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International American University College of Medicine IAU, St. Lucia
International American University College of Medicine

General Information

  • Forum: International American University Forum
  • Location: St. Lucia
  • Year Founded: 2004
  • Tuition per semester:
    • PreMedical Program: $6,000 (PM 1-4)
    • Doctor of Medicine Program
      • Basic Sciences and Pre-Clerkship Clinical Sciences Programs  (Medical Semesters 1-4) $7,500
      • USMLE Step 1 Preparation "Bridge To Success" with Transition To Clerkship Program (MS 5) $7,500 plus resource expenses.
      • Clinical Clerkship (MS6-10) $12,500
  • Private Loans: Sallie Mae & Canadian Student Loans
  • Email: admissions@iau.edu.lc
  • Album: IAU Album
  • Survey: IAU Review
International American University College of Medicine

A Brief History of St. Lucia by The World Factbook

Flag of Saint Lucia

The island, with its fine natural harbor at Castries, was contested between England and France throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries (changing possession 14 times); it was finally ceded to the UK in 1814. Even after the abolition of slavery on its plantations in 1834, Saint Lucia remained an agricultural island, dedicated to producing tropical commodity crops. Self-government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979. Read More...

Map of Saint Lucia

Founded in 2003 The International American University College of Medicine (IAUCOM) is located in the heart of the Caribbean Islands in the town of Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia, West Indies. IAUCOM is chartered and authorized by the Government of Saint Lucia to confer various undergraduate and postgraduate degrees including the Doctor of Medicine. IAU offers a state of the art curriculum in medical education, using the most current technology and teaching methods that are based on US models delivered by science and clinical content expert faculty.

The mission of IAUCOM is to provide high quality education to those who are qualified and highly motivated to pursue a career in medicine. Through numerous collaborations with international healthcare organizations, academic medical institutions, and other key stakeholders; IAUCOM has played a major role in the development of health and education infrastructure in Saint Lucia and has provided medical education and clinical training for hundreds of health care professionals and students around the world.

The IAUCOM team brings together a diversity of knowledge and experience touching every aspect of healthcare education. The senior leadership group includes members of US and Canadian medical education and healthcare delivery systems. Full-time staff includes experienced professionals from the fields of medicine, education, research, medical planning, health information technology, business strategy development, leadership and management. Our services and programs continue to draw upon the expertise of faculty and staff across the Medical College and all of the affiliated teaching hospitals and institutes.

PreMed Program

IAU College of Arts and Sciences offers a 1.5 years Premedical Program designed to serve the needs of students from varying backgrounds that are interested in pursuing careers in medicine. The boutique program has highly individualized instruction in courses that serve as prerequisites for admission to the College of Medicine's MD program. http://iau.edu.lc/academics/premed-program/

MD Program

The four-year medical degree program is designed to produce physicians who qualify for licensure in St. Lucia as well as in countries such as the United States, Canada, India and Nigeria. The MD program comprises two years of Basic Sciences alongside Pre-Clerkship Clinical Skills training at the St. Lucia campus and two years of clinical sciences at a US Teaching Hospitals Medical System.

Students are eligible to participate in clinical clerkship programs approved by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) at teaching hospitals in the United States. IAU is approved by Education Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) USA, and is Listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED).

IAU is approved by the World Health Organization and is listed in The World Directory of Medical Schools developed through a partnership between the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). http://www.wdoms.org/

Students of IAUCOM can take the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) and other Licensing examinations such as the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examinations (MCCQE), the United Kingdom's Professional and Linguistic assessments Board Test (PLAB) as well as similar qualifying processes in the many other countries from which our internationally diverse students originate.

IAU created a well-integrated course structure to better achieve integration among the subjects of study in the Basic Sciences and Clinical Sciences. Moreover, the University has modified the previous lecture–based approach to one that involved the pedagogy of Interactive Learning Sessions that are driven by high order Goals and measurable Learning Objectives that drive and support a Self-Directed Learning foundation. Further, small-group case-based teaching with the early introduction of