UPDATED 12/04/20 

This webpage is the official source of information about AUC School of Medicine’s plans for the January 2021 semester. This page will be updated frequently so please check back regularly and monitor your university email account for additional information.

 

AUC’s January 2021 decision has been guided by two principles: protecting the health and safety of our community and supporting students' goals to become globally-minded and socially-accountable physicians. We have spent countless hours developing and refining safety protocols to protect against COVID-19, and your academics will be delivered through a hybrid approach with large lectures conducted online and select clinical skills activities taking place in person. We look forward to welcoming our AUC community back to campus.

We welcome your questions and comments. Please submit them through our anonymous feedback forms: Sint Maarten and UK Track

SINT MAARTEN CAMPUS

GENERAL QUESTIONS

WHEN WILL THE JANUARY 2022 SEMESTER START?

The semester starts on January 3, 2022. A full academic calendar is available here.

WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR THE JANUARY 2022 SEMESTER?

AUC plans to deliver our medical sciences curriculum primarily in person for the January 2022 semester at both our Sint Maarten and Preston, UK campuses. While some lectures will continue to be delivered online via a flipped classroom approach, our plan is to continue offering many live in-classroom lectures, along with in-person clinical skills training, Anatomy Lab, and other small group sessions and activities. Campus events including the White Coat Ceremony and Celebration of Academic Excellence have resumed in-person under a modified approach with limited attendance. Our goal is to continue expanding these kinds of in-person learning and engagement activities while keeping our community safe through our robust COVID-19 safety protocols.

ARE CAMPUS FACILITIES OPEN AND OPERATING?

Yes, campus facilities including the gym, cafeteria, testing center, and study rooms are open and operating under our COVID-19 safety protocols.

 

TRAVEL

WHAT IS THE GUIDANCE FOR BOOKING A FLIGHT? DO I NEED A ROUND-TRIP TICKET?

If you have previously studied on Sint Maarten, please bring your residency documents. If you had received a residency permit but misplaced it, please email SEllis-Singh@aucmed.edu for an electronic copy. 

If you have not yet been to Sint Maarten and do not have a resident permit, make sure you have proof of a return flight (e.g., roundtrip ticket), have submitted all relevant documents to Admissions (admissions@aucmed.edu) and have a copy of your AUC acceptance letter. Please email Admissions if you need an electronic copy of your letter. 
 
If you received a resident permit but misplaced it, please email SEllis-Singh@aucmed.edu for an electronic copy.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY TO SINT MAARTEN?

All travelers to Sint Maarten are required to complete a health authorization application via the Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS). Please continue to regularly monitor the government website at https://stmaartenehas.com/travel-requirements/ and familiarize yourself with the forms you will need to fill out, the types of COVID-19 tests and/or proof of vaccination accepted, and the information required when uploading. 

Please note the government has announced the following updates for all travelers ages 18 years and older, which will take effect January 1, 2022:

  • Travelers who have received both doses of an approved two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or an approved single-dose vaccine, but who have not received a booster shot, will be required to upload proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours or negative antigen test within 24 hours.
  • Travelers who have received a booster shot in addition to both doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine or an approved single-dose vaccine do not need to upload proof of a negative test.
  • Unvaccinated travelers will be required to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours.

Also effective January 1, 2022, travelers ages 17 years and younger who are eligible to take a COVID-19 vaccine can enter Sint Maarten without uploading a COVID-19 test, once they have taken both doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Please monitor the government EHAS website and the travel requirements page for updates and more details, and be sure to check back frequently as we know entry protocols can swiftly change. 

WHAT IF I’M IN A LOCATION WHERE FLIGHTS/TRAVEL IS RESTRICTED?

Please reach out to Dr. Scott Rinker, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, at srinker@aucmed.edu to discuss your situation. 

HEALTH & SAFETY

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE A HEALTH CONCERN OR PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITION?

Students who are immunosuppressed or have a pre-existing medical condition should contact Dr. Scott Rinker, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, at studentaffairs@aucmed.edu.

WHAT IS THE STATUS OF COVID-19 ON SINT MAARTEN?
WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS AUC TAKING TO PROMOTE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDENTS ON CAMPUS?

