November 16, 2015
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) recently established an articulation agreement to provide educational opportunities for eligible students at Mississippi College (MC) who complete the Master of Science in Biology (Medical Sciences) program.
Under the articulation agreement, graduates of MC’s M.S. in Biology (Medical Sciences) program will be held to AUC’s standard admissions requirements and granted an admissions interview. Three times per year AUC will conduct interviews on the MC campus.
Mississippi College Students Take Notice of AUC
"When I visited the AUC campus, it was evident that the faculty were passionate and dedicated to quality instruction and student progress…I thought the classrooms, testing center and simulation labs were extremely advanced. They were as well-equipped as any US medical school that I’ve seen"
Stan Baldwin, PhD, Dean
School of Science and Mathematics Mississippi College The impetus for the new relationship between the two institutions was the volume of MC’s M.S. in Biology (Medical Sciences) graduates who were applying to and were accepted to AUC.
“We began to notice a consistent stream of interest from graduates of MC’s M.S. in Biology program,” said Tiffany Ciolek, director of Admissions at AUC. Currently, there are 15 MC in Biology (Medical Sciences) graduates who are enrolled at AUC.
“As we delved deeper, we learned that nearly all of AUC students who were graduates of MC’s M.S. in Biology program were demonstrating a solid academic performance. It made sense to establish a direct pathway for future graduates who wanted to pursue a medical education at AUC,” said Ciolek.
A Shared Value of Community Makes for a Good Relationship
According to Heidi Chumley, MD, executive dean and chief academic officer at AUC, graduates of MC’s M.S. in Biology (Medical Sciences) program can point to several factors that may have contributed to their accomplishments at AUC, in particularly the school’s individualized approach to teaching and mentoring of medical students. “AUC’s collaborative, empathetic, and team-based approach to medicine seems to meet our students’ expectations that were established while attending school at Mississippi College – which is one of the reasons this new relationship is a good fit for both institutions.”
“When I visited the AUC campus, it was evident that the faculty were passionate and dedicated to quality instruction and student progress. When you factor in the AUC experience and our graduates training in courses like Human Gross Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Neuroanatomy and Pharmacology, graduates of the M.S. in Biology (Medical Sciences) program are positioned to do well at AUC,” said Stan Baldwin, dean of the School of Science and Mathematics at MC, who played an integral role in establishing the agreement between the two institutions. “Also, I thought the classrooms, testing center and simulation labs were extremely advanced at AUC. They were as well-equipped as any US medical school that I’ve seen.”
Students Get a Solid Foundation for a Career in Medicine
According to MC, the M.S. in Biology (Medical Sciences) program is designed to prepare students for a career in medical sciences research or those wishing to enter medical school, among other fields. Since the curriculum is modeled after a medical school education, the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) allows MC to offer the subject board exams to their students, covering Human Gross Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Neuroanatomy and Pharmacology. These are the same board exams typically taken by medical students during their first two years. Last year the top score of a MC student on the Gross Anatomy board was in the 99 percentile.
“Getting a master’s degree in Medical Sciences at Mississippi College allowed me to acquaint myself with the course load demanded in a professional level program,” said AUC alumnus Aaron DeWitt, MD, who is completing an Internal Medicine Residency at Baton Rouge General Hospital. DeWitt is one of three AUC alumni who graduated from MC’s M.S. in Biology (Medical Sciences) who are currently completing family medicine and internal medicine residency programs in Louisiana, Florida and Georgia.
“AUC provided me with the knowledge base to become a clinician,” said DeWitt. “AUC more than provided me with all of the tools needed for intern year. I would recommend AUC to Mississippi College grads.”