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American University of St. Vincent School of Medicine

The American University of St Vincent is an organization promoted by leading physicians and educators from the U.S. We are a collaborative consortium dedicated to the advancement of healthcare and education through the development of new innovative educational methodologies. AUS brings together the experience and commitment of educators from Applied Health Sciences, Computing, the Basic Sciences, Management, the Arts, Engineering, and Environmental Studies to collaborate on the solution of major health and education related challenges to an efficient, effective, and sustainable University.

A relative newcomer among medical colleges in the Caribbean, the AUS School of Medicine has established a state of the art facility in the heart of the Caribbean island of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

AUS School of medicine supports the mission to increase the availability of physicians to serve the needs of the people living in different parts of the world. Our academic environment fosters respect for the uniqueness of humanity. Students are provided with classrooms and clinical experiences designed to prepare them to function as competent, caring, lifelong learners with a distinct medical philosophy.

We invite you to explore this unique institution, the scope of its influence and its promise as the future unfolds.


In an ideal world, every qualified medical aspirant should be able to pursue their dreams with no obstacles. Sadly, we do not live in an ideal world and records show that due to a severe limitation of available seats, only one in four medical aspirants is able to find a spot in the medical institutions in US and Canada. This is where the AUS advantage comes into play.. Like our sister school, the International American University College of Medicine in Saint Lucia, we strive, to provide qualified applicants a means of achieving their dream of becoming a physician.We give new wings to your dreams and do not let a limitation of seats get in your way. In fact, approximately 25% of US medical residents are not graduates of U.S. medical schools.

So what are you waiting for? We understand that choosing your right medical school from the many Caribbean medical schools is a daunting task. However, as educatorswe encourage you to make a sound decision. We at AUS are committed in providing you an outstanding path towards medical licensure and molding you into fine physicians and individuals the world can lean on.

Here are a few things that sets up apart from the others:

  • One-on-One Attention: With a small class size we are able to provide the much needed one on one attention to all the students. This makes for a more effective in-class, experience---you won't find the anonymous, big lecture hall experience at AUS the way you do at many schools.
  • Qualified Faculty Members: All AUS faculty members hold an advanced medical (M.D., M.B.B.S.) or doctoral degree in the field they teach, and are experienced educators .The quality of the AUS faculty combined with small class sizes, extensive student-teacher interaction and a continual emphasis on preparing you for Step 1 of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), is an unbeatable combination for preparing you to assume your place in today's medical profession.
  • Early Clinical Exposure: Our students begin interacting with patients as early as their 1st semester. This exposure to the clinical setting continues throughout subsequent semesters through supervised activities at local clinics.
  • US Clinical Rotations: We have lots of clinical spots available in green book hospitals for clinical rotations, there will not be any long wait for students to get back to back rotations.
  • Campus: Our secure and serene campus in Kingstown, offers the ideal setting for students to experience a beautiful Caribbean environment. AUS has modern classroom and laboratory facilities, including a virtual imaging anatomy lab, research lab, and comprehensive medical library. Our campus reflects the charm and character of St. Vincent- safe, beautiful and tranquil.
  • USMLE Board Review: Integrated into the curriculum, this review ensures that our students are well prepared for Step 1 of the USMLE.


The American University of Saint Vincent (AUS) is an institution of higher learning with the purpose to preserve and optimize human life in Saint Vincent and the world beyond. The University provides a professional environment for learning and discovery through the education of medical professionals. The University is committed to the fulfillment of its responsibilities such as:

  • Educate students to become caring, compassionate, ethical, and proficient health care professionals and creative biomedical scientists.
  • Prepare globally minded, community-focused physicians.
  • Promote teamwork competencies to be applied in a collaborative, professional health care delivery and research setting.
  • Provide excellence in patient care in an environment that is respectful of others, adaptive to change, accountable for outcomes, delivered by coordinated professional teams, and attentive to the needs of underserved populations.
  • Recruit and develop dedicated, scholarly educators who inspire their students to lifelong learning in the service of human health.
  • Seek and welcome students, scholars, and staff regardless of gender, race, age, nationality, religion, or disability, while emphasizing the benefits of diversity.
  • Serve as a Saint Vincentian resource in health policy, education, and related matters for other institutions and the general public.


