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Incoming Students (MED 1 – Spring 2022)

We are pleased to announce that AUA College of Medicine is offering a Hybrid Model for incoming Med 1 students for Spring 2022. Students can choose between either starting medical school in person at our Antigua campus or studying remotely from home for their first academic term.

Learning

  • Will the Spring 2022 academic period be on campus?

    After carefully weighing a number of factors, AUA College of Medicine is offering a Hybrid Model for incoming Med 1 students for Spring 2022. Students can choose between either starting medical school in person at our Antigua campus or studying remotely from home for their first academic term.

    If you choose to study remotely from home, you can feel confident that AUA is well-equipped to deliver a top-notch medical education virtually via videoconferencing and remote-learning technologies. Keep in mind, though, that those who elect to come to campus for their first term can participate in in-person learning and will have access to all campus facilities. The curriculum remains the same whether taken from home or from Antigua. The same learning objectives, teaching content, exams and promotion criteria apply.

    While we hope to see you on campus, if your situation requires you to learn remotely in the coming academic period, our online curriculum will provide you with the same quality education that students will receive on campus. Please give this some careful consideration and let us know your decision. All accepted students have been sent an email in which you can submit your decision.

  • Will MCATs scores be required to apply?

    Applicants that have their MCAT scores for the Spring 2022 Academic Period should submit their scores with their application.

    Please speak to your Admissions Director if you do not have an MCAT score due to the COVID-19 pandemic or the unavailability of testing centers. Exceptions will be made based on guidance from the US Department of Education. Applicants will be assessed on their undergraduate and prerequisite GPAs, letters of recommendation, and other admissions requirements as listed on our website.

  • 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 and in-person on campus.

Traveling

  • Do I need to be fully vaccinated before coming to Antigua?

    All students coming to campus should be fully vaccinated for COVID -19. 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.

    If your adult family members are accompanying you, they must be vaccinated.

    At least two (2) weeks must have passed since the administration of the full vaccine dosage to be considered FULLY 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 fully vaccinated.

    For more information, please visit the full guidelines provided by the CDC here.

  • Do I need to be tested before I fly out to Antigua?

    Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, will need to take a PCR test prior to boarding their plane to Antigua. For more information, please refer to the latest travel advisory from Antigua & Barbuda here.

  • Do I need to be tested even if I am fully vaccinated?

    Yes, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to take the PCR test prior to boarding their plane to Antigua. For more information, please refer to the latest travel advisory from Antigua & Barbuda here.

  • 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 will be given on the airplane.

    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 and to have a certificate showing that they have tested negative. For more information, please refer to the latest travel advisory from Antigua & Barbuda here.

Living in Antigua

  • Will I be quarantined when I arrive in Antigua?

    Arriving passengers who test positive for Covid-19 will be isolated as determined by the Ministry of Health Officials.

    Travelers who test positive assuming there are no symptoms should wait a period of 10 – 14 days before re-testing as mandated by public health.  Travelers with symptoms should wait until the end of the displayed symptoms.

    At least two (2) weeks must have passed since the administration of the full vaccine dosage to be considered FULLY vaccinated.

  • 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 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.

     

    At least two (2) weeks must have passed since the administration of the full vaccine dosage to be considered FULLY vaccinated.

  • Even if I am fully vaccinated, will any COVID-19 testing be done?

    If you are completely fully 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.

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