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Avalon University School of Medicine

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About Us

MISSION STATEMENT

"The mission of Avalon University School of Medicine is to educate students in both the science and art of medicine. This mission begins with an environment which promotes growth and learning, and entails dedication, discipline, and direction, all of which are fundamental in the development of a skilled physician."

Avalon University School of Medicine (AUSOM) was founded in 2003 and is chartered by the government of Curacao. AUSOM has an academic team and curriculum which focuses on success of its student body. While emphasis is on student academic success, the administration also focuses on students' personal needs to make sure both students and parents are comfortable and at ease.

AUSOM's faculty consists of professors who are qualified doctors with a great experience and knowledge of the basic sciences and medical practice, which makes them an integral part of the success of AUSOM graduates.The island of Curacao is one of the most developed and modern islands in the Caribbean, which allows AUSOM to conduct the medical program in an up-to-date and friendly environment. As a Caribbean medical school, our goal is to make sure that all students obtain a sufficient level of medical knowledge to understand the basic facts, concepts and principles essential to successful medical practice.

Avalon University School of Medicine takes great pride in making sure all students are pointed in the right direction to succeed. With our designed small class sizes being an average of only 30 students per class, this attractive student-to-teacher ratio offers students the experience of individualized attention in our intensive medical school program. Our faculty members are dedicated to providing the leadership needed for a healthy and exciting learning environment. Our goal is for all students to be molded into well-rounded physicians who exhibit the compassion, integrity and honesty essential for medical practice.

Why Avalon?

LABS ON CAMPUS

Anatomy, Microbiology, Physiology, Biochemistry, and Histopathology

FACULTY

Fully qualified & experienced faculty, Classes taught in English

MENTORING PROGRAM

One-on-one student mentoring and tutoring

PROBLEM BASED LEARNING

Integrated from Day 1 of Basic Sciences

GRADUATE SUCCESS

Graduates practicing medicine in United States, Canada and around the world.

LIBRARY & QBANK

On campus: Free WiFi access, Online practice questions & Access of medical journals.

RESEARCH & JOURNAL CLUB

Integrated into the curriculum: Research opportunities & review of current literature

SMALL CLASS SIZES

A 10:1 student-teacher ratio & Personalized Education.

HOUSING & FOOD

Accommodations within walking distance, Food available on campus, North American food options available.

AIRPORT PICKUP

Airport pickup for all new students

SAFE ENVIRONMENT

Education is our priority and well-being of our students is just important. Campus & accommodations are located in safe & secure environment.

Medical Student Clerkshiop | Avalon University School of Medicine

A QUALITY EDUCATION!

Avalon University School of Medicine is listed by:

  • ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates)
  • IMED (International Medical Education Directory)
  • WHO (World Health Organization)
  • MCC (Medical Council of Canada)
  • MCI (Medical Council of India)

Our graduates are eligible to practice medicine in North America and most countries around the world. Graduates of Avalon are currently practicing medicine in the United States, Canada and in many other countries around the world.

  • We have a U.S. based medical curriculum which allows our graduates to be competitive candidates for residency placement.
  • Our clinical medicine program is very strong, especially in comparison to the vast majority of international medical schools:
    • We guarantee clinical rotations at exceptional teaching hospitals.
    • Clinical rotations are available in the United States and Curaçao.
    • Students are able to complete all their clinical rotations in one geographic location.
    • With little or no downtime between rotations.
  • We offer Problem Based Learning (PBL) which is integrated into our basic science curriculum. This incorporates the application of basic science knowledge into a clinical context.
  • We have developed fully equipped Microbiology, Physiology, Biochemistry and Histopathology labs on campus. Our anatomy lab includes cadavers and plastinated organs which further enhance the educational experience.
  • Our curriculum includes Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), which allows our students to be more involved in medical research during their study of basic sciences.
  • Classes at Avalon are taught in English by instructors that have earned MD's or PhD's.
  • Avalon University has small class sizes for a more personalized education. Professors are able to spend more time focusing on each students needs during class!

A TRUE UNIVERSITY WITH FACULTY THAT DEEPLY CARES FOR THEIR STUDENTS!

