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

GENERAL QUESTIONS

WHEN WILL THE SEPTEMBER 2021 SEMESTER START?

The semester starts on August 30, 2021. A full academic calendar is available here.

WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR THE MAY 2021 SEMESTER?

AUC medical sciences students and faculty returned to Sint Maarten for the January and May 2021 semesters, using a hybrid approach to our academics. New, incoming students beginning in the September semester are expected to begin their education on island using the same hybrid approach. 

WHAT DOES ‘HYBRID APPROACH’ MEAN?

Hybrid approach means that some courses will be delivered online while others will either be in-person or have in-person components. For example, anatomy labs and cadaver dissection will be conducted in-person with social distancing, while lectures will be delivered primarily online. 
 

WHICH CAMPUS FACILITIES WILL BE OPEN?

We know that public campus spaces including the gym, cafeteria, testing center, and study rooms are an important part of your medical school experience—and important to your academic preparation and wellbeing. These spaces will be open but will operate with new safety procedures, reduced occupancies, and potentially different hours to enable proper physical distancing and more stringent cleaning protocols.

For more information on safety protocols and scheduling workouts, please see “What are the safety protocols for the gym?” .

WHAT IS OPEN VS. CLOSED ON SINT MAARTEN?

Most businesses and public spaces in Sint Maarten are open, including grocery stores, restaurants, businesses, parks, beaches, etc.

WILL WE BE ABLE TO SOCIALIZE AND GET TOGETHER?

Yes. Our Return to Campus Team is working hard on ways to safely conduct social events on and off campus.

WHAT IF I DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE TRAVELING TO SINT MAARTEN?

AUC understands the COVID-19 pandemic has created increased anxiety and uncertainty that affects our entire community. There is currently no definitive end in sight to the pandemic, and it is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Please note that clinical students are currently working in hospitals, and as future medical professionals you will soon be expected to join your colleagues in clinical settings. Each of us as individuals, and together as a society, will need to come to our own terms with COVID-19.

If you would like to discuss your concerns about traveling or returning to Sint Maarten, please contact Dr. Scott Rinker, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, at studentaffairs@aucmed.edu to arrange a meeting and discuss your situation.

WHAT ARE THE SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR THE GYM?

Please schedule your workouts online through the following link: https://auc.myvideointerview.co/50868-gym/172738-emails/en  

Please be sure to arrive and depart from the gym in a timely manner during your allotted time. At all times you must adhere to campus guidelines for personal protection, both in transit and while working out in the facilities. If you will not be able to make your scheduled window, please be considerate to others and contact recsports@aucmed.edu so the slot can be made available for use again. 

All rules and regulations will be posted throughout the Gym and Cardio room and must be followed by all patrons. 

Entrance, Exit, and Maximum Capacity 

  • Students, spouses and partners, and employees may use the gym and Cardio room. 

  • Visitors must have approval from Safety and Security and the Office of Student Affairs prior to using the Gym or Cardio Room. 

  • Maximum of 10 people in the Gym and 5 in the Cardio room at any given time. 

  • No group workouts are allowed inside the Gym or Cardio room. 

  • All gym goers must enter through the East-facing doors (near ping pong table) and check in with the Gym Manager before starting a workout. 

  • Entrance door must remain open at all times while the gym or cardio room is in operation. 

  • All gym goers must exit at the top of the hour through the Southernmost door nearest to Building 2. 

  • Maximum of 2 people in the restroom at the same time. 

Maximum time and Scheduling 

  • Maximum allotted workout time is 1 hour per day per person, with workouts scheduled to start and end on the hour. 

  • All workouts must be scheduled at least one day in advance and can be scheduled for one week maximum. 

Safety Protocols 

  • The AUC Facility department will clean the Gym and Cardio Room every weekday morning from 7:00 am – 11:30 am. 

  • Social distance of at least 2 meters is required at all times by all gym goers and employees while in the Gym and Cardio room. 

  • All gym goers must sanitize their hands at the entrance with the AUC-provided disinfectant before the Gym Manager will permit gym or cardio room access. 

  • Face masks are required at all times in the Gym and Cardio Room by all gym goers and employees. 

  • Gym and Cardio Room goers must bring and use their personal clean towel for each workout. 

  • Wipe down all equipment with the AUC-provided disinfectant before and after every use. 

  • Sanitize hands before and after using equipment. 

  • Use of showers is prohibited. 

Consequences of Misuse 

  • The Gym and/or Cardio Room may close at any time at the discretion of the Campus Response Team. 

