Fifth Semester Program
The Fifth Semester of AUA’s MD Degree program consists of the Basic Sciences Integration Course (BSIC) designed to synthesize, integrate, and reinforce what students have learned during their studies in the Basic Sciences. It is offered on AUA’s campus in Antigua over a ten week period.
Students must achieve a certifying score on the Comprehensive Shelf Exam and, then, must also pass Step I of the USMLE before they can proceed to the Clinical Clerkships.
Students are given six months from the end of BSIC to pass the Comp Shelf Exam, but must achieve an acceptable score on the exam and pass Step I of the USMLE within one year of completion of their Basic Sciences courses.
As of 9/16/15, AUA has a 97% first-time pass rate on Step 1 of the USMLE.