 year of Pre-Med and 2 years of Basic Sciences at the Aruba Campus followed by Clinical Rotations in the United States.
The pre-medical curriculum is as follows:
48 WEEKS OR THREE SEMESTERS
- General Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Medical Terminology
- Introductory Anatomy
- Introductory Histology
- Introductory Medical Psychology
- Introductory Physiology
The remainder of the program continues with the 4 Year MD program.
A MORE DETAILED CURRICULUM WITH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS IS PROVIDED TO STUDENTS UPON ADMISSION.
Clinical Clerkship (Minimum 72 Weeks)
End of the Second Year
The second year of medical school ends with the Introduction to Clinical Medicine program and continues into the third year with 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 24-30 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.
- Internal Medicine (12 Weeks)
- General Surgery (12 Weeks)
- Obstetrics/Gynecology (6 Weeks)
- Pediatrics (6 Weeks)
- Psychiatry (6 Weeks)
- Family Practice (6 Weeks)
- Elective (24-30 Weeks)
Textbooks and Course Materials
A list of textbooks required for courses is issued upon admission to the university. Students can also access textbooks from the student library or visit the e-library while in Aruba.
For PreMed students, professors provide course materials and ordering books is optional. Any specific questions regarding PreMed books will be addressed during orientation and the first week of classes.
For any other questions regarding textbooks and course materials, incoming students should contact their Academic Advisor.