Parents Guide: Outcomes at AUC
A proud tradition of strong performance on the USMLE and in the NRMP
At American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) we understand that as parents of aspiring physicians you have one primary concern when it comes to selecting a medical school: will the journey lead to a career? Will your son or daughter receive the education that enables them to launch a successful career in medicine, be competitive for good jobs, and have the respect of their peers?
No one can see the future, and each student’s individual journey is their own, but if you want to get a sense of your son or daughter’s chances to graduate and be successful, then you need to look closely at the medical school’s academic and career outcomes. These will tell you a large part of the story of how well the school prepares its students for the medical profession.
We will discuss two primary outcomes in this section: performance on Step 1 of the United States Licensing Examination® (USMLE), and success rate in the annual national residency match.
Step 1 of the USMLE
Though the USMLE is actually a four-part exam, USMLE Step 1 deserves special focus. That’s because a student’s score on Step 1 is among the top criteria that residency program directors consider when selecting candidates for a resident position. Therefore it is arguably the most important exam taken by a medical student. Let’s look more closely:
The purpose of Step 1 is to assess a student’s understanding of the basic medical sciences. All medical schools strive to have their students achieve a passing score on Step 1 on their first attempt. A medical school’s first-time pass rate on USMLE Step 1 is therefore an important metric to look at when evaluating a medical school.
A medical school’s USMLE Step 1 first-time pass rate is one indicator of the quality education and support the school provides to students during the basic medical sciences portion of their study.
All AUC students need to take, and pass, this part of the USMLE exam before they can become eligible to start clinical rotations in the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom.
USMLE Step 2
Step 2 CK and CS scores are becoming increasingly important to residency directors. The foundational knowledge our students receive through our clinical sciences curriculum is aimed at increasing student’s USMLE preparation for the Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Skill (CS) sections. AUC’s partnership with Becker and other educational partners, in addition to strategic initiatives led by institutional leaders, also strengthens students’ readiness.
AUC's USMLE Record
Over the past five years, AUC medical school students’ cumulative first-time pass rate on the USMLE Step 1 exam is 94 percent; on the USMLE Step 2 CK exam is 88.3 percent; and on the USMLE Step 2 CS exam is 86.5 percent. Program directors look closely at a medical school student’s performance on USMLE exams when making a residency decision.
After a medical school student graduates and earns his or her Doctor of Medicine degree, the next step is to apply for the residency program of his or her choosing. In most cases, the process of applying for residencies begins before they’ve officially graduated. Let’s look more closely:
Residencies can last from between three to seven years, depending on the specialty. Though residents are credentialed physicians that do receive a salary, it’s important to note that residents are still essentially in training. In a way, residencies are similar to clinical rotations— your son or daughter will receive hands-on, supervised training in actual patient care—but residencies are more intense, specific, and in-depth.
During their clinical training, most students will settle on a desired specialty to pursue during residency training. This will determine which residency programs they apply to.
AUC’s Office of Student Professional Development helps students with the residency application process. AUC celebrated a record number of residency placements in 2018, with nearly 300 AUC graduates matching into positions in 38 states and 21 disciplines. Last year, in 2017, AUC's first-time residency attainment rate was 84.4% for PGY-1 eligible graduates. View our 2017 residency report for more.
In addition, many of our graduates earned spots in primary care programs, like internal or family medicine. We think that’s important: The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that the US will face primary care physician shortages ranging from 14,900 to 35,600 doctors by 2025.
2018 AUC Residency Placements at a Glance
- AUC graduates secured 302 residencies through the NRMP Main Match, making it one of the largest Match Days on record for AUC.
- AUC grads matched into residencies in 38 states and the District of Columbia.
- The majority of AUC grads will pursue primary care: 96 secured residencies in Internal Medicine, 87 in Family Medicine, and 26 in Pediatrics.
- This year included standout matches in competitive fields like Orthopedic Surgery (1), Dermatology (1), Child Neurology (1), Interventional Radiology (2), Neurology (5), Surgery (6), and Anesthesiology (15).
- AUC grads earned positions at notable institutions including: Icahn School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, New York University School of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine, and University of Miami.
- Residencies were also obtained at 9 of our clinical sites, including: Baton Rouge General Medical Center, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Brooklyn Hospital Center, Danbury Hospital, Kern Medical Center, Nassau University Medical Center, Providence Hospital, Staten Island University Hospital, and Medstar Union Memorial Hospital.