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About AGUSM

School Overview
American Global University School of Medicine is a quality medical school in the Caribbean to study medicine with accredited Premed, Basic and Clinical Science Programs. Our website contains information about Caribbean med schools, international schools of medicine, top Caribbean medical colleges and best foreign medical schools. When applying to our Caribbean medical school, you are choosing the best Caribbean school of medicine. Top medical schools in the Caribbean should be accredited and have high USMLE passing rates, ACGME accredited clinical rotations and an approved application process to allow you to become a doctor. The medical curriculum taught in our caribbean medical college campus integrates top academic features of American and Caribbean medical schools. American Global University School of Medicine recognitions make our students eligible for clinical rotations and licensure in the U.S. Upon passing USMLE, students start clinical clerkship in accredited hospitals throughout the United States or the United Kingdom. We offer an MD Medical Degree program (doctor of medicine), in which the first four semesters of the Basic Sciences are taught in Belize. We also offer a Premed (undergraduate coursework) program for high school graduates without MCAT. The MD degree (doctor of medicine) can be earned upon completion of the Basic Science and the Clinical Science program. On top of that Belize is considered the best place for medical education in the Caribbean.

Medical School Reviews
American Global University School of Medicine is one of the top medical schools in the Caribbean, established by American Physicians and is accredited, licensed, and registered within the beautiful National of Belize.

Our goal is to prepare students for the next level of medical training in ACGME accredited American teaching hospitals by implementing a U.S. standard curriculum, used in the best North American LCME/AAMC colleges of medicine stressing Higher Order Thinking Skills (knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation) tested in USMLE Step I rather than simple memorization of facts.

At American Global University School of Medicine, our intent is to create an entirely new model of medical education, one that will enhance the university's ability to act as a transformational agent in health care.

Our unique approach embraces cross-disciplinary teaching modalities, breakthrough technologies, and innovative ways to advance training in both basic science and clinical skills throughout the medical school curriculum. In addition, we wish to deepen students' understanding of academic medicine to better prepare tomorrow's doctors and make a far-reaching impact on their further career.

Mission Statement

The American Global University School of Medicine has been established to educate and inspire scholars and future leaders, who will advance the practice of medical science.

The mission of AGUSM is to educate medical students in accordance with the highest professional standards; to prepare clinicians to practice patient-centered medicine of the highest standard; and to identify and answer fundamental questions in the mechanisms, prevention and treatment of disease, in health care delivery and in the basic sciences

The aim of the curriculum of the medical school is to produce leaders in medicine, who will take the foundation of a broad education in medicine, to improve health through patient care, research, and education.

METHODS FOR ACCOMPLISHING THIS MISSION

The Science and Practice of Medicine

Clinical Competence

The Social Context of Medicine

Communication

Professionalism

Lifelong Learning

Why AGUSM?

Being a relatively new establishment, yet American Global University School of Medicine has some advantages over the other medical schools, that you may consider before making the final decision. We are aware of a long way ahead of us to create a perfect medical school, to earn trust and reputation, but the management of AGUSM will do its best to achieve those goals as soon as possible. Instead of making empty promises, we would like to show you the progress of development, therefore please get familiar with those advantages, we have at this point of time:

  • Excellent curriculum and highest teaching standards
  • Large in scope Clinical Rotation Slots Database
  • Competitive tuition fees and strong financial aid
  • Beautiful, safe and quiet study environment
  • No new school risk
  • Outstanding Campus
  • Student Dormitories
  • Innovative teaching methods

Programs

American Global University School of Medicine, based on its accreditation of the Belize campus, is permitted to offer the following two academic programs:

Rolling admission begins January, May, and September with semesters of approximately 16 weeks each.

Our curriculum has been designed to prepare students to be knowledgeable, skillful, compassionate and dutiful physicians in the twenty-first century.

Premed Curriculum is comprised of 3 semesters taught in Belize and upon its completion students automatically enter into MD program.

MD Curriculum is comprised of 11 semesters: 4 semesters of Basic Medical Sciences taught in Belize with 1 Basic Medical Science review semester taught in the US. 72 weeks of Clinical Medical Sciences taught at affiliated hospitals and approved training centers in the U.S.

AGUSM graduates participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and are eligible for U.S. residency.

Premedical Program

The Premedical Program is designed to provide students with the strong foundation needed to handle the rigorous course of study they will experience in the MD Program. Premed consists of 3 semesters (16 weeks each) and has been designed for high school graduates or college students with less than 90 credit hours, who seek admission to a medical school and don't meet the MD Program requirements.

This three-semester program can be entered at each year depending upon academic qualifications. It offers undergraduate sciences and laboratories, as well as post high school level of Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and English. Those courses contribute to the overall goals of a pre-professional education and much of the final semester of the premedical program is taught by the medical school faculty members.

Promotion into the Medical Sciences Program
Students must achieve a B average to maintain satisfactory academic progress. To be eligible for promotion into the medical sciences, a student must successfully complete the Fourth Premedical Semester with at least 2.5 GPA and pass the Premedical Science Post Examination (PSPE).

Medical Program

The majority of students enter with a baccalaureate degree, required premedical sciences, and/or optional scores from the Medical College Admission Test, directly into the MD Program. These students generally complete the requirements for the MD degree after 10 semesters of successful academic progress. Students receive preparation for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) through the Basic Science curriculum, review courses, simulated USMLE exams, and taking all course examinations in USMLE format.

