Message from the Provost: Accreditation
Dear AUC Students,
As you may be aware, St. George’s University (SGU) in Grenada is no longer accredited with the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP). This has caused several students to ask about our own accreditation.
AUC is accredited through the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM). We have no concerns regarding our accreditation and do not expect any changes affecting our students’ ability to become ECFMG certified and apply for US residencies.
Accreditation from ACCM or other recognized accrediting bodies allows students to be eligible for post-graduate training and licensure in the 50 United States and allows students to apply for US federal student aid. Accreditation further sets accredited schools apart from those that are not held to the same rigorous standards.
We are proud of our ACCM accreditation, which has been deemed comparable to the LCME accreditation of US medical schools.
As with all accredited medical schools in the world, accreditation is for a certain length of time and formal reaccreditation happens at regular intervals. AUC has been routinely involved in multiple accreditation processes and activities since its last reaccreditation in 2015.
We are now nearing the final step for renewal of accreditation beyond 2021. In November 2021, we will host the ACCM on our Sint Maarten campus for a final accreditation inspection.
About the ACCM
AUC is one of nine medical schools accredited by the ACCM.
The ACCM itself is recognized by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) through 2026 and the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
ECFMG recognition means that AUC students and graduates can apply for ECFMG Certification to pursue post-graduate training and licensure in the 50 United States.
The ACCM is also recognized by the National Committee of Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) which allows our eligible students to apply for US federal student aid.
I look forward to sharing updates on the campus inspection as we get closer. In the meantime, rest assured of our current accreditation status. If you have any specific questions about our accreditation, please contact AUC’s Manager of Accreditation, Ms. Dawn Dawson at email@example.com.
Heidi Chumley, MD, MBA
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine