|Degrees Offered / Length of Time: ||M.D.|
|Combined Degrees Offered / Length of Time: ||n/a|
|Grading System: ||AUC's official grading system is based on an assessment of "honors", "pass", or "fail". Therefore, there is no official GPA.|
American University of the Caribbean (AUC) School of Medicine has provided students with quality medical education since 1978. The university is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM), and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as having standards comparable to the LCME. Students are eligible to sit for the USMLE, obtain U.S. Federal Financial Aid, become active members of AMSA, and upon graduation, obtain residency and licensure throughout the U.S. AUC faculty consists of MDs and PhDs trained primarily in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. The medical school curriculum (comprised of 9 Â½ semesters) is modeled after U.S. medical schools and classes are taught in English using U.S. textbooks. Five semesters of basic sciences are taught at the St. Maarten campus, followed by four and a half semesters of clinical sciences taught at affiliated hospitals in the U.S. or Europe. AUC students are required to pass the same exams as those taken by U.S. medical students.
The first five semesters at AUC involve concentrated study of the Basic Medical Sciences on the medical campus in St. Maarten. Anatomy, biochemistry, and histology are the main focus during the first semester. A logical sequence emphasizing physiology, microbiology, pathology, and cell biology during the next two semesters is followed by courses in medical psychology and pharmacology. During the last semester, students experience clinical application of the medical sciences curriculum. Coursework is intended to provide students with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the USMLE Step 1. While they are not counted toward a student's academic grade, practice exams are used to assess a student's readiness to be certified to take the medical boards. The fifth semester course "Biological Basis of Clinical Medicine" encompasses a fifteen-week board examination review. Students are required to pass the USMLE Step 1 prior to proceeding to clinical rotations.
Once students leave the Basic Medical Sciences campus, they will matriculate into the clinical portion of their medical education. To ensure a smooth transition, AUC established the Office of Clinical Student Affairs (OCSA). The OCSA staff facilitates the placement of students with affiliated hospitals in the U.S., England, or Ireland. Additionally, they serve as a bridge between students and hospital sites by offering instruction about clinical clerkships and working with on-site program directors, faculty members, and administrative staff. Clinical rotations (core and elective clerkships) are 72 weeks in duration and can be scheduled at one or more affiliated hospitals. Core clerkships are the foundation of a student's clinical education framework and include internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and family medicine. Elective clerkships are subspecialties that may be taken, upon approval by OCSA, at a hospital outside of the affiliated network.