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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 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.

2004

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

2005

• 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.

2006

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

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

2007

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

• The 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 and Founder Neal Simon, all meet in New Delhi. Prime Minister Singh voices his support of AUA, Kasturba Medical College, and global medical education.

2008

• 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.

2009

• 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.

2010

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

• 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.

2011

• AUA is recognized by the Medical Board of California, 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.

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

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

2012

• 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 commencement ceremony.

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

• Campus expansion begins.

2013

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

• AUA signs 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 of them begin prestigious residencies located throughout the U.S. and Canada.

2014

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

• AUA is approved by the Canadian Ministry of Education, 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.

2015

• 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.

• 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.

2016

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

• AUA joins the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), a higher education consortium created to further the goals and principles through research and activities that foster a shared culture of intellectual responsibility.

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

• 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 MD program. 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.

• The faculty of 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.