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Hybrid Learning

  • How does Hybrid Learning work from a pedagogical standpoint?

    All students will be given access to AUA’s Learning Management System (LMS). The curriculum will have a mix of interactive large-group lectures and small-group learning sessions, offered by faculty through a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) delivery, which the students can access through the LMS.

    AUA has a digital anatomy lab, which will allow students access to an online library of prerecorded demos and lectures. AUA’s Education Enhancement Department (EED) will also support students remotely as needed. Introduction to Clinical Medicine labs will also be provided remotely and will involve increased simulation activities.

  • 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 Med 1 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.

  • What kind of access will remote students have to faculty?

    Students will have the ability to contact their faculty by email and request a zoom or other video conferencing meeting.

  • What access will I have to AUA’s library during Hybrid Learning?

    All students, regardless of where they are Hybrid Learning, will have full access to our library’s extensive collection.

  • 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.

On-Campus

  • What are the benefits of learning from campus?

    Though students may participate in learning from anywhere—including their own homes—they can also elect to travel to Antigua. There are several advantages to coming to Antigua:

    1. Access to Library, study areas
    2. Superior WIFI access in the campus (for learning and exams)
    3. In person attendance to some lectures, and possibly small group activities
    4. In person access to Advisors and faculty (as far as safety will allow)
    5. Gym access
    6. Campus milieu and student comradery
    7. Participation in activities at the same time as they are presented – Atlantic Time zone
      • Our students live in many different countries (11 time zones) and we cannot provide synchronous activities at convenient times in each time zone.
    8. Campus Student Health Center/Wellness activities
    9. Antigua weather
  • If I come to campus, what specific facilities will I have access to?

    AUA’s gymnasium, library, food court, study areas, and small group rooms are all available to students on campus. These areas are maintaining strict social distancing guidelines.

  • What should I do if I start showing COVID-19 symptoms in Antigua?

    If you start displaying symptoms, call the 24/7 COVID-19 hotline at Mount St. John’s Medical Centre at 268-462-6843. Medical staff answer calls at any time and can direct you to the appropriate resources. You can also contact the AUA Health Clinic via email at [email protected] for guidance.

  • Will COVID-19 testing be provided for students?

    All students that opt to continue their students on campus will be required to provide a certificate, that is no more than 7 days old prior to travel, showing they have tested negative for COVID-19. Secondary testing may be conducted on campus later in the academic period.

  • What is Antigua doing to make the island safe?

    The latest travel info can be found here.

    The best sources for new updates include the Antigua News Room and Observer Media Facebook page, as well as websites 268today.com and Angiuaobserver.com. The most important information is to make sure to get a Covid-19 PCR test within 7 days of travel-this is mandatory to board a flight to Antigua.  This can be done several ways, depending on where you live. Some local government facilities offer testing, some CVS/Minute clinics/CityMDs offer tests. You can do the tests at home via a LabCorp test that requires no funds up front (takes insurance or is federally funded). https://www.pixel.labcorp.com/at-home-test-kits/covid-19-test Other options are https://www.everlywell.com/products/covid-19-test/or https://www.letsgetchecked.com/us/en/(this does cost 119$)

    The island continues to require a 14 day self-quarantine even with the negative test. You will receive a form upon arrival that must be completed to enter.

    Prior to flying into Antigua you are required to have a negative PCR test within 7 days of travel. Once you arrive in the Antigua airport, your temperature is checked, and you are questioned by health personnel. If everything is in order, you will come on island with the agreement that you will quarantine for 14 days in your housing. You may be required to record temps 2 x a day and send the readings to the authorities.

    PLEASE BRING A THERMOMETER WITH YOU – as they do not give you one and they are expensive on island. We do have a limited supply of disposable ones for those who were unable to bring one. There are sporadic location checks and there is a fine and/or sentence for non-compliance. There have been a few cases where arriving passengers are asked to wear a quarantine bracelet for the 14 days. Masks and social distancing are required countrywide as well as campus-wide.

  • How do we get groceries, etc while in quarantine?

    There are apps where you can order groceries and have them delivered.

    a) Chase Distributors[email protected]
    Telephone: (268) 726-1114
    Whats app: 786-1114
    Contact – Jamahl Chase

    b) Cospro
    Telephone: (268) 781-5403
    Whats App ONLY Office: (268) 562-9090

    c) AllMart – Local Marketplace App in Play Store

    d) PayMeal/Packed – Download app, uses US cc and delivers from Epi

    e) Goddard Catering Group – available for meal deliveries and pickup.
    WhatsApp or call: 4648951
    Email: [email protected]

    f) Brydens – place orders online for delivery
    Website: https://brydensantiguahomechef.com

  • What do I do when my quarantine is up? 

