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    AUA becomes the 1st and Only Caribbean Med School Affiliated with a U.S. LCME School

    August 11, 2009

    The American University of Antigua is pleased to announce that it has entered into a unique affiliation agreement with San Juan Bautista (SJB), School of Medicine – a U.S. LCME-accredited medical school. This joint effort will offer qualified AUA students the opportunity to participate in clinical clerkships as enrolled visiting students of SJB. SJB has clinical sites in Florida and Puerto Rico. These sites have all the necessary resources that meet the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) guidelines.

    In addition, SJB, based on their positive faculty review of AUA, has agreed to give transfer priority to AUA students subject to availability and students meeting their requirements for transfer.

    AUA is the first and only Caribbean medical school that has been able to enter into an affiliation with a U.S. LCME-accredited medical school that will provide clinical clerkship opportunities and the opportunity to transfer
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwoodward View Post
    If statements are going to made, let’s make sure they are correct before making them as a point of fact.

    The announcement does NOT state it is any kind of “observation setup”. If you read it, it states: “the joint effort will offer qualified AUA students the opportunity to participate in clinical clerkships as ENROLLED VISITING STUDENTS OF SJB” This is a BIG DEAL!!! To our knowledge, AUA is the only Caribbean medical school with such an agreement with an LCME accredited school. This is not the same thing as sending clinical students to affiliated hospitals for rotations in the US as we and other Caribbean schools do. This arrangement is very unique, and gives our students some excellent opportunities for SJB approved rotations in Puerto Rico and Florida. These are LCME approved rotations, and in accordance with all state licensing bodies. My suggestion is that if you are a clinical student, you discuss this opportunity with your coordinator. I’m sure these openings will fill rather quickly.

    Lastly, this also affords an opportunity for some of our students to transfer to SJB as a full time student. This is not unlike our two recent students who transferred to Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine.
    While it is a great achievement, can you comment on how many openings they will have for AUA students per semester?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwoodward View Post
    If statements are going to made, let’s make sure they are correct before making them as a point of fact.

    Lastly, this also affords an opportunity for some of our students to transfer to SJB as a full time student.
    In this case would the diploma say you are a graduate of AUA or of SJB?

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    i looked into it briefly, if it was available before i started, i would have considered attempting a transfer but as far as i know, all clinicals i've done will no transfer and there's a good likelihood i'd graduate in 2012, not to mention getting up and moving to either PR or FL wouldn't be worth it right now.

    it is a great opportunity though and any chance any student has to transfer to an LCME school, they should definitely take.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gecko View Post
    In this case would the diploma say you are a graduate of AUA or of SJB?
    if you transfer, your degree will say SJB

    if you just become a visiting student in their clinical program, it will come from AUA
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    Quick question regarding the "enrolled visiting student" status. If an AUA student were to do SJB clinicals as an enrolled visiting student would they be issued an AUA or SJB transcript for the clinicals? It just might make a difference in getting a more competitive residency, convincing a state medical board to issue a license, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bstone View Post
    Quick question regarding the "enrolled visiting student" status. If an AUA student were to do SJB clinicals as an enrolled visiting student would they be issued an AUA or SJB transcript for the clinicals? It just might make a difference in getting a more competitive residency, convincing a state medical board to issue a license, etc.
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    It doesn't matter where you do your clinicals...you get AUA transcripts. Even if you pay out of pocket (on top of tuition) for elective clinicals at Harvard...still goes on your AUA transcript.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkie View Post
    It doesn't matter where you do your clinicals...you get AUA transcripts. Even if you pay out of pocket (on top of tuition) for elective clinicals at Harvard...still goes on your AUA transcript.
    I assume this would be the case if you were only an AUA student. However many friends have been "visiting students" at other universities and they have told me their transcripts for those periods of time come from the visiting university, not their home university.

    Just looking for the "official" response on this.

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    Good question bstone, and I don't know the answer. I'll try to find out on Monday and post it here........
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    friendly advice for the youngster

    Quote Originally Posted by tennisball80 View Post
    When I was about to graduate from middle school, AUA has just started. Now, I am starting college soon. I wonder how much AUA will change by the time I graduate from college.
    If you are just now starting college, what on earth are you doing on VMD looking at offshore schools????

    Do yourself a favor and set your sights higher -- it's not too late for you to do everything right the first time!

    (During undergrad, the idea of med school had never even occurred to me... If it had, I might have cared more about my GPA...)

    At this point, you are quite a bit ahead of the game -- so don't sell yourself short...

    You speculate about what AUA might be like by the time you graduate from college... Noone knows what the future will bring, but one thing is certain: going to US school will ALWAYS be advantageous when it comes to residency, etc...

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