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About St. Martinus University

History

St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine (SMUFOM) was chartered in 2000 on the island of Curaçao. Curaçao, with its Dutch influence, is a melting pot of North American, European, and Latin American cultures. At St. Martinus University, we are passionate about quality education. Students are educated with a combination of text and cadavers in order to simultaneously provide theory and an understanding of course material. SMUFOM is a premier academic medical school with a mission to provide excellence in education, research, and medical care. SMUFOM offers students a small class-size environment, personal attention, and the tools needed to succeed in a rigorous pre-medical or medical program.

St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine SMUFOM - History

Mission Statement

At St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine, our mission is to provide a well-balanced instructional program that enables the students to reach their highest level of academic success. Our staff is committed to creating a student-centered educational environment that stresses high expectations. Our goal is to maintain an active partnership involving students, teachers, community and staff to develop a love of learning while embracing our diversity and unique talents in a safe, challenging, respectful and supportive environment.

Our faculty, staff and students accomplish our mission by providing student assistance inside and outside the classroom. Teaching assistants are available to help fellow students succeed. We acquire the best equipment and staff. We have developed a curriculum which will aid students in preparation for the USMLE Step examinations, enhance placement into clinical rotations, and provide the skills and knowledge that will lead to a successful and rewarding career. Our aim is to help students reach their full potential and become qualified physicians and exceptional leaders in the field of medicine.

Why You Should Attend SMUFOM

When selecting a Caribbean Medical School, St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine on the island of Curaçao is the Caribbean’s best kept secret. At St. Martinus University we are passionate about the quality of education, and we are looking for students and faculty that will share this passionate. Curaçao is a melting pot of North American, European and Latin American cultures, and St. Martinus University is the same. We offer our students the best of both worlds:

Curaçao is considered the ideal location for education in the Caribbean. There are many reasons why St. Martinus University should be your first choice for medical education. Let us give you some of the reasons why:

Reason One

St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine is one of only two private medical schools in the Caribbean that offers a two-semester per year system, consistent with the LCME-accredited U.S., Canadian, and most medical schools around the world. It is no surprise that the other Schools with a much longer history, with the same system, have consistently produced the highest USMLE Step 1 pass rates and residency placement percentages. Studies have shown that the three-semester per year systems have a pace that is too fast for the students and they are unable to retain the information they have been taught, which yields lower USMLE test scores. The two semester system offers 20 weeks of curriculum, allowing students to take their time to learn truly and understand the curriculum. SMUFOM offers a three-week remediation course at the end of each semester for those students who need more intensive instruction to enhance their ability to continue to the next semester.

Reason Two

Our students will be exposed to the hospital clinical setting starting from the first semester. We are pursuing a relationship with a 300-bed regional hospital in Curaçao, so that students are exposed to knowledge in action! It should also be noted that the Government of Curaçao has approved a $230 million state-of-the art replacement hospital that is in the final stages of development.

Reason Three

At SMUFOM, we start board reviews in Semester 1 instead of waiting until the end of Semester 4. Students are prepared for the USMLE Step 1 all along the way so that they are ready to take the examination shortly after they finish their Basic Sciences courses. In addition, at the end of every Semester, students are given tests patterned after the USMLE Step 1 examination. These tests are designed to find the deficiencies in each student so that the student pays more attention to those areas. The students can attend remedial sessions as well to cover these courses again. The schedule of these tests at the end of each Semester is as follows:

Semester 1: (a) 200 questions test covering Semester 1 courses
Semester 2: (a) 200 questions test covering Semester 2 courses
(b) 400 questions test covering Semester 1 & 2 courses
Semester 3: (a) 200 questions test covering Semester 3 courses
Semester 4: (a) 200 questions test covering Semester 4 courses
(b) 400 questions test covering Semester 3 & 4 courses
(c) 800 questions test covering Semester 1, 2, 3 & 4 courses

Reason Four

The total yearly tuition is considerably less than three semester schools ($41,000 at trimester school versus $28,800 at SMUFOM). See the cost analysis below:

A THREE Semester School:

Semester Tuition Total Paid
1 $8,200 $8,200
2 $8,200 $16,400
3 $8,200 $24,600
4 $8,200 $32,800
5 $8,200 $41,000

