What to Know Before You Apply to AUC's Medical School
Gather Your Supporting Documentation
You will need to complete or submit the following items to be admitted to AUC:
Completed application: Complete the online application to AUC
Application fee: Provide the non-refundable $100 application fee, payable to American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
Personal statement: Provide a personal statement no longer than 750 words concerning your medical career expectations. The statement should summarize your goals for your medical career, the personal attributes that qualify you to become a physician, and your assessment of your capacity to meet the technical standards of the university both under the pressures of life on a Caribbean island and in clinical settings which may provide cultural and logistical features differing from those to which you are accustomed. Note: AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) personal statements will also be accepted.
History: Chronological listing of educational, employment, and volunteer experience dating back to high school.
Official transcripts: Official transcripts must be sent to AUC, directly from the college registrar in an official sealed envelope. For foreign schools, notarized copies of the original transcripts may be directed to AUC when official transcripts are not readily available. However, official transcripts must follow the notarized copies prior to matriculation. Please note that all foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a credentialing service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A listing of credentialing members can be found at www.naces.org.
Official MCAT report: MCAT scores are required for medical school admission to AUC and must be taken within the last 5 years. Applicants must request the MCAT scores be sent directly from the testing agency to AUC’s Administrative Office. The code for AUC is 907. For MCAT testing information, please contact the MCAT Care Team, Association of American Medical Colleges, Section for Applicant Assessment Services, 2450 N St., NW Washington, DC 20037, or call 202-828-0690.
Letters of Recommendation: Official letters from a Pre-Medical Advisory Committee are strongly recommended, however, we will accept a minimum of 1 letter from an individual academic professor who has taught the applicant (science preferable, but not required) and 1 professional letter. Additional letters of recommendation from professors or employers with details of previous medical experience will be accepted to further support the applicant’s candidacy to medical school. These letters must appear on original letterhead stationery and be directly sent from the individual offering the recommendation. Letters of recommendation are accepted through Interfolio and Virtual Evals.
*We recommend that AUC applicants send in required items as they become available. For example, prospective applicants do not need to have received his or her MCAT score to start the application process. Also, please note that all documents sent to AUC become the property of AUC.
Sending Supporting Documentation to AUC
All supporting documentation for the application should be mailed to:
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
901 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 700
Coral Gables, Florida 33134-3036
AUC's team of admissions advisors is available to assist you and respond to any admissions process questions and concerns quickly and efficiently. Please feel free to email your local Associate Director of Admissions or contact an admissions advisor by phone at 305-446-0600.
Other Admissions Policies - Please Note:
Background Check Policy: AUC requires all applicants to consent to a background check as part of the admissions process. Background checks are needed to protect the safety and well-being of patients, to ascertain the ability of medical school applicants to participate in clinical clerkship and eventually become licensed physicians, as well as to verify the information you provide on your application. Applicants should note that any misstatement or omission made during the application process may result in withdrawal of acceptance or dismissal after discovery by the University.
Foreign Medical Students: Those who are neither U.S. citizens nor lawful permanent residents of the United States must obtain a B-1 Nonimmigrant Visa from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate prior to entering the U.S. to sit for their USMLE Step 1 examination and to complete their clinical training in years 3 and 4. American University of the Caribbean will provide documents in support of a B-1 Visa application. It is our strong recommendation that students apply for the Visa in the country of which they are a citizen. American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine is not responsible for obtaining B-1 Visas for students, and does not guarantee that every student who applies for a B-1 Visa will be granted one. It is the student’s responsibility to plan accordingly and to consult with an immigration attorney if necessary.