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American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

A Brief History of Sint Maarten by The World Factbook

Flag of Sint MaartenAlthough sighted by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1493 and claimed for Spain, it was the Dutch who occupied the island in 1631 and set about exploiting its salt deposits. The Spanish retook the island in 1633, but continued to be harassed by the Dutch. The Spanish finally relinquished the island of Saint Martin to the French and Dutch, who divided it amongst themselves in 1648. The establishment of cotton, tobacco, and sugar plantations dramatically expanded slavery on the island in the 18th and 19th centuries; the practice was not abolished in the Dutch half until 1863. The island's economy declined until 1939 when it became a free port; the tourism industry was dramatically expanded beginning in the 1950s. In 1954, Sint Maarten and several other Dutch Caribbean possessions became part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as the Netherlands Antilles. In a 2000 referendum, the citizens of Sint Maarten voted to become a self-governing country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The change in status became effective in October of 2010 with the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles. Read More...

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AUC Medical School

Since its founding in 1978, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) has aimed to provide an excellent medical education and supportive learning environment for students from the US, Canada and worldwide. Their journey to pursue a career in medicine starts with a dedicated and diverse faculty on a technologically advanced campus – providing a cosmopolitan medical school experience.

At AUC, students can take full advantage of:

  • A curriculum modeled after US-based medical schools
  • Preparation for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations® (USMLE) Steps 1 and 2
  • A culturally diverse campus 150 miles east of Puerto Rico, complete with high tech research labs, contemporary lecture halls and web-based learning applications
  • Clinical rotations offered at affiliated hospitals in the US and the UK
  • Participation in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP)
  • A new high-tech medical education building (includes anatomy lab, clinical skills training lab, simulation center and 400-seat auditorium)

AUC participates in the US Federal Direct Loan Program.

There are nearly 6,000 medical graduates from AUC, who practice medicine throughout the US and Canada and beyond in private practices, universities, government agencies, and managed care facilities.


AUC Medical Students

The journey to becoming a physician begins with a solid foundation in the medical sciences within a community of like-minded, driven teachers and students. At AUC, a carefully designed Medical Sciences curriculum provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully progress through the clinical phase of medical education.

The Medical Sciences faculty in St. Maarten is comprised of an exceptional group of professors and scholars who are dedicated to teaching and preparing aspiring physicians to not only pass their USMLE Step 1 and 2, but to prepare them for clinical rotations.

AUC has clinical sites in the US and the UK, all offering the same basic clinical experience. Once core rotations in Internal Medicine, Ob/Gyn, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery are complete, students may take elective rotations in a wide array of clinical disciplines.

We welcome aspiring doctors as they begin their journey into medical education – these driven and determined individuals will receive the training required to become the next generation of globally-minded, hardworking doctors dedicated to extraordinary patient care.


AUC requires applicants to hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university as a condition of matriculation.

College credits must include the following:

  • Biology - One year of Biology, including laboratory work. Prospective students will benefit by taking courses in one or more of the following: Genetics, Cellular Biology, Developmental Biology, and Comparative Anatomy.
  • General Chemistry - One year of General Chemistry, including laboratory work.
  • Organic Chemistry - One year of Organic Chemistry, including laboratory work. Coursework should include both aliphatic and aromatic compounds.
  • General Physics - One year of General Physics, including laboratory work. Coursework should include mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity, and nuclear radiation.

A generous exposure to mathematics, humanities, and social sciences is desired. Practical or hands on experience in the health care field is strongly recommended.


