American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) today announced that AUC students have achieved a 96 percent first-time pass rate on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), between January 1, 2012 and the end of September 2012, based on reporting by students.
“AUC has created an academic home of respect, academic excellence, and empathy, allowing our students to succeed beyond their expectations,” said Ronald J. Testa, dean of the medical sciences campus in St. Maarten. “We have fostered a highly supportive environment where our outstanding faculty, caring staff, and highly engaged students work cooperatively to bring out the very best in one another in service to the patients and communities that our graduate physicians will serve.”
Graduates of international medical schools must take and pass USMLE if they want to practice in the United States. This is a critical requirement for the more than 90 percent of AUC students who are U.S. residents. The Step 1 exam is designed to assess medical students’ knowledge of the basic science foundation of clinical practice. According to the National Board of Medical Examiners Annual Reports, in 2011, students in U.S. and Canadian medical schools posted a 94 percent first-time pass rate. According to institutional reporting, AUC posted a 92 percent pass rate in 2011. Updated 2012 data on U.S. and Canadian schools is not yet available.