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American University of Barbados (AUB), School of Medicine is located in Barbados, West Indies. It was the initiative, support and cooperation of the Government of Barbados and the Ministry of Education to extend a Charter to establish the first Offshore Medical School on this exotic island in the Caribbean. AUB is recognized and licensed by the Ministry of Education.

The curriculum at the American University of Barbados is structured after the best US and Caribbean Medical Schools. The University provides students with a comprehensive preparation for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 examinations for licensure in the USA and other mandatory entrance examinations for any other country.


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Our endeavor is to emphasize 'student centric' rather than 'teacher centric' training. We view the role of a teacher as a facilitator who helps students 'learn the subject' rather than merely 'teach the subject'.

The aim of the University is not only to produce doctors with a good clinical knowledge, but also to instill in them ethics and values by which they can treat their patients with a human touch.

AUB offers 2 programs of varying duration:
• Comprehensive 5 ½ year MD Program for motivated high school graduates
• 4 year MD Program for B.Sc. graduates

Our curriculum is on par with the best that the US medical schools offer. Our professors are experienced and well qualified to guide you through your course. Our excellent student-teacher ratio ensures that each student gets the individual attention he requires. Practical education is imparted through hospital integrated programs and clinical clerkship rotations.

All this apart, you get to study at Barbados, an exotic Caribbean location, which is scenic and secure.


AUB aspires to produce medical graduates, who are emotionally and culturally sensitive and have a world - class compentence, so that they can be valued and respected healers, and responsible citizens anywhere, they choose to be.

The aim of the University is not only to produce doctors with a good clinical knowledge, but also to instill in them ethics and values by which they can treat their patients with a human touch.


AUB seeks to provide world-class medical education with cuttingedge equipment and pedagogy in an environment that fosters appreciative enquiry, human sensitivity and collaborative research aimed at reducing human suffering and pain.



The Ministry of Education, Barbados CHARTER

American University of Barbados received Charter to establish and operate school of medical sciences from the Government of Barbados in April 2011

  American University of Barbados is recognized and licensed by the Ministry of Education, Barbados.
American University of Barbados is Approved and Listed with WHO/AVICENNA Directories
Approved and listed with FAIMER'S International Medical Education Directory (IMED)
Approved by the Medical Council of Canada. ( M.C.C.)
ERAS Lucknow Medical College and Hospital is the associate concern of the American University of Barbados.

Message from the Dean

Welcome to The American University of Barbados, School of Medicine.

At AUB our goal is to prepare our students to be global leaders in all aspects of healthcare delivery. The noble profession of medicine has considerable demands and immeasurable rewards. We are pleased that you have chosen to partner with us in your journey towards the calling of medicine. Our goal is not simply to create "doctors" but medical scholars imbued with a life long desire for knowledge and service.

The leadership of AUB is dedicated to providing the world with a cadre of physicians not just skilled with the most contemporary medical knowledge but compassionate, giving and skilled clinicians treating the human condition. Your choice of AUB sets you upon a path toward the noble profession of medicine within a unique model of medical education we believe second to none.

More than just rendering quality education, we endeavor to see your growth - academically, professionally and socially. These characteristics we believe will soon see AUB evolve as one of the most sought after names in the field of medical education.

Our faculty and staff represent some of the finest to be found in any medical school and we pride ourselves on their commitment to your learning as well as their pre-eminence within their fields.

Our US based medical curriculum both basic science and clinical experiences, is designed specifically to meet the licensing requirements in the United States and other nations around the globe. Our narrow student-faculty ratio allows for a highly personalized interaction between students and professors. Each student is treated as a professional by a caring, empathetic administration and staff. Classes are taught in English by eminently qualified faculty members holding Ph.D. or M.D. degrees with ample teaching experience. We believe this combination will insure success for our students on the United States Medical Licensing Examinations.

Globalization in healthcare is a reality . MRI studies taken in California are read in Mumbai. A physician in Connecticut may "telementor" a surgeon in Brazil. It is our desire to attract a diverse student body who will bring their traditions and experiences in creating a rich, diverse community of scholars that we will have the pleasure to train and educate. You will find the opportunity to experience a myriad of practice and clinical settings that will prepare you for residency and beyond. THe global network of faculty and administration insures that our students have significant options for study and are welcomed into a group of opportunities without boundary. The leadership of AUB continually reviews opportunities to broaden the clinical exposure of our students in the United States and beyond.

We welcome the opportunity and honor to begin the journey with you toward a life of service in providing health to communities around the world.

Kenneth R Alleyne, MD

MD Program American University of Barbados

American University of Barbados presently is chartered to offer 4 year and 5½ year MD programs. The curriculum is based upon the US Medical education standards to ensure a successful academic career and to correlate with licensure guidelines.

