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Integrated Course Curriculum

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 Integrated Basic Science Curriculum is as follows:

Semester: MD1

Course Number Course Title
FM 1001 Structure Development & Function I
FM 1002 Molecular Biology & Pharmacology I
FM 1003 Pathological Basis of Disease I
PM 1004 Patient Doctor Relationship I

Semester: MD2

Course Number Course Title
FM 2001 Structure Development & Function II
FM 2002 Molecular Biology & Pharmacology II
FM 2003 Pathological Basis of Disease II
PM 2004 Patient Doctor Relationship II


Semester: MD3

Course Number Course Title
FM 3001 Structure Development & Function III
FM 3002 Structure Development & Function III
FM 3003 Pathological Basis of Disease III
PM 3004 Patient Doctor Relationship III

Semester: MD4

Course Number Course Title
FM 4001 Structure Development & Function IV
FM 4002 Molecular Biology & Pharmacology IV
FM 4003 Pathological Basis of Disease IV
PM 4004 Patient Doctor Relationship IV

Semester: MD5

Course Number Course Title
FM 5001 Structure Development & Function V
FM 5002 Molecular Biology & Pharmacology V
FM 5003 Pathological Basis of Disease V
PM 5004 Patient Doctor Relationship V







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:



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

The remainder of the program continues with the 4 Year MD program.


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.

Core Rotations

  • 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.