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Aruba’s Medical Schools

What could be better than a vacation in Aruba? Well, how about going to medical school there? Aruba has two medical schools: All Saints University of Medicine and Xavier University School Of Medicine.

These schools are located in downtown Oranjestad, and therefore neither school has the beautiful beach front campus you might be imagining. Still, Aruba is a small enough island that you’re never  far from sun, sand, and sea.  And anyway, the whole purpose of going to med school is to study, right?

Both of these schools are recognized by the WHO (World Health Organization), and students are eligible to sit for the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Exam) Step 1, more commonly known as “The Boards”. You must pass this first test before being permitted to do your residency in the United States.

Prospective students who plan to practice in the U.S. should do their homework before attending any overseas medical school. There is plenty of information on the web to help with your decision. A good place to start seems to be this site. Different states have different requirements,so it is important that the state where you hope to practice recognizes the school. For more information, contact the Educational Commission for the Foreign Medical Graduate (ECFMG):

Educational Commission for the Foreign Medical Graduate
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685 USA
Telephone: (215) 386-5900
Fax: (215) 386-9196
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