AUS is chartered by the government of St. Vincent and Grenadines and accredited by the National Accreditation Board

AUS is listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED). This is an accurate and up-to-date compilation of international medical schools recognized by the appropriate government agency in the medical schools respective country. The IMED is compiled by the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research.

The American University of St. Vincent is recognized by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). This grants you the right to take all three steps of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), which must be passed to become a practicing physician in the U.S. 



American University of St. Vincent School of Medicine is on a trimester system (three semesters per year) for the Four-Year M.D. Program with intakes in September, January, and May (see the academic calendar for specific dates). Students may apply for admission to the program at any time throughout the year. Students are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible.

Within two weeks after the completed application is received, an admissions counselor will schedule an interview to be done either over the telephone or personally at our campus in St Vincent. Applicants are advised that being granted an interview is not a guarantee of acceptance.

The purpose of the interview is to evaluate the applicant regarding his or her:

  • Intellectual and academic ability
  • Communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Knowledge of the medical field
  • Hobbies, special talents, volunteer experience
  • Personal qualities, character and motivation
  • Willingness to be a team player
  • Compassion, empathy and ability to deal with everyday issues
  • The interview also allows the student to ask pertinent questions and to introduce any special circumstances that should be considered.

Following the Admissions Committee interview, the student will be notified of their admission status within two weeks. After receipt of the acceptance letter, the student is required to acknowledge their intention within 30 days by returning the acceptance response form included with their acceptance letter or by any other mode of communication to the Admissions Office. If accepting the admission, students must mail the seat deposit fee to our Admissions Office approximately 30 days prior to enrollment (due dates are on December 1, April 1 and August 1). This deposit will be credited towards the first semester tuition fees when the student matriculates. The deposit will not be refunded if the student rescinds his or her acceptance.



American University of St. Vincent School of Medicine encourages applications from bright individuals who are focused on attaining a first rate medical education and are dedicated, enthusiastic, and well-suited to the rigorous study of medicine.
Admission is based on a combination of factors including:

• Undergraduate cumulative GPA (with emphasis on GPA in required pre-medical course work)
• Letters of recommendation
• Personal essays
• Extracurricular activities.

Applicants who meet the criteria for admission will be scheduled for an interview. The personal interview provides an assessment of the applicant's maturity, adaptability, ability to handle stress, aptitude, background, and above all the motivation to study medicine. Work history and professional or volunteer experiences also provide further evidence of the student's motivation. The Admissions Committee's decision is communicated in writing to the applicant at the earliest possible date.

Policy of Non-Discrimination
The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, gender, religion, or disability. It is the policy and practice of the University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act as appropriate and practical in St. Lucia. A qualified individual with a disability will be granted access and participation to all services, programs, and activities of AUS, subject to the limitations imposed by circumstances and availability of facilities.

Completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours from an accredited college or university is required for admission. Students who have not completed a baccalaureate degree but who have demonstrated exceptional academic capability and evidence of maturity may apply. It is recommended that all required courses be completed prior to applying.

The premedical requirements for AUS include the courses listed below. Generally, the required courses will be eight credit hours and directed to the needs of premedical students.

8 hours Inorganic or General Chemistry (with labs)
8 hours Organic Chemistry (with labs)
8 hours General Biology or Zoology (with labs)
8 hours Physics (with labs)
6 hours English
3 hours Mathematics (preferably Calculus or Statistics)


Possible substitutions:
* One semester of biochemistry can be substituted for one semester of organic chemistry.
** Speech may be substituted for one semester of English.

In selected instances one or more of these prerequisites may be waived by the Admissions Committee.

Although the Admissions Committee has no preference for science majors, all applicants, whether science majors or not, must demonstrate their capacity for excellent achievement in the sciences. In addition, students should have a broad education in the humanities and should have developed skills in writing and presenting. College courses in history, philosophy, literature, foreign languages, religion, the arts, etc., are desirable.

International Students
Applicants who have completed their undergraduate studies in countries other than the United States are welcome to apply to AUS. The applicant must have completed a pre-medical curriculum comparable to the pre-requisites described above. All required documents, if originally created in a foreign language, must be accompanied by a notarized English translation. All transcripts documenting post-secondary coursework completed in institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by an approved international credential evaluation service.

Pre-medical Students
Students applying to the pre-medical program must submit high school transcripts and SAT scores in addition to other application materials such as letters of recommendations and application form. Please note that the pre-medical program only accepts applications for the Fall and Spring semesters.