The field of Medicine is vast and constantly changing, improving and evolving. Doctors need to keep abreast of these developments always if they are to give their best to their patients. It is a profession in which you can never stop learning. Here, at the American University of Barbados, our motto is to teach you to learn. The first five semesters of formal medical education constitute but a brief introduction to a broad, deep and rapidly changing discipline. The mastery of medical knowledge and technical skills requires lifelong self-education.

Apart from teaching you the theory, we also educate you on how to be able to elicit comprehensive medical history from the patient, carry out humane medical examination and recommend rational investigations. We also try to instill in our students medical ethics, which is the core of any good medical practitioner.

The curriculum is designed to educate and provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to practice medicine. The first 5 semesters concentrate on the basic medical sciences - including anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, genetics, pharmacology, pathology, community and behavioral science. Concepts and skills necessary to manage clinical illness, to understand the socio cultural issues in medicine and to be well grounded in the ethical and evidence based medical practice are introduced early and explored in depth as the curriculum progresses. Emphasis is placed on prevention, diagnosis and management of disease states and in the systematic application of these concepts to organ specific diseases on one hand and to use them to promote health on the other.

The curriculum is constantly reviewed to adopt and adapt with the ever increasing body of knowledge and treatment modalities so as to keep our medical graduates abreast with the latest in medicine.


Students wishing to obtain the Doctor of Medicine degree may enter the premedical program during one of two premedical years or directly into the four-year Doctor of Medicine degree program, the preferred option for most North American students. Students who begin their studies in the premedical program must meet the program’s academic standards to be promoted into the first year of the four-year medical program.


Students of the 4 year Doctor of Medicine degree program will spend the first two years in the Barbados campus studying the Basic Medical Sciences. In the final two years, students will complete their clinical training at the affiliated Hospitals in the Canada, India and the United States of America.

Students may choose to complete their 5th Semester in Barbados or in the USA.

Upon successful completion of the first two years in Barbados, students continue and complete clinical training in one of our affiliated hospitals in the United States. 

Pre Medical Curriculum (only for 5 ½ year MD Program)

SEMESTER I: Biology I; General Chemistry I; Pre Calculus; English Composition I.
SEMESTER II: Biology II; Chemistry II; Calculus; English composition II.
SEMESTER III: General Physics I; General Psychology; Organic Chemistry; Introduction to Histology and Cell Biology.
SEMESTER IV: General Physics II; Ethics; Medical Terminology; Organic Chemistry II; Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology.

Students who complete the Pre-Medical program successfully will be promoted to 1st year of the 4 year MD program; consequently completing their medical school curriculum.

Basic Sciences Curriculum (for both 5 ½ and 4 year MD Program)

SEMESTER I: Gross Anatomy and Physiology I; Embryology; Biochemistry, Histology and Cell Biology I; Introduction to Research Skills for Evidence-Based Medicine.
SEMESTER II: Gross Anatomy and Physiology II; Biochemistry, Histology and Cell Biology II; Medical Behavioral Science; Biostatistics and Epidemiology.
SEMESTER III: Medical Pathology I; Medical Immunology; Microbiology; Medical Genetics; Pharmacology I.
SEMESTER IV: Medical Pathology II; Pharmacology II; Physical Diagnosis; Medical and Legal Ethics; Nutrition.
SEMESTER V: Introduction to Clinical Medicine; Integrative Study of the Basic Sciences (USMLE Review); Learning Counseling and Communication Skills; NBME Comprehensive Exam; Independent Research; Independent Research Elective; Evaluation of Students

Clinical Science Program (for both 5 ½ and 4 year MD Program)

The Clinical Science Program comprises of 72 weeks of Clinical Rotations at our affiliated hospitals and specialized clinical facilities in Georgia, USA. During the rotations/clerkships, the student participates in supervised patient care while rotating through various medical specialties and sub-specialties.  Training includes history taking, physical examinations, laboratory analysis, case presentations, clinical workshops and conferences.  The student receives personalized guidance from the clinical faculty to develop essential skills and knowledge. The student also has an opportunity to assess the degree of his/her interest in each of the major fields of medical training.

The 72 weeks of Clinical Rotations consists of 48 weeks of Core Rotations and 24 weeks of Elective Rotations.

Core Rotations Duration
 Internal Medicine 12 weeks
 Surgery 12 weeks
 OB-GYN 6 weeks
 Paediatrics 6 weeks
 Psychiatry 6 weeks
 Family Practice 6 weeks
 Total 48 weeks
Elective Rotations Duration Varies (minimum 4 weeks each)
 Nephrology Urgent Care (Family Practice)
 Haematology and Oncology Dermatology
 Rheumatology Orthopaedic Surgery
 Immunology and Allergy Ophthalmology
 Gastroenterology Otolaryngology (ENT)
 Neurology Plastic Surgery
 Cardiology Colorectal Surgery
 Pulmonology Cardiology (PEDS Focus)
 Infectious Disease Total : 24 weeks

Note: This is not an exhaustive list of possible elective rotations.


American University of Barbados has fully air-conditioned lecture theatres. All the lecture theatres are equipped with ultra-modern audio-visual teaching aids like LCD projectors, televisions and laptops.


