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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 is 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.

Medical Sciences:
Each semester in the Basic Sciences consists 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.

Semester 1
Course Number Course Credits
MED1001 Gross Anatomy: Clinically oriented approach to Human Anatomy, Clinical Embryology and Human Development. Cadaver dissection with the use of anatomical models constitute the laboratory requirement 12
MED1002 Medical Histology: This course also includes the clinical applications of relevant principles of cellular and molecular biology. 5
MED1003 Medical and Clinical Genetics: This course concentrates on the study of modern clinical genetics and an introduction to medical genomics. 4
MED1004 Integrated Clinical Medicine I: A comprehensive introduction to medical communication. Preliminary aspects of history-taking are introduced, as well as rudimentary physical examination skills. 2
Total 23


Semester 2
Course Number Course Credits
MED2001 Medical Biochemistry: The biochemical basis of disease is presented using clinical cases and a case-based problem approach. 8
Behavioral Science
MED2003 Medical Physiology: A system based comprehensive approach with clinical orientation 8
MED2004 Clinical Neuroscience: This course focuses on the structure and function of the human nervous system. Clinical cases serve to integrate the basic science with medical/clinical applications. 5
MED2005 Integrated Clinical Medicine II: History-taking and physical examination skills are extended beyond the scope of ICM I to ease competency in performing a complete patient evaluation.. 5
Total 31


Semester 3
Course Number Course Credits
MED3001 Microbiology and Immunology: The pathogenesis of bacterial and viral diseases are presented with therapeutic and associated clinical implications. 10
MED3002 Pathology I: The cellular and molecular basis of disease is studied and correlated with specific diseases and disorders. 9
MED3003 Epidemiology, Public Health & Biostatistics 4
MED3004 Integrated Clinical Medicine III: History-taking and physical examination skills acquired in ICM I and II are applied to new scenarios, including patients who present challenges to the interviewer. Student sessions are videotaped to allow self-assessment. 5
Total 28


Semester 4
Course Number Course Credits
MED4001 Pathology II: Comprehensive systemic and anatomic pathophysiology. The implications for patient management is discussed in detail. 10
MED4002  Pharmacology: An intensive and comprehensive course that covers therapeutic and drug interactions specific to clinical conditions. 8
MED4003 Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence. 2
MED4004 Integrated Clinical Medicine IV: Extensive use of hospital-based patients, case-based and problem-based learning as well as Journal Club to discuss new investigative and treatment modalities. 6
Total 26


Semester 5
Course Number Course Credits
MED5001 Optional 6
MED5002 Optional 6
MED5003 Optional 6
MED5004 Optional 6
Total 24
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Program at St. Martinus, Caribbean Medical School
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