Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Where is AUA located?
A: AUA is located on the eastern Caribbean island of Antigua.
Q: Is AUA accredited?
A: AUA is one of the few Caribbean medical schools to be approved by the New York State Education Department and Florida Department of Education, recognized by the Medical Board of California, and it has accreditation from the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions. These recognitions attest to the quality of AUA’s medical education and allow students to participate in clinical rotations throughout the United States, and to obtain residencies and subsequent licensure there as well.
Q: Are there scholarship opportunities available?
A: Yes. Please visit here to learn more about the scholarships AUA offers to qualified students.
Q: Does AUA have Federal Loans?
A: Yes. AUA’s MD program has been approved to participate in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford and Grad PLUS Loan programs both of which are administered by the U.S. Department of Education. You can view more here.
Q: How long does the MD program last?
A: Approximately four and a half years: two years in Basic Sciences in Antigua and approximately two and a half years in clinical rotations in the United States, Canada, and India.
Q: Does AUA require the MCAT for admission?
A: American University of Antigua believes there is no correlation between MCAT scores and becoming a licensed, successful, and caring physician. However, in order to comply with governmental regulations, MCAT scores will be required from accepted students prior to registration. For students admitted to the Fall 2016 term, scores are due before registering for the second semester. For students admitted for the Spring 2017 semester and beyond, scores are due before registering for the first semester.
In accordance with our holistic approach to evaluating students, AUA will NOT use MCAT scores as a condition for acceptance to the University.
Only accepted students who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or eligible permanent residents will be required to submit copies of their scores–listing all attempts. Accepted students can matriculate before taking the exam, but the exam must be completed prior to registration for the second semester. The score will not adversely affect any student’s status at AUA.
Q: When is my application due?
A: AUA has a rolling admissions deadline and will continue to accept qualified applicants as long as seats remain in our class. Currently, there are seats remaining in our upcoming term. Scholarships and housing placements often require early applications for full consideration.
Applicants are welcome to apply up to one year in advance of the term they plan to start.
Q: How long does it take receive a decision?
A: Decisions are typically rendered 3-4 weeks following an interview provided the application packet is complete at the time of interview.
Q: What’s the minimum GPA needed to apply?
A: There is no minimum GPA required for consideration. Grades are important but the Admissions Committee evaluates candidates holistically and will review all those meeting the minimum criteria to apply.
Q: Does AUA place more weight on certain parts of the application, such as GPA, extracurricular activities, personal statement, etc.?
A: AUA has a holistic admissions process, which means that we look at the whole person and not one aspect of the application package.
Q: Does AUA offer a pre-med program?
A: Through an articulation agreement with the American International College of Arts and Sciences – Antigua (AICASA), pre-medical students fulfill premedical requirements and earn an AS in Health Sciences. Qualified graduates will automatically enroll at AUA.
Q: Does AUA accept transfers from other Caribbean medical schools?
A: AUA is currently accepting transfers from the following Caribbean medical schools: American University of the Caribbean, Medical University of the Americas, Ross University, Saba University, St. George’s University, and St. Matthews University. Transfer credit will be granted on a case by case basis and at the sole discretion of the Admissions Committee upon review of the full application. Students of advanced standing may be able to transfer into clinical rotations. Students from schools not listed above can still apply, but their credits will not transfer.
Q: Does AUA have loans available for Canadian students?
A: AUA is approved by the Canadian Ministry of Education, allowing eligible students to receive Canadian federal loans, provincial loans, and federal grants.
Q: I’m applying from a country where English is not the primary language. Is there anything else required outside of the application?
A: International applicants who have completed less than sixty credits at an English language college or university must provide the official score reports from ONE of the following exams: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), for which the minimum acceptable score is 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test; or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), for which the minimum acceptable score is 5.5.
Q: What is Basic Sciences?