  • Our small class sizes provide a more personalized education. Professors are able to spend more time focusing on each students needs during class!
  • Faculty offers student mentoring programs, in which the faculty will guide students to gain the information they need to become successful. Each student at Avalon will have individual and career guidance throughout their journey at Avalon. Students will find help through their medical school experience.
  • Our tuition is affordable in comparison to the majority of international medical schools, with multiple scholarship opportunities available. Our financial aid office will provide guidance to help each one of our students!
  • Our administration offers support for housing, with accommodations available within a walking distance to the campus at affordable prices.
  • Our staff provides airport pick-up! Students will be welcomed in Curaçao by our staff who will arrange airport pick-up for all incoming students to help make them feel welcome!
  • AUSOM offers food on campus. The island also has many food options that will make you feel at home. Also, for students with food restrictions; Vegetarian, Gluten-Free and Halal foods are available!
  • The on-campus library facility has late hours to provide students with a safe quiet place to study with wireless internet (Wi-Fi) access throughout the campus!
  • Our campus is located on a safe and well-developed island. The island of Curaçao offers our students the same amenities that are in the United States and Canada. Curaçao has selected Willemstad, the historic city because of its outstanding value and integrity which illustrated the organic growth of the island!

 

Academics

Avalon University School of Medicine (AUSOM) offers comprehensive medical training designed to prepare students for medical practice in the United States, Canada, and in most countries around the world. Having a curriculum modeled after U.S. medical schools, AUSOM students are taught and trained in both the basic and clinical sciences for the purpose of being competent physicians. Having the quality of education at AUSOM at an affordable tuition cost, we currently have graduates practicing medicine in North America and in countries around the world.

AUSOM operates on a three semester schedule with a rolling admissions process. Students are able to enroll into AUSOM at any of the three start dates with classes beginning in January, May and September. Each semester is 15 weeks in length, with a short break in between semesters.

Academics | Avalon University School of Medicine

The first 4 semesters of the MD program, the basic sciences, are completed on the beautiful, well-developed island of Curacao. This is a very important time for AUSOM students, with the goal being to build a solid foundation of the medical level subjects. Small class sizes allow for a more personalized education, and having highly qualified faculty are one of many ways AUSOM is able to ensure academic support. Student mentorship programs and tutoring are also available to further assist in strengthening the student's basic science knowledge. Also, with a Wi-Fi ready campus and extended library hours, we want students to make the most of their opportunity during the basic sciences.

Upon completion of the basic sciences students will soon after begin our Fifth Semester, which is 14 weeks in duration. The first 8 weeks is the board preparatory portion which is completed on the island of Curacao, and the final 6 weeks is the Introduction of Clinical Medicine portion which is completed in Beckley, West Virginia. Upon completion of the Fifth Semester students will soon take their USMLE Step 1 exam.

After completion of the USMLE Step 1, students will begin their clinical rotations. AUSOM requires students to complete 72 weeks of clinical rotations at our affiliated teaching hospitals across the United States and in Curacao. The sites in the United States in which students will have the opportunity of completing these rotations are – Ohio, Illinois, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona.

5 Year Pre Medical / MD Program

5 Year Pre Medical / MD Program | Avalon University School of Medicine

The premedical program incorporates the basic undergraduate courses that are the prerequisite courses required for the MD program. The premedical curriculum is designed to give high school graduates or students who have not fully met the requirements for the MD program a firm foundation of the sciences to help prepare them for MD program.

 This is a rewarding program for highly motivated students, which involves four semesters of focused pre-medical coursework. For students who successfully complete the premedical program will gain automatic admission into the MD program. The premedical program is a great opportunity to work hard and meet the requirements for the MD program without first obtaining a bachelors degree. Avalon University School of Medicine's premedical requirements can be completed in Curaçao and Ontario, Canada.

BASIC SCIENCES

Avalon University School of Medicine's accelerated medical program is designed to prepare students to becoming well-rounded practicing physician in the United States or Canada. Our curriculum is modeled after U.S. medical schools, and the first 16 months will be focused on gaining the basic science knowledge in preparation for an exciting experience during the clinical program years. The goal of the medical program is to build the necessary medical knowledge in preparation for medical licensure and to be set up in the best position to obtaining a medical residency upon graduation.

FIFTH SEMESTER

The Fifth semester serves as a bridge between the Basic Sciences and the Clinical Sciences. This semester is 14 weeks in duration.

CLINICAL SCIENCES

Students that successfully complete the basic sciences will soon after begin their clinical sciences (clinical rotations). The clinical science program is designed to give students the ability to learn and practice their clinical skills in a hospital setting. Avalon students will have the opportunity to complete the required 72 weeks of clinical rotations at our affiliated teaching hospitals across the United States. An important advantage of our clinical science program is that Avalon students will be able to complete all 72 weeks of core and elective clinical rotations at a single clinical site.