TOTAL TUITION PAID: $41,000

 

ST. MARTINUS UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF MEDICINE

Semester Tuition Total Paid
1 $7,200 $7,200
2 $7,200 $14,400
3 $7,200 $21,600
4 $7,200 $28,800

TOTAL TUITION PAID: $28,800

Reason Five

Curaçao! This island offers white sand beaches and colorful buildings which are displayed throughout the Dutch influenced architecture and hospitality. The cost of living in Curaçao is also considerably less than most other Caribbean islands. Homes are more affordable and filled with European appeal. Curaçao is developed like a European town with all the modern facilities available. It would not be an exaggeration to call Curaçao mini-Amsterdam!

Reason Six

The heritage of the Sisters of Rosenthal rings through the halls of St. Martinus University. Built in 1842, the Sisters laid the foundation of our exceptional educational system. SMUFOM truly offers excellence through education.

Reason Seven

Safety. Curaçao posseses one of the lowest crime rates per capita of the Caribbean islands. Additionally, it is ranked last in the likelihood of being hit by a hurricane.

Reason Eight

A Student Portal – SMUFOM offers an interactive student portal (Sakai), which is accessible via the School's website. Students can login and find all class documents including syllabi, lecture presentations, handouts, and class updates. It is also an exceptional way to stay in contact with your classmates and professors.

Recognition & Accreditation

Charter

St. Martinus University has been formally chartered by the Government of the Netherlands Antilles in 2000. This charter grants the St. Martinus University the right to confer the Doctor of Medicine degree upon its graduates, who will then be eligible for medical licensure.

Furthermore, St. Martinus University is recognized and/or approved and/or listed by:

  •  World Health Organization (W.H.O.)
  •  Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
  • Ministry of Health of the island of Curaçao

St. Martinus University is listed with WHO, ECFMG and IMED

As part of the degree requirements for our students who wish to do their Clinical Clerkships in the USA, the United States Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE) must be taken and successfully passed. Students that have completed a B.Sc. can apply for our 4-year M.D. degree program. Students that have completed a pre-university program with sciences (I.B., A levels, VWO, 10+2 or similar) are eligible to enroll in our accelerated Premedical degree program. This one year program prepares students for seamless access to our M.D. program. After completing the Basic Sciences at our campus in Curaçao, our students complete the clinical clerkships in qualified hospitals in the United States. Clerkships are also possible in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

St. Martinus University, Faculty of Medicine program has been approved by VA

If you are a veteran of the United States military, and wish to study medicine at St. Martinus University, Faculty of Medicine in Curaçao, you are now eligible for educational and training benefits to assist with your medical studies. The United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has created the GI Bill  Website to help US veterans review their education and training benefit options and apply for benefits. Veterans should visit the Veteran Affairs website and complete an online application   for benefits. Once you have successfully applied and reserved your place at St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine, please forward your confirmation of benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs to your SMUFOM Admission Advisor. It is then our responsibility to verify your attendance at SMUFOM with the Department at the beginning of your term.

For further information please contact us. 

St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine SMUFOM - Recognition & Accreditation

High USMLE Pass Rate

St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine is one of only two private medical schools in the Caribbean that offers a two-semester per year system, consistent with the LCME-accredited U.S., Canadian, and most medical schools around the world. It is no surprise that the other Schools with a much longer history, with the same system, have consistently produced the highest USMLE Step 1 pass rates and residency placement percentages. Studies have shown that the three-semester per year systems have a pace that is too fast for the students and they are unable to retain the information they have been taught, which yields lower USMLE test scores. The two semester system offers 20 weeks of curriculum, allowing students to take their time to learn truly and understand the curriculum. SMUFOM offers a three-week remediation course at the end of each semester for those students who need more intensive instruction to enhance their ability to continue to the next semester.

M.D. Program

The medical program offered at St. Martinus University, Faculty of Medicine is a rigorous program that integrates the Basic Sciences into the clinical practice of medicine. The program in the Basic Sciences are offered over four semesters of 20 weeks each. We believe that a high quality education cannot be rushed. Two 20 week semesters a year affords students the opportunity to integrate and retain the knowledge presented.

