St. Martinus University

Curacao Campus is located in the historic Huize Scherpenheuvel, a World Heritage Site located in the quiet hills of Santa Rosa. Our campus is conveniently located on the island. It is just minutes away from beautiful beaches and downtown Punda, yet the quiet residential area of Santa Rosa makes it a great environment to study. 

classrooms are all equipped the latest technology. Our Curacao Campus also contains our Anatomy Laboratory, Library, Fitness Center, Lecture Hall, Cafeteria, and Skerpener Hall (SMUFOM Dormitory).  

At our Curacao Campus, you will also find all the Administrative Offices for SMUFOM. Our Immigration Office, Student Affairs Office, Administration Office, and Faculty Offices are all conveniently located here. Our entire Administrative Team is ready to assist our students with anything they might need.

Reorganization and Affiliation


St. Martinus University has been formally chartered by the Government of the Netherlands Antilles since 2000. This charter grants St. Martinus University the right to confer the Doctor of Medicine degree upon its graduates, who will then be eligible for medical licensure. In addition, we are also recognized by the Ministry of Health of Curacao.

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

  • Government of Curaçao
  • Government of Netherlands Antilles
  • World Health Organization
  • Medical Council of Canada
  • General Medical Council, UK
  • Medical Council of India
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, USA
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination
  • National Board of Medical Examiners, USA
  • Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, USA
  • National Resident Matching Program, USA
  • International Medical Education Directory, USA
  • American Medical Student Association, USA
  • Christian Medical and Dental Associations CMDA

Curriculum

  • Structured according to the U.S. system of medical education but with a strong European influence.
  • All basic sciences and pre-clinical years in Curaçao.
  • Basic sciences teaching in all subjects are conducted throughout the year in two 20-week semesters starting in January and in July of each year.
  • New students are admitted at the beginning of each semester and the courses are repeated each semester.
  • Class sizes begin at 50 students per semester.
  • Students must pass USMLE I before entering their clinical clerkships.

Pre-Medical program

The Pre-Medical program was created for those students who do not meet the Admissions criteria of SMUFOM on the basis of not having completed the courses and credits required for Admissions into the MD Program. Our Pre-Medical Program is a one year, 90 credit hours accelerated program consisting of THREE intensive semesters.

 Prerequisites For the Pre-Medical Program:

Admissions are based on a holistic approach in regards to the following requirements, and not based solely on one criterion. Each applicant is evaluated individually. Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis by the Admission Committee. Strong consideration is given to applicants whose background is in the healthcare field.

  • High school cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (Competitive GPA = 3.0)
  • Must have completed 2 of the 3 science courses among Physics, Chemistry, and/or Biology

The Pre-Medical Program offers students the ability to take the courses required for Admissions into the MD Program in record time. This program also provides students with the information and knowledge they will require when they begin the Basic Science Program. In addition, our Pre-Medical Program offers introductory courses to prepare student for the courses they will be taking in their MD1 Semester.

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Basic Sciences

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 Basic Sciences Program is a 2-year program 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. 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 can accomplish 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. Students who are unable to pass a course in any particular semester are offered a Remediation (remedial exams) at the end of every semester.

The Clinical Science program consists of six semesters for a total of 74 weeks, including 48 weeks of basic required rotations and 26 weeks of elective rotations. 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. As active team members of the student and house staff, the students are supervised by attending physicians as they learn different aspects of medicine. Each student’s performance is evaluated by their clinical supervisor according to standards set by the University.

 Clinical Program

Students who wish to transfer into the Clinical program must have completed Basic Sciences program at SMUFOM. Students wishing to practice medicine in the US are also required to have passed the United States Medical Licensure Exam Step Examinations.

 Clinical Science Curriculum:

Clinical core clerkships occur during the third and fourth year of medical education. They are full-time clerkships where the students learn practical part of medicine in a clinical setting. This provides an opportunity to utilize skills and information previously acquired in the Basic Science courses and Introduction to Clinical Medicine courses.

The Core Rotations are required by each student and consist of the following:

BASIC REQUIRED CLERKSHIPS48 Weeks
1. INTERNAL MEDICINE12 Weeks
2. OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY6 Weeks
3. PEDIATRICS6 Weeks
4. PRIMARY CARE/FAMILY MEDICINE/PREVENTIVE MEDICINE6 Weeks
5. PSYCHIATRY6 Weeks
6. SURGERY12 Weeks
*SURGICAL SUBSPECIALTY4 Weeks*
Surgical subspecialty must be a four (4) week clerkship from the following:
a. Anesthesiologyf. Pediatric surgery
b. Neurosurgeryg. Plastic surgery
c. Ophthalmologyh. Thoracic surgery
d. Otorhinolaryngologyi. Urology
e. Orthopedic surgeryj. Trauma surgery
ELECTIVE CLINICAL CLERKSHIPS26  Weeks
Maximum 6 weeks; Minimum 4 electives needed from the following:
  
1. ANESTHESIOLOGY/PAIN MANAGEMENT16. DERMATOLOGY
2. EMERGENCY MEDICINE17. FAMILY MEDICINE
3. GYNECOLOGY18. INTERNAL MEDICINE
4. NEUROLOGY19. OBSTETRICS
5. OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE20. OPTHALMOLOGY
6. ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY21. OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY
7. PEDIATRICS22. REHABILITATION & PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
8. RADIOLOGY23. ONCOLOGY
9. PREVENTIVE MEDICINE24. CARDIOLOGY
10. ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY25. AMBULATORY CARE
11. CRITICAL CARE26. ENDOCHRONOLOGY AND METABOLISM
12. INFECTIOUS DISEASE27. GASTROENTEROLOGY
13. GERONTOLOGY28. NEPHROLOGY
14. PULMONOLOGY29. RHEUMATOLOGY
15. NEONATOLOGY30. PATHOLOGY