Updated 6/12/2020

Dear Parents:

As we have all had to change the way in which we work, teach, and learn recently, we want to assure you that our commitment to supporting our students’ educational journey is unwavering.  

AUC has safely and responsibly transitioned our students, faculty, and staff to a virtual learning environment. While students and faculty look forward to being back together in the classroom, virtual classes have proven extraordinary in their own way. AUC is part of a global university system that has a history of successful online education, and we are fortunate to have skilled faculty who seamlessly pivoted to ensure continuity of academic plans. At the same time, our students have been remarkably resilient and are quickly adapting to this new way of learning. While the coming September semester looks different, AUC is reimagining student success in this new environment:  

  • A robust new student orientation experience will include virtual live, self-service, and group activities that are designed to quickly build community and immerse students in their AUC medical school journey.  

  • Medical sciences students have access to on-demand faculty lectures via our online learning platform. 

  • Faculty are providing live, interactive Q&A sessions, and virtual office hours through multiple technologies including video chat. 

  • Clinical students are strengthening their clinical knowledge through high-quality, case-based online electives offered through our affiliated clinical sites as well as Chamberlain University.  

  • AUC clinical faculty, graduates, and other medical experts are being featured in a live interactive Zoom series. 

  • Academic support services are available online as peer-to-peer and course tutoring meetings. 

  • Our Wellness Counseling Center offers a weekly Peace of Mind Wellness Support Forum where students can connect with one another and speak with wellness counselors. 

  • We are continuously monitoring student success and adjusting as needed. 

As we quickly move into the September 2020 semester, we remain committed to providing as little disruption to our students’ education as possible, including those who will join our AUC family and start their journey toward becoming a doctor. Classes will begin online with an anticipated return to campus around mid-semester pending global conditions, and we will help our Medical Sciences students successfully transition to life in St. Maarten. We believe this decision will allow us to continue to provide a robust, high-quality education while also keeping our entire community safe. 

Passion for our mission and dedication to our students’ health, safety, and education are at the heart of what we do, and we believe that many successful innovations will be part of our future student experience as well. We are grateful to have your trust and appreciate your patience and flexibility as we navigate this unprecedented time together. 

Dr. Heidi Chumley Signature

Heidi Chumley, MD, MBA   
Executive Dean   
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine  


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