American University of Antigua has once again secured additional clinical rotation positions for their students by pairing up with the Interfaith Medical Center. This will allow students from the University to participate in internal medicine and ophthalmology rotations (other disciplines will follow) at the New York City-based medical center. Interfaith is a recent recipient of the joint commissioner’s gold seal of approval. It is the home for a well-known women’s center, and an internationally known and respected sickle cell center. The institution, which has recently modernized, consists of 287 beds and an ambulatory care network of 16 clinics which stretch across the Central Brooklyn communities of Crown Heights and Bedford- Stuyvesant.

The partnership was launched on September 10, 2010 with the arrival of 20 students who joined the board certified medical staff. Dr. Pradeep Chandra, who is the chief medical officer, said he is very pleased with this partnership by stating, “AUA is a quality medical school which understands the quality of education.” He continued by saying “This is a win-win situation for both the American University of Antigua and Interfaith Medical Center.” Dr. Chandra expressed that he expects the number of incoming students doing rotations to increase by December 6. Dr. Peter Bell, who is the Vice President for Academic Development and Executive Dean for Clinical Sciences, shared similar optimistic feelings, “We are excited to work with a faculty and administration which is very knowledgeable, experienced, and extremely enthusiastic about education. Our students will receive and excellent medical education at Interfaith.”

The United States now faces a potential deficit of about 91,000 doctors in 10 years and 63,000 by 2015. Those projections are far worse than the shortage predicted two years ago, of 39,600 physicians by 2015. AUA and Interfaith Medical Center are playing their part to make sure knowledgeable doctors are trained to meet this important shortage.