American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine Scores High Marks on USMLE Step 1

June 20, 2014

Performance on National Board Exams Again Matches That of U.S. Medical Schools

CUPECOY, St. Maarten – June 20, 2014 - American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) today announced that AUC students achieved a 97 percent first-time pass rate on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) in 2013. 

In 2013, 319 out of 328 AUC students passed the USMLE Step 1 on their first attempt, according to reporting by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. For the second consecutive year, AUC’s pass rate matched those of U.S. and Canadian medical schools.

“AUC has created a supportive academic community where faculty and students work cooperatively, which helps our students succeed,” said Heidi Chumley, M.D., executive dean and chief academic officer at AUC. ”We attribute our students’ continued high performance on the USMLE Step 1 to our excellent faculty, our U.S. model curriculum and our students’ dedication.”
Graduates of international medical schools must take and pass the USMLE in order to practice medicine in the United States. The Step 1 exam is designed to assess medical students’ knowledge of the basic science foundation of clinical practice.

About American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), founded in 1978, has more than 5,000 alumni who are practicing in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and more than 20 other countries. AUC graduates regularly compete for and obtain residency positions at prestigious healthcare institutions, and students’ performance on national licensing exams is on par with students’ performance at medical schools in the United States and Canada. AUC students begin their journey to become physicians on the pre-clinical campus in St. Maarten before completing clinical training in affiliated hospitals in the United States and the United Kingdom. AUC is accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine. AUC is a part of DeVry Education Group (NYSE: DV). For more information about AUC, visit

[1] National Board of Medical Examiners®: 2013 Annual Report. Retrieved June 5, 2014 from