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American University of Antigua

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF ANTIGUA

     

  • One of the top 4 Medical Universities in the Caribbean, established in 2004 at the pristine Caribbean island of Antigua
  • Highly rated University, following US Curriculum
  • Lecture breakout sessions, problem-based learning system
  • Run by Indian Management of Manipal Education Group, based in Mangalore, India
  • Centered in a recently built, 150,000 sq. ft., technologically advanced campus with a teaching hospital
  • One of the very Few Universities in the world, approved by US states of California and New York
  • Students have been undergoing Clinical Studies in 50+ Affiliated teaching hospitals in USA, Canada and UK
  • AUA College of Medicine graduates have matched at coveted residencies through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS)
  • Scholarships available for deserving students

Mission Statement

The American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine is dedicated to providing a learner-centric education that meets the highest standards of academic excellence. The University is committed to providing students with the educational resources that will empower them to become compassionate physicians, lifelong learners and leaders with the knowledge and professionalism required to address global health care needs.

AUA College of Medicine is an active participant in helping to meet the health care needs of diverse communities in the United States and globally. The University is committed to breaking down barriers that have prevented underrepresented minorities from obtaining medical education required for physician licensure.

AUA recruits talented students from diverse cultural, ethnic, racial, social and economic backgrounds thereby expanding access to limited opportunities to obtain a medical education for individuals from diverse groups that are presently underrepresented in the medical profession.

AUA believes that its student body receives a better medical education due to its diverse student population. AUA also provides students who may have been educationally disadvantaged with the tools to address those issues during their medical education.

While AUA believes that individual graduates have the right to and should pursue whatever area of medicine they wish to practice, AUA does emphasize the need for, and encourages, its graduates to become well-qualified skilled primary care physicians who will practice their professions in underserved communities.

History

2004

AUA College of Medicine is founded with an inaugural class of nine students.

2005

The Center for Tropical Diseases, established within the university to research and fight infectious diseases in developing countries, receives a grant from the British High Commission.

2006

AUA becomes one of a handful of international medical schools to receive New York State Education Department approval for clinical clerkships and residency trainings in that state.

The first White Coat Ceremony graduates 65 students from the Basic Sciences program on Antigua.

2007

Ground is broken for the new campus, conceived and designed to serve students' needs.

The Mayo Clinic teams with the AUA College of Medicine to establish the first Emergency Medical Training Center in the Caribbean.

The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of Antigua, the Honourable Baldwin Spencer, and AUA President Neal Simon meet in New Delhi. Prime Minister Singh voices his support of AUA, Kasturba Medical College and global medical education.

2008

Manipal University and AUA consolidate their unique relationship, ensuring that Kasturba Medical College—International Center and AUA will provide opportunities in global medical education and research.

Students hold the first FreedomFest (formerly known as Taster’s Day) at AUA, celebrating diversity in medical education and raising thousands of dollars for local charities.

AUA and The Rotary Club of Antigua, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Alexandria, VA, conduct the Breast Cancer Awareness and Screening Project in Antigua.

2009

Mount St. John’s Medical Centre and AUA form an affiliation, giving students immersive hospital experience from day one.

The U.S. Naval Ship Comfort arrives in Antigua and teams up with AUA faculty and students to provide training and care as part its four-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission in the Caribbean.

2010

AUA College of Medicine adopts the two academic year calendar, mirroring the U.S. medical school paradigm, beginning in August.

July 29 ,2011

AUA College of Medicine is recognized by the Medical Board of California.

2012

AUA College of Medicine recieved provisional accreditation from the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP).

Curriculum

MD: One of only two medical school programs in the Caribbean that utilizes the U.S. modeled two semester academic year MD curriculum.

 

Affiliates and Approvals

(as of June 25, 2013)

  • Approvals

Approved by the New York State Education Department (for clinical clerkships and residency training appointments)

Recognized by the Medical Board of California (for clinical clerkships, residency training appointments and licensure)

Provisonal Accreditation from the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Sciences (CAAM-HP)

International Medical Education Directory (IMED; listing)

World Health Organization (WHO; listing)

  • Eligibilities Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG; licensure)

National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)

  • # of Clinical Affiliations**: 29
  • # of Affiliated Hospitals in NY State: 11
  • # of School Articulations: 9

Campus

  • Campus Size: 17+ acres
  • Land for Facility Expansion/Growth: 10 Acres
  • Total Academic Facilities Space: 150,000 sq. ft.
  • Total Athletic Field Space: 10 acres

Mount St. John’s Medical Centre

  • Opened: 2009
  • Distance from AUA Campus (Driving): 5 miles
  • # of Beds: 185
  • # of Full-Time Medical Staff: 200

Antigua and Barbuda

  • Population: ≈ 87,000
  • Population Growth Rate: 1.3%
  • Land Area Antigua: 108 sq. mi
    • Barbuda: 62 sq. mi
  • Coastline: 95 mi
  • Highest Elevation: 1,319 ft. (Mt. Obama; formerly Boggy Peak)
  • Capital: St. John’s
  • Official Language: English
  • Literacy Rate: 85.8%

