The American University of Antigua (AUA) is now affiliated with the recently opened Mount St. John Medical Centre (MSJMC) in Antigua. MSJMC, a 100 million US dollar development, is the Caribbean’s most modern medical facility and gives AUA medical and nursing students access to the highest quality hospital equipment and patient care amenities in the Caribbean.

The 185-bed hospital rivals US hospitals and features five operating theatres, an electronic records system, a 16-slice Computed Tomography Scanner and a full endoscopy suite.

Under AUA’s affiliation with the hospital, AUA College of Medicine and School of Nursing students will observe and participate in hands-on medical training at MSJMC as early as their first semester.

“This facility gives AUA students access to hands-on training early in their medical studies,” said Dr. Peter Bell, Executive and Clinical Dean at AUA. “That exposure instills in future doctors the need to think from a clinical perspective and fosters an understanding of the real-life compassionate nature of their role as physicians.”

“The quality of the education of AUA’s medical and nursing students will be further enhanced through the clinical program at MSJMC, which replaced Antigua’s former only general hospital, Holberton Hospital,” continues Dr. Bell, “The students are very excited about the new program and participated in the actual move of patients to the new facility.”