A: The Basic Sciences component comprises four semesters of classroom curriculum and the application of basic sciences to clinical medicine. The courses employ a variety of teaching methods other than large group didactics, such as small group sessions, clinical case discussions, simulations and hands-on laboratory work, and patient interaction. First- and-fourth-semester students attend teaching rounds conducted by our faculty at Mount St. John’s Medical Centre. Students are not only exposed to patients of all age groups but also practice history taking and physical examinations with patients in our ICM laboratory. Further practice with simulated patients is provided in the Patient Simulation Lab. Third- and-fourth-semester students attend autopsies at the hospital as part of their pathology course.
Q: How long do students study in Antigua?
A: The Basic Sciences program consists of four semesters, or two years on the island.
Q: How closely do faculty members interact with students?
A: AUA is committed to fostering a learner-centric education. That means faculty members are consistently available during and outside of office hours to answer student questions and address concerns.
Q: What is Clinical Sciences?
A: Clinical Sciences is the final component of your medical education. It consists of approximately two years of clinical rotations conducted at some of the finest teaching hospitals throughout the United States, Canada, and India. Clinical rotations provide in-depth training introduction to medical specializations. Under the supervision of AUA hospital faculty, students learn how to apply their Basic Sciences knowledge in a hands-on clinical setting and to patient care. Students must pass the USMLE Step 1 before moving onto clinical rotations.
Q: What is the pass rate for the USMLE Step 1?
A: As of 9/16/15, AUA has a 97% first-time pass rate on Step 1 of the USMLE.
Q: How many hospital affiliates does AUA have?
A: AUA has more than 40 clinical affiliates throughout the United States, Canada, and India. Here’s a detailed list: Clinical Affiliates. AUA is continually improving and expanding this network.
Q: Where are clinical rotations conducted?
A: Core and elective rotations are conducted at teaching hospitals and clinical outpatient programs throughout the United States. Some elective rotations are offered in Canada, the United Kingdom, and India.
Q: Can all of my rotations be done at one hospital?
A: Qualified AUA students can complete all their core clinical rotations at Florida International University – Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. AUA has a variety of teaching hospitals that provide students with the best medical education available. There are two additional hubs where you can complete your clinical rotations within a short distance from each other: Metropolitan New York area, and Atlanta. AUA is continually expanding existing affiliations and developing new ones to provide students with a wider range of clinical sites in additional geographic locations.
Q: How are clinical rotations assigned?
A: After passing the USMLE Step 1, you will be assigned a clinical coordinator, who will support you and explain your clinical placement options. A clinical coordinator will reach out to you and schedule a one-on-one welcome meeting. During this time, the two of you will map out the start of your clinical schedule and create a timeline for meeting your match year deadlines. Upon scheduling your 4th core rotation, you will have another meeting with your coordinator to discuss any changes that may have occurred since your last meeting. Our team of clinical coordinators and clinical document specialists provide continuous support to ensure a smooth transition between your rotations .
Q: Where can graduates secure residencies?
A: Graduates have secured residencies throughout the United States and Canada. Because of AUA’s numerous approvals and accreditations, hundreds of graduates are now in residency positions in more than 30 states, a list that keeps growing each year.
Q: I live in Canada. What do I have to do to achieve licensure?
A: Students wishing to practice in Canada will need to sit for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE). The MCCEE is a four-hour, computer-based examination offered in both English and French at more than 500 centers in 80 countries worldwide. International medical students in their final clinical year must take the MCCEE as a prerequisite for eligibility to the MCC Qualifying Examinations.
Q: I live in India. Can I become a licensed physician there?
A: Qualified graduates are eligible to take the Medical Council of India screening test.
Q: Is there any stigma to graduating from a Caribbean medical school?
A: AUA has an excellent reputation in the medical community. Graduates have won Resident of the Year awards and have distinguished themselves as chief residents, fellows, and researchers in some of the most competitive specialties at the most prestigious hospitals in the United States and Canada.