Accreditations and Approvals
For many Caribbean medical schools, it takes over a decade to receive these recognitions, but AUA’s dedication to upholding the highest academic standards has not gone unnoticed by government jurisdictions, external agencies, and international accrediting bodies. In record time, the university has become one of the few to obtain prestigious accreditations that were earned after comprehensive evaluations confirmed the extraordinary quality of AUA’s facilities, curriculum, resources, faculty, administration, and student body. As a result of these recognitions, AUA graduates are eligible for residency and licensure throughout the United States and Canada. These recognitions also allow students to participate in clinical rotations there as well.
U.S. Department of Education
In 2013, the United States Department of Education, through its National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), determined that the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, through its appointment of the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) as its sole authorized medical school accreditor, employs standards and procedures for the accreditation of medical schools that are comparable to those employed by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) to accredit medical schools in the United States.
Recognized by the Medical Board of California
Medical Board of California recognition allows:
• AUA graduates to apply for medical licensure in California
• AUA graduates to enter residency training in California
• AUA students to participate in clinical training in California teaching hospitals
Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education of the Florida Department of Education
Under the provisions of Chapter 1005 of the Florida Statutes, and Chapter 6E of the Florida Administrative Code, the Commission for Independent Education of the Florida Department of Education licenses AUA College of Medicine to offer clinical clerkship instruction in Florida. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, toll-free 888-224-6684.
Approved by the New York State Education Department
On September 13, 2016, the New York Board of Regents voted to extend approval to American University of Antigua College of Medicine to place students in long-term clinical clerkships in New York State for 7 years. This is the longest term of approval that can be given to an International Medical School.
New York State Education Department approval allows:
• AUA graduates to enter residency training in New York
• AUA students to participate in clinical training in New York teaching hospitals
Accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP)
CAAM-HP was established in 2003 and is the legally constituted body established to accredit medical, dental, veterinary, and other programs leading to professional degrees required for the practice of health professions in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states. Gaining accreditation by CAAM-HP involved a demanding review process that assessed every facet of AUA’s medical program. This accreditation is exclusive to medical schools that meet or exceed the highest industry standards.
Recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI)
After a comprehensive review process, AUA became one of the few Caribbean medical schools to earn recognition by the MCI, the governing body that ensures medical education programs and the qualifications they award graduates meet the highest standards. It evaluates schools in India and internationally. AUA is proud to have met the MCI’s strict set of criteria and sees this as a major advancement in its mission to educate doctors who will go on to serve their communities.
AUA is listed on MCI’s website. To access the listing, select “West Indies” from the drop-down menu.
Accepted by UK’s General Medical Council (GMC)
The General Medical Council (GMC) helps to protect patients and improve medical education and practice in the UK by setting standards for students and doctors. The GMC supports them in achieving (and exceeding) those standards, and take action when they are not met.
This means that any doctor awarded a primary medical qualification from AUA will be able to apply to sit the PLAB test and for GMC registration, without having their qualification individually assessed.
Recognized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) as the leader in international medical education.
AUA received this distinction after an AAPI delegation conducted a comprehensive site visit. Based on their observations and AUA’s numerous state approvals, the strength of its curriculum, resources, faculty, and its graduate success, AUA has become the only medical school to receive this “preferred” status and recognition.
Member of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)
UNAI was established in 2010 by Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon. The aim of this initiative is to align institutions of higher education with the United Nations to further the realization of the purposes and mandate of the Organization through activities and research in a shared culture of intellectual social responsibility.
Listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools
National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)
AUA’s Emergency Medical Training Center (EMTC) is an official NAEMT Training Center. As such, it joins NAEMT at the forefront of national discussions and initiatives that significantly impact the EMS field. The NAEMT sets the global standard for EMS evidence-based, field-tested, continuing education that emphasizes critical thinking skills to obtain the best outcomes for patients. We are proud to work hand in hand with the NAEMT on initiatives that seek to improve the delivery of emergency services around the world.
Member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)
AUA is a member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). As a CUGH member, AUA can participate in global health-themed conferences, workshops, and webinars, and access CUGH’s online information hub of materials for educational and program development. CUGH is dedicated to increasing the availability of adequate healthcare and reducing health disparities by bringing together universities in resource-rich countries with universities in resource-poor countries. CUGH was established in 2008 with generous funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation to help fulfill the vision of the university as a transforming force in global health.
Member of The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
As a member of the oldest international university network in the world, AUA joins more than 500 member institutions in 40 countries across the Commonwealth. Founded in 1913, the ACU’s mission is to promote and support excellence in higher education for the benefit of individuals and societies throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. The ACU offers grants, scholarships, and fellowships to students to promote academic and career success. In addition, it is committed to achieving the sustainable development goal set by the United Nations in 2015, as well as gender equality and equal access to higher education by 2030.