AUC’s plans continue to be guided by two principles: protecting the health and safety of our community and supporting students' goals to become globally minded and socially accountable physicians. We have a shared responsibility to each other and ourselves to minimize the risk of COVID-19 in the communities where we live and work.

In addition to our policy requiring students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, we will continue to require all campus community members to follow COVID-19 mitigation procedures, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Regularly monitor your health and any onset of symptoms
  • Remain home if you feel unwell
  • Wearing a facemask and social distancing when on campus 
  • Complete the health assessment on the AUC Safe App each time you enter campus (see “How Do I Complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment?")

Unvaccinated individuals, including students who have been approved for an exemption or accommodation to our COVID-19 vaccination policy, will continue to be included in our random surveillance testing program.

WHAT HAPPENS TO A STUDENT FOUND TO NOT BE FOLLOWING COVID-19 POLICIES (MASK-WEARING, ETC.)?

All AUC students sign a code of conduct agreeing to abide by our policies and as future medical professionals are expected to adhere to them. Individuals found to be non-compliant will have a meeting with Dr. Rinker, Dean of Student Affairs. Each situation is different/unique and will be handled individually on a case-by-case basis.

HOW DO I COMPLETE THE COVID-19 SELF-ASSESSMENT ON THE AUC SAFE APP?

The Daily COVID-19 Self-Assessment consists of a few questions to measure your level of risk and exposure, including whether you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. These questions should be answered to the best of your knowledge. 

You will be required to show the final screen with the QR code to the Safety and Security Officer when entering the campus. Your temperature will be taken via temporal thermometer before you are granted access.

Download Instructions 

We strongly encourage all students and colleagues to download the AUC Safe App to be able to complete the Daily COVID-19 Self-Assessment Survey.  The app is available to download on Google Play and the  Apple App Store.* The survey should not take more than three minutes to complete. 

* If you are unable to download the app or have not completed the health screening survey using the AUC Safe App, a manual survey will be available at the main gate. If you need assistance with downloading the app on your device, the AUC Safety and Security Officers can assist.  

How to Complete the Self-Assessment

 

  1. Open the AUC Safe App and begin the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.
  2. Enter your email, name, and D#.
  3. Answer the questions regarding symptoms and temperature screening. 
  4. Confirm your answers and press “Continue.”

You will then receive a green QR code that indicates that you are approved for campus entry. You will receive a red QR code if you are denied for campus entry. Take a screenshot of the final COVID screening page and save it to your photos to present to security upon entry to campus

 

Note: The COVID-19 Self-Assessment must be completed every day. The Office of Safety and Security will check your survey date when you enter the campus to ensure that your health screening survey is up to date. 

If you have any questions, contact the Office of Safety and Security at security@aucmed.edu.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SEE THAT SAFETY PROTOCOLS (SUCH AS WEARING MASKS) ARE NOT BEING FOLLOWED ON CAMPUS?

We all share the responsibility of keeping our campus community safe. If you see something, please say something. We encourage you to kindly remind your peers and fellow campus community members of the safety protocols if you see that they are not being followed. If you continue to see concerning incidents, please use this form to report violations of the community standards for COVID-19-related health and safety protocols to the Office of Student Affairs. Situations may be addressed using the existing AUC’s Professional Conduct Policy. Particularly egregious, willfully dangerous, or repeated incidents may be deemed misconduct and handled through the administrative review process per the Student Handbook

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

If you experience any flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms, call the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 914 or +1721-542-1570 and do not come onto campus. We also ask that you inform AUC by contacting Dr. Scott Rinker, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, at studentaffairs@aucmed.edu; AUC’s Office of Safety & Security at security@aucmed.edu, and AUC’s COVID-19 Mitigation Team at COVIDMitigation@aucmed.edu.

IF I RECEIVE A POSITIVE TEST RESULT, WHAT IS THE PROTOCOL FOR KEEPING THE SCHOOL ADVISED?

Prior to being on campus: Please contact Dr. Scott Rinker, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, at studentaffairs@aucmed.edu.

While on Sint Maarten: Please call the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 914 or +1721-542-1570 and do not come onto campus. Please contact Dr. Scott Rinker, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, at studentaffairs@aucmed.edu; AUC’s Office of Safety & Security at security@aucmed.edu; and AUC’s COVID-19 Mitigation Team at COVIDMitigation@aucmed.edu.