  • An excellent and resourceful central library with seating capacity for 50 students.
  • There are more than 1,000 books, including medical textbooks and reference books. This will increase as the student population grows.
  • The library subscribes to more than 20 International journals.
  • More than 500 medical CDs are available for interactive consultation. E-Library is shared with ERA’s Medical College.
  • Internet facility is available to students and faculty members. The computer section of the library is fully air-conditioned.


The University has their own hospital and affiliations, agreements with many hospitals in the USA, India and Canada for clinical rotations.


4 Year M.D. Degree program:

Program No/Semesters Fees/Semester
Basic Sciences 4 Semesters U.S $ 6,500.00
Pre Clinical Sciences 1 Semester U.S $ 7,900.00
Clinical Sciences 6 Semesters U.S $ 7,900.00
5½ Year M.D. Degree program:
Program No/Semesters Fees/Semester
Pre-Med 4 Semesters U.S $ 5,000.00
Basic Sciences 4 Semesters U.S $ 6,500.00
Pre Clinical Sciences 1 Semester U.S $ 7,900.00
Clinical Sciences 6 Semesters U.S $ 7,900.00
Fees Schedule Per Semester Premed BasicScience Clinical Science
Student Government Fee U.S $ 40.00 U.S $ 40.00 n/a
Health / Malpractice Insurance U.S $200.00 U.S $200.00 U.S $ 290.00

Refund Policy
Following Refund Policy applies for students who choose to pay the tuition fee in full by semester and yearly basis.
Note: This refund policy does not apply to students who choose tuition payment plan option and Transfer students who join the program in the middle of the course.
Withdrawals: Request for withdrawal from the school of medicine must be addressed to the dean of the academic medicine and must be in writing. Date of withdrawal will be the date of the Dean receives the hand-delivered request or the date the notice is received through the mail or other delivery system. Charges such as deposits, fees, printed material, etc. are neither prorated nor refunded. A refund shall only be given where the cause of withdrawal is justified by reason of emergency. The refund shall be given within 90 days of withdrawal. In case of withdrawal prior to matriculation, the University  levies an administrative charge of $ 500.
Tuition Refund: The University tuition refund policy to be applied in the event a continuing student leaves the School after the beginning of the semester is as follows.
Refund application received after 30 days from the date of leaving school will not be eligible for refund.

  • Attendance of two (2) weeks or less Refund 50%
  • Attendance of Three (3) weeks or less Refund 40%
  • Attendance of four (4) weeks Refund 30%
  • Thereafter No refund

Housing, Transportation and Living Expenses
$800 to $1200 U.S./month

Application fee: U.S $100
Tuition deposit (at the time of acceptance) Adjusted towards tuition fee: U.S $ 1000. Graduation fee: U.S $ 500
Textbooks must be purchased. Basic Science curriculum texts cost approximately $300-$500.00 U.S./per semester and can be purchased through the University bookstore.
Clinical Attire & Medical Kits
Clinical Attire, consisting of lab jackets and scrubs, dissection kits and patient examination kits will be required during your Basic Sciences semesters. These items can be purchased in the University bookstore.
Health Insurance
Health Insurance is mandatory while students are enrolled at American University of Barbados Students can either enroll in a plan provided by the university or can purchase their own insurance.


Entry Requirements - All Applicants

Statement of Financial Support. Applicants must provide a financial plan indicating adequate funding for the duration of the complete medical program.

  • If English is not the principal language, the applicant must have achieved a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a 7.0 overall score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Entrance Requirements for the Medical Sciences

For North American Applicants

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university is required. Candidates accepted during the final year of undergraduate study are accepted with the assumption that their undergraduate degree will be completed before matriculation into the School of Medicine; candidates’ acceptance will be withdrawn if the degree is not obtained.
  • The following specific undergraduate coursework (or its equivalent) is required as part of the premedical program requirements for admission: one year General Biology or Zoology with lab; one year Inorganic Chemistry (General or Physical) with lab; one year Organic Chemistry with lab; one year of Physics with lab; one year of Math (Calculus, Computer Science, or Statistics); and one year of English. The Committee on Admission recommends courses in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Physiology as preparation for medical school, and in today’s increasingly technical environment, a basic knowledge in the use of a computer is imperative.
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is optional.

For British Applicants

  • A bachelor’s degree with a strong science background is necessary.
  • Applicants with passes at the Advanced Level of the General Certificate of Education will be assessed individually and will be considered for entry into Semester 3 of the premedical program.
  • If English is not the principal language, the applicant must have achieved a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a 7.0 overall score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For Applicants from Other Systems of Education 

  • Successful completion of secondary school (12 years post-kindergarten, comprising four years post-primary/elementary that is in itself at least eight years long), preferably in a science curriculum or track.
  • A bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent), which includes a science background and the study of English.
  • If English is not the principal language, the applicant must have achieved a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a 7.0 overall score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

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