Like you, each of our faculty and students has a unique story of their journey to AUC. When I joined AUC in 2013, I was especially drawn to AUC’s mission, which emphasizes an individualized, one-on-one approach to teaching and mentoring of medical students above everything else. AUC’s commitment to student-centered learning, and to supporting a community dedicated to student success, is a large part of why I joined the AUC family from a US medical school. I have also found in our medical students an impressive combination of intelligence, personal motivation, compassion, and empathy that I know will serve them well in their medical careers. AUC students truly exemplify the value of collaboration and teamwork—and they realize that they can accomplish so much more together than they ever could alone.
As a family medicine physician, I am also excited about our school’s significant contribution to addressing the need for qualified and committed primary care physicians to serve in communities across the US and Canada. The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that by 2030, the US will face a shortage of potentially 120,000 doctors. At AUC, we are doing our part to help address the need. In 2018, more than 290 AUC graduates filled residency positions in the United States, many of them in family medicine, pediatrics, or internal medicine, many in underserved areas. We are proud of the impact we as an institution are having on the health of communities and families.
AUC seeks students who are committed to becoming excellent physicians. I welcome you to the opportunity to learn more about AUC.
Heidi Chumley, MD, MBA