HOW CAN STUDENTS KEEP UP WITH COURSEWORK IF THEY RECEIVE A POSITIVE TEST RESULT AND NEED TO QUARANTINE?

Each situation will be considered on an individual basis through conversation with Dr. Scott Rinker, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. In order to be approved a Leave of Absence (LOA), students will need to provide documentation of their illness from their healthcare provider to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at studentsaffairs@aucmed.edu. Once approved for a LOA related to illness, AUC will work with you and your faculty to determine a makeup date for any mandatory activities that you may have missed.  

WHO IS COVERING THE COST OF COVID-19 TESTING?

Students are responsible for any costs associated with COVID-19 testing that is part of a government requirement for entry to Sint Maarten. We encourage you to work with your insurance provider to see what coverage they offer for COVID-19 testing.  

Costs for campus-administrated COVID-19 testing will be managed by AUC. 

HOW CAN I ACCESS WELLNESS RESOURCES?

To access confidential wellness counseling services, please reach out to the following contacts:

If you have an urgent crisis after-hours, please call 721-587-6661. If you need more immediate assistance, please call 721-588-4018 for the On-Duty Security Supervisor.

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

 

WHEN WILL THE JANUARY 2022 SEMESTER START?

The semester starts on 3 January 2022. A full academic calendar is available here

WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR THE JANUARY 2022 SEMESTER?

AUC plans to deliver our medical sciences curriculum primarily in person for the January 2022 semester at both our Sint Maarten and Preston, UK campuses. While some academic content will be delivered online, our plan is to continue offering many live in-classroom lectures, along with in-person clinical skills training, small group sessions, and activities. Campus events including the White Coat Ceremony and Celebration of Academic Excellence have resumed under a modified approach with limited in-person attendance. Our goal is to continue expanding these kinds of in-person learning and engagement activities while keeping our community safe through following UCLan's COVID-19 safety protocols.

ARE UCLAN CAMPUS FACILIITIES CURRENTLY OPEN?

Yes, UCLan is open and operating seven days a week.

TRAVEL - UKT

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY TO PRESTON?

Given the changing nature of COVID-19 and each government’s response, travelers should regularly monitor the UK government website and the UCLan FAQ webpage, which contains helpful information about entry requirements. We also ask that you monitor your local government’s travel restrictions and any impact they may have on your ability to return to Preston for the January 2022 semester.

WHAT IF I’M IN A LOCATION WHERE FLIGHTS/TRAVEL IS RESTRICTED?

Please reach out to Dr. Andy Ginty, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs – UK Track, at aginty@aucmed.edu to discuss your situation. 

HEALTH & SAFETY - UKT

WHAT PRECAUTIONS ARE AUC AND UCLAN TAKING TO HELP PROMOTE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDENTS ON CAMPUS?

As always, your safety and security remain our top priority. AUC and UCLan are taking precautions to lower the risk of exposure and do our part to curb the spread of the virus. 

UCLan has implemented numerous safety measures and procedures across campus to keep our community safe, and we urge all students to do their part in supporting and protecting each other. You can expect to see handwashing and sanitizing stations established around campus, and lateral flow COVID-19 tests are available for campus community members.

For more details on UCLan safety procedures, visit UCLan’s  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE A HEALTH CONCERN OR PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITION?

Students who are immunosuppressed or have a pre-existing medical condition should contact Dr. Andy Ginty, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs – UK Track, at aginty@aucmed.edu to discuss their unique case prior to arranging travel to Preston. 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

If you experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19, do not come to campus and get a PCR test as  soon as possible (review the eligibility requirements on the webpage) or seek help from NHS 111 online.

IF I RECEIVE A POSITIVE TEST RESULT, WHAT IS THE PROTOCOL FOR INFORMING AUC?

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 should take the following actions:

 

  • Inform the course administrative team by emailing crankin@uclan.ac.uk
  • Self-isolate (Information on self-isolation can be found on the NHS website. Additional direction is available here for individuals who are told to self-isolate by the NHS.)
  • Review additional NHS guidance on receiving a positive test result
HOW CAN I ACCESS WELLNESS RESOURCES?

