Caribbean Medical University

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Caribbean Medical University
Type Private, For-Profit, Medical School
Established 2007
Dean Dr. Ryan Jackson M.D. M.S.[1]
Location CuraçaoWillemstad, Curaçao, Kingdom of the Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands

Caribbean Medical University (CMU) is an independent, for-profit, U.S. curriculum-based medical school. It is located on the island of Curaçao in the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast. The main campus is located in the Piscadera Bay area of Willemstad, with the administrative office in Chicago, Illinois. After a total of four years of training, students are awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.).


Founded in 2007, CMU enrolls classes three times a year: January, May, and September, with an average class size of 27 students.[2] Students complete their Basic Science education on the island in four semesters at the World Trade Center Curaçao.[3] After completing the 4th semester, students study for and sit for the USMLE Step 1 exam, and then continue on to 6 semesters of clinical clerkships at teaching hospitals throughout the United States. Upon completion of the curriculum, students must pass the USMLE Step 2 CS and USMLE Step 2 CK, prior to graduation.

Caribbean Medical University School of Medicine was chartered in and recognized by the government of the Netherlands Antilles on November 9, 2007.[4]


The MD program at CMU is a 10 semester course of study that consists of three semesters per calendar year. Semesters 1-4 are basic sciences semesters that are completed at the university's Curaçao campus. One Semester is a USMLE review course. Semesters 5-10 consist of 72 weeks of clinical clerkships that are completed at hospitals in the United States.[5]

CMU also offers a 3 semester pre-medical program for high school graduates who have not completed the necessary prerequisites for the MD program. Pre-Med courses can be done at CMU's Curaçao, Toronto (Canada) or Vancouver (Canada) campuses.[6]


CMU is listed in the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory[7] and in the AVICENNA Directory for medicine.[8]

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Coordinates: 12°07′N 68°58′W / 12.12°N 68.97°W / 12.12; -68.97