    Please contact the clinic after arriving on island so they can schedule you for a COVID Antigen test after your quarantine is over. On the day of the appointment, you are required to complete the COVID web-based training video online (You will need to go to the AUA portal. Enter your wifi login credentials to gain access.)

    You also need to complete the online AUA Covid Self-Test here.

    When you arrive on campus, the guards will check your temperature, confirm that you have done the self-test and direct you to the testing area. Once you have a negative test result, you will be able to go around campus while wearing a mask and maintaining social distance.

  • What do I have to do to continue coming to campus?

    Complete the online COVID self-test prior to arriving on campus. On arrival, you will be asked about the self-test and your last test date, along with temp check.  You must test every 2 weeks in order to come to campus. The testing is covered by the AUA/UHC insurance. Otherwise it is self-pay. (We will give you receipts/letters to submit to your own insurance company if needed)

  • What do I do if I start to feel ill/bad?

    If it is an emergenc, please call 911 and go to the hospital.

    Otherwise, call or email the clinic. Do not just stop by, we do not take walk-ins. Email is checked in the evenings and on weekends and will be responded to within 12-24 hours. A decision will be made as to whether you should come to the clinic for evaluation or go to the isolation area to be tested prior to being seen.

  • What if I test positive for COVID?

    If we conduct a confirmatory test for COVID that is positive, we will arrange for you to get a PCR test by the Health Ministry. You will need to remain in self-quarantine until the results are back. If you are positive, we have special housing arranged for you to quarantine in and will assist with getting supplies etc. Once you are without symptoms and completed your quarantine-currently the Health Ministry requires a repeat neg PCR prior to returning to your apartment/campus.

    We will get in touch with anyone you have had contact with in the 48 hours preceding the test and will follow the below CDC protocol:

    COVID-19 Specific Practices 

    • Contact tracing will be conducted for close contacts (any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more) of laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients.
    • Remote communications for the purposes of case investigation and contact tracing should be prioritized; in-person communication may be considered only after remote options have been exhausted.
    • Testing is recommended for all close contacts of confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients.
    • Those contacts who test positive (symptomatic or asymptomatic) should be managed as a confirmed COVID-19 case.
    • Asymptomatic contacts testing negative should self-quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure (i.e., close encounter with confirmed or probable COVID-19 case)
    • Asymptomatic close contacts who are not tested should self-quarantine and be monitored for 14 days after their last exposure, with linkage to clinical care for those who develop symptoms

    As you know, most people have minimal symptoms. We have all recommended OTC meds for symptoms associated with Covid and we will be in daily contact with you to see how you are feeling. Should you develop symptoms requiring more aggressive treatment, Mount St John has over 40 ventilators, IV steroids and the physicians there have successfully treated many Covid patients. We can also arrange to have you air-evacuated to the US, however that is contingent on there being a hospital in the US with open ICU beds that can accept new patients.

     

  • What are the standard procedures for masks on campus?

    Masks will be strictly required on campus. It must be a surgical mask or a cloth mask with 3 layers. Please add an additional filter layer if it is a cloth mask. For more information on best practices for masks, please visit here.

Admissions

Campus Life

  • Will campus remain open?

    The government of Antigua and Barbuda has granted permission for the campus to reopen with safety measures in place in order to facilitate Hybrid Learning. Access to other areas—including the gymnasium, library, and study areas—is maintaining strict social distancing guidelines. Students have fully transitioned to online coursework, and a curfew is in place. We may make other modifications to the academic programs based on how the pandemic develops. We expect these restrictions to be lifted sometime within the Spring 2021 semester.

  • Will social distancing be enforced on campus?

    Social distancing will be enforced and highly encouraged on the campus to ensure the safety of our students.

  • What precautions should all students take?

    We are encouraging all faculty, staff and students to adhere to CDC/WHO/PAHO and local public health precautions. This includes routine handwashing—no less than 20 seconds— physical and social distancing, and facemasks in public places, particularly when distancing is limited.

    For more information about COVID-19 precautions, please visit CDC/WHO’s official page.

  • Will single-unit housing be available?

    Yes, students can choose from a wide variety of options, including single-unit housing. However, AUA has a number of different housing options and not all are single occupancy.

  • Are there any delays in package shipments to or from Antigua?

    No, there have not been any delays in shipping.

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