Transfer Students
The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates closely monitors regulation with regards to student transfers. We highly suggest reviewing their most recent bulletin for the most up-to-date information.

Students previously enrolled in an accredited Medical School may apply for admission with advanced standing, provided they meet all the regular requirements for admission to AUS School of Medicine.

Transfer students will be required to submit:

• Official academic transcripts from all institutions attended
• Official ECFMG transcript any USMLE Steps taken before enrolling with AUS (for those students who have taken the exams)
• Dean’s Letter
• 2 recommendation letters from his/her professors at the previously attended medical school

The above documents should be mailed directly to the admissions office.

Transfer credit is not automatic and students should not assume that courses taken at other institutions will meet the AUS requirements. Acceptance of transfer credit is subject to verification through the school of origin.

The level of placement within the curriculum will be determined by the Admissions Committee in consultation with the Promotions Committee. Course assignments are the responsibility of the Promotions Committee and subject to the established schedule of courses at the time of transfer.



The College accepts students on a rolling basis in September, January, and May.

Students can choose which session they would like to enter the University, and are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure admission during the session of their choice. The time necessary to obtain official transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation should be taken into consideration.


Candidates who meet the criteria for admission will be scheduled for an interview within approximately 2 weeks of receiving a complete application.

The personal interview provides an assessment of the applicant's maturity, adaptability, ability to handle stress, aptitude, background, and above all the motivation to study medicine. Work history and professional or volunteer experiences also provide further evidence of the student's motivation. An applicant's performance during the interview may weigh just as heavily as test scores and grades and grade progress in college (i.e. real improvement) could tip the scale in an applicant's favor. In the end, many "nontraditional" students are admitted to AUS – older "second career" students, minorities, and generally people with a wide variety of social, ethnic, and scholastic backgrounds.

What does the AUS interviewer look for in an applicant? These attributes (by no means an exhaustive list of what AUS looks for in an applicant:
• Strong interpersonal skills – poise, tact, appropriate sense of humor
• Ability to listen and take another's point of view
• Self-confident
• Articulate
• Compassionate
• Socially conscious

AUS does not conduct "stress" interviews; on the contrary, the interviewers will make every attempt to ensure they get to know the "real you" during the interview.

The Admissions Committee of AUS has a three-fold function:
• It recommends admissions policy, subject to the approval of the Dean.
• It conducts all interviews.
• It makes admissions decisions.

Following the Admissions Committee interview, students will be notified of their admission status in writing at the earliest possible date. Students are required to acknowledge their intentions to the Office of Admissions within 30 days of receipt of an acceptance letter.
Students must submit an acceptance response form and seat deposit to our Admissions Office prior to enrollment (due dates are on December 1, April 1 and August 1). This deposit will be credited towards the first semester tuition fees when the student matriculates into the program. Seat Deposits are not subject to refund.

Acceptance into our program is granted by the Admissions Committee with the assumption that
• all pending coursework is completed prior to registration and
• all statements and documentation submitted by the applicant are true and correct.

It is the responsibility of the student to provide all necessary paperwork for the application process by following the checklist on the AUS application form.

All necessary documentation must be a part of the student's file prior to registration and orientation.

The American University of St. Vincent reserves the right to nullify a candidate's acceptance, dismiss a student, or void a diploma if it is subsequently discovered that false or inaccurate information was submitted.



Attractive scholarships options are available for the upcoming semesters! Please contact us for more information.

Pre-Medical Semester 1- 4
Tuition $3250.00 per semester
Exam Fee $100.00 per semester(Starting May 2015)
Library Fee  $25.00 per semester
Lab Fee  $50.00 per semester
SGA Fee $25.00 per semester
Medical Semester 1- 4
Tuition  $3800.00 per semester
Exam Fee $100.00 per semester
Library Fee  $25.00 per semester
Lab Fee  $50.00 per semester
SGA Fee $25.00 per semester
Advanced Introduction to Clinical Medicine Semester V
Tuition   $6000.00 (US and Trinidad)
Tuition $4500.00 (Non-US)
Medical Liability Insurance $1250.00
Clinical Sciences (Teaching Hospitals) Semester VI-X
Tuition   $8750.00 per semester(US & Trinidad)
Tuition $6250.00 per semester(St. Vincent)
Medical Liability Insurance $1250.00 per year
Application Fee $75.00 (One time only)
Seat Deposit   $500.00 (For first semester only)
Housing Fee $600.00 (For first semester only)
Graduation Fee $500.00 (Last semester only)
** Visa processing for International students $250.00 (First semester only)

Other Expenses

Health Insurance

Health Insurance is mandatory. Students can either enroll in the Insurance Plan provided via AUS ($125/semester) or provide proof of private coverage to the Bursar prior to commencement of current semester.

