Incoming Med 1 Students – Fall 2022 Term
Students who apply and are accepted to AUA’s upcoming fall 2022 term will join their fellow students and AUA faculty and staff in person on our Preclinical Sciences campus in Antigua.
Will the August 2022 (fall) academic period be on campus?
Yes. Students who apply and are accepted to AUA’s upcoming August 2022 (fall) class will join their fellow students, as well as AUA faculty and staff, in person on our Preclinical Sciences campus in Antigua.
Will MCATs scores be required to apply?
Due to the impact of COVID-19, the unavailability of testing centers, and other factors, AUA is waiving the MCAT requirement for US students applying to the upcoming August 2022 (Fall) term. This decision was made based on previous guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Education. No decision has yet been made regarding MCAT requirements for future terms at AUA beyond Fall 2022. The MCAT exam is not required for students outside the United States.
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 in person and on campus as originally scheduled.
Do I need to be fully vaccinated before coming to Antigua?
All students coming to campus should be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and will be required to follow any COVID-related guidelines set down by either the Antiguan government or AUA. Failure to do so will result in not being able to participate in the educational program.
If your adult family members are accompanying you, they must be vaccinated.
What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?
In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine
If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are not considered fully vaccinated. For more information, please view the CDC’s guidelines here.
Do I need to be tested before I fly out to Antigua, even if I’m fully vaccinated?
Please refer to the latest travel advisory from Antigua & Barbuda here.
Where can I find information about official guidelines and policies for traveling to Antigua?
Please view the latest travel advisory from Antigua and Barbuda for the most up-to-date travel guidelines.
Living in Antigua
Will I be quarantined when I arrive in Antigua?
If you have tested negative for COVID-19 per the official guidelines of Antigua and Barbuda and can present documentation showing that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will not have to quarantine upon entering the country.
Arriving passengers who test positive for COVID-19 will be isolated per guidelines from the Ministry of Health Officials. Read Antigua & Barbuda’s official travel advisory for more information.
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.
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 and necessary items. Once you are symptom-free and have completed your quarantine, the Health Ministry currently requires a repeat negative PCR test 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.
Am I required to be fully vaccinated to study on campus?
All students coming to campus will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID -19. Students must follow any guidelines set down by the Antigua government, or AUACOM. Failure to do so will result in not being able to participate in the educational program.
How often will COVID-19 testing be done?
COVID-19 tests will be administered periodically.
Is my COVID-19 testing covered by AUA?
Yes, your COVID-19 testing is covered by the school insurance.