  • Failure to comply with the Gym and Cardio Room rules may result in the loss of Gym and Cardio Room access. Gym Manager will receive and report all violations to Office of Student Affairs for further review. 

  • A maximum of 2 consecutive missed workouts with/without notification will result in the loss of Gym and Cardio Room access for 2 weeks. 

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.

WILL STUDENTS NEED TO QUARANTINE ONCE THEY ARRIVE ON THE ISLAND?

In addition to adhering to safety protocols on campus, each of us also has a responsibility to consider the impact of our off-campus actions to our AUC community, and to do our part to keep our community safe. To help reduce the risk of being infected with the virus at the beginning of the semester, we ask that all students observe a 7-day period of limited physical interaction with others upon arrival in Sint Maarten. 

Why is it important to observe a limited interaction period? 

Because of high rates of infection in many parts of the world, it is possible that even with the best of efforts, some students may have either pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic coronavirus infections when they arrive in Sint Maarten. As we begin the January 2021 semester, AUC will be focused on identifying any infections and preventing their spread. 

To that end, all students will be asked to comply with the 7-day limited interaction to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus prior to the start of in-person classes. The protocols of the limited interaction period will be challenging to follow, but we cannot stress how important it will be for students to adhere to them to help create a healthy environment for all AUC community members. 

What does the limited interaction period mean? 

For the first seven days after arrival to the Princess Juliana International Airport, students will be expected to: 
•    Travel directly to their housing and stay in their residence as much as possible, going out only to purchase groceries or other essential supplies 
•    Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and check their temperature daily 
•    Eat in their residence, either cooking or getting take-out 
•    Practice social distancing of 6 feet minimum in all interactions, strict use of masks when in public, and frequent handwashing  
•    Limit their exercise/recreation to activities that can be done either in their residence, or outdoors while socially distancing 
•    Not come to campus except for required activities, as identified by AUC 

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 and AUC’s Office of Safety & Security at security@aucmed.edu .  

Please note, campus check-in is a required activity that you are to complete even if it falls within your limited interaction period. For more information about campus check-in and to schedule an appointment, please see “How will check-in on the island be conducted?”

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 accepted, and the information required when uploading. We urge you to pay close and regular attention to the entry requirements as they may continue to change.  

I’M WORRIED ABOUT TRAVELLING ON AN AIRPLANE. WHAT STEPS CAN I TAKE TO TRAVEL SAFELY?

The CDC provides a comprehensive list of travel guidelines with best practices and recommendations.

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 how AUC can best troubleshoot your situation. This will be handled on a case by case basis.

HEALTH & SAFETY

WHAT IS NOVEL CORONAVIRUS?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), commonly known as a coronavirus, is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. For additional information visit the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

According to the World Health Organization, common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. The CDC believes that symptoms may appear in as few as two days or up to 14 days after exposure. 

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 to discuss their unique case prior to arranging travel to Sint Maarten.

WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD ALL STUDENTS TAKE TO UNDERSTAND THEIR RISK OF EXPOSURE?

Precautions can be taken to minimize your risk and prevent exposure and spread of the disease. 

Personal Hygiene 

It is important that we work together to take common sense precautions that can reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19.  

Per CDC guidelines 

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home.
  • Practice social distancing with people outside of your home. Stay at least 6 feet from other people.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Clean and frequently disinfect common work surfaces. 
  • If you or a family member develops a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough or shortness of breath, or are experiencing cold- or flu-like symptoms, work with to alert appropriate contacts and practice social distancing.   
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF COVID-19 ON SINT MAARTEN?
HOW WILL AUC ENSURE THE SAFETY OF STUDENTS AND PREVENT A COVID-19 OUTBREAK ON CAMPUS?

AUC’s Campus Return Team has instituted numerous protocols as a part of our comprehensive safety plan. Some elements include symptom screenings with temperature checks upon campus entry, installing hand sanitizer stations, reduced capacity of common spaces, mandatory masks, redirecting pedestrian traffic to utilize one-way routes, and physical barriers in student service areas. We will continue to iteratively improve and implement best practices. Additionally, it should be explicitly clear that AUC has transparent expectations laid out in the student handbook detailing student code of conduct and behavior standards. These principles apply to all COVID-19 policies and students are expected to act accordingly.

CAN FAMILY MEMBERS RETURN AS WELL?

Sint Maarten currently has no travel restrictions and a fairly low rate of COVID-19 incidence. That being said, whether families and loved ones should return is ultimately an individual decision. AUC considers students’ families to be part of the AUC community and they are very welcome, assuming they are comfortable returning.

