Frequently Asked Questions
Is CMU a recognized medical school? If so by whom and what is the nature of that accreditation?

Caribbean Medical University is recognized in the same way as any other medical schools in the Caribbean. It is recognized by the Government of Curacao and the Government of the Netherlands Antilles.
CMU is listed by the Education Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and World Health Organization (WHO) as an approved school so that our students are eligible to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) as well as licensing examinations in other countries.

What states can CMU’s graduates be licensed in?

In general all our graduates are eligible for licensure in the United States. Each State has individual State licensing requirements. All States require ECFMG certification for international medical school graduates, which includes passing Steps 1, 2 (CK and CS) and 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE),  and successfully completing three years of residency training.

Each State has individual requirements relating to such areas as number of undergraduate credits received, age of the applicant, moral character of the applicant, etc. CMU’s educational standards will provide you with the necessary skills to pass the requisite examinations and to obtain a residency training position and licensure in those States.

What is the advantage of CMU over the other Caribbean medical schools?

We are still growing and establishing our reputation as a medical school, however there are still some advantages that CMU has over the others. Let us list them:

Excellent curriculum and highest teaching standards
We have created a U.S. based curriculum and appointed highly-qualified faculty members to prepare students for passing a series of exams known as the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) in a first attempt. The school requires that students complete an in-person USMLE review course with Kaplan, Becker or PASS.
Excellent Green Book rotations
CMU has contracts with excellent ACGME accredited teaching hospitals which offer the highest level of training.
Competitive tuition fees and strong financial aid
As a new school, CMU offers very reasonable cost of attendance along with an exceptional scholarship program and easy accessible Financial Aid;
Beautiful, safe and quiet study environment
Curacao is an excellent place to study. The island is located outside of the hurricane belt with low crime rate, nice climate, convenient transportation, economic and political stability.
Great Campus Building
Caribbean Medical University is located in a US standard, A-class, WTC 20,000 square meter complex featuring 400-seat auditorium, 19 classrooms, university offices, computer lab, library, student lounge, 2 restaurants, 300-room guest hotel and 500-car parking lot. It’s been designed to provide an outstanding teaching environment for up to 2000 students;
Student Dormitories
We are proud to be among only few Caribbean Medical Schools that provide students with on-site student dormitories. There are 40 units within 20 minutes walking distance from the campus, available to students at a very competitive monthly rate. The rate includes room, wired Internet connection, water, electricity, A/C, microwave, stove, and small microwave. In 2019 there will be additional 40-50 rooms constructed next to the current facilities;
Innovative teaching methods
We have developed and are constantly improving our educational infrastructure including UpToDate, online Question Banks, Teacher Evaluation Forms, Live Lecture Streaming and other innovative solutions to allow the students to utilize the best education resources. On top of that we have created MYCMU service to let students effectively manage their course of study by viewing grades online, paying tuition fees, submitting forms and applications, evaluate teachers, scheduling clinical rotations and more;

What is the time required to complete the MD Program?

MD Curriculum is comprised of 10 semesters: 4 semesters of Basic Medical Sciences taught on Curacao and 6 semesters of clinical medical sciences taught at affiliated hospitals and approved training centers in the U.S. Each semester is about 16 weeks (3 1/2 months) long with 3 week vacation breaks between each semester.

What is the average class size?

In order to maintain a proper interaction between the students and the faculty members, we limit class sizes to no more than 60 students per class. When enrollment increases, we may split courses into separate sections to maintain the small class sizes.Because the majority of applicants are accepted directly into the MD Program, the Premedical Program class size is relatively small and consists of not more than 20 students.

Are students provided with lecture notes from professors, or should they take their own?

Professors generally submit their lecture notes or Power Point slides which are made available online. Wireless access points installed around campus enable students with laptops, and wireless access, to download the day’s notes prior to lecture in the convenience of the lecture halls.

Are professors available for extra help, if needed?

All professors have designated office hours when they are available to answer questions. Professors are also required to set up additional appointments with students if necessary.

