Medical School Accreditation Standards for AUC
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine's accreditation standards are comparable to US medical school requirements.
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine is accredited through 2021 by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM), which is the accreditor used by the country of St. Maarten.
The United States Department of Education, via the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), reviews the standards that countries use to accredit medical schools. The NCFMEA has determined that the ACCM’s accreditation standards are comparable to those set by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), which accredits medical education programs in the United States.
U.S. Federal Financial Aid Programs
Because of approval from the NCFMEA, AUC students may qualify for and access the U.S. Federal Financial Aid program.
State Approvals and Licensure
AUC graduates are eligible for licensure in all 50 US states, and we're proud to be one of a small number of Caribbean medical schools that can make that claim.
New York, California, and Florida require institutional review and state approval, or licensure, prior to the conduct of clinical clerkships. Approval by the Medical Board of California is also necessary for physician licensure in that state. Many other states defer to California’s approval for the purpose of licensure. Review more details on these approvals below.
The Medical Board of California has recognized that the resident course of instruction leading to the Doctor of Medicine degree awarded by AUC, in St. Maarten, is equivalent to that required by Section 2089 and 2089.5 of the California Business and Professions Code. The medical education program is equivalent to that of a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited school. This approves AUC to conduct clinical clerkships in California and enables AUC’s graduates to apply for licensure in that state.
Under the provision of Chapter 1005, Florida Statutes and Chapter 6E of the Florida Administrative Code, the Commission for Independent Education of the Florida Department of Education licenses, AUC is approved to offer clerkship instruction in Florida. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL, 32399-0400, toll-free 888-224-6684.
The New York State Education Department has approved AUC’s medical education to place students in clinical clerkships, provided that those clerkships are in hospitals affiliated with AUC.
Recognition by the Texas Medical Board facilitates an AUC graduate’s application for physician licensure. The Texas Medical Board has determined that graduates of AUC have demonstrated Substantial Equivalence of Their Education.
International Medical School Listing
AUC is listed in the International Medical Education Directory published online by the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education Research (FAIMER). AUC students are therefore eligible to take all of the United States Medical License Examinations (USMLE) by registering with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and are eligible to apply for licensure in all states in the United States.
A Quick Note on Accreditation and US State Licensure
Wondering which Caribbean medical schools are accredited in all 50 states? It's something of a trick question, because states can't grant accreditation to a Caribbean medical school program - only accrediting bodies, such as the ACCM, can do that.
It goes without saying that you should look closely at a school's accreditation standards during your doctoral program research. In addition, be sure you know whether graduates of any given Caribbean medical school are eligible for licensure in all 50 states and Canada (some aren't).