American University of Antigua (AUA) proudly announced its affiliation with the recently opened Mount St. John Medical Center (MSJMC) in Antigua. MSJMC, a USD$100 million development, is the Caribbean’s most modern medical facility and gives AUA medical students access to the highest quality hospital equipment and patient care amenities in the Caribbean.

The 185-bed hospital rivals U.S. hospitals and features five operating theaters, an electronic records system, a 16-slice Computed Tomography Scanner and a full endoscopy suite. Under AUA’s affiliation with the hospital, AUA College of Medicine students will observe and participate in hands-on medical training at MSJMC as early as their first semester.

“AUA is proud to be affiliated with this new hospital and looks forward to contributing to the success and betterment of the quality of healthcare in Antigua and the United States for patients and students alike,” said AUA President and Founder Neal Simon. “Caribbean medical schools continue to play a pivotal role in solving the healthcare professional shortage in North America and this new hospital gives AUA students the solid hands-on experience on which to build their intensive residency training in the United States.”

“This facility gives AUA students access to hands-on training early in their medical studies,” said Dean of Clinical Sciences Dr. Winston Price. “That exposure instills in future doctors the need to think from a clinical perspective and fosters an understanding of the real-life compassionate nature of their role as physicians.”