Clinical attire

Clinical attire, consisting of lab jackets and scrubs, dissection kits and patient examination kits are a one-time expense of approximately $500.

Seat Deposit to Confirm Offer of Acceptance

A seat deposit of $500, which is applied towards tuition, is due before the deadline stated in the letter of acceptance. Please note that the seat deposit is nonrefundable.


Student Loans

U.S. and Canadian Citizens might qualify for a Student Line of Credit from various financial institutions in Canada. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for details.

AUS Grants & Scholarships Program

The American University of St Vincent School of Medicine offers a number of scholarship programs to recognize outstanding performance of applicants in various fields. Scholarships are granted as credits to basic sciences tuition and fees for semesters one to four. Scholarships are competitive and funds are very limited. Eligible students are encouraged to apply early in the semester. Applicants may download the respective scholarship application forms and submit them along with your admission application material to the US Office of Admissions in Texas.

All scholarships (except Admission Committee Scholarships) require the submission of a scholarship application, outlining the relevant academic successes and challenges, community service, and professional achievements and recognitions. Applicants may submit an essay accompanied by supporting documents such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, certificates, awards and proof of eligibility as necessary. The Office of Admissions must receive all applications and supporting documentation at least thirty days prior to the start of classes. Please note that there is no guarantee of a scholarship and the number of scholarships awarded per semester may vary. All Scholarship decisions are final and are not open to appeal.


Medical Schools are constantly improving their programs to keep up with the changes in Medical Education in United States and Canada. US national standards for Medical School curriculum have begun to reflect the need for an integrative approach to basic sciences and the importance of early introduction of clinical cases. Our College is adapting and improving the Medical program to reflect these aspects as well.

At American University of St. Vincent students are exposed to a case-based, problem-oriented curriculum ("problem based learning", or PBL), which places emphasis on learning that is active (researching, discussing) rather than passive (sitting, memorizing).

Basic Sciences Program

The Basic Sciences Program is currently offered in five semesters – the first four semesters at the St. Vincent Campus and the fifth semester in the US. basic Science students prepare team presentations of cases compiled by the faculty. They are required to identify relevant objectives of the case, and give short presentations based on the assigned objectives. The depth and difficulty will increase as the student progress through the basic sciences program.

Students are also exposed to patient care through local Primary Care Clinics from first Semester. They are trained to learn the history taking, vital signs monitoring, and diagnosis process through these clinics.

Clinical Science

Study in the Clinical Science Division encompasses the sixth through tenth semesters. While rotating through various medical specialties in cooperating teaching hospitals or other approved health care facilities, students are under the guidance of clinical faculty, and under the general supervision of IAU Dean of Clinical Sciences.

Current Clinical Sites

AUS School of Medicine currently has contracts with the following hospitals (all have ACGME-approved programs), where most of our clinical students are currently doing their rotations:

  • Jackson Park General Hospital (Chicago, IL)(Chicago, Illinois)
  • Harbor Hospital (Baltimore, MD)(Baltimore, Maryland)
  • Baton Rouge General Medical Center (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • DeKalb Medical Center (Atlanta, GA)
  • Southern Regional Hospital (Atlanta, GA)


The first two years of the education are part of the basic science program and are mostly classroom-based with patient exposure given through health centers and the Milton Cayo Hospital in St Vincent. The third and fourth years are part of the clinical science program and consist of rotations through the different major specialties of medicine.

The basic science program constitutes the first two years and is comprised of five semesters. Each semester lasts for 16-weeks. Basic science instruction consists of lectures, laboratories, case studies, and clinics.

Students begin their study of the basic sciences with learning about microscopic anatomy, which presents the normal structure and function of cells, tissues and the organ systems, and biochemistry which teaches the chemistry of cells, tissues and the organ systems. This is followed by studying the structure of the human body. Students also study the physical, psychological, and social development of humans and the legal and ethical issues associated with the provision of health care. They will then begin to learn about the pathology and pathophysiology of the organ systems and infectious diseases.