If you need support from Student Services, please either email wellbeing@uclan.ac.uk or call 01772 893020. If you need urgent support, please contact Security on 01772 892068 or via the SafeZone app.

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE A HEALTH CONCERN OR PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITION?

Students who are immunosuppressed or have a pre-existing medical condition may contact Dr. Andy Ginty, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs – UK Track, at aginty@aucmed.edu to discuss their situation.

RETURN TO CAMPUS MESSAGES

Sint Maarten Medical Sciences Students

University Messages for RTC Page: Sint Maarten medical sciences students

We have now successfully navigated two semesters disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite so much uncertainty, you have remained resilient and adaptable, banding together to sustain the spirit and vibrant culture of AUC in a remote learning environment. It has been uplifting to see this community lean on each other, embrace challenges, and continue to achieve at a high level academically. The state of AUC is strong.

With the September semester now well underway, it’s time to shift our attention to January and how we will deliver the upcoming semester.

January 2021 Semester Plans

AUC’s intention is to return all medical sciences students (semesters 1-5) to Sint Maarten for the January 2021 semester.

We are ready and excited to bring students back and committed to providing a safe and meaningful experience. We have been working hard to solidify these plans, keeping a close eye on public health conditions, science-based recommendations, and the rules that govern our campus locations while protecting our students’ ability to receive funding and be eligible to practice in the United States. Countless hours have been spent developing and refining safety protocols to protect against COVID-19.    

We will soon share details of what the upcoming term will look like but you can expect a hybrid approach to our academics with large lectures continuing online and some small group sessions and ICM activities taking place in-person. We will also incorporate our newly acquired virtual resources and knowledge into the curriculum so you can continue to benefit from blended learning experiences.

Outside of academics, we are working to reopen the majority of our campus facilities and services with modified occupancy limitations and social distancing. We are also exploring ways to safely hold events and activities that allow you to engage with your fellow students and our campus community.

Our plans, like our previous decisions, have been guided by two principles: protecting the health and safety of our community and supporting students in fulfilling their goal to become globally-minded and socially-accountable physicians.

Our virtual curriculum has provided a strong backboard for your didactic learning and we will continue to make significant investments in platforms that deliver best-in-class virtual instruction. At the same time, we know that hands-on training enhances your education and clinical skills, and is a highlight of your medical sciences program.

Your entire AUC family looks forward to having you back safely in January and continuing your education in Sint Maarten.

 

UK Track Medical Sciences Students

University Messages for RTC Page: UKT medical sciences students

After more than two semesters of delivering our program virtually, we are now excited and ready to return our medical sciences students (semesters 1-5) to Preston for the January 2021 semester. 

AUC’s January 2021 UK Track semester will be delivered in Preston with a blended curriculum that includes both virtual learning and in-person clinical activities on UCLan’s campus. Hands-on training is an essential component of your medical education, and we have been working hard on plans to safely provide in-person ICM clinical skills training for all semesters. We will continue to evaluate such activities throughout the semester and will adjust, if necessary, to safeguard your health. 

As a part of our return, we are shifting back to our local Preston schedule. All live course activities (including virtual) will be held in accordance with Preston’s time zone. Your full academic calendar is now available on our website.

Students should plan to be in Preston for the start of the semester on Monday, 4 January 2021. Virtual classes will begin on Tuesday, 5 January 2021 but we will not hold in-person activities until the third week of the semester, at the earliest, to accommodate quarantine protocols. Travelers into the UK are currently required to self-isolate at their residence for a period of 14 days.

Importantly, as the global public health situation continues to evolve, please monitor the UK and your local government’s travel restrictions, and any impact they may have on your ability to return to Preston for the January 2021 semester.

We are looking forward to welcoming students back and offering learning and extracurricular experiences in a safe, segmented, and meaningful way. UCLan has implemented numerous safety protocols for students currently in Preston as well as increased cleaning and disinfecting of campus facilities, and will continue these as more students return in January. And, we expect you to do your part by following safety procedures and protocols, including the use of facemasks in shared spaces and social distancing. For more details on UCLan safety procedures, visit UCLan’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Coronavirus Advice pages.

Again, we look forward to welcoming you back to Preston for the January 2021 semester.

