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Student Support Services

American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) provides individualized support to our students. Students also have access to numerous resources that empower them to master the study of medicine during the Preclinical and Clinical Sciences.

  • Education Enhancement Department (EED), Preclinical Sciences

    The EED provides services and activities that providing assistance in students’ organizational skills, study habits, complement and enrich classroom instruction, improve student performance and advance instructional goals for learning, retention, and curriculum progression.

    EED initiatives include:

    • One-on-one academic advising with EED learning specialists
    • Medical Scholars Program
    • Peer-led active learning sessions
    • Peer-led individual tutoring
    • Peer Mentorship Program – Upper-semester students who provide mentoring to first semester
    • Academic Success Program – a proactive initiative to provide all students who were unsuccessful in the mid-semester examinations with essential academic support and resources to assist them in their future academic
    • Reboot Program – a mandatory program to support students repeating the first period on academic probation
    • Cognitive Processing Course (CPC) – a mandatory program to support students repeating the second year of medical school
    • Study plans for internal and external standardized examinations (e.g., NBME examinations) or USMLE Step 1 examination

    The EED also exposes the student to a variety of topics, including:

    • Learning and study strategies for medical education
    • Time management
    • Active learning/active reading
    • Critical thinking
    • Note taking and note making
    • Dissecting multiple-choice questions
    • Test anxiety coping
    • Concept mapping
  • Clinical Education Department (Clinical Students)

    Clinical EED offers academic guidance and resources during clinical rotations by providing academic assistance, advisement, counseling, materials, and other resources.

    Utilizing remote technology, the department offers group learning, peer mentorship, and tutoring—providing enhanced support to all clinical students so they can strengthen their performance.

    Academic assistance, advisement, and counseling for students includes:

    • Assisting students with improving their academic performance
    • Assessment of individual student challenges, study and test-taking strategy recommendations, and direction towards learning resources
    • Guidance and ongoing support for students experiencing academic or personal anxiety, and directing them to professional help as needed
    • Monitoring of student performance on exams, contacting academically challenged students to provide them with assistance and resources

    Materials and programs for students include:

    • “Tips for Success” articles distributed via AUA’s learning management platform
    • FM1/IM1 Foundations of Clinical Education, a component of the clinical curriculum that incorporates cultural competency training and professionalism, and upon completion, awards the “Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety” sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School
    • The Clinical Partners Remote Teaching Assistant (TA) program, providing peer mentorship for new clinical students
    • The Question Partners remote TA program, focusing on improving students’ clinical/critical thinking
    • One-on-one tutoring sessions, utilizing the self-explanation approach to clinical reasoning
    • The AUA Mindfulness Program, introducing students to the principles and practice of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
    • Handbooks, guides, and other useful resources
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