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General Information

  • Forum: AUIS Forum
  • Album: AUIS Album
  • Location: St. Michael, Barbados, Caribbean
  • Pre-Requisite Courses: $1,420 / course
  • Basic Sciences Program: $9,850 / term
  • Clinical Rotations / Six Terms: $10,050 / term
  • Year Founded: 1999
  • USA Clinical Rotations: Yes
  • Mentors in Medicine Accelerated Program
  • Email: Email AUIS
  • Survey: AUIS Review

A Brief History of Barbados

Flag of BarbadosThe island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. African slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance. Read more ...

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American University of Integrative Sciences (AUIS)

Our Vision

The vision is for our students to receive a quality medical education which enhances opportunities for success in their chosen medical field.  We will provide state of the art allopathic training reinforced with holistic medical courses which offer strategies for promoting disease prevention and health.  We are committed to graduating doctors who are prepared to treat the whole patient.

Our curriculum is underpinned by a dedicated faculty committed to producing doctors who understand the landscape of practicing medicine in the 21st century.  We will produce practitioners who are knowledgeable, skilled, and compassionate.

Recognitions

Students and graduates of the American University of Integrative Sciences, St. Maarten School of Medicine will be eligible to be registered by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for Steps 1 and 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Our medical graduates will therefore be able to enter a residency or fellowship program in the United States that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

BASIC SCIENCE PROGRAM OVERVIEW

STRUCTURED BASIC SCIENCE COURSES PROVIDE THE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ATTITUDES NECESSARY TO PASS THE USMLE STEP 1.

The Basic Sciences courses are offered during 15-week semesters, permitting three academic semesters in any given calendar year. The Basic Sciences Program consists of training in multiple disciplines taught in a 5-semester format. Most courses are taught in double 50-minute blocks, 3-5 times per week. Training in some disciplines may span two semesters.

Student progress in the Basic Sciences is measured through knowledge-based exams proving competence in each of the courses taught. The assessment of competence in skills and attitude are essential to the unfolding of the 5-semesters of Basic Sciences through courses called "Doctor-Patient Skills."

BASIC SCIENCES PROGRAM CURRICULUM

WE ARE COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE IN THE PREPARATION OF EACH INDIVIDUAL STUDENT. WE CAN ACHIEVE THE GOAL OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE BY:

  • Integrating Basic Science knowledge and clinical skills and attitudes throughout the Basic Sciences.
  • Use of active teaching strategies and up-to-date information in each of the Basic Science courses.
  • Balancing didactic and self-directed learning to achieve maximal results.
  • Training students in competent patient care, professionalism, ethics, and communication skills throughout the curriculum.
  • Individualized learning support for each student.
  • Small faculty-to-student ratio in each class.
  • Use of technology, simulations, and standardize patients to achieve the highest level of competence.

 

WHAT MAKES US AT AUIS "SPECIAL" FOR YOU

  • Small classes and a great faculty-to-student ratio.
  • Our ASSIST program, which offers assistance to students who want to get the "most" out of studying and hone test-taking skills.
  • Our pre-clinical training, which insures every student gets multiple exposures to patients, while learning how to become patient-centered. Simulations, standardized patient experiences, and computerized patients all facilitate this prior to meeting patients in clinical rotations.
  • Our roots in the community, give students the opportunity to participate in community medical events, interact with persons in the community's old age home, the hospital, and doctors' clinics.

CLINICAL MEDICINE PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Clinical Medicine Program is a stimulating and enriching feature of medical training at AUIS, requiring both resolve and perseverance. The Clinical Medicine staff works personally with students to ensure they fully benefit from clinical rotations, and go on to attain rewarding residency positions.

Students eligible for clinical rotations have clinical sites available to them in over 60 hospitals across nearly 30 states (e.g., CO, CT, GA, IL, LA, MD, DC). Many of our clerkships have ACGME ("Green Book") listed or affiliated programs on site. Students who have earned their MD degree and certification through the ECFMG have had great success in gaining entrance into a residency training program.

The Clinical Medicine curriculum, which follows the Basic Sciences Program, consists of 48 weeks of core clinical rotations and 24 weeks of elective clinical rotations. Students practice clinical skills through patient contact, which is supervised by a physician-preceptor within an inpatient or outpatient care settings. The Clinical Curriculum strives to enhance students' proficiency in taking medical histories, conducting physical diagnostic examinations, and developing doctor-patient relationship skills, thereby enabling students to become competent, compassionate physicians.

POST-GRADUATION FAQ

Are the requirements for American University of Integrative Sciences graduates different than graduates from US Medical Universities?
Yes, ECFMG Certification is required in addition to Medical curriculum completion and USMLE Steps 1 and 2.

Does the University assist graduates in the residency match process?
Yes. We assist graduates in the residency application process.

What is the residency match success of your University?
Our graduates have matched in premier medical institutions throughout the United States and Europe, and some have been honored to serve as Chief Residents in their program.

Do American University of Integrative Sciences graduates qualify for residencies in other countries?
Although most graduates seek residency in the U.S., some have also secured residencies in Canada and Europe.

After residency, can graduates apply for licensure in any state of choice?
No. Currently graduates cannot apply for licensure in California, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and Florida.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

Integrative Medicine, which is also called "complementary and alternative medicine" or "CAM" refers to the large variety of health care practices that are not currently considered to be part of mainstream medicine. It is a new medical specialty that focuses on the use of evidenced based treatments that combine both aspects of CAM and conventional medicine.

Integrative Medicine promotes "prevention" as the key to good health versus a physician simply prescribing medication. It uses proactive measures to maintain good health as opposed to the reactive nature of western medicine.

Basic Philosophies Include:

Prevention is the key to good health.

Taking steps to improve your health before you get sick is the best way to maintain health. A healthy lifestyle that promotes a balanced diet, regular exercise and proper sleep creates the best foundation for wellness.

Your body has the ability to heal itself.

Alternative medicine practitioners help your body to do its own healing via natural healing processes.

Learning and healing go hand in hand.

Alternative medicine practitioners emphasize a healing partnership as a key part of the healing process.

 

Holistic Care focuses on recognizing your physical health, mental well-being, relationships and spiritual needs are interconnected.

 

THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE

I would like to start with a quote by Thomas Edison:
"The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."

Edison coined this in the mid-19th century, yet today the bulk of our "Western Medicine" is based heavily on prescription drugs, and excessive interventional procedures, both of which carry a significant percentage of morbidity and mortality.

Upon graduation, our students will take the Hippocratic Oath promising to "first do no harm", so how can we reconcile this dichotomy, or better yet, improve the outcome of the "Medical Arts"?

The answer, in my opinion, lies in "Integrative Medicine". Conventional medicine is great when it deals with emergencies, but what about the chronic diseases that have risen from effecting 5% of the population in the early 1900s to now, when 65% of us are healing with chronic disease?

If you look at statistics, you will see that in spite of the multitude of new and very expensive drugs that we are prescribing, especially to our older patients, we are not making any progress. Prescribing medications that are designed to "kill" symptoms of chronic diseases do not cure anyone; in fact they come with significant side effects and morbidity, in addition to the huge economic burden to our society. The doctor of the future, which is today, needs to not only be very aware of these facts, but also be knowledgeable, and professionally equipped, to offer healthy solutions to his/her patients.

Here, at The American University of Integrative Sciences, St. Maarten School of Medicine , we are instituting an integrative curriculum that will do just that.

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