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5 Year Premed-MD Program

The curriculum of the American University School of Medicine Aruba is designed to be a highly integrative and clinical base for the student to learn the art and science of medicine, and effectively apply their knowledge in all primary care residencies. Our programs are designed to prepare students to be knowledgeable, skillful, compassionate, and dutiful physicians.

A rewarding program for those who have little doubt about the career path they have chosen. Six traditional college semesters packed into four accelerated semesters of pre-medical studies. The initial stages of the 5 Year MD Program will fully prepare medical students for their pre-clinical studies. High school graduates with scholastic achievements that will permit them to be accepted into this program tend to enter residency and graduate to practice medicine by the age of 26. As a matter of fact, most of AUSA’s 5 Year MD Program students will benefit from the number of years they will save by not having to secure their position as a medical student by first completing a bachelor’s or a master’s degree. In addition, once completed, the pre-med courses at AUSOMA will allow graduates to become qualified candidates for medical licensure.

Semester 1 (23 Credits)
• PM1108. General Biology I
• PM1208. General Chemistry
• PM1304. Pre-calculus Math
• PM1403. English

Semester 2 (22 Credits)
• PM2108. Basic Anatomy and Physiology
• PM2208. Organic Chemistry
• PM2308. Physics

Semester 3 (22 Credits)
• PM3107. Introduction to Histology
• PM3204. Behavioral Sciences
• PM3306. Introduction to Biochemistry
• PM3404. Biostatistics
• PM3502. Psychosocial aspects of healthcare

Semester 4 (23 Credits)
• PM4108. Introduction to Anatomy
• PM4208. Introduction to Physiology
• PM4302. Economics of Health Sciences
• PM4502. Introduction to Physical Diagnosis
• PM4602. Medical Terminology

Basic Science Curriculum (15 weeks/ semester)
The 19 months of basic sciences are distributed across 5 semesters and include 11 organ systems (11 courses), Medical ethics course module, 4-course modules of Clinical skills training, 4-course modules of Preventive medicine is combined with Clinical Board Series utilizing patient and physician educators to maximize the experience for each student. Each semester runs for 15 weeks. The details are presented below:

MD-1 semester (28 Credit Hours)
MD 1001: Foundational Principles of Basic sciences 13 Credit Hours
MD 1002: Musculoskeletal System 8 Credit Hours
MD 1003: Integumentary system 2 Credit Hours
MD 1004: Clinical Skills-1 2 Credit Hour
MD 1005: Preventive Medicine, Public Health and 3 Credit Hours
Quality Health Parameters

MD-2 semester (27 Credit Hours)
MD 2006: Nutrition and Metabolism 6 Credit Hours
MD 2007: Behavioral Sciences and Neurology 13 Credit Hours
MD 2008: Medical Ethics 2 Credit Hours
MD 2009: Clinical Skills-2 2 Credit Hours
MD 2010: Preventive Medicine, Public Health and 4 Credit Hours
Quality Health Parameters

MD-3 semester (28 Credit Hours)
MD 3011: Respiratory System 9 Credit Hours
MD 3012: Gastrointestinal system 9 Credit Hours
MD 3016: Hematology and Immunology 4 Credit Hours
MD 3014: Clinical Skills-3 2 Credit Hours
MD 3015: Preventive Medicine, Public Health and 4 Credit Hours
Quality Health Parameters

MD-4 semester (30 Credit Hours)
MD 4016: Cardiovascular System 10 Credit Hours
MD 4017: Renal System 4 Credit Hours
MD 4018: Endocrine and Reproductive System 10 Credit Hours
MD 4019: Clinical Skills-4 2 Credit Hours
MD 4020: Preventive Medicine, Public Health and 4 Credit Hours
Quality Health Parameters

MD-5 semester (27 Credit Hours)
MD 5021: Introduction to Clinical Medicine 12 Credit Hours
MD 5022: Review of Basic Sciences 15 Credit hours

Clinical Sciences
The program’s Clinical Sciences & Rotations portion prepares students to deal directly with patients in real-world environments. The AUSOMA Staff will work directly with students to assist full advantage of clinical rotations and placement in residency positions. The clinical sciences are divided into 12 weeks semesters covering 72 weeks of clinical rotations in 6 semesters.

CC 1012 Internal Medicine (12 Weeks) Students are exposed to adult patients with a variety of disease processes. Objective components emphasized are medical history taking, physical examination skills, case presentation, differential diagnosis of disease processes, and development of a strong foundation of internal medicine knowledge. Student evaluation is based on the Clinical Component – 80% and the NBME Shelf Exam – 20%.

CC 2012 General Surgery (12 Weeks) Overall goal is to give broad exposure to surgery and An understanding of the medicine of surgery. It will not serve as a comprehensive course in surgery, but rather a foundation for the role surgery plays in the care of the hospitalized patient. Students will develop an understanding of the common surgical diseases and develop a framework for self-study. In addition, basic manual skills such as suturing, and knot tying will be emphasized. Student evaluations are based on the Clinical Component – 80% and the NBME Shelf Exam – 20%.

CC 1006 Pediatrics (6 Weeks). Designed to introduce core principles and become familiar with common illnesses of pediatrics, common causes of death in childhood, normal growth, and development, concepts of family-centered care, and variation in immunology, biochemistry, pathology, and the physiology that occurs as child ages. Student evaluations are based on the Clinical Component – 80% and the NBME Shelf Exam – 20%.

CC 2006 Obstetrics / Gynecology (6 Weeks). Provides a foundation of knowledge and skills through exposure to normal and pathological conditions associated with the female reproductive organs such as menstruation, conception, and pregnancy. Broader concepts of primary care for women with an emphasis on preventive care and periodic screening will also be covered. Student evaluations are based on the Clinical Component – 80% and the NBME Shelf Exam -20%.

CC 4006 Family Medicine (6 Weeks). Strengthen basic skills such as interviewing, history taking, physical examination, and physical diagnosis. The assessment and management of both routine and complicated medical conditions will be integrated with the application of the principles of quality, cost-effective health care, patient education, and health promotion. Student evaluations are based on the Clinical Component – 80% and the NBME Shelf Exam – 20%.

CC 3006 Psychiatry (6 Weeks). Emphasis on major psychiatric syndromes. Students will work on a multidisciplinary team and are required to be able to employ a bio-psycho-socio-cultural model of assessments and treatments for patients with psychiatric illnesses. Student evaluations are based on the Clinical Component – 80% and the NBME Shelf Exam – 20%.

Elective Rotations – Student’s Choice (24 Weeks). Students can choose their specialty of interest from a list of specialties like Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Immunology, Nephrology, Oncology, Rheumatology, Cardiology, Emergency medicine, Hematology, Infectious diseases, Neurology, Pulmonary.

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