The second year focuses on the clinical aspects of disease.  Students will continue to learn about the pathology and pathophysiology of the organ systems in addition to the principles of therapeutics, especially pharmacology. Students also learn the art and technique of the patient interview and physical examination before continuing on to learn the policies and procedures necessary for performing the duties associated with clinical rotations in a hospital environment. The second year concludes with the individualized preparation for the USMLE Step 1.

The basic science curriculum embraces problem-based learning, with all courses incorporating case studies chosen to reinforce and integrate the basic science concepts.  

In the third year, students have a variety of clinic and hospital based experiences in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, surgery and psychology. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience the application of their education to actual, real-time medical situations.

The fourth year is an exciting time where students may direct much of their clinical rotations to areas of their interest or areas where they wish to improve their skills. Students often select elective rotations based on their residency interest. It's during this year when students begin applying to residency programs.


The Basic Science program runs from Semester 1 to Semester 5.

During the basic science courses, students first learn about anatomy and the core scientific concepts that underlie medicine. These concepts are applied to each of the body's organ systems in their healthy state. Later, the students study about pathology and pharmacology and apply that knowledge to each of the organ systems in their disease states.

The first four semesters of the basic sciences are carried out on in St. Vincent and the fifth, or "bridge" semester, can be done in St. Vincent, the United States, or the United Kingdm. No student can begin his/herclinical clerkships until Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination is successfully completed.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Biochemistry & Genetics Gross Anatomy
Histology & Cell Biology Physiology
Doctor - Patient - Society  
Semester 3 Semester 4
Pathology I Pathology II
Microbiology & Immunology Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Behavioral Science Introduction to Clinical Medicne
Semester 5
Advanced Introduction to Clinical Medicine (AICM)
Integrated Review Program


The Clinical Science Program runs from the Semester 6 to Semester 10. Students are required to meet the following requirements prior to starting clinical rotations:

• Successful completion the Basic Science Program;
• Pass the USMLE Step I; and
• Good academic standing.

Students at AUS can design their own clinical schedules. Students decide in what order they wish to rotate through the required rotations—Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, General Surgery, Psychiatry, and Family Medicine. This phase of your training uses patient-centered learning techniques, which include taking histories, performing physical examinations, reviewing laboratory results, and working with faculty physicians to manage patients through diagnosis and treatment. Clinical instruction will also include supervised clinical presentations, seminars, and lectures.

Students can continue to tailor their clinical experience to their interests by exploring other specialties through rotations called "electives." Students are required to complete seven (7) elective rotations.

Core Rotations

There are six core rotations which every student will have to complete before they are allowed to take the USMLE Step II. The respective department chairs will oversee the rotation within their discipline. The core rotations are:

• Internal Medicine (12 weeks)
• General Surgery (12 weeks)
• Pediatrics (6 weeks)
• Psychiatry (6 weeks)
• Ob / Gyn. (6 weeks)
• Family Practice (6 weeks)
Total: 48 Weeks

Elective Rotations

During the last year of training, students can choose which elective rotations they want to take. 12 weeks must consist of Medical Specialties (3 rotations) including 4 weeks of Neurology (required) and 12 weeks must consist of Surgical Specialties (3 rotations).

Available rotations can be viewed in the AUS Clinical Handbook.

Clinical Affiliations

AUS School of Medicine is directly affiliated with sites in the United States and United Kingdom. If you would like a list of affiliated hospitals, please contact the Office of Admissions at (469)941-4940.


Once students have successfully completed the Core Rotations, they become eligible to sit for the UMSLE Step II CK & CS. Students must pass both the UMSLE Step II CK & CS before graduation.



Residency programs begin July 1 of every year. In order to be eligible, students must have the following before May 31: passing scores on USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS; diploma from International American University; and an ECFMG Certificate. The application process is complex, and deadlines are critical. Most residency programs accept applications from July to December for entry the following July. Therefore, students must call or write to all the programs that they have an interest in, and obtain applications as early as possible. Interviews are generally conducted from September to January; if invited, students should definitely attend. The best way to become familiar with programs and their addresses is to obtain a copy of the American Medical Association (AMA) Graduate Medical Education Directory (also called the "green book") from any medical library or bookstore. This book lists the programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). It can also be purchased directly from the American Medical Association.


