AUC Outcomes: USMLE Scores, Residencies, and More

A proud tradition of strong performance on the USMLE and in the NRMP

At American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC we understand that as parents of aspiring physicians you have one primary concern when it comes to selecting a medical school: will the journey lead to a career? Will your son or daughter receive the education that enables them to launch a successful career in medicine, be competitive for good jobs, and have the respect of their peers?

No one can see the future, and each student’s individual journey is their own, but if you want to get a sense of your son or daughter’s chances to graduate and be successful, then you need to look closely at the medical school’s academic and career outcomes. These will tell you a large part of the story of how well the school prepares its students for the medical profession.

We will discuss two primary outcomes in this section: performance on Step 1 of the United States Licensing Examination® (USMLE), and success rate in the annual national residency match.

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Jump to: Step 1 Record and Results | Residency Match and Results | Residency Sampling

Step 1 of the USMLE

Though the USMLE is actually a four-part exam, USMLE Step 1 deserves special focus. That’s because a student’s score on Step 1 is among the top criteria that residency program directors consider when selecting candidates for a resident position. Therefore it is arguably the most important exam taken by a medical student. Let’s look more closely:

  • The purpose of Step 1 is to assess a student’s understanding of the basic medical sciences.
  • All medical schools strive to have their students achieve a passing score on Step 1 on their first attempt. A medical school’s first-time pass rate on USMLE Step 1 is therefore an important metric to look at when evaluating a medical school.
  • A medical school’s USMLE Step 1 first-time pass rate is one indicator of the quality education and support the school provides to students during the basic medical sciences portion of their study.
  • All AUC students need to take, and pass, this part of the USMLE exam before they can become eligible to start clinical rotations in the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom.

AUC's USMLE Step 1 Track Record

auc-parents-guide-academics-clinical-rotations-(1).jpgAUC students have consistently performed well on this important exam:

  • Over the last five years (2010-2014), AUC’s annual first-time pass rate on USMLE Step 1 has been between 92% and 97%, comparable to the achievements of US and Canadian medical schools.
  • During this same period, out of nearly 1,600 AUC students taking the exam, just less than 90 students did not pass on the first attempt.
  • AUC’s cumulative five-year USMLE Step 1 first-time pass rate is 94.%.
  • In 2014, 328 out of 353 AUC students passed this important exam on the first attempt, resulting in a first-time pass rate of 93%. This rate was officially certified by the Foundation for International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER)—the official foundation for the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates® (ECFMG).
  • AUC provides a wide range of support to help students succeed on Step 1. AUC partners with organizations such as Becker Professional Education and C3NY to make USMLE prep resources available to our students. In addition, AUC administers a comprehensive basic sciences exam with USMLE-style questions to help students assess their readiness for USMLE Step 1. AUC also provides follow-up support to students who do not receive a passing grade on the first attempt of the USMLE Step 1. AUC will intervene to help that student develop a strategy to improve his/her study skills and preparation for his/her second attempt. Many students recover and pass the test on a subsequent attempt and proceed through the rest of the program successfully.

Jump to AUC 2015 Residency Results and Discussion

Residency Match

auc-parents-guide-outcomes-residency-match.jpgAfter a medical school student graduates and earns his or her Doctor of Medicine degree, the next step is to apply for the residency program of his or her choosing. In most cases, the process of applying for residencies begins before they’ve officially graduated. Let’s look more closely:

  • Residencies can last from between three to seven years, depending on the specialty.
  • Though residents are credentialed physicians that do receive a salary, it’s important to note that residents are still essentially in training. In a way, residencies are similar to clinical rotations— your son or daughter will receive hands-on, supervised training in actual patient care—but residencies are  more intense, specific, and in-depth.
  • During their clinical training, most students will settle on a desired specialty to pursue during residency training. This will determine which residency programs they apply to.
  • AUC’s Office of Student Professional Development helps students with the residency application process.

AUC's Residency Record


In 2015, more than 220 AUC graduates matched into a wide variety of residency programs across the United States. Our graduates earned residencies in specialties like child neurology, ophthalmology, general surgery, pediatrics, radiology, and emergency medicine. AUC's first-time match rate in 2015 was 84.3%.

In addition, many of our graduates earned spots in primary care programs, like internal or family medicine. We think that’s important: A recent study in the Annals of Family Medicine projects that the US will face a shortfall of 33,000 primary care physicians by the time 2035 hits. By helping enable our graduates to place in primary care specialties, AUC believes it is doing its part to fill this growing physician gap in the United States.

Check out the full list of AUC residencies here.

Residency Placements: A Sampling of Where AUC Grads Matched


Here's a small sampling of some of the residencies that our grads earned through the National Resident Matching Program in 2015:

  • Anesthesiology at Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Jacksonville, FL
  • Child neurology at University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX
  • Emergency medicine at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, OH
  • Family medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
  • General surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
  • Internal medicine at University of California San Francisco, Fresno, CA
  • Neurology at North Shore-LIJ Health System, Great Neck, NY
  • OB/GYN at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
  • Ophthalmology at Medical College of Georgia Medical Center, Augusta, GA
  • Pathology at UAB Hospital, Birmingham, AL
  • Physical medicine/rehabilitation at Vidant Medical Center/East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
  • Psychiatry at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M. D. School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Radiology at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Interestingly, AUC grads proved popular picks at a number of hospitals throughout the United States. Three of the hospitals below—Brooklyn Hospital Center, Nassau University Medical Center (the interior of which is pictured above), and Providence Hospital—are teaching hospitals affiliated with AUC. Often, when AUC clinical students rotate through hospital systems, it gives them an opportunity to impress instructors and physicians there. This may help them during the residency match process.

  • Brooklyn Hospital Center, New York (4 matches)
  • Carilion Clinic/Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Roanoke, VA (5 matches)
  • Louisiana State University Health Science Center, Shreveport, LA (5 matches)
  • Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY (10 matches)
  • Providence Hospital, Southfield, MI (5 matches)
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, AR (4 matches)
  • University of California San Francisco, Fresno, CA (3 matches)