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Mission and History


American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine is an innovative medical school dedicated to providing a learner-centric education of the highest quality, granting opportunities to underrepresented minorities, fostering a diverse academic community, and ensuring that its graduates develop the skills and attitudes of lifelong learning, compassion, and professionalism. We also provide students who would otherwise be unable to receive a medical education with the tools to become successful physicians.

AUA was founded with the commitment to support underserved communities and to address the impending physician shortage with an emphasis on primary care. As such, the University recognizes its social responsibility to advance the field of medicine and lead the next generation of physicians and healthcare professionals to respond to global healthcare needs.


• AUA is founded with an inaugural class of nine students.


• The Center for Tropical Diseases, established within the university to research and fight infectious diseases in developing countries, receives a grant from the British High Commission.


• AUA becomes one of a handful of international medical schools to receive New York State Education Department (NYSED) approval for clinical clerkships and residency training in that state.

• The first White Coat Ceremony welcomes 65 students into the Basic Sciences program.


• The 17-acre, state-of-the-art campus makes its groundbreaking debut.

• Mayo Clinic teams with AUA College of Medicine to establish the first Emergency Medical Training Center in the Caribbean.

• The prime minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh; the prime minister of Antigua, the Honorable Baldwin Spencer, and AUA President Neal Simon, all meet in New Delhi. Prime Minister Singh voices his support of AUA, Kasturba Medical College, and global medical education.


• Manipal University and AUA unite: their unique partnership ensures that AUA will provide opportunities in global medical education and research.

• Students hold the first Freedom Fest at AUA, celebrating diversity in medical education and raising thousands of dollars for local charities.

• AUA and the Rotary Club of Antigua, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Alexandria, VA, conduct the Breast Cancer Awareness and Screening Project in Antigua.


• Mount St. John’s Medical Centre and AUA form an affiliation, giving students early hands-on clinical training.

• The U.S. Naval Ship Comfort arrives in Antigua and teams up with AUA faculty and students to provide training and care as part of its four-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission in the Caribbean.


• New campus opens with a multistory library, high-speed Wi-Fi, high-tech labs, and more, making it the most modern campus in the Caribbean.

• Harvey®, the most advanced cardiopulmonary patient simulator, is installed in the high-tech clinical skills lab, augmenting the clinical experience of AUA students.

• AUA graduates first class – more than 100 new physicians.


• AUA is recognized by the Medical Board of California (MBC), allowing students to attend clinical clerkships at California teaching hospitals and graduates to apply for residency training and medical licensure in the state. The medical board praised AUA for its state-of-the-art facilities, its U.S.-modeled curriculum, and its exceptional faculty and students.

• AUA adopts the two-semester academic year calendar, officially mirroring the U.S. medical school schedule.

• Educational Enhancement Department (EED) is founded, dedicating itself to improving academic outcomes for AUA students.

• AUA alumna Dr. Jasmine R. Marcelin secures an Internal Medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic.


• AUA is provisionally accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP).

• Congressman Elijah Cummings praises AUA in his keynote speech at the university’s commencement ceremony.

• AUA hosts first annual Women’s Health Day on campus.

• Campus expansion begins.


• AUA breaks ground on a campus expansion, bringing the campus to more than 27 acres.

• AUA signs a landmark agreement with Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, permitting qualified AUA students to complete all their core clinical rotations in one location.

• AUA partners with Urbana University, creating the first online Healthcare MBA program designed specifically for aspiring MDs.

• AUA sponsors the Tinman Rohr Triathlon in Antigua in honor of the late Jonathan Rohr, an AUA student and triathlete.

• AUA launches Healthy Perspectives, a health TV series hosted by AUA faculty member Vernon Solomon.

• AUA graduates its largest class, of more than 300 students. Many begin prestigious residencies throughout the United States and Canada.


• The AUA Health Clinic opens on campus, serving students, faculty, and staff.

• AUA is approved by the Canadian Ministry of Education (CME), allowing eligible students to receive Canadian federal loans, provincial loans, and federal grants.

• AUA is approved to offer clinical clerkships in Florida by the Commission for Independent Education of the Florida Department of Education (DOE). This is in addition to our recognition from the Medical Board of California (MBC) and approval by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). AUA is now one of only three Caribbean medical schools with approval from the Florida DOE and NYSED, recognition from the MBC, and accreditation from CAAM-HP

• AUA is accredited by CAAM-HP.

