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Our integrated curriculum is taught by distinguished doctors from the U.S. who are committed to teaching. The student to teacher ratio is 10:1, which provides students with an individualized learning environment. All labs and classrooms have state of the art equipment, including LCD projectors, charts etc. Plasticized human cadavers are used for teaching and dissection. Anatomical dissections are performed at the Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Hospital, the local hospital in Aruba.


Xavier University School of Medicine’s curriculum parallels training at top U.S. medical schools. It includes concentrated academic and clinical study, with an emphasis on preparing you for Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE).


Students complete the first part of their education over the course of six semesters on the XUSOM campus in Aruba. In Basic Science, you will build the knowledge base that will serve you throughout the rest of your medical career.

Our system-based curriculum means that the teaching is organized by the systems within the body, like the digestive or respiratory systems. This approach, which mirrors how medicine is actually practiced, gives you a big-picture look at the physiological, anatomical, and biochemical processes of an organ system all at once.


The Clinical Science program at Xavier University School of Medicine really sets us apart from other Caribbean medical schools. We offer our clinical rotations in world-renowned hospitals all over the U.S. XUSOM’s clinical department carefully monitors our available rotations to allow our students to complete their clinical rotations with hardly any downtime in-between. During these clinical rotations, students work directly with doctors and hospital staff conducting physical examinations, taking a patient history, presenting cases, and attending workshops, conferences and rounds. Your hands-on experience in the hospital is supplemented by additional case studies and assignments.