The American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) is an international, for-profit, U.S. curriculum-based medical school with a main basic science campus in Sint Maarten, and is based in Coral Gables, Florida. The school is owned by Adtalem Global Education, formerly DeVry Inc. since 2011, AUC is fully accredited by the Ireland-based Accreditation Commission of Colleges of Medicine (ACCM), meets the requirements of the federally guaranteed student loan program, and is therefore approved for participation in the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) and other federal financial aid programs. The United States Department of Education has determined that the commission’s accreditation standards are comparable to those applicable to U.S. medical schools.
Founded by American educator Dr. Paul Tien in 1978, the main campus of the American University of the Caribbean was originally located on the island of Montserrat, but was forced to move to its present location in Sint Maarten after the eruption of the previously dormant Soufriere Hills volcano.
AUC provides a supportive learning environment, enabling its medical school students to learn the foundations of medicine according to the US medical school curriculum model. AUC students benefit from a close-knit community characterized by small class sizes, attentive and accessible faculty, and the comforts of home that allow students to focus on their studies. All of AUC’s clinical rotations are provided at ACGME-approved hospitals. This, along with our students’ performance on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), bolsters their chances of obtaining a residency of their choosing.
AUC students begin their journey to become physicians on AUC’s medical sciences campus in Sint Maarten, located in the northeast Caribbean. There, they complete the first five semesters of the medical school program on a modern campus featuring highly advanced educational technology in a collegial learning environment.
AUC’s network of clinical teaching affiliates includes excellent teaching hospitals in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Students can also complete global health electives in the Dominican Republic, Russia, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.
The AUC Office of the Executive Dean, Office of Admissions, and several other student services and administrative departments are located here.
In 2017, AUC graduates earned more than 270 residency positions in a range of specialties, including anesthesiology, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, and surgery. In 2017, AUC achieved a first-time eligible residency attainment rate of 84.4 percent.
Over the last five years (2012-2016), AUC students achieved a cumulative first-time pass rate of 94 percent on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).
AUC graduates are eligible to seek licensure in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Some states, such as New York, California, and Florida, require approval for international medical schools. AUC is proud to be approved in each of these states.
The US Department of Education has determined that AUC is an eligible institution for participation in title IV federal financial assistance programs. AUC students who qualify are eligible to receive US student loans in order to attend our medical school.