  • A brief personal essay regarding an applicant's medical career expectations typed on one letter-sized page (81⁄2 x 11). Applicants should summarize the development of their interest in medicine, their goals in pursuing a medical career, and personal attributes that qualify them to be a physician. They must also briefly describe the skills and values they believe a physician should possess in order to practice medicine in the 21st century. Lastly, they must summarize how their experiences to date demonstrate an acquisition and possession of those skills and values. Essays should be limited to 750 words.
  • A chronological listing of educational, employment history, and volunteer experience since graduation from high school typed on one letter-sized page (81⁄2 x 11).
  • For university applicants, official letters from a Pre-Medical Advisory Committee are strongly recommended, however, we will accept a minimum of 1 letter from an individual science professor and 1 letter from any individual professor who has taught the applicant. Additional letters of recommendation from professors or employers with details of previous medical experience will be accepted to further support the applicant's candidacy to medical school. These letters must appear on original letterhead stationery and be directly sent from the individual offering the recommendation. Letters of recommendation are accepted through Interfolio.
  • Official transcripts must be sent to AUC, directly from the college registrar in an official sealed envelope. For foreign schools, notarized copies of the original transcripts may be directed to AUC when official transcripts are not readily available. However, official transcripts must follow the notarized copies prior to matriculation.
  • All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Services, Inc. (WES) www.wes.org , or another accredited evaluation organization.
MCAT scores are required for admission to AUC and must be taken within the last 5 years. Applicants must request the MCAT scores be sent directly from the testing agency to AUC's Administrative Office. The code for AUC is 907. For MCAT testing information, please contact the MCAT Care Team, Association of American Medical Colleges, Section for Applicant Assessment Services, 2450 N St., NW Washington, DC 20037, Phone: 202-828-0690, www.aamc.org/mcat.


American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine's medical school curriculum consists of 9.5 semesters:

  • 5 semesters of Medical Sciences taught at the St. Maarten campus
  • 4.5 semesters of Clinical Sciences taught at affiliated hospitals in the US and the UK

Rolling admission begins January, May, and September with semester terms of 16 weeks in duration.

Note: AUC reserves the right to change the curriculum at any time, without prior notice, and to schedule classes or examinations on any day of the week.


The first five semesters at AUC involve concentrated study of the Medical Sciences curriculum, which introduces students to clinical medicine as early as the first semester. Students learn in lecture halls, small group sessions, and laboratories. This allows students to experience the clinical application to the Medical Sciences well before they advance to the clinical aspect of the program. Some core courses include: Molecular Cell Biology, Anatomy, Introduction to Clinical Medicine, Pathology and Neuroscience.

After completing the Medical Sciences curriculum, students are required to take the USMLE Step 1. Once students pass the exam, they proceed to the third- and fourth-year Clinical Sciences curriculum for their rotations at affiliated US and UK sites.



During the remaining semesters (6 – 9.5), students undertake clerkships focused on Clinical Sciences for 72 weeks. Clerkships consist of Core Rotations and Elective Rotations at clinical site hospitals.

During the Clinical Sciences Curriculum, students work alongside residents and attending physicians, performing histories and physicals, evaluating laboratory data, analyzing information to diagnose patients, and more. Each clinical site is staffed by a program director, a medical education coordinator and faculty members.

Sites in the US offer residency programs approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or are affiliated with a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

After completing core clerkships (including core exams), students are eligible to take the USMLE Step 2 CK and CS and must pass both exams to graduate. Passing Step 2 exams is also a condition for ECFMG certification, which is the process that international medical graduates must follow to participate in the NRMP for postgraduate training. They participate in the same residency match programs as US medical students.

Core rotations:

Internal Medicine, 12 Weeks
This clerkship is designed for students to participate in general internal medicine areas, granting exposure to the diagnostic and treatment process as it unfolds. Students develop competence in evaluating broad clinical problems and patient management skills. Their "hands-on" patient experience is supplemented by tutorials and didactic sessions.

Surgery, 12 Weeks
The core clerkship in surgery aims to develop skills that general physicians expect of students as well as skills unique to surgery. Students further develop abilities in data synthesis and problem solving, and become oriented to the clinical setting related to surgery. Ideally, students follow patients from admission through discharge. Students are expected to participate in all aspects of patient care including assisting in the Operating Room, Emergency Room and Acute Care Units.