4 Year MD Program

4 Year MD Program | Avalon University School of Medicine

BASIC SCIENCES

Avalon University School of Medicine's accelerated medical program is designed to prepare students to becoming well-rounded practicing physician in the United States or Canada. Our curriculum is modeled after U.S. medical schools, and the first 16 months will be focused on gaining the basic science knowledge in preparation for an exciting experience during the clinical program years. The goal of the medical program is to build the necessary medical knowledge in preparation for medical licensure and to be set up in the best position to obtaining a medical residency upon graduation.

FIFTH SEMESTER

The Fifth semester serves as a bridge between the Basic Sciences and the Clinical Sciences. This semester is 14 weeks in duration.

CLINICAL SCIENCES

Students that successfully complete the basic sciences will soon after begin their clinical sciences (clinical rotations). The clinical science program is designed to give students the ability to learn and practice their clinical skills in a hospital setting. Avalon students will have the opportunity to complete the required 72 weeks of clinical rotations at our affiliated teaching hospitals across the United States. An important advantage of our clinical science program is that Avalon students will be able to complete all 72 weeks of core and elective clinical rotations at a single clinical site.

Academic Calendar

January to April 2017
Orientation January 3, 2017
Classes Begin January 4, 2017
Class Withdrawal Deadline January 13, 2017
Final Examination Period April 10-14, 2017
Classes End April 14, 2017
MD5 Board Prep Classes – Island January 2, 2017 to February 24, 2017
MD5 Intro to Clinical Medicine – USA March 13, 2017 to April 21, 2017

May to August 2017
Orientation May 2, 2017
Classes Begin May 3, 2017
Class Withdrawal Deadline May 12, 2017
Final Examination Period August 7-11, 2017
Classes End August 11, 2017
MD5 Board Prep Classes – Island April 17, 2017 to June 9, 2017
MD5 Intro to Clinical Medicine – USA June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017

September to December 2017
Orientation August 28, 2017
Classes Begin August 29, 2017
Class Withdrawal Deadline September 8, 2017
Final Examination Period December 4-8, 2017
Classes End December 8, 2017
MD5 Board Prep Classes – Island August 14, 2016 to October 6, 2017
MD5 Intro to Clinical Medicine – USA October 23, 2017 to December 1, 2017

Tuition & Fee

Tuition & Fees
Programs Duration Semesters Cost Per Semester
Pre-Medical 15 Weeks per semester 4 $4,500
Basic Sciences 15 Weeks per semester 4 $6,500
Fifth Semester 14 weeks 1 $7,700
Clinical Sciences 12 Weeks per semester 6 $9,100 for the students who have passed the USMLE Step 1 and $10,300 for the students who have not passed the USMLE Step 1

Other Fees: please contact us for full listing of fees.

*All fees are subject to change without prior notification

  • Fee structure for students outside of North America, please contact OHIO Admissions Office or respective country's representative for more information
  • Health Insurance: Only applies to you if you are going to be a student on the Island of Curaçao (not if you are in the U.S. engaged in clinical clerkships)
  • SOME ROTATION SITES MAY BE SUBJECT TO AN ADDITIONAL SURCHARGE

HOW AVALON COMPARES TO OTHER MEDICAL SCHOOLS

HOW AVALON COMPARES TO OTHER MEDICAL SCHOOLS | Avalon University School of Medicine

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

  • Academic Scholarship
  • US Loan Program
  • Student Payment Plan
  • Canadian Loan Program
  • G-I Bill for veterans
  • Indian Student Loan

Admissions Process & Requirements

APPLICATION FACTS

  • User-friendly online application (approximate time to complete: 20 minutes)
  • Three new enrollments dates each year in January, May, and September
  • Applications accepted throughout the year for all upcoming semesters
  • There are no deadlines for applications for admissions, we accept students throughout a year

QUICK FACTS

  • Avalon University School of Medicine is chartered and recognized by the Government of Curaçao
  • Eligibility for participation in the U.S. Loan Program , Canadian Loan Program , G-I Bill for veterans , Indian Student Loan , Academic Scholarship
  • AUSOM graduates are currently practicing medicine in the U.S., Canada and in other countries around the World
  • AUSOM have developed fully equipped Anatomy ,Microbiology, Physiology, Biochemistry and Histopathology labs on campus in Curaçao
  • Affiliations with exceptional teaching hospitals across the U.S. and Curaçao
  • Higher pass rate on United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1
  • AUSOM offers Problem Based Learning (PBL) which is integrated into our basic science curriculum. This incorporates the application of basic science knowledge into a clinical context

 

Further Information

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