American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine is an institution dedicated to creating future generations of physicians that serve the communities they represent. Those communities are often underrepresented in the medical field and are reflected in the diversity of our student body. Founded in 2004, AUA has accomplished more than some schools have in decades. AUA leads the way in addressing the projected physician shortage, especially in the areas of primary care, family medicine, and internal medicine. Our world-class faculty places a premium on making themselves accessible to students and creating a learning environment in which hands-on training is the norm.
A brief look at some of AUA’s biggest achievements will give prospective applicants a boost of confidence about their decision to seriously consider AUA:
- AUA is approved, recognized and accredited by the U.S. Department of Education, the New York State Education Department, the Medical Board of California, the Florida Department of Education, and the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Sciences. We are one of only three Caribbean medical schools with these distinctions.
- AUA’s first-time pass rate for USMLE, Step 1, the most important exam for U.S. and Caribbean medical students, is 96%.
- AUA has a growing network of 35 hospital affiliates across the United States and Canada.
- AUA has two groundbreaking programs with Florida International University (FIU). The Clinical Clerkship Certificate program makes it possible for students to complete all their core clinical rotations hospitals affiliated with FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM), while the AUA-FIU Global MD program provides research opportunities, medical Spanish training, and focuses on the social determinants of health at home and abroad.
- Title IV (Federal) funding, Canadian Federal Loans, VA benefits, and scholarships are available to qualified applicants.
For students who are committed to studying medicine, passionate about serving their communities, and envision themselves responding to health care needs locally and globally, AUA is an ideal choice.
MISSION AND HISTORY
American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine is an innovative medical school dedicated to providing a learner-centric education of the highest quality, granting opportunities to underrepresented minorities, fostering a diverse academic community, and ensuring that its graduates develop the skills and attitudes of lifelong learning, compassion, and professionalism. We also provide students who would otherwise be unable to receive a medical education with the tools to become successful physicians.
AUA was founded with the commitment to support underserved communities and address the impending physician shortage with an emphasis on primary care. As such, the University recognizes its social responsibility to advance the field of medicine and lead the next generation of physicians and healthcare professionals to respond to global healthcare needs.
ACCREDITATIONS AND APPROVALS
For many Caribbean medical schools, it takes over a decade to receive these recognitions, but AUA’s dedication to upholding the highest academic standards has not gone unnoticed by government jurisdictions, external agencies, and international accrediting bodies. In record time, the university has become one of the few to obtain prestigious accreditations that were earned after comprehensive evaluations confirmed the extraordinary quality of AUA’s facilities, curriculum, resources, faculty, administration, and student body. These recognitions allow our students to participate in clinical clerkships and our graduates to secure residencies and become licensed physicians throughout the United States and Canada.
- U.S. Department of Education
- Recognized by the Medical Board of California
- Licensed for the Commission for Independent Education of the Florida Department of Education
- Approved by the New York State Education Department
- Accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP)
- Recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI)
- Recognized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) as the leader in international medical education.
- Member of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)
- Listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) and the World Health Organization (WHO)
- Graduates are eligible to participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)
- National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)