I haven't used this before but i heard people talking about it so I thought I would come here and check what people were saying, and some people that have clearly never been to St. Maarten were just blatantly lying so I thought I would make some comments:
1. AUC does not accept everyone, a friend of mine from college got a 28 on his MCAT and had a 2.9 GPA and he was not accepted here, but he did get into Ross. So while AUC might be easier than American Schools it certainly isn't a gimme. I sat in on several lectures at two US schools, I was accepted to a US School, but still decided to come here instead because this seemed like a place of higher learning. I was absolutely right.
2. The faculty here are pretty incredible. Dr. Colburn, the former dean of the school, is known as one of the best anatomists in the world and all of the other older professors have made huge contributions to medical around the world before teaching here. There are a few young professors, but they are not newcomers, our anatomy professor is already is in the final stages of his own anatomy text and he is one of the best lecturers that i have ever had, and i went to Boston College where we had some pretty good people.
3. While the island is extremely laid back, there isnt much crime. I don't know if the people saying there is a lot of crime are just really sheltered kids from suburbs, but everyone is extremely friendly here and even people i know that, by their own choice, decided to live in really poor neighborhoods haven't had any problems at all. If you have ever lived in a major city anywhere in the United States you will immediately notice that this is safer. And if you live on campus there is a private set of guards who watch the place at all times to the point that i think any crime on campus would be physically impossible.
4. AUC doesn't really accept "hundreds of kids each year." I am party of the largest class ever and its only 140. And saying that 80% of the students go to England and Ireland is just an ignorant comment. There are more clinical sites in the US every year and so much more than 1/2 of the students go to the US. Some, however, want to go to England and Ireland. AUC students are very diverse but share two main characteristics: they are very determined to become physicians and they are open minded. Therefore, some would rather go to another country for clinicals in order to broaden their perspective, which in all actuality, will probably result in them becoming better doctors. Franky, I wish that the US would adopt a lot of medical and social practices from the rest of the world, especially England and Australia (and probably others that i just dont know enough about), so the more time people spend learning outside of the states before returning, the better our own American system will become.
5. If anybody has any questions feel free to let me know, I doubt I will be checking these boards often, but you can email me at BCTitan04@aol.com and i promise to give you an honest perspective on anything you want to know.