American University of Antigua College of Medicine, Antigua & Barbuda

American University of Antigua (AUA) is a private medical institution of higher education located in Antigua and Barbuda. The sole program at AUA is the College of Medicine.

American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine is an innovative medical school dedicated to providing a learner-centric education of the highest quality, granting opportunities to underrepresented minorities, fostering a diverse academic community, and ensuring that its graduates develop the skills and attitudes of lifelong learning, compassion, and professionalism. We also provide students who would otherwise be unable to receive a medical education with the tools to become successful physicians.

AUA was co-founded by Neal S. Simon, a lawyer and former president of Ross University. AUA began instruction in 2002.  In 2008, Manipal Education and Medical Group purchased the college from New York based Greater Caribbean Learning Resources, Inc. and formed Maniple Education Americas, LLC. In 2006, AUA College of Medicine was approved by the New York State Education Department and, in 2011, recognized by the Medical Board of California.

The College of Medicine is listed in the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory and the AVICENNA Directory for medicine.

In 2012, AUA was approved by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) as the leader in international medical education, the only medical school with this approval.

In 2015, access to the Federal Direct Student Loan Program was granted to American students at AUA. Only 4 other offshore private Caribbean medical schools have access to the program.

In 2013, AUA signed a landmark affiliation agreement with the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine that allows AUA clinical students to complete all of their core clinical rotations in the Greater Miami Area.

Student Government Association (SGA) officials are elected by the student body and represent students in various capacities and venues. They also plan student events, celebrations, and other student-related activities.

Fit Club’s promotes health through exercise and nutrition. The club’s long-term goal is to enhance the sense of community at AUA for students, faculty, and staff of varying fitness levels and goals through group exercise activities. Members help each other achieve their personal fitness objectives while having fun.

The AUA Football Club (FC) encourages guys and girls of any age and any background, regardless of their level, to join pick-up games every Friday at 5:00 p.m. Soccer matches are held against club teams in Antigua as well.

MPIG members are aspiring sports medicine physicians who gain valuable insight into the roles, responsibilities, and knowledge base required to specialize in this area. They have access to resources that enhance their ability to learn these fundamentals, and gain practical experience through workshops and community outreach activities.


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