Many will look upon an international medical school with skepticism as some previous versions were unable to fulfill on their promise. However, over the past years, AUA has grown by leaps and bounds. Beginning with just 9 students in 2004, the university is currently home to an enrollment of over 1200 students. This tremendous growth has been due to school’s state-of-the-art facilities, educational improvements, and success in seeing graduates obtain medical licensure and residency placements.
Over the next ten years, the United States is facing a physician’s shortage of over 90,000 qualified physicians.
The majority of this shortage will be with primary care health professionals. With domestic expansion unlikely to increase the supply of meeting these demands, offshore institutions like AUA – with a proven track record for placing graduates into US residency programs – will be vital to helping offset this shortage. American healthcare is dependent on an ample supply of qualified doctors, and AUA will play a role in helping to provide that.
Compared to other Caribbean medical schools, AUA is the only one offering a hospital integrated program. With a US-based curriculum and clinical clerkships in New York, Florida, Illinois, Arkansas, et al – the American University of Antigua offers a quality route to practicing American medicine. AUA is the only Caribbean school that is New York State approved for clinical clerkships. There are also some specific transfer opportunities to US institutions for students that would choose to go that route.
Ultimately, international medical schools offer an attractive option for students looking for an abroad experience and lower medical school costs. In addition to offering the opportunity to study in a tropical paradise, Antigua is home a fully modern hospital and a strong local base of physicians. AUA is looking to continue to expand its medical programs while making Antigua the educational center for the Caribbean Islands.
Foreign Trained Doctors as Good as US-trained Counterparts: http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/641766.html
Physician Shortage, Push is on for Medical Students: http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2005/03/14/prl10314.htm