Quality of the Faculty Members?

The Faculty has been created from a group of highly qualified applicants, trained in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia, with a long teaching or clinical experience. Most of them hold M.D., Ph.D., MBBS., PharmD or equivalent degrees.
In addition, the University cooperates with dozens of excellent visiting faculty members and honorary professors from various Medical Schools and different countries.
To maintain satisfactory student-teacher ratio, CMU has to appoint more qualified personnel as the student population grows rapidly.

Will the Basic Science Program fully prepare me for USMLE?

The Basic Science Program courses have been designed according to the highest international education standards, which help our students prepare for the USMLE exams. We require the students to take the USMLE Step 1 within the first 6 months of completing the Basic Sciences Program.
Seriously considering the fact that many students of Caribbean medical schools fail USMLE Step 1 exam many times, the Academic Committee has formed an unique Curriculum with USMLE Review Courses being offered in the fifth semester of Basic Science Program to put strong pressure on effective preparation the students for this important exam.
The USMLE Step 2 (including Step 2CK and Step 2CS) is a clinically oriented exam so we work with the hospitals and preceptors to ensure that all students will receive excellent training to help them prepare and we track the students’ progress using the NBME shelf exams for each core rotation.

Where will students conduct the Clinical Rotations?

CMU has clinical sites in United Stated teaching Hospitals and various clinical out-patient programs that are affiliated with US and Caribbean medical schools. Currently we have agreements with hospitals and preceptors in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. We require that our students complete their core rotations in the approved teaching hospitals before doing electives in other hospitals.

Will the CMU Graduates be able to obtain residency in the United States?

Graduates of all international medical schools, who successfully complete Step 1 and Step 2 (CK and CS) of the USMLE and who receive ECFMG certification are eligible for residency training in the United States. Students apply through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).

Citizens of the United States, who have graduated from an international medical school have distinct advantage in obtaining residency training if they have completed Clinical Rotation at US Hospitals. There are approximately 23,000 first year residency position each year and only about 17,000 US medical school graduates, therefore, there is a surplus of residency positions, that are available for international medical schools graduates.

The supervision of the foreign medical graduates is through the ECFMG in the US and the MCC in Canada so students can contact those organizations about the requirements for their countries.

How to find if I’m eligible?

There are admission counselors who can assist you in determining whether your academic preparation is acceptable for admission to the medical school. We encourage you to contact the Office of Admission for a preliminary evaluation of your eligibility. The office may request unofficial transcripts for the purpose of making such an evaluation.

Does the University require MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)?

While the University does not require MCAT scores, it is strongly recommended to enclose them if available to significantly improve the chances of being admitted.

What is the the monthly cost of living on the island?

The average apartment rent is about $700, with a range of about $550-$900 per month. Your monthly rent will depend on factors such as quality, location, Internet & TV fees, and whether or not utilities are included.The cost of food is comparable to U.S. and Canada but all other products and services may cost a little bit more because of the fact that Curacao is mostly a tourist destination.

The price of utilities can vary from $50 to $150, depending on where you live, and the frequency of use (especially air conditioning). You may want to consider a location that exposes your apartment to trade winds in order to reduce the need for air conditioning. Be sure to inquire about the cost of utilities with previous tenants of the same complex, and the landlord, prior to signing the lease.

What housing accommodations are available at CMU?

The CMU Office has a list of local apartment owners available to the student at $400-$800 per month. To reduce the living expenses we strongly encourage students to find a roommate and split some expenses. Please note: The housing department is not responsible for arranging off campus housing for students.

What type of Financial Aid CMU offers to its students?

Currently Caribbean Medical University offers student loans, scholarships, payment plan, tuition deferment option and partial of full tuition waver for students required financial aid. Additionally we provide MedLoan Financial Aid Program.
As Your Medical University we will do our best to let you continue your education even with temporary financial difficulties.

When do I start applying for residency?

You should start planning for your residency in the 3rd year of the MD Program. By then you should have narrowed down the areas of medicine in which you would like to apply for residency.

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