Medical Program

The majority of students enter with a baccalaureate degree, required premedical sciences, and/or optional scores from the Medical College Admission Test, directly into the MD Program. These students generally complete the requirements for the MD degree after 10 semesters of successful academic progress. Students receive preparation for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) through the Basic Science curriculum, review courses, simulated USMLE exams, and taking all course examinations in USMLE format.

Caribbean Medical University’s curriculum is comprised of 10 semesters: 4 semesters of Basic Medical Sciences and 1 semester of ICM Curricula taught at the Curacao campus and 5 semesters of Clinical Medical Sciences lasting 16 weeks each taught at affiliated hospitals and clinical centers in the United States. This is aimed at synchronizing with the American Medical Schools.


During semesters 1-4, students concentrate on studying Basic Medical Sciences for 16 months. CMU administers both subject and comprehensive review exams intended to  provide students with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the national board medical examinations “NBME”.

While they are counted toward a student’s academic grade, they are also used to assess his or her readiness to be certified to take the medical board examinations.

The Basic Science semesters follow the new paradigm in medical education. All of the traditional didactic classroom and lab work is conducted in modern facilities, and clinical experiences begin in the first semester at three hospitals located on Curacao 


Students receive preparation for the USMLE via the Basic Science curriculum, Kaplan, Becker or Pass review program, an electronic final exam (shelf exam) of seven hours  simulating the actual USMLE, and course examinations that have been written in USMLE format.

During semesters 6-10, students experience clerkships focused on clinical medical sciences for 80 weeks. Clerkships consist of Clinical Core Rotations and Clinical Elective  Rotations at approximately 30 clinical sites. Sites in the U.S. offer residency programs approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or are  affiliated with a medical school.

After completing core clerkship rotations students are eligible to take the USMLE Step 2. Upon successfully passing the exam, students proceed to a residency program. Most students take Step 2 before graduation in order to be ECFMG certified and then apply for a residency.

NOTE: CMU reserves the right to change the curriculum at any time to further improve the standards of medical education, without prior notice. CMU may schedule classes or examinations on any day of the week.