Facts & Figures About AUC's Medical School

Information about AUC School of Medicine

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) was founded in 1978 and has more than 6,500 graduates. AUC's mission is to provide an excellent medical education to qualified students of diverse backgrounds. This is to be accomplished within an atmosphere of academic integrity and scholarship, which fosters the highest standards in professional ethics and competence.

A US-Modeled Doctor of Medicine Program

AUC provides a supportive learning environment, enabling its medical school students to learn the foundations of medicine according to the US medical school curriculum model. AUC students benefit from a close-knit community characterized by small class sizes, attentive and accessible faculty, and the comforts of home that allow students to focus on their studies. All of AUC’s clinical rotations are provided at ACGME-approved hospitals. This, along with our students’ performance on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), bolsters their chances of obtaining a residency of their choosing.

Medical School Locations

Teaching and Administrative Sites

Medical Sciences building on the AUC campusMedical Sciences Campus: Cupecoy, Sint Maarten

AUC students begin their journey to become physicians on AUC's medical sciences campus in Sint Maarten, located in the northeast Caribbean. There, they complete the first five semesters of the medical school program on a modern campus featuring highly advanced educational technology in a collegial learning environment.  

AUC medical program students examining a patient during clinical sciencesAffiliated Teaching Hospitals and Clinical Sites

AUC's network of clinical teaching affiliates includes excellent teaching hospitals in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Students can also complete global health electives in the Dominican Republic, Russia, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

US Administrative Office: Pembroke Pines, Florida

The AUC Office of the Executive Dean, Office of Admissions, and several other student services and administrative departments are located here.

Academic Outcomes and Achievements

Student and Graduate Performance

2018 Residency Attainment
  • AUC celebrated a record number of residency placements in 2018, with nearly 300 AUC graduates matching into positions in 38 states and 24 specialties.
  • This year included standout matches in competitive fields like orthopedic surgery, dermatology child neurology, interventional radiology, neurology, surgery, and anesthesiology. 
  • The majority of AUC grads will pursue primary care: 96 secured residencies in internal medicine, 87 in family medicine, and 26 in pediatrics.

View the full list of AUC 2018 residency placements.

2017 Residency Attainment
  • In 2017, AUC graduates earned more than 270 residency positions.
  • Specialties included anesthesiology, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, and surgery. 
  • AUC achieved a first-time eligible residency attainment rate of 84.4 percent that year.

Read all the details in our 2017 Residency Report.

USMLE Performance

Residency directors look closely at a medical school student’s performance on USMLE exams when making a residency decision.

USMLE Step 1: In 2017, 96 percent of AUC students passed Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) on the first attempt. AUC students’ five-year cumulative first-time pass rate for the USMLE Step 1 exam is 94 percent.

USMLE Step 2 CK: In 2017, 86.8 percent of AUC students passed USMLE Step 2 CK on the first attempt. AUC students' five-year cumulative first-time pass rate for the USMLE Step 2 CK exam is 87.9%.

USMLE Step 2 CS: In 2017, 85.1 percent of AUC students passed USMLE Step 2 CS on the first attempt. AUC students' five-year cumulative first-time pass rate for the USMLE Step 2 CS exam is 85.1%.

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Hear from our 2017 grads on what it's like to match.

Accreditation and Approvals

AUC is accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine

AUC graduates are eligible to seek licensure in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Some states, such as New York, California, and Florida, require approval for international medical schools. AUC is proud to be approved in each of these states.

The US Department of Education has determined that AUC is an eligible institution for participation in title IV federal financial assistance programs. AUC students who qualify are eligible to receive US student loans in order to attend our medical school.

Leadership and Governance

  • Heidi Chumley, MD, MBA, Executive Dean

    Dr. Heidi Chumley was named Executive Dean of AUC in 2013 and is responsible for the development of a strategic vision for academic excellence and career outcomes. Read more about Dean Chumley.

  • Administration

    Heidi Chumley, MD, MBA, Executive Dean
    Julie Taylor, MD, MSc, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Sciences & Chief Academic Officer
    Mark Quirk, EdD, Senior Associate Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Development
    Colin Michie, FRCPCH FRSPH FLS, Associate Clinical Dean for Academic Affairs
    Kimberly Kirkland, PsyD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs 
    Robert Hecht, MD, Clinical Dean (US)
    Steven Ash, MRCP, FRCP, Clinical Dean (UK)
    Tiffany Ciolek, Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing
    Golden Jackson, PhD, Assistant Dean for Service Learning and Community Affairs
    Hazarie Ramoutar, Senior Administrator, Campus Operations
    L. Scott Rinker, PhD, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

  • Board of Trustees

    Carol P. Herbert, MD (Chair)
    David Campbell, FACHE (Vice Chair)
    Reverend Jeffrey L. Hamblin, MD (Secretary)
    Haywood Brown, MD
    Ronald M. Harden, MD
    Gemma Kim, MD
    Richard A. Kitch, JD
    Stephen J. Sibbitt, MD

  • Adtalem Global Education

    American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine is part of Adtalem Global Education, a leading global education provider. Adtalem is the parent organization of Adtalem Educacional do Brasil, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Carrington College, Chamberlain University, DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.



AUC has more than 6,500 alumni, and AUC graduates are practicing in every U.S. state, Canada, and more than 20 other countries. The majority of AUC medical school graduates secure medical residencies prior to graduation through the National Resident Matching Program® with leading teaching hospitals and medical centers in the United States. Review AUC's residency data here.

Media Requests

AUC faculty and administration are available for media interviews and inquiries. Please direct all media inquiries to Chris Railey, Senior Director of Communications, at crailey@aucmed.edu or 732-509-2258.

Important Dates

University Events
August 23 Webinar: How We Advise Students to Boost Their Match Performance
August 31 New Student Orientation
September 03 September White Coat Ceremony