Office of the Dean at AUC

Dean Chumley welcomes you to our medical school.

Welcome to American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC). For more than 40 years, AUC has offered bright and talented aspiring physicians the opportunity to receive a quality medical school education in a warm, collaborative, and collegial environment.

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 the US will face primary care physician shortages ranging from 14,900 to 35,600 doctors by 2025. In 2017, more than 180 AUC graduates filled residency positions 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.

I welcome you to the opportunity to learn more about AUC.

Heidi Chumley, MD
Executive Dean

About Dean Chumley

Learn more about AUC’s Executive Dean, Dr. Heidi Chumley.

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. She also acts as the head of Adtalem Global Education’s Academic Council.

Dr. Chumley joined AUC following an eight-year career at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where she most recently served as Associate Vice Chancellor for educational resources and interprofessional education. Her responsibilities included fostering a vibrant learning environment supported by technology and other academic resources, as well as developing a center for interprofessional education and simulation. She also served for nearly four years as Senior Associate Dean for medical education, responsible for admissions, curriculum and student affairs. Dr. Chumley also led initiatives in rural health, and cultural enhancement and diversity.

She has been recognized with national awards for teaching, leadership and scholarship, including the President’s Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine for leading the taskforce that created the national Family Medicine Clerkship Curriculum. She is an editor of the textbooks Color Atlas in Family Medicine, Color Atlas in Internal Medicine, and Color Atlas for Pediatrics.

Dr. Chumley earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where she also completed her residency in family medicine and a fellowship in academic leadership. She recently completed an executive MBA at the University of Miami, with an emphasis on Latin American and the Caribbean. She received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Abilene Christian University.

Connect with Dean Chumley on Twitter: @AUCDean_Chumley


Recent Publications by Dean Chumley

The New MCAT: 5 Early Lessons
MedPage Today
January 15, 2017

The Role International Medical Schools Play in Addressing America's Primary Care Needs
Blog, Society for Teachers of Family Medicine
November 9, 2016

Another Voice: International Schools Helping Fill Doctor Shortage
The Buffalo News
September 22, 2016

U.S. Medical School Graduates Aren't Enough to Fill the Physician Shortage
May 9, 2016

Why Paying Hospitals for Clerkships is Good, and Necessary
April 24, 2016

The Importance of Female Role Models in Medicine
April18, 2016

Who Should Get To Be A Doctor?
April 13, 2016

Why Malign Overseas Medical Students?
Crain's New York Business
March 6, 2016

No Reason to Fear a Residency Cliff
Hospital Impact
April 1, 2015

Getting a Medical Residency: Why Students Shouldn't Panic
Pre-Med Life
March 27, 2015

Global Health: It's Not About Becoming Worldly: It's About Becoming Better Doctors
Blog, Society for Teachers of Family Medicine
February 25, 2015