A commitment to student success
As a top Caribbean medical school, the primary mission of the AUC faculty can be summed up in one word: teaching. As a result, our dedicated medical school faculty are easily accessible to all medical school students and welcome student participation in the learning process. Comprised of scientists, physicians, scholars and committed teachers, AUC’s faculty not only educate students; they provide guidance and share our students' goals.
A Diverse Medical Education
AUC's international medical school faculty have been trained in some of the world’s finest institutions and come from diverse research backgrounds in areas such as DNA research, neuropsychology, tropical parasitic disease and anti-cancer drug pharmacology. As a result, they are able to teach with authority, and by example.
The close-knit community at AUC extends to the relationshipsformed between students and faculty. AUC's small class sizes facilitate individualized interaction and create a truly personalized learning environment. At AUC, medical school students are both challenged and supported by a faculty that expects a lot from them, but who also provides time, encouragement and support in return.
Our Learning Environment
The first two academic years of Medical Sciences are taught in St. Maarten on a modern campus that provides the perfect setting for teaching and learning medical school courses.
The AUC campus features contemporary lecture halls enhanced with audio/visual technology, research and anatomical dissection laboratories, clinical patient examination rooms, and an extensive medical library to support our Caribbean medical school curriculum. In January 2014, AUC opened a new academic building housing a simulation center, anatomy lab, lecture hall, and other spaces for teaching and learning.
Students also benefit from working with web-based learning applications such as ANGEL—an e-learning platform that provides efficient and effective development, delivery and management of medical school courses, course content and learning outcomes—and human patient simulators that mimic human responses to various medical procedures. Finally, numerous common areas designed for individual and group study are also available.
The most important exam a medical student takes
Strong performance on the national board examinations is one of the most important factors contributing to success obtaining a residency match. Graduates of international medical schools abroad must take and pass USMLE if they want to practice in the United States. This is a critical requirement for AUC students who plan to obtain licensure to practice in the U.S. The USMLE Step 1 exam is designed to assess medical students’ knowledge of the basic science foundation of clinical practice.
USMLE Step 1 Performance Matches US in 2012
In 2012, AUC students achieved a first-time pass rate of 96 percent on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination. This is the same rate achieved by US and Canadian medical schools in 2012.
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine graduates have obtained residencies in traditionally highly competitive fields and many report having been offered a choice of residency placement by the time they graduate. Over 200 graduates of American University of the Caribbean obtained residency appointments in 2013 in their first attempt, the vast majority through the National Registry Match Program. In the 2013 Match, about two-thirds of AUC graduates who matched secured a residency in primary care (family medicine, internal medicine, or pediatrics). The AUC Match list for 2012-13 also includes anesthesiology, emergency medicine, neurology, pathology, radiology, and other competitive specialties. Over the last four years (2010-2013), the residency attainment rate for first-time, eligible graduates, who actively sought residency has averaged 87%.”
Preparing Students for Residency Appointment
Preparing our students to attain a residency placement is one of AUC’s highest priorities. In addition to offering academic preparation, AUC has dedicated staff whose responsibilities are to assist students who are preparing for residency by advising on the application process, providing necessary documents to match-related organizations, and providing specialized resources to help students learn about requirements for different specialties and residency programs.
Recognized by United States Department of Education
The US Department of Education has determined that AUC is an eligible institution for participation in title IV federal financial assistance programs. AUC students who qualify are eligible to receive US student loans in order to attend the medical school.
Accreditation Standards Comparable to US Medical School Requirements
AUC’s medical school facilities and curriculum are accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM). The United States Department of Education has determined that the standards the country of St. Maarten uses to accredit medical schools -- through our accreditor, ACCM -- are comparable to those set by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), which accredits medical education programs in the United States. AUC students are eligible to sit for the USMLE, obtain U.S. Federal Financial Aid if qualified, become active members of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and, upon graduation, obtain residency and licensure in all 50 states.
State Approvals and Licensure
New York, California, and Florida require institutional review and approval, or licensure, prior to the conduct of clinical clerkships. Approval by the Medical Board of California is also necessary for physician licensure in that state.
Many other states defer to California’s approval for the purpose of licensure because most do not have their own approval process.
In the case of New York, only graduates of medical schools approved by the state of New York may obtain a residency in that state. As it happens, one third of residency programs in the United States are conducted in New York. Recognition by the Texas Medical Board facilitates an AUC graduate’s application for physician licensure.
New York Accreditation and Approvals
New York requires institutional review and approval, or licensure, prior to the conduct of clinical clerkships. Also, only graduates of medical schools approved by the state of New York may obtain a residency in that state. As it happens, one third of residency programs in the United States are conducted in New York.
California Accreditation and Approvals
California approval is important because it is not only a requirement for international medical graduates to obtain the license to practice in California but also in other states as well that follow California’s Approved List of International Medical Schools. AUC is one of the few US accredited Caribbean medical schools approved by the Medical Board of California and can be found in the listing under Sint Maarten.
Florida Accreditation and Approvals
Florida requires institutional review and approval, or licensure, prior to the conduct of clinical clerkships. AUC is fully licensed by the Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education.
Texas Accreditation and Approvals
Recognition by the Texas Medical Board facilitates an AUC graduate’s application for physician licensure. The Texas Medical Board has determined that graduates of AUC have demonstrated Substantial Equivalence of Their Education.
Additionally, AUC is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools, and the International Medical Education Directory published by the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research. Our graduates are also eligible for ECFMG Certification.
More than 5,000 Alumni
5,000 Alumni and Growing
As a top international medical school, AUC has over 5,000 alumni, who are practicing in all 50 US states, Canada, and more than 20 other countries. Many of them are practicing medicine in some of the most prestigious hospitals in the country. Many are chief residents at their hospitals, entrusted with overseeing fellow physicians and responsible for entire divisions of patient care.