Aureus University School of Medicine is chartered and recognized by the government of Aruba and is a fully accredited Caribbean Medical School. The university is authorized to confer the M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) degree upon its successful graduates.
Aureus University School of Medicine is recognized and approved by the University of Copenhagen’s Avicenna Directories to be enlisted in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) database of medical schools. Click here for the official listings.
International Medical Education Directory (IMED)
Aureus University School of Medicine is listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED), a division of the United States of America’s Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Aureus University School of Medicine, Aruba is recognized by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and students and graduates are eligible to apply and sit for any step of the USMLE, in fulfillment of the ECFMG Certification requirements for a U.S. residency position.
Medical Council of Canada (MCC)
Aureus University School of Medicine is listed with the Medical Council of Canada (MCC). Graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the Canadian licensing exams. A graduate must have passed the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE), and both Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Qualifying Examination Parts I and II (MCCQE) in order to apply for licensure by the Medical Council of Canada. Aureus graduates are eligible to sit for MCCEE, MCCQE Parts I and II, and apply for licensure.
United States Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certification is required of all international medical graduates to be able to start medical residency training in the United States. Aureus University’s ECFMG recognition enables its graduates to be eligible for ECFMG Certification.
As a requirement of the WFME (World Federation of Medical Education), all medical schools must be accredited by an accrediting agency through their Recognition Program. “The Recognition Programme aims to ensure patient safety through competent practicing doctors, and it aims to protect medical students from studying in poor quality schools.”
“ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) has announced that effective in 2023, eligibility for USMLE and employment as a doctor in the United States will be restricted to graduates from medical schools/programmes accredited by an agency which is recognized by the WFME Recognition Programme or to an equivalent standard.”
The Island of Aruba has selected ACCM (Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine) as its primary accrediting agency.
JUNE 2019 ACCM ACCREDITATION UPDATE:
Aureus University School of Medicine is in the process of being accredited by ACCM. For the clarification of our current and future students, Aureus University School of Medicine is fully recognized by ECFMG and MCC until 2023 and its medical education, credits, certification, and diplomas are valid as it has been in the past 14 years.
MARCH 2019 ACCM ACCREDITATION UPDATE:
ACCM conducted a scoping site visit in February 2019. The ACCM team met with the administration and faculty of Aureus University. The scoping visit provides ACCM an opportunity to review and assure that Aureus University School of Medicine is compliant with the ACCM accreditation standards. The scoping site survey appears to have gone well. The ACCM accreditation process can take a year or two to be completed.
NOVEMBER 2018 ACCM ACCREDITATION UPDATE:
Having assessed our application for accreditation, ACCM has decided to schedule a scoping site inspection visit to our campus.
JULY 2018 UPDATE:
As reported in a July 2018 statement from The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, “Aureus University School of Medicine has initiated the accreditation process with ACCM.” Additionally, ECFMG has stated that “Aureus is making good faith efforts at obtaining accreditation by ACCM” the accrediting body for medical schools in Aruba and other Caribbean countries.
The US Department of Education’s National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) determines whether the educational program of a foreign medical school, together with the standards and processes used to accredit it, are comparable to those in the United States. ACCM adheres to the NCFMEA Guidelines and acts as the representative agent on behalf of the countries for which it accredits, at hearings of the NCFMEA in Washington D.C.
ACCM has been granted recognition by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) for a period of ten years until 31 December 2026. This highly significant milestone ensures that ACCM is fully compliant with the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)’s requirements for an internationally recognized medical accrediting agency.*
United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)
At the competition of the basic sciences curriculum in Aruba, Aureus students are eligible and required to take the USMLE Step 1 exam. USMLE Step 2 and Step 3 exams are administered during clinical rotations in the United States.
National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)
Upon competition of clinical sciences and passing of USMLE Step 1 and 2 exams, Aureus students are qualified to participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) of the United States. Please contact the individual state boards for information regarding the practice of medicine in the United States.