American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine is already an institution that maintains rigorous US standards while championing innovation. Providing individualized medical education by continuously improving its curriculum is a major part of what makes AUA College of Medicine one of the finest Caribbean medical schools.
In February 2017, AUA introduced a complete overhaul of the way classes and lectures were structured. Staying true to its vision of a university that breaks free of stale, lecture-based formats the University introduced its Homeroom Concept.
The Homeroom Concept
It’s very common to hear about lectures filled with so many students that some even have to wait in the surrounding hallways to catch an earful of pertinent information. This is a shame and something AUA has always been successful in avoiding, yet as an institution dedicated to continually raising its standards we have moved a major step forward by creating the Homeroom Concept.
10:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
No student is a number when they apply to AUA and no student is a number when they attend AUA with a ratio this small.
Organization: 20-Student Classrooms (4)
10-Student, 1 Faculty Facilitator Groups (2)
Small Classrooms: 2 Groups of 10 + 1
No more than 20 students are divided into two groups of ten plus one faculty Facilitator. Students and faculty Facilitators will study together in classrooms they’ll have the freedom to personalize and to which they’ll have 24/7 access. They are free to arrange and decorate it as they like in order to make it an efficient study environment and a home away from home.
Lectures: 80 Students Max
A Content Specialist leads no more than four 20-Student Classrooms in any single lecture. Compare that to lectures that number in the hundreds of students at other Caribbean medical schools.
By having a permanent study center within campus, an intimate group of classmates and facilitators, and a defined limit on lecture size for the crucial first semesters of medical school students keep each other accountable, support each other, and get a medical education that maintains the highest standards yet is capable of being adjusted to their learning styles.