American Global University School of Medicine's curriculum is comprised of 11 semesters: 4 semesters of Basic Medical Sciences taught at the Belize campus, USMLE Review course taught at our U.S. Learning Center, and 6 semesters (72 weeks) of Clinical Medical Sciences taught at affiliated hospitals and clinical centers in the United States.

Basic Medical Sciences
During semesters 1-4, students concentrate on studying Basic Medical Sciences for 16 months. AGUSM administers both subject and comprehensive review exams intended to provide students with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the medical board examinations.

While the review exams are not counted toward a student's academic grade, they are used to assess his or her readiness to be certified to take the medical board examinations.

The Basic Science semesters follow the new paradigm in medical education. All of the traditional didactic classroom and lab work is conducted in modern facilities, and clinical experiences begin in the first semester within local hospitals in Belize.

Clinical Medical Sciences
The USMLE Review Program is taught at AGUSM's Learning Facility.

USMLE Review Program is a program that is devoted primarily to USMLE exam and the Clinical Sciences. The program acts as a bridge between the Basic Science curriculum and the Clinical Science curriculum.

The course "Biological Basis of Clinical Medicine" encompasses a fifteen-week board examination review course.

After completing the program, students are encouraged/required to take the USMLE Step 1. Upon successfully passing the exam, students proceed to clinical medical sciences in which clinical rotations are focused.

Students receive preparation for the USMLE via the Basic Science curriculum, review courses, which last 16 weeks, an electronic final exam of seven hours simulating the actual USMLE, and course examinations that have been written in USMLE format.

During semesters 6-11, students experience clerkships focused on clinical medical sciences for 72 weeks. Clerkships consist of Clinical Core Rotations and Clinical Elective Rotations at approximately 30 clinical sites. Sites in the U.S. offer residency programs approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or are affiliated with a medical school.

After completing core clerkship rotations students are eligible to take the USMLE Step 2. Upon successfully passing the exam, students proceed to a residency program. Most students take Step 2 before graduation in order to be ECFMG certified and then apply for a residency.

NOTE: AGUSM reserves the right to change the curriculum at any time to further improve the standards of medical education, without prior notice. AGUSM may schedule classes or examinations on any day of the week. Graduates wishing to practice medicine within the country of Belize must complete a total of 12 weeks in the following core rotations; OBGYN, Pediatrics, General Surgery, and Internal Medicine.

Requirements

American Global University School of Medicine admissions requirements are similar to the ones of the medical schools in U.S. The Admissions Committee at AGUSM considers many factors as relevant predictors of a good medical student. However, as medical school is a rigorous academic challenge, the committee must be satisfied that a prospective student has the ability to successfully assimilate the curriculum.

The committee evaluates applicants in a comprehensive manner. We are interested in the whole individual and evaluate applications using all components of the application package. Our goal is to determine whether or not you have the academic ability and determination to pursue a rigorous medical school education. We look beyond GPA calculations and test scores in order to determine your motivation, maturity, leadership ability, knowledge of the medical field and academic progression in time.

Financial Aid

American Global University School of Medicine Financial Aid Office provides general information to prospective, currently enrolled students and families about the cost of medical education and available options to finance it. Here you will find information about the tuition and fees, scholarship programs, available types of financial aid programs, the aid application process and procedures.

Base on our experience, approximately 60% of the students of medical schools in the Caribbean may need financial support to pay a part or all of their educational expenses incurred while studying medicine.

AGUSM's Financial Aid Office

  • provides assistance in financial planning, budgeting, and completion application documents;
  • manages the financial aid programs available to AGUSM students;
  • administers the scholarships and payment plans;
  • oversees and approves the student loan disbursement process;
  • counsels medical students on debt management solutions.

Information Packages are mailed with forms and complete information regarding the application process (or internet access is granted to the electronic site) upon acceptance to the university. However, applicants who wish to review the process or receive counseling prior to acceptance are welcome to contact the Financial Aid Office.

Tuition & Fees
Medical school tuition structure has been designed in a "student friendly" way, that makes a dream of medical career more affordable to every student interested in studying medicine. Medical school tuition and fees are due and payable prior to the beginning of each semester. Other school fees are due by the due date on the invoice, usually within 30 days. All students paying tuition and fees are entitled to the university services, facilities such as Library Services, Computer Rooms and other education related services. Required fees must be paid by all students.

The table below specifies the tuition, school fees and other student expenses per semester /4 months/ unless otherwise specified.

Student Loans
American Global University School of Medicine offers a unique student loan program to qualified enrolled students.

Financial aid application materials consist of the school of medicine financial aid application, entrance interview checklist, loan application and promissory note addendum, and when applicable, documentation of citizenship, permanent residency or eligible status.

It is important that medical students anticipating the need for financial assistance at any time during their education undertake early long-term planning. Financial Aid Office welcomes the opportunity to help students develop these plans.

In some cases, because both the personal contribution and sources of financial aid are limited, a student may be unable to enroll in medical school. Students who believe they may be unable to attend the school due to financial constraints should call Financial Aid Office, for information and counseling.

Students may wish to research and pursue outside sources of financial aid as well. However, the responsibility for paying for the cost of attendance is solely that of the student.


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