Welcome to American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC). For more than 35 years, AUC has offered bright and talented aspiring physicians the opportunity to receive a quality medical school education in a warm, collaborative, and collegial environment.
Like you, each of our faculty and students has a unique story of their journey to AUC. I was especially drawn to AUC’s mission, which emphasizes a individualized, one-on-one approach to teaching and mentoring of medical students above everything else. AUC’s commitment to student-centered learning, and to supporting a community dedicated to student success, is a large part of why I joined the AUC family from a US medical school. I have also found in our medical students an impressive combination of intelligence, personal motivation, compassion, and empathy that I know will serve them well in their careers in medicine. AUC students truly exemplify the value of collaboration and teamwork—and they realize that they can accomplish so much more together than they ever could alone.
As a family medicine physician, I am also excited about our school’s significant contribution to addressing the need for qualified and committed primary care physicians to serve in communities across the US and Canada. The American Medical Association estimates that by 2025, the US will face a shortage of about 130,000 physicians. The problem is expected to be particularly serious in primary care. In 2015, more than 150 AUC graduates filled positions in family medicine, pediatrics, or internal medicine, many in underserved areas. We are proud of the impact we as an institution are having on the health of communities and families.
I welcome you to the opportunity to learn more about AUC.
Heidi Chumley, MD
Executive Dean and Chief Academic Officer