• Nobel Laureate, Dr. Harald zur Hausen visits AUA on Research Day and delivers the keynote address entitled, “Identification of Infectious Agents in Human Cancers.” The virologist received his 2008 Nobel Prize for discovering the causal link between human papilloma viruses and cervical cancer.


• AUA College of Medicine is approved to participate in the U.S. Federal Direct Loan Program.

• AUA is recognized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) as the leader in international medical education – the only medical school to receive this “preferred” status and recognition.

• AUA President Neal Simon is appointed Ambassador-at-Large for Antigua and Barbuda.

• AUA signs articulation agreements with Royal Crown College (Toronto, ON) and the University of Wisconsin-Stout.


• AUA earns seven-year approval from the New York State Education Department, the longest term granted to international medical schools. This recognition allows AUA students to complete clinical rotations and obtain residencies in that state.

• In a landmark agreement that makes it possible to complete Basic Sciences at a top Caribbean medical school and complete clinical rotations in the United States, AUA partners with Florida International University to offer the Global Health Track. The curriculum focuses on the social determinants of health, preparing students for careers as physicians in a newly globalized world that has left its mark on the field of medicine and the communities in which it is practiced.

• After a comprehensive review process, AUA became one of the few Caribbean medical schools to earn recognition by the Medical Council of India (MCI), the governing body that ensures medical education programs and the qualifications they award graduates meet the highest standards in India and abroad. 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 joins the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI),a higher education consortium created to further goals and principles that foster a shared culture of intellectual responsibility through research and activities.

• The first AUA clinical student completes the FIU’s Graduate Clinical Core Rotation Certificate Program.

• AUA partners with GEMx, a global partnership for educational exchange in medicine and the health professions.

• AUA’s Advisory Board, composed of distinguished physicians, public servants, and educators, holds its first meeting to guide administrators and faculty in fulfilling the university’s mission.

• AUA’s Emergency Medicine Training Center (EMTC) faculty train first responders at Rajasthan University of Health Sciences in Jaipur, India, and Rabindra Nath Tagore (RNT) College of Medical Sciences in Udaipur Rajasthan, India, in First Aid, CPR, and Advanced Life Support Training.


• The UK’s General Medical Council (GMC) approves AUA’s MD program. The GMC is the accrediting body that helps protect patients and improve medical education and practice in the UK by setting standards for students and doctors. Having its seal of approval makes it possible for any doctor awarded an MD by AUA to apply to sit for the GMC’s Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test and apply for GMC registration without having their Primary Medical Qualification, the MD that AUA awards qualified graduates, individually assessed.

• AUA’s Emergency Management Training Center (EMTC) trains more than 150 police officers in Calcutta, India in CPR, bandaging, and moving accident victims at the 11th annual Global Healthcare Summit, an event organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI).

• AUA’s Emergency Management Training Center (EMTC) becomes an official National Association of Emergency Management Technicians (NAEMT) Training Center. As such, it joins NAEMT at the forefront of national discussions and initiatives that have a significant impact on the EMS profession.

• AUA initiates Curriculum Next, a U.S.-modeled curriculum that keeps classes small, maintains a student to faculty ratio of 10:1, in semester one and caps large group instruction at 80 students. It emphasizes team and case-based learning as well as peer to peer instruction and is centered around the Homeroom System.


• The CAAM-HP—the legally constituted authority that evaluates MD programs in Caribbean countries—grants four-year accreditation to AUA, the maximum allowable.

• The first students to complete the Global Health MD program begin clinical rotations at FIU.

• Sir Vivian Richards, former cricketer for the West Indies, becomes an official Ambassador for AUA.

• AUA’s Emergency Management Training Center (EMTC) conducts the first-ever Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) course in the of Eastern Caribbean States region. Representatives from the NAEMT facilitated the training and evaluated the EMTC trainers.


• AUA partners with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science to create a new pathway for under-represented minorities to attend medical school.

• AUA expands global partnerships with leading medical schools and hospitals in the United Kingdom, inking new agreements with Warwick Medical School, Yeovil District Hospital, and University Hospital Coventry.

• University unveils brand-new, state-of-the-art campus housing.