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Xavier University School of Medicine (XUSOM), Aruba
Xavier University School of Medicine Aruba

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Xavier University School of Medicine

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Flag of ArubaDiscovered and claimed for Spain in 1499, Aruba was acquired by the Dutch in 1636. The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries. A 19th century gold rush was followed by prosperity brought on by the opening in 1924 of an oil refinery. The last decades of the 20th century saw a boom in the tourism industry. Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and became a separate, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Movement toward full independence was halted at Aruba's request in 1990. Read More...

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At Xavier University School of Medicine (XUSOM), we believe that anyone with the skills, passion and commitment to enter the field of medicine or nursing should have access to a quality medical education that will help them fulfill their dream. As a premier medical school in the Caribbean, XUSOM has created a true center of excellence that provides motivated students with the tools necessary to succeed. Located on the island of Aruba, XUSOM is accredited in the United States and uses a U.S. based curriculum to prepare students with the skills needed to enter clinical rotations in the U.S. and pass the USMLE. With superior training and support from XUSOM, students are equipped with knowledge and experience that will help them secure competitive U.S. residencies in their field of choice and earn success in their career.

Our campus is located on one of the most accessible Caribbean Islands. With over 14 flights daily from the United States, travel between Aruba and the US is very easy.

The University was chartered in the Caribbean in December 2004 by the Ministry of Education of Aruba and our Medical School is now directed and backed by a group of Premier Doctors from the United States - each  an expert in their specialties.


International Medical Student System

For thirty years, the United States Governing Medical Body has permitted citizens or residents from the United States and Canada, who train abroad and meet the requirements, to enter the U.S. residency training system.

Xavier University School of Medicine's well respected Board of Directors know what requirements are needed for our students to readily compete with other students for the limited and coveted residency positions that become available. There are Residency Directors that annually call some of our board members for possible residency candidates. We are confident in what we do and we are here to help you realize your dream of becoming a physician and practicing on the United States.

Facts about XUSOM

OFFICIAL NAME: Xavier University School of Medicine

LOCATION:  Oranjestad, Aruba, Netherlands (Dutch) Antilles



DIRECTED BY: A 5 member Board of Directors

CAMPUS: Approximately 250,000 sq. ft. of teaching and laboratory space


  • International Medical Education Directory
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
  • The Ministry of Education of the Netherlands (Dutch) Antilles
  • United State Residency Match Program
  • The World Health Organization Directory of Medical Education (WHO)
  • Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and the Health Professions (CAAM-HP) – Provisional Accredidation





ACADEMIC UNITS: Credit hours and weeks

COMMUNITY SERVICE: XUSOM at Aruba performs more than 1,000 community hours each year. Including health fairs and fundraisers.

CURRICULUM: US based curriculum heavily weighted with USMLE style of questions.

GRADING SCALE: Honors, Pass, Fail

Accreditation and Recognition


A charter serves as the official governmental permission for a medical school and its faculty to teach the art and science of medicine, and operate in that designated country.

Xavier University School of Medicine at Aruba (XUSOM at Aruba) is independently chartered by the Government of Aruba of the Dutch Antilles.

International Medical Education Directory (IMED)

International Medical Education Directory (IMED) is a division of the United States of America's Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). An international medical school is now required to be recognized by IMED in order for their student and graduates to apply and sit for the United States Medical License Examination (USMLE). Previous to the introduction of IMED, a medical school had to be recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) for these same privileges. IMED listing is also a requirement for medical licensure in certain states, independent of WHO recognition.

Students and graduates of XUSOM at Aruba are eligible to sit for any step of the USMLE, in fulfillment of the ECFMG Certification requirements for a U.S. residency.

NOTE - the XUSOM at Aruba IMED listing is also recognized by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) for certification and eligibility for medical licensure

World Health Organization (WHO)

A medical school's recognition and enlistment in the WHO's World Directory of Medical Schools is still required by certain state medical boards for medical licensure. This enlistment is no longer required for an international medical student or graduates participation in the USMLE.

XUSOM at Aruba has been approved by the WHO, and will be listed in the next edition of updates to the WHO's World Directory of Medical Schools.

Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and the Health Professions - CAAM-HP Provisionally Accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and the Health Professions - CAAM-HP.


Licensure and Practice of Medicine

United States

Medical residency training is required of all medical doctors in order to be eligible to apply for medical licensure to practice medicine in the United States. ECFMG Certification is required of all international medical graduates to be able to start medical residency training in the United States.

The ECFMG recognition of XUSOM at Aruba enables the graduates of XUSOM at Aruba to be eligible for ECFMG Certification, and participation in U.S. medical residency training programs.


In order to apply for Licensure of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC), a graduate must have passed both Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Parts one and two (MCCQE Parts I and II). NOTE - As a pre-requisite to sitting for the MCCQE Part I, an International medical graduate must pass the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE).