WILL AUC PROVIDE PPE FOR STUDENTS?

Yes, both surgical and cloth masks will be available for students and faculty; although be aware you will need masks for travel to and from Sint Maarten and should have your own available.

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.

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 and AUC’s Office of Safety & Security at security@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 and AUC’s Office of Safety & Security at security@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. 

ACADEMICS/CLASSES

WILL CLASSES BE CONDUCTED LIVE AND IN-PERSON? IF NOT, WHICH ACTIVITIES WILL BE CONDUCTED IN-PERSON?

All large group lectures will be pre-recorded and posted to Echo360. The large lecture halls will be primarily used for in-person activities with priority given to ICM and clinical skills practice. Anatomy labs and cadaver dissection will also be conducted in-person with social distancing. Select other courses will have in-person components (flipped classrooms, small group case-based learning) as time, space and schedules allow. It is likely that activities will have to be staggered to enable maximal use of our available spaces. Please understand that campus facilities are operating under reduced capacities and we must be creative to allow proper physical distancing for each space. All in-person activities will take place with appropriate PPE.

WILL THE LARGE GROUP LECTURES BE LIVE OR PRE-RECORDED?

The large group lecture halls are reserved for in-person activities, so all lectures will be pre-recorded. AUC faculty have been diligently recording new, updated lectures. While lectures will not be presented live, we anticipate having most lectures recently recorded and updated with only a few instances where we will rely on old Echo360 recordings from prior semesters.

UK TRACK

GENERAL QUESTIONS

WHEN WILL THE SEPTEMBER 2021 SEMESTER START?

The semester starts on 30 August 2021. A full academic calendar is available here

WHAT DOES ‘HYBRID APPROACH’ MEAN?

Hybrid approach means that some courses will be delivered online while others will either be in-person or have in-person components. 

ARE UCLAN CAMPUS FACILIITIES CURRENTLY OPEN?

Yes, UCLan is currently open and operating seven days a week but with some restrictions and comprehensive safety measures in place. At this time, students can access the Library (24/7), Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre, the Students’ Union, and The Atrium and Source Bar. 

We know that public campus spaces are an important part of your medical school experience—and important to your academic preparation and wellbeing. Please visit UCLan’s COVID-19 News page for information on facilities and services that are open.  

WHAT IF I DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE TRAVELING TO PRESTON, UK?

AUC understands the COVID-19 pandemic has created increased anxiety and uncertainty that affects our entire community. There is currently no definitive end in sight to the pandemic, and it is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Please note that clinical students are currently working in hospitals, oftentimes directly caring for COVID-19 patients.    

If you would like to discuss your individual situation, please reach out to Dr. Andy Ginty, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs – UK Track, at aginty@aucmed.edu

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. 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 2021 semester.

I’M WORRIED ABOUT TRAVELLING ON AN AIRPLANE. WHAT STEPS CAN I TAKE TO TRAVEL SAFELY?

The UK government provides a comprehensive list of travel guidelines with best practices and recommendations. 

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 IS NOVEL CORONAVIRUS?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), commonly known as a coronavirus, is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. For additional information visit the UK government’s COVID-19 page.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

According to the World Health Organization, common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

WHAT PRECAUTIONS ARE AUC AND UCLAN TAKING TO PREVENT MEMBERS OF THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY FROM EXPOSURE?

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; Perspex screens installed at on-campus food and drink outlets; and signage posted throughout to promote social and physical distancing.  Additional measures such as building restrictions and identity badges are required on campus.  

All community members will be expected to follow safety measures and protocols, including the use of face masks in shared spaces, social distancing, and increased cleaning and disinfecting of campus facilities and common spaces. Students will also need to complete a mandatory COVID-19 precaution training on Blackboard prior to accessing campus. 

For more details on UCLan safety procedures, visit UCLan’s Coronavirus Advice and 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 PRECAUTIONS SHOULD ALL STUDENTS TAKE TO UNDERSTAND THEIR RISK OF EXPOSURE?

It is important that we work together to take common sense precautions that can reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19.  

Per CDC guidelines 

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home.
  • Practice social distancing with people outside of your home. Stay at least 6 feet from other people.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Clean and frequently disinfect common work surfaces. 
  • If you or a family member develops a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough or shortness of breath, or are experiencing cold- or flu-like symptoms, work with to alert appropriate contacts and practice social distancing.   

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: