American University of Caribbean

Official Name: American University of Caribbean School of Medicine Common Name: AUC, AUC Medical School Degree Awarded: Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Basic Sciences Location: St. Maarten campus

Clinical Clerkships Location: United States, England or Ireland

Contact Address:
Medical Education Administrative Services
901 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 700
Coral Gables, FL 33134 Telephone: 305-446-0600 Email: applicants@aucmed.edu

Academic Year

The school year is divided into three academic semesters each calendar year, allowing students to enroll in any of the semesters without having to wait for a new academic year a common practice of international medical schools.

  • September
  • January
  • May

Basic Sciences Curriculum

The first five semesters at AUC School of Medicine focus on the study of the Basic Sciences with an introduction to clinical medicine as early as the second semester with increasing emphasis each semester. This allows students to make a clinical application to the Basic Sciences well in advance of starting their clinical clerkships. First Semester
  • Anatomy/Embryology
  • Molecular and Cell Biology I
  • Histology
Second Semester
  • Molecular and Cell Biology II
  • Physiology I
  • Immunology and Infection
  • Biostatistics
  • Intro to Clinical Med/Clerkships 2
Third Semester
  • Pathology I
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Physiology II
  • Intro to Clinical Med/Clerkships 3
Fourth Semester
  • Pathology II
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology I
  • Intro to Clinical Med/Clerkships 4
  • Behavioral Science I
Fifth Semester
  • Intro to Clinical Med 5
  • Intro to Clinical Med 6 (Subject and Comprehensive Review Exams)
  • Pharmacology II
  • Behavioral Science II
After completing the Basic Sciences students are required to take and pass USMLE Step 1 in-order to proceed to the Clinical Sciences.

Clinical Sciences Curriculum

Required clinical core clerkships are:
  • Internal Medicine – 12 weeks
  • Surgery – 12 weeks
  • Pediatrics – 6 weeks
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology – 6 weeks
  • Psychiatry – 6 weeks
Elective Rotations - You are to use your clinical electives as an opportunity to gain exposure to areas you may consider specializing in at a later point in your medical career. Of your 30 weeks of electives there must be 4 weeks of Neurology and 4 weeks of Family Practice. Here is a listing of affiliated hospitals in the United States where you can complete your electives and clinical rotations:
  • Aultman Hospital – Caton, OH
  • Brentwood Behavioral Health Company – Shreveport, LA
  • Brooklyn Hospital – Brooklyn, NY
  • Carilion Roanoke Hospital – Roanoke, VA
  • Flushing Hospital – Queens, NY
  • Griffin Hospital – Derby, CT
  • Kern Medical Center – Bakersfield, CA
  • Lutheran Medical Center – Brooklyn, NY
  • Metropolitan State Hospital – Norwalk, CA
  • Memorial Medical Center – Las Cruces, NM
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center – Chicago, IL
  • Mount Vernon Hospital – Mount Vernon, NY
  • Nassau Health Care Corporation – East Meadow, NY
  • Providence Hospital – Southfield, MI
  • Rochester General Hospital – Rochester, NY
  • Spring Grove Hospital Center – Catonsville, MD
  • St. Agnes Hospital – Baltimore, MD
  • St. John’s Episcopal Hospital – Queens, NY
  • St. Mary’s Hospital – Waterbury, CT
  • Staten Island University Hospital – Staten Island, NY
  • Tallahassee Memorial Medical Center – Tallahassee, FL
  • Union Memorial Hospital – Baltimore, MD
  • Wyckoff Heights Medical Center – Brooklyn, NY

USMLE

You will need to take and pass USMLE Step 1 after completing the Basic Sciences.

After completing your core clerkships you are eligible to take USMLE Step 2 which must be passed in-order to graduate. 

If you want to pursue postgraduate/residency training in the United States you will need to pass USMLE Step 2.

Financing

Tuition is assessed on a semester basis and is subject to change without prior notice (their words not mine). Basic Sciences
  • Semesters 1-4: $14,500/semester
  • Semester 5: $15,700/semester
Clinical Sciences
  • Semesters 6-9: $16,100/semester
  • Semester 9.5: $8,050
If you are an American Citizen you may be eligible for “need” based aid. American University of Caribbean is approved for participation in the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP).

Accreditation

American University of Caribbean'’s medical school facilities and curriculum are accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACM). 

The United States Department of Education has determined the ACM accreditation standards are comparable to those set by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), which accredits medical education in the U.S. 

The states of:

  • California
  • Florida
  • New York
  • Texas

require review or approval before you can begin clinical clerkships. To become a licensed physician in California you must be approved by the Medical Board of California. 

As such, many states defer to California on granting licensure because they do not have their own approval boards.

American University of Caribbean School of Medicine is approved by:

  • Medical Board of California
  • Texas Medical Board
  • New York State Board for Education
  • licensed by the Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education.

American University of Caribbean Admissions

To be considered for admission to the American University of the Caribbean, the committee will consider many factors and relevant predictors of success as a doctor. Most importantly you must show you have the ability to successfully complete a rigorous medical school curriculum.

For admission to AUC you will need at least 90 semester credits or college level courses from an accredited institution but it is preferred you possess a baccalaureate degree.

The MCAT is required for admission and MCAT scores must not exceed five years.

In some instances an interview may be required which is at the discretion of the Admissions Committee and please note evaluation for admission is conducted on an individual basis. Premed Requirements

  • Biology – One year w/lab
  • General Chemistry – One year w/lab
  • Organic Chemistry – One year w/lab. Coursework should include: aliphatic and aromatic compounds.
  • General Physics – One year w/lab. Coursework should include: mechanics, light, heat, sound, electricity, and nuclear radiation.
  • English – One year. Satisfactory written and verbal skills are necessary.
Recommended Coursework
  • Genetics
  • Cellular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Comparative Anatomy
  • Mathematics
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
There is no admission deadline to apply to American University of Caribbean because AUC operates on a rolling admission basis but you are advised to apply 4 –to 5 months prior to your anticipated semester of entry.

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