Graduates of XUSOM at Aruba are eligible to sit for MCCEE, QE Parts I and II, and application for the LMCC.


In order for graduates of XUSOM to practice medicine in the island country of Aruba, the graduate must meet the standard eligibility criteria for medical licensure in Aruba.

XUSOM at Aruba is chartered and recognized by the Island Government of Aruba. Graduates of at XUSOM Aruba are eligible to apply for medical licensure and practice medicine in Aruba upon meeting all standard medical licensure criteria and requirement.

4 Year MD Program

All applicants applying for the 4 Year MD Program are required to finish at least 2 academic years & 90 credit hours of undergraduate studies with a cumulative GPA of 3.0, including the following subjects:

  • (8 credit hours) of Inorganic or General Chemistry (with labs)
  • (8 credit hours) of Organic Chemistry (with labs)
  • (8 credit hours) of General Biology (with labs)
  • (8 credit hours) of Physics (with labs)
  • (6 credit hours) of English
  • (8 credit hours) of Pre-Calculus/Calculus

The MD program consists of twenty months of pre-clinical courses in biomedical sciences are combined with Clinical Board Series utilizing patient and physician educators to maximize the experience for each student
This is followed by 72 weeks of clinical opportunities in core and elective clerkships, as well as clinical research. The curriculum has sufficient flexibility for students to do extensive research, pursue advanced degrees, participate in special tracks or explore other avenues of professional growth.

Fifth Semester MED

Unique to the XUSOM at Aruba curriculum is its 5th semester program. This semester takes place on our main campus on the island of Aruba. During this semester students will cover:

  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine and Physical Diagnosis II: Designed to introduce the student to the clinical sciences with the goal of achieving proficiency in clinical skills and the ability to apply basic science information to solving problems and making decisions in clinical medicine.
  • BLS (Basic Life Support)
  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
  • GIR (Getting into Residency)
  • Introduction to USMLE Step I: KAPLAN® is a well known leader in student preparation for the United States Medical Licensing Examination. In partnership with KAPLAN®, we have designed this course to enhance the student's knowledge of the fundamental concepts of basic sciences and prepare for USMLE STEP I. It is a comprehensive review that unites the structure of live online lectures with home-based study. Every student will receive access to over 200 hours of updated video lecture content with online streaming and over 240 hours of interactive live lectures. The student will also have access to 2,200 Q-bank questions and simulated exams. All these resources are available under the direct supervision and with the full support of our basic sciences faculty.

This semester prepares our students for USMLE Step 1 and a smooth transition into clinical medicine in the United States. The student gains valuable knowledge during this time and a clear comprehension of the health care system and post-graduate medical training in the United States.


5 1/2 Year Pre-Med Program

This program is for motivated high school graduates who are looking to accelerate their medical education. 
? 4 Semesters of Pre-Med coursework
? Automatic enrollment in our MD program upon successful completion of Pre-Med studies
                — No need to reapply or take the MCATs
? MD Program- 20 Months of basic science courses followed by 2 years of clinical sciences.
? Students spend a total of 3.5 Years in Aruba, the remainder are spent completing clinical rotations in affiliated U.S. hospitals.

- High School Diploma
- Cumulative GPA: 3.0
- SAT: 1200 (old system) 1800 (new system) or ACT 26
- TOFEL: 231 (for other than USA, UK, or Canadian students)
- IELTS: 6.0 (for other than USA, UK, or Canadian students)



Clinical Sciences follow the completion of the Basic Science curriculum and successful completion of USMLE Step 1. We have secured multiple geographic locations available throughout the United States.

Clinical Rotations

All rotations are available in the United States.

Clinical rotations in the US allows our students to train with doctors in highly coveted research positions combined with a wide array of states to choose from gives our students the freedom to elect their rotations.

Core Rotations

Students become directly involved in the management of patients.
Third year students rotate through the following clerkships: Internal Medicine, Surgery, Family Practice, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Elective Rotations

Students may select from a variety of Elective rotations.


Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The BSN program compliments the existing medical school and will meet the local, regional and global need for highly trained and compassionate nurses. The BSN program integrates a minimum of 58 semester hours of liberal arts educational programming that includes natural sciences and mathematics; communications; socio-behavioral science; and humanities. Our mission it to prepare baccalaureate-educated registered nurses who practice compassionately and deliver safe nursing care of the highest standard to individuals, families and communities.

Academic Scholarships

Entrance Scholarships
SAT Score 1800+ or ACT Score 26+ $1,125.00
GPA 3.5+ Pre-Med- $1,125.00 MD- $1,750.00
MCAT 25-29 $1,500.00
MCAT 30-34 $2,000.00
MCAT 35+ $3,250.00

GI Bill Accepted

XUSOM also offers on-going scholarships, payments plans and student loans.

Further Information

For more information about Xavier University School of Medicine, please contact us.

Create Date: 07-15-2005
Last Modification: 11-27-2013
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