 

Incoming Sint Maarten Medical Sciences Students

University messages for RTC Page: Incoming Sint Maarten Med Sciences Students

In a year of unprecedented challenges, we hope your acceptance into American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) has served as a bright light. You have chosen to enter medicine at a particularly meaningful time and AUC is proud to offer you a spot among a select group of talented, like-minded individuals. Congratulations on this momentous achievement!  

Like so many universities around the world, AUC has been routinely evaluating the COVID-19 pandemic to make semester-by-semester decisions about holding in-person or remote instruction. After more than two semesters of delivering our program virtually, we are now excited and ready to return our medical sciences students (semesters 1-5) to Sint Maarten for the January 2021 semester.

There is no setting like “the friendly island” for your education. And while our campus will operate with modifications and new safety protocols, we believe our labs, clinical skills activities, and non-academic facilities serve as an important part of your AUC experience and medical training. AUC has been working hard to make a safe return possible and today my goal is to offer transparency and reassurance about those plans as you prepare for your first semester at AUC. 

January 2021 Semester Plans

AUC’s January 2021 decision has been guided by two principles: protecting the health and safety of our community and supporting students' goals to become globally-minded and socially-accountable physicians. We have spent countless hours developing and refining safety protocols to protect against COVID-19. We have also benefitted from the resources and expertise of our parent company, Adtalem Global Education, which has safely managed campus reopenings in the United States and in the Caribbean.

Your academics will be delivered using a hybrid approach with large lectures conducted online and select small group sessions and clinical skills activities taking place in-person. We will also incorporate newly acquired virtual resources and knowledge into the curriculum so you can benefit from the blended learning experiences that AUC has been offering our students during the pandemic.

Outside of academics, our campus facilities and services will reopen but with modified occupancy limitations and strongly enforced social distancing. We are also exploring ways to safely hold events and activities that will allow students to engage with one another and our campus community.

Future Updates

There has never been a more critical time to join the field of medicine. We look forward to facilitating your journey to an MD degree and welcoming you into our AUC family. 

 

Incoming UK Track Medical Sciences Students

University Messages for RTC Page: Incoming UKT medical sciences students

In a year of unprecedented challenges, we hope your acceptance into American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine’s (AUC) UK Track program has served as a bright light. You have chosen to enter medicine at a particularly meaningful time, and AUC is proud to offer you a spot among a select group of talented, like-minded individuals. Congratulations on this momentous achievement!

Like so many universities around the world, AUC has been routinely evaluating the COVID-19 pandemic to make semester-by-semester decisions about holding in-person or remote instruction across our campuses. After careful consideration and review with our partners at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), we are excited to announce our UK Track will return to Preston, UK for the January 2021 term. Your first semester will be delivered with a blend of virtual learning and in-person clinical skills activities on UCLan’s campus. 

Hands-on training is an essential component of your medical education, and we have been working hard on plans to safely deliver your anatomy labs and clinical skills activities on UCLan’s campus, which will be open with comprehensive protocols in place. We will continue to evaluate such activities throughout the semester and will adjust, if necessary, to safeguard your health.

Additional Details about our January 2021 Semester

Your academics will be delivered using our hybrid curriculum that includes virtual lectures to access from your hall of residence, along with opportunities for in-person clinical skills practice.

Outside of academics, many UCLan campus facilities and services are open but with modified occupancy limitations and strongly enforced social distancing. We are also exploring ways to safely hold events and activities that will allow students to engage with one another and the UCLan campus community. 

Students should plan to be in Preston for the start of the semester on Monday, 4 January 2021. Virtual classes will begin on Tuesday, 5 January 2021 but we will not hold in-person activities until the third week of the semester, at the earliest, to accommodate quarantine protocols. Travelers into the UK are currently required to self-isolate at their residence for a period of 14 days.

Importantly, as the global public health situation continues to evolve, please monitor the UK and your local government’s travel restrictions and any impact they may have on your ability to travel to Preston for the January 2021 semester.

There has never been a more critical time to join the field of medicine. We look forward to facilitating your journey to an MD degree and welcoming you into our AUC family.

 

 

PUBLIC HEALTH RESOURCES

Learn more about COVID-19 from the CDC: