Thiruvikraman Nithyanandam

St Martinus University Faculty of Medicine - MBBS

College Info:

By the end of the 19th century there were continuous riots in Venezuela. The bishop of Merida, Mgr. da Silva, with the help of pastor Frie of the parish of Sta. Rosa, bought plantation Scherpenheuvel to set up a seminary to avoid the riots. Pastor Frie designed the building and on January 9th, 1898 “El SeminarioInmaculada de Concepción de Scherpenheuvel” officially opened. There were 24 Spanish speaking students in care of Dutch professors. There was a severe lack of communication but thanks to father Radulphus, the Dutch professors learnt Spanish so the communication could be improved. On August 27th, 1901 the seminary had to be closed because of lack of funds. The students had to go back to Venezuela and the Dutch professors dedicated themselves to pastor work. In 1919, the bishop of Curaçao took over the building from Mgr. da Silva to set up an orphanage. On July 29th, 1920 the fathers of Tilburg moved the orphan children from Sta. Rosa to Scherpenheuvel.

Scherpenheuvel was used as an orphanage and as technical and vocational school and training facility until July 31st 1974. Because of lack of financial support from the government during that time, the orphanage came to an end and all the departments for career training were moved or sold to the private sector. Huize Scherpenheuvel was home to the fathers of Tilburg until 1995 when they donated the property to the community of Curacao and returned to Holland. It remained the Headquarters for the Roman Catholic School Board until 2008. St. Thomas College Foundation is the official entity to protect and to maintain these properties. On May 9th, 2013 St. Martinus University, Faculty of Medicine became the newest entity to call the “Home on the Sharp Hill” a.k.a. Huize Scherpenheuvel, home. On October 12th, after months or restoration and renovations, St. Martinus University officially opened its doors in this magnificent building.

Course Info:

The Clinical Science program consists of six semesters for a total of 72 weeks, including 48 weeks of basic required rotations and 24 weeks of elective rotations. Clinical clerkships provide a supervised educational experience, a part of the clinical component of the program of medical education and takes place in a teaching hospital acceptable to the University. As active team members of the student and house staff, the students are supervised by attending physicians as they learn different aspects of medicine. Each student’s performance is evaluated by their clinical supervisor according to standards set by the University.

Students who wish to transfer into the Clinical program must have completed Basic Sciences program at SMUFOM. Students wishing to practice medicine in the US are also required to have passed the United States Medical Licensure Exam Step Examinations.Clinical core clerkships occur during the third and fourth year of medical education. They are full-time clerkships where the students learn practical part of medicine in a clinical setting. This provides an opportunity to utilize skills and information previously acquired in the Basic Science courses and Introduction to Clinical Medicine courses.