frequently asked questions

AUA Global MD FAQ

What is the difference between AUA Global MD program and FIU-AUA Graduate Clinical Core Rotation Certificate Program?

Global MD students complete Basic Sciences on AUA’s campus in Antigua, plus five 2-week blocks that take place before semesters 1–5. These are are led by AUA and FIU faculty along with experts in global health. Students who successfully complete the Global MD Program (and meet the requirements described below*), transition into clinical sciences in the FIU-AUA Graduate Clinical Core Rotation Certificate Program.

To successfully complete the Global MD Program, students must fulfill ALL of the below requirements*:

  • Successful completion of all basic sciences courses at AUA with a cumulative basic sciences average of 75 or above
  • Passing of USMLE Step 1 (no score requirement)
  • No professionalism issues

The FIU-AUA Graduate Clinical Core Rotation Certificate Program is also open to qualified AUA students who did not participate in the Global MD Program but still want the advantages of completing all their clinical core clerkships back to back at a US medical school and receive a transcript from a US medical school.

 

What are the benefits of the Global MD program?
  • An AUA Global Health Certificate that may enhance residency applications
  • Furthering their medical education with a global health curriculum taught by FIU, AUA, and international faculty throughout their Basic Sciences coursework in Antigua and Clinical Sciences at FIU and US teaching hospitals
  • Completing all core clinical rotations back to back with FIU faculty at FIU-affiliated teaching hospitals
  • Wide range of international elective rotations
  • Participating in immersive research projects early on, thereby enhancing their educational experience
  • Learning medical Spanish to better communicate with a greater number of patients
  • Receiving a comprehensive and nuanced education geared towards global health
Does the Global MD program have any additional cost?

The Global MD program costs an additional $2,000 for each semester. Clinical Sciences is billed at the same rate as the FIU-AUA Graduate Clinical Core Rotation Certificate Program that may be found on the AUA tuition and fees page.

How do I apply for the Global MD program?

When you fill out your AUA application, select yes under the question “Do you wish to apply to the AUA Global MD Program?”.

What is the curriculum breakdown for the Global MD Program?

2-YEARS BASIC SCIENCES

The first two years will be on AUA’s campus in Antigua. It consists of five 2-week blocks before each basic sciences semester and longitudinal coursework during semesters one through four.

2-YEARS CLINICAL SCIENCES

Upon successful completion of the Global MD program, students transition to the Graduate Clinical Core Rotation Certificate Program in which all core rotations take place consecutively at FIU-affiliated teaching hospitals in South Florida.

After completion of the graduate clinical core rotation certificate program, students will be eligible for elective rotations at AUA and FIU-affiliated clinical sites throughout the US and abroad.

Will I automatically be guaranteed a spot in FIU-AUA Graduate Clinical Core Rotation Certificate Program when I join the Global MD Program at AUA?

No, ALL of the following conditions have to be met:

  • Successful completion of all basic science courses at AUA with a cumulative basic sciences average of 75 or above
  • Passing of USMLE Step 1
  • No professionalism issues