Will the Fall 2021 academic period be on campus?
Students in Med 1 will have the option of participating in our remote curriculum at home, or in Antigua.
How does remote learning work from a pedagogical standpoint?
Through remote learning, AUA students will study medicine via an integrated, organ system-based curriculum that uses small-group active learning formats, interactive large group lectures, and remote laboratory/clinical simulation. All students will have access to a learning management system(LMS) which will have videos & discussions. In addition, Microsoft Teams will be used for live sessions as required. AUA has a digital anatomy lab which will allow students access to an online library of pre-recorded demos & lectures. AUA’s Education Enhancement Department(EED) will also support students as needed.
What access will I have to AUA’s library during remote learning?
All students, regardless of where they are, will have full remote access to our library’s extensive collection.
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. Introduction to Clinical Medicine labs will also be provided virtually and will involve some simulation activities.
How will exams be conducted for remote 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 students will do on USMLE licensing examinations.
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 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.
Do I need to be vaccinated before coming to Antigua?
All students coming to campus will be required to be vaccinated for COVID -19. Exceptions will be made for medical situations only and require documentation. All students will be required to follow any guidelines set down by the Antiguan government, or AUACOM. Failure to do so, will result in not being able to participate in the educational program.
Tell me more about traveling to Antigua?
The modalities for entering Antigua are guided by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda. Currently, the requirements are that all arriving passengers by air are to fill out a registration form. When you fill the registration form, you will need to identify yourself as an AUA Student. There will be screening at the airport and quarantine as necessary. AUA has been granted permission by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda to use its own student housing for quarantine. However, currently, it is the discretion of the Port Health Authority of the Government of Antigua & Barbuda as to where the arriving passenger will be sent. The form to be filled out can be found at this URL
In addition to the registration forms, an immunization form and a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate will be required as well. All incoming students outside of the O.E.C.S and Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Jamaica are required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test that is no more than 7 days old prior to travel, and to have a certificate showing that they have tested negative.
All students coming to campus will be required to be vaccinated for COVID -19. Exceptions will be made for medical situations only and require documentation.
Living in Antigua
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 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.
Am I required to be vaccinated to study on campus?
All students coming to campus will be required to be vaccinated for COVID -19. Exceptions will be made for medical situations only and require documentation. 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.
Even if I am vaccinated, will any COVID-19 testing be done?
If you are completely vaccinated(2 weeks after either the 2nd dose of Moderna, AZ or Pfizer, or the 1 dose of J&J)-you do not have to be regularly tested. You will probably need to be tested prior to any travel outside of Antigua.
How often will COVID-19 testing be done?
If you are not completely vaccinated, you will be tested weekly.
Is my COVID-19 Testing covered by the institution?
It is covered by the school insurance.
Current quarantine policy from the MOH:
Along with valid proof of their two-dose, or in the case of some, single-dose vaccinations, incoming travelers will be expected to provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test on arrival at the VC Bird International Airport, before being placed into a mandatory seven-day quarantine. On the fifth day of the quarantine, each traveler will be required to take another PCR test and will then be allowed into the population after completing the seven days if the test returns negative. If the test should return positive, the individual will be isolated as per the existing quarantine protocols.
If I opt to study on campus, are there any documents I need to bring for COVID-19?
In addition to your immunization form, the Antiguan government and campus require both a negative PCR COVID test within 7 days of travel to Antigua, as well as 7 days of self-quarantine upon admission to the country.
All covid updates are fluid and may change based on the virus activity.
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