Pediatrics, 6 Weeks
This clerkship provides a broad overview of general pediatrics. Students will gain experience in in-patient and ambulatory pediatric care. Pediatric intakes and ward rounds are the basis of in-patient care. Ambulatory care experience is gained in general pediatric clinics by evaluating patients with common complaints and disorders.

Obstetrics and Gynecology, 6 Weeks
Students will be assigned primarily obstetrical and, occasionally, gynecological patients for evaluation. Participation in normal newborn deliveries will be stressed. Introduction to the newborn nursery and neonatal ICU will be encouraged. As time permits, students will follow patients through completion of their delivery and treatment.

Psychiatry, 6 Weeks
This clerkship builds upon classroom knowledge developed during the first and second years of the medical sciences. Treatment of psychiatric patients in the in-patient setting comprises the majority of the rotation. Resources available for care of psychiatric patients are presented. Skill in the evaluation and diagnosis of the psychiatric patient is developed through direct patient interviews and didactic sessions.

Clinical Elective Rotations, 30 weeks
In consultation with his or her advisor, each student selects elective rotations from the following list of approved practice areas. Students are advised to take four to eight weeks of electives in a primary field of interest. Four to six weeks of family practice is highly recommended, as this is a condition of licensure in many states.



Application Fee: $100 (non-refundable)

Enrollment Reservation Fee

A one-time enrollment reservation fee in the amount of $1,000 is payable to AUC by the date specified in the acceptance letter to secure a place in class. At registration, $1,000 of the enrollment reservation fee will be applied to the cost of tuition for students who matriculate to AUC.


AUC reserves the right to change its tuition and fees at any time, without prior notice. All tuition and fees are in US dollars. Acceptable forms of payment include personal check, bank check or money order.

Housing Security Deposit

A security deposit of $1,650 is payable to reserve housing.


Originally founded in Montserrat, British West Indies, AUC relocated its medical science campus to St. Maarten in 1995, in the Netherlands Antilles, due to volcanic eruptions that left half of Montserrat uninhabitable.

The first two academic years (five semesters of Medical Sciences) are taught on the 37 square-mile island of St. Maarten at a high-tech medical campus situated in the heart of an idyllic Caribbean setting.

Completed in 1998, the multi-million dollar campus features architecturally designed facilities that promote teaching and learning, as well as encourage an overall living experience for students.

The medical campus includes a dramatic three-story atrium, courtyard, and beautiful landscaping. All buildings are air-conditioned while external structures are accommodated with breezeways and shaded areas. Comprehensive study is promoted to students through its contemporary lecture halls enhanced with audio/visual technology, fully equipped biological science and anatomical dissection laboratories, clinical patient examination rooms, an extensive library with a student computer center, and more. A convenient cafeteria is available as well as numerous common areas designed for student study and relaxation.

In close proximity to the medical campus, are student living facilities comprised of apartments located within a 5-minute walk to/from the campus.


  • Nearly 6,000 graduates have earned their MD at AUC
  • AUC students achieved a 93% USMLE Step 1 First Time Pass Rate in 2014
  • AUC had more than 220 graduates attain residencies in 2015
  • The standards used to accredit AUC have been recognized by the US Department of Education as being comparable to the standards applicable to US medical schools
  • Our expert faculty is comprised of MDs and PhDs primarily trained in the US and UK
  • AUC is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools, published by the World Health Medical Organization
  • AUC is approved for the US Federal Direct Loan Program
  • Rolling admission begins January, May, and September
  • Medical students may participate in the NRMP and graduates are eligible for US residency
  • Medical students receive preparation for the USMLE through the Medical Sciences curriculum, review courses, simulated USMLE exams, and taking all course examinations in USMLE format
  • Student on-campus housing includes new and fully furnished apartments with ocean views, kitchen facilities, and recreational amenities that are within a 5-minute walk to campus
  • Student resources include a student government association, organizations, clubs, and services as well as a diverse student body and active student life

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Create Date: 11-05-2010
Last Modification: 07-02-2015
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