The National Residency Match Program (NRMP) is a universal placement service in which most programs and applicants participate. It greatly optimizes the chances of getting a residency position. Applications are available from July to September for entry the following July, and the deadline for receipt of the application is October. Applications can be obtained from NRMP's website. In order to be eligible to participate in the NRMP, students must have passed USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS, by December of the year prior to which they wish to enter residency training. Additionally, they must be scheduled to graduate medical school on or before May 31.After applying to the NRMP, students must apply to each residency program in which they are interested, and go on interviews. In February, students must submit a "rank order list" to the NRMP. This is basically a list of the programs interviewed at in the order of most desirable to least desirable. Simultaneously, all the residency programs submit their rank order lists of the candidates they interviewed from their most desirable to least desirable. Subsequently, a computerized matching process begins, with results released in March. If a student matches at a specific program, it is a legally binding contract and he/she must begin the residency that July. If a student fails to match, or is not eligible to enter the NRMP, he/she can still apply to residency programs and hope to obtain a position "outside the match." Simultaneously with the NRMP results released in March, a publication listing all unfilled residency positions is sent to all those who participated the NRMP, but did not match.


All residency programs require a medical school transcript, an MSPE or Medical Student Performance Evaluation (formerly known as the Dean's Letter), and three letters of recommendation, as part of the application process. Most programs indicate that the transcript and MSPE must be official (sent directly from the school) and that the letters of recommendation must be confidential (sent directly from the persons writing them). For some programs, however, it may be possible to send unofficial copies of the transcript and letters directly with the application, and then have official/confidential originals sent only if the student is invited for an interview. Students should verify this issue with each program, before sending the application. An MSPE is a letter written by the Director of the Medical Program of American University of St. Vincent School of Medicine. It contains information about a student’s academic performance and excerpts from clinical evaluations in the student's file. Students should be asking basic and clinical science faculty to write letters of recommendation on their behalf, and send them directly to the New York Office. Students will be required to make a request in writing to the Director of the Medical Program for their MSPE. The Director will require a curriculum vitae and a personal statement to be sent along with each written request.


The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) has three parts leading to licensure. The USMLE Step 1 is taken immediately after the completion of the Basic Sciences and the first nine weeks of clinical study (ICM); that is, at the end of Semester 5. Clerkship opportunities are available only to students who have passed Step 1 of the USMLE.A student who has successfully completed Semesters 1 through 4 and who has passed USMLE Step 1 is eligible to be certified to take the USMLE Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS (Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills) provided that the student has completed a minimum of 48 weeks of clinical training including Internal Medicine. The student must also be within 12 months of graduation. International medical graduates (IMGs) who are certified by ECFMG or pursuing ECFMG Certification should be familiar with these regulations. Detailed information is available on the USMLE website. Students must pass Step 2 CK & CS in a maximum of three trials, and within two calendar years of becoming eligible, in order to receive the Doctor of Medicine degree from International American University College of Medicine. USMLE Step 3, the final step for licensure, is taken after graduation or during (or at the conclusion) of residency training (except for non-residents of the U.S. who must pass Step 3 to be eligible for a certificate from the ECFMG).


To be eligible for graduation all students must: successfully complete all required coursework; pass USMLE Step 1 in three or fewer attempts; pass USMLE Step 2 CS and CK in three or fewer attempts; meet all financial obligations of the medical college; and have all required administrative documentation on file in the U.S. Office by the first week in April. The commencement exercises will be held each year in mid-April in Dallas, Texas.

ECFMG Certification

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is an agency that validates the education of all foreign medical graduates and issues certification. The ECFMG certificate is required to enter residency and to obtain licensure. To obtain this certificate a student must have a valid medical school diploma and have passed USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 (CS and CK). More information can be obtained by visiting the ECFMG website and by reading their most recent bulletin.


Licensure to practice medicine is governed by each individual state, and each state has its own specific requirements. In order to better understand the requirements of the state(s) in which students intend to practice, they should call or write the state licensing board and request an application for medical licensure. A list of state licensing boards can be found by visiting the website of the Federation of State Medical Boards. Currently, all states require a diploma, an ECFMG certificate, and passing scores on USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS, and Step 3. Additionally, all states require completion of some residency training, with the number of years varying from state to state. Students should be aware that many states have requirements beyond the evaluation of their medical school experience. They are therefore urged to make very specific inquiries of those states where they might have an interest in practicing.

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