Demographics

  • Total Enrollment: ≈ 1,950
    • Male: ≈ 935
    • Female: ≈ 1015
  • Nations of Origin: 24
  • College of Medicine Student to Faculty Ratio: ≈ 18:1

CURRICULUM:

  • Two semester academic-year, US-modeled Basic Sciences medical education
  • Clinical experience integrated into the Basic Sciences semesters
  • Lecture breakout sessions, problem-based learning and classroom-integrated teaching technology, allowing for a personalized learning experience
  • Multiple clinical settings providing core and elective clerkships in some of the finest teaching hospitals in the United States
  • Unique relationship with India’s Manipal University

OPPORTUNITY:

  • AUA College of Medicine has been approved by the New York State Education Department and recognized by the Medical Board of California*, allowing students to obtain residency positions and secure clinical clerkships in those states
  • College of Medicine graduates are eligible for:
    • ECFMG Certification
    • National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Placement
    • Medical licensure in the U.S., Canada and Antigua
  • MPH, MHS and MBA programs through affiliated schools offer career advancement opportunities and Title IV funding for qualified students enrolled in those programs
  • Early hospital-integrated patient exposure at Mount St. John’s Medical Centre, one of the most modern hospitals in the Caribbean

CAMPUS:

  • AUA’s campus facilities feature high-speed wireless internet access, Web-based learning resources including Blackboard Learn™, interactive classrooms and lecture capture
  • One of the most extensive simulation labs in North America
  • The four hundred seat Health Sciences Library comprises extensive medical collections, small group study rooms, a computer lab and 24-hour-a-day accessibility
  • Extensive and modern recreational facilities
  • A diverse student body drawn from multicultural backgrounds

 

ENVIRONMENT:

  • The tranquil environment of Antigua allows students to focus when they need to, unwind when they can
  • Modern supermarkets, a variety of restaurants, a multiplex cinema and other conveniences are located close to campus
  • Frequent flights are available to and from the U.S. and Canada
  • Recreational opportunities include sailing, hiking, riding or diving; the nearby capital city of St. John’s offers museums, colonial sites, music and festivals AUA is one of the few Caribbean medical schools to receive these accreditations. These accreditations allow graduates to participate in clinical clerkships, secure residencies, and become licensed physicians in the U.S. and Canada. These accreditations were achieved after extensive evaluations of AUA’s facilities, curriculum, faculty, resources, administration, and student body. The accrediting bodies deemed AUA’s education to be of high quality. AUA is currently in the process of securing additional accreditations.
  • Recognized by the Medical Board of California
  • “I was overly impressed with… the staff there. They really did have a sincere appreciation with the fact that the students needed guidance all the way through medical school, even the top students to get into training each other because that made them better students and better physicians.”
  • “I was more than impressed with the diversity of the student body and how motivated these students are in mastering the work from the time they were admitted to the school until their residencies. And their compassion that was shown by these students in serving underserved populations. It was truly, truly, impressive.”
  • Approved by the New York State Education Department
  • “An enthusiastic, well prepared, and diverse faculty who support the program of medical education at AUA.”
  • “The university has student support services that offer the students adequate personal health care, an active student government association, access to the faculty, and a safe and secure learning environment.”
  • Approved by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) as the leader in international medical education
  • “Out of the international medical schools I have reviewed, AUA’s program is undoubtedly the finest. I am proud to bestow our highest honor upon this institution.” – AAPI President Dr. Narendra R. Kumar
  • Provisionally Accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP)
  • Listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED)and the World Health Organization
  • Graduates are eligible to participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)

AFFILIATED TEACHING HOSPITALS

  • AUA students participate in clinical clerkships and residency training at major health facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
  • Listings are updated frequently. As of June 25, 2013, AUA has clinical affiliations with the following teaching hospitals:

Adventist Medical Center, Hanford, CA

Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad, India

Brentwood Hospital, Shreveport, LA

Brooklyn Hospital, Brooklyn, NY

Broward Cty Medical Examiner's Office, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Dekalb Medical, Atlanta, GA

Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, NY

Northside Medical Center, Youngstown, OH

Georgia Regional Hospital, Decatur, GA

Griffin Hospital, Derby, CT

Harbor Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Interfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, IL

King Edward Medical Hospital (KEM), Mumbai, India

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Kingston Hospital, Kingston, NY

Kaweah Delta Medical Center, Visalia, CA

Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Doctors Hospital of Augusta, Augusta, GA

Trinity Hospital of Augusta, Augusta, GA

University of Miami, Miami, FL

Mount Vernon Hospital, Mount Vernon, NY

 Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human - Lincoln Regional Center, Lincoln, NE

Northwest Hospital, Randallstown, MD

 Richmond University Medical Center, Staten Island,NY

 San Juan City Hospital, San Juan, PR

 Sheppard Pratt Health System, Baltimore, MD

 St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, DC

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Utica, NYnbsp; 

 St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac, MI

Southside Hospital, Bayshore, NY  

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Cleveland, OH 

Summa Health System, Akron, OH 

Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD 

 University Medical Center (LSU), Lafayette, LA

 Valley Consortium for Medical Education, Modesto, CA

Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, MD 

Willoughby Beach Pediatrics Baltimore, MD

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY