AUSOM is a U.S. curriculum based medical program and our graduates are geared for a career in medicine in the United States. AUSOM has taken all necessary steps to ensure that AUSOM's graduates are eligible for U.S. medical licensure. For a Medical University to be approved, it must be chartered. Avalon University School of Medicine is chartered by the Ministry of Education in Curacao. This charter entitles AUSOM to grant a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree to students who have successfully completed the medical school's approved curriculum in medical education, which includes an emphasis on USMLE® preparation.
AUSOM is also recognized by the United States Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates® (ECFMG) The ECFMG is an organization that promotes excellence in medical education throughout the world. Requirements for graduate certification in the U.S. are outlined by the ECFMG and followed by students graduating from any international medical school. This endorsement means our program is structured so graduates of AUSOM are eligible to take all phases of the USMLE and subsequently apply to U.S. residency programs.
Eligibility for U.S. residency programs recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires Caribbean medical school students to obtain a certificate from the ECFMG. Certificate eligibility depends on whether a school is listed in the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research's® (FAIMER) International Medical Education Directory® (IMED). AUSOM is currently listed in this publication. Medical schools are listed in FAIMER's IMED when they receive recognition by the appropriate local agency within their country, for example, a Ministry of Education. Additionally, to be eligible for the USMLE, a student must attend a medical school listed in the IMED.
AUSOM is also recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and can be found in their most recent World Directory of Medical Schools. The WHO is an agency of the United Nations that serves to help coordinate and monitor international medical education programs. The WHO recognizes a medical school if it is deemed an appropriate education or training institution for healthcare workers. With these accreditations AUSOM graduates are able to obtain USA Residency Programs.
Additionally, the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) considers AUSOM a recognized medical school. This recognition permits AUSOM's graduates to pursue Canadian residency positions and Canadian medical licensure. This includes taking the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE), which is the Canadian equivalent of the USMLE.
At Avalon University School of Medicine, our goal is to ensure that students and graduates of the medical school program are prepared and successful in all aspects of their medical career endeavors. The faculty at Avalon University provides a unique and modern medical education experience; while continually focusing on the preparation for the USMLE.