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American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

AUC Medical School

Founded in 1978, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) is one of the oldest medical schools in the Caribbean. AUC is accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine and offers students the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. Dedicated to developing physicians with a lifelong commitment to patient-centered care, AUC embraces collaboration, inclusion, and community service. With a campus in St. Maarten, affiliated teaching hospitals in the United States and the United Kingdom, and internationally recognized faculty, AUC has a diverse medical education program for today's globally minded physician.

At AUC, students can take full advantage of:

  • A curriculum modeled after US-based medical schools to obtain the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree
  • Three start dates- begin medical school as early as January, or in May or September
  • AUC participates in the US Federal Direct Loan Program
  • Personalized education, where the environment is truly collaborative
  • AUC offers several scholarships for both incoming and existing students
  • Preparation for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations® (USMLE) Steps 1 and 2
  • A culturally diverse campus 150 miles east of Puerto Rico, complete with high tech research labs, contemporary lecture halls and web-based learning applications
  • Clinical rotations offered at affiliated hospitals in the US and the UK
  • Participation in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP)
  • AUC alumni are eligible to practice in all 50 US States, with graduates practicing in a variety of specialties
  • High-tech medical education buildings (including anatomy lab, clinical skills training lab, simulation center and 400-seat auditorium)

AUC Fast Facts

  • AUC has a consistently strong residency attainment rate. For up to date figures, please visit our website
  • There are 6,500+ medical graduates from AUC, who practice medicine throughout the US and Canada and beyond in private practices, universities, government agencies, and managed care facilities. To learn more about the accomplishments of our distinguished graduates and their success stories, visit our blog on
  • The standards used to accredit AUC have been recognized by the US Department of Education as being comparable to the standards applicable to US medical schools
  • Our expert faculty is comprised of MDs and PhDs primarily trained in the US and UK
  • AUC is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools, published by the World Health Medical Organization
  • Student on-campus housing includes fully furnished apartments with ocean views, kitchen facilities, and recreational amenities that are right on campus
  • Student resources include a student government association, and over 20 different organizations and clubs to get involved with as well as a diverse student body and active student life.

AUC School of Medicine Welcome Message

AUC Medical Students

The journey to becoming a physician begins with a solid foundation in the medical sciences within a community of like-minded, driven teachers and students. At AUC, a carefully designed Medical Sciences curriculum provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully progress through the clinical phase of medical education.

The Medical Sciences faculty in St. Maarten is comprised of an exceptional group of professors and scholars who are dedicated to teaching and preparing aspiring physicians to not only pass their USMLE Step 1 and 2, but to prepare them for clinical rotations.

AUC has clinical sites in the US and the UK, all offering the same basic clinical experience. Once core rotations in Internal Medicine, Ob/Gyn, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery are complete, students may take elective rotations in a wide array of clinical disciplines.


AUC's Admissions Committee considers many factors when reviewing an applicant for consideration. These include undergraduate performance and MCAT score, as well as intellectual and social maturity, critical judgment, adaptability, volunteer work, and life experiences, and graduate school performance (if applicable).

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree: All students who matriculate to American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.
  • MCAT. Please note that AUC will not consider MCAT scores that are more than five years old.
  • Undergraduate performance: AUC looks at your grade point average, including both overall GPA and prerequisite GPA.

Medical School Prerequisites

  • Biology: 1 year, including laboratory work. Prospective students will benefit by taking courses in one or more of the following: Genetics, Cellular Biology, Developmental Biology, and Comparative Anatomy.
  • General Chemistry: 1 year, including laboratory work
  • Organic Chemistry: 1 year, including laboratory work. Coursework should include both aliphatic and aromatic compounds.
  • General Physics: 1 year, including laboratory work. General introductory coursework should include mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity, and nuclear radiation.

Supporting Documents

You'll need to submit the following supporting documents along with your application:

  • A personal statement, no longer than 750 words. AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) personal statements are also accepted.
  • Letters of recommendation—a minimum of one letter from an individual academic professor who taught you (science preferred, but not required), and one professional letter
  • A chronological history of your educational, employment, and volunteer experience dating back to high school
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Official MCAT report

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AUC School of Medicine Curriculum

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine's medical school curriculum consists of 9.5 semesters:

Medical Sciences

The first five semesters at AUC involve a concentrated study of the medical sciences through AUC's US-modeled medical school curriculum. Anatomy, Histology and Molecular/Cell Biology are the focus during the first semester. Subsequent semesters explore a logical sequence of science coursework, including advanced courses in Molecular/Cell Biology, Physiology, Pathology, and Behavioral Sciences. Students are introduced to clinical medicine as early as second semester with an increased emphasis in fifth semester, which allows them to experience the clinical application of the medical sciences well before they advance to the clinical portion of the program. Upon completion of the medical sciences curriculum, students are required to take the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 1. Once students pass the exam, they proceed to the third- and fourth-year Clinical Sciences curriculum for their rotations at affiliated US and UK sites.

For more detailed information about the Medical Sciences curriculum and academic calendar, please visit

Clinical Sciences

During the Clinical Sciences Curriculum, students work alongside residents and attending physicians, performing histories and physicals, evaluating laboratory data, analyzing information to diagnose patients, and more. Each clinical site is staffed by a program director, a medical education coordinator and faculty members.

Sites in the US offer residency programs approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or are affiliated with a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

After completing core clerkships (including core exams), students are eligible to take the USMLE Step 2 CK and CS and must pass both exams to graduate.

Passing Step 2 exams is also a condition for ECFMG certification, which is the process that international medical graduates must follow to participate in the NRMP for postgraduate training. They participate in the same residency match programs as US medical students.

Core rotations:

Internal Medicine, 12 Weeks

Surgery, 12 Weeks

Pediatrics, 6 Weeks

Obstetrics and Gynecology, 6 Weeks

Psychiatry, 6 Weeks

Clinical Elective Rotations, 30 weeks

AUC's medical sciences program is designed to match students' needs, with faculty easily accessible for assistance and students provided with adequate opportunity for self-directed study. For more detailed information about the Clinical Sciences curriculum, please visit

Note: AUC reserves the right to change the curriculum at any time, without prior notice, and to schedule classes or examinations on any day of the week.


The medical campus includes a dramatic three-story atrium, courtyard, and beautiful landscaping. All buildings are air-conditioned while external structures are accommodated with breezeways and shaded areas. Comprehensive study is promoted to students through its contemporary lecture halls enhanced with audio/visual technology, fully equipped biological science and anatomical dissection laboratories, clinical patient examination rooms, an extensive library with a student computer center, and more. A convenient cafeteria is available as well as numerous common areas designed for student study and relaxation. On-campus housing is also available.

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