American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) is proud to announce a new Clinical affiliation with Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABP), United Kingdom. In addition to SABP, AUA has clinical affiliations with Lakeside Healthcare Group, Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwick.

In August 2020, AUA’s inaugural class of students from the United Kingdom commenced medical school as part of AUA’s International Track. This newly launched track allows UK students to complete clinical rotations at the above UK hospitals after two years of preclinicals in Antigua.

“AUA’s International Track provides students the opportunity to become physicians who are able to overcome the challenges in providing healthcare in the 21st century,” said Peter Bell, MD, AUA Vice President of Global Medical Education and Executive Dean of Clinical Sciences.

At the university’s high-tech Antigua campus, students learn the fundamentals of Pre-Clinical medicine via a highly individualized, interactive curriculum that leverages AUA’s Small-Group Active Learning Concept, a teaching modality that breaks students into small groups for a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1 during the first academic period and up to 20:1 for the remaining Pre-Clinical periods.

Students then continue their clinical education with AUA at in the above affiliated UK teaching hospital sites, including SABP.

Dr Justin Wilson, Chief Medical Officer of SABP, said “We are delighted to be one of the partners in this exciting partnership and look forward to training high quality doctors for the NHS. At Surrey and Borders, we are able to offer a broad cross section of training and experience to medical students to assist them become high calibre future doctors.”

Doctors awarded a primary medical qualification from AUA will be able to apply to sit for the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test and for GMC registration, without having their qualifications individually assessed. Interested students can also elect to complete Clinical training in the United States, with the opportunity to sit for US medical licensure exams, obtain residency, and practice in the United States.

AUA offers a wide variety of scholarships and grants for entering students, including the United Kingdom Scholarship ($36,000), the United Kingdom Grant ($25,000), and the Provost Scholarship ($80,000). Students who apply to AUA now would be eligible to start medical school at AUA as early as February 2021.

About American University of Antigua College of Medicine

American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) is a fully accredited international medical school dedicated to providing an academic experience of the highest quality. Via a holistic admissions approach, AUA selects students with the potential for medical school success and provides them with the resources they need to obtain highly competitive residencies and move on to successful careers in medicine.

Founded in 2004, AUA awards the Doctor of Medicine degree after students complete a two-year pre-clinical sciences curriculum on the island of Antigua in the Caribbean, followed by clinical rotations in the United States, Canada, India, or the United Kingdom at affiliated teaching hospitals. Visit AUA’s website to learn more.

Key accreditations, approvals, and recognitions held by AUA—aside from UK’s General Medical Council—include CAAM-HP, the Medical Council of India, the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the Medical Board of California, and the Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education.

About Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is a leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire, as well as drug and alcohol services in Surrey and Brighton. Learn more via the SABP website.