Basic Sciences

Each semester in the Basic Sciences consist of 20 weeks. There is a scheduled mid-semester break after mid-term exams. There are 35 contact hours of teaching per week in each of the first four semesters. This is equivalent to more contact hours over 4 semesters than most Caribbean schools over 5 semesters.

In order to successfully complete the basic sciences component of the degree, a student must have successfully passed all courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0. There is a 3 week, end of semester remediation for students who fail a course or who want a comprehensive review of the subject material.

Clinical Clerkships

Clinical Rotation Spots are available in the following states in the USA:

  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • North Carolina
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Utah
  • Virginia

Current Clinical Clerkships are also available in Europe and Canada.

Details of the Clerkship locations and affiliations are not published on the website at the request of the participating Hospitals. These details are only provided to current students as they prepare to attend the Clerkships for SMUFOM. For additional clarification of this policy, please contact us.

Clinical Sciences

Clinical clerkships provide a supervised educational experience, a part of the clinical component of the program of medical education, and takes place in a teaching hospital acceptable to the University.

A total of 80 weeks of clinical rotations are required divided in 4 semesters of 20 weeks each. To access the Clinical Handbook please follow the link: 

  • Non Refundable Policy on Clinical Rotations
  • No Refund request is accepted after the Clerkship fees are paid and the Clinical Site is confirmed by the University
  • No refund is given if the student is dismissed from the University, or if the Clinical site fails to perform adequately in the Clinical rotation

Pre-Medical

St. Martinus University, Faculty of Medicine offers an intensive 3 semester pre-med curriculum. This course is designed for students who do not have the required number of undergraduate credit hours or do not meet the eligibility GPA requirements, but who demonstrate the potential to complete successfully the program. Each applicant is reviewed individually by the Admissions Committee, whose decision is final. Students will get credit for college level courses they have completed in other academic institutions. Students who successfully complete the pre-med program proceed automatically into the medical program.

Admission Process

Admissions

A team of professional advisors will address your questions and concerns. With limited placements available, admissions in each semester is a highly selective process. We encourage students to forward all the required admission documents and pay the application fee as soon as possible in order to ensure secured placement. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are handled as their applications are completed.

Admission Process

In selecting applicants for admission, SMUFOM will emphasize those qualities of motivation, intellect, and character essential to the physician. Consideration will also be given to special features of background and experience which may contribute to a candidate's potential for a medical career. Because physicians must be able to offer care to those who are ill, applicants should give evidence of their capacity of deal effectively with other people. They must also be able to organize their activities, set priorities, accept responsibility, and function under stress.

Transfer Students

Transfer students from American, Caribbean, and international medical institutions are encouraged to apply to St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine (SMUFOM).

Students studying in Caribbean institutions will be evaluated on case by case basis for all Basic Sciences coursework upon acceptance to SMUFOM's Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program. Note: SMUFOM will consider transfer students into clinical rotations if the applicant has scored well on USMLE Step 1, and/or Step 2 CK/CS, regardless of which school the Basic Sciences were completed in. 

Students seeking admission from international medical schools outside of the Caribbean should contact SMUFOM to be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Meet and Greet

- Interested in joining us for an informational meet and greet? Keep reading to learn more!

- St. Martinus University, located on the beautiful island of Curaçao, offers two 20 week semesters per year, consistent with LCME-accredited US and Canadian Medical Schools.

- Come join us for this informational meet and greet! Our admissions team is available to answer all your questions.

- Contact us for Semenar Information.

Financial Assistance

SMU understands that some students will require financial aid in order to attend and is committed to providing such assistance.

Academic Scholarships

SMUFOM offers its students an Academic Scholarship for a semester when the student shows academic excellence and achieves honors. This scholarship continues each term whiles the student maintains honors. Students who achieve this level of academic standing may also be offered a position as a teaching assistant.

Teaching Assistantships

Students who achieve a GPA of 3.0 or above are able to receive the position of a Teaching Assistant. The Teaching Assistants get $2000 per semester that is applied towards their tuition fee.

Futher Information

St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine welcomes you to request additional details and have your questions answered about by our attentive and knowledgeable staff.

For detailed information, please contact us.

Create Date: 05-28-2004
Last Modification: 06-11-2013
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