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Academics FAQ

Pre-Clinical

  • What if I am unable to take my MCAT exam due to the pandemic?

    AUA generally requires that all US citizens and permanent residents submit an MCAT for Title IV accreditation and scholarship consideration. However, due to the pandemic, we understand that students may not be able to take the MCAT exam for the Fall 2021 academic period. In such a case, your application will still be considered. Please speak with your Admissions Coordinator or Associate Director of Admissions for questions regarding the MCAT.

  • Will the Spring 2021 academic period be on campus?

    As a new AUA student, you can learn either from your home or at our preclinical campus in Antigua.

  • I’ve registered for the Global Health Track (GHT). When does it start, and how will instruction be administered?

    GHT students will begin the academic program on Jan 20, 2021 (for new students) and Jan 25, 2021 (continuing students), and Jan 6th, 2021 (BSIC intersession students) as originally scheduled. All didactic (ie, teaching-focused) components of GHT will be delivered. The more hands-on elements of GHT, such as field trips, will be conducted during subsequent academic periods.

  • For the application-based learning/clinical/lab – how will these be modified to ensure students are still getting the best exposure needed to pass exams?

    For first academic period students, Anatomy lab will be provided in a virtual environment remotely. Introduction to Clinical Medicine labs will also be provided remotely and will involve some simulation activities.

    Exams will be conducted and proctored remotely. AUA’s exams are constructed using the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Computerized Assessment System (CAS). These exams are scored by the NBME and provide important feedback on how they will do on USMLE licensing examinations.

  • How will exams be conducted for Hybrid Learning?

    Exams will be conducted and proctored remotely. AUA’s exams are constructed using the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Computerized Assessment System (CAS). These exams are scored by the NBME and provide important feedback on how they will do on USMLE licensing examinations.

Clinical Sciences

  • How did COVID-19 affect clinical rotations at AUA?

    AUA has been able to maintain the academic integrity of its clinical program during the pandemic. Clinical rotations have been continued at those affiliated teaching hospitals where student and patient safety was not compromised. Several clinical rotations were modified in order to ensure student and patient safety while learning objectives were met. In addition, AUA has been conducting remote clinical learning experiences in collaboration with its teaching hospitals as well as University of Miami and Florida International University.

  • How is AUA managing COVID-19 for its clinical students?

    AUA’s clinical administration is monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak closely and continues to follow recommendations set by the CDC, in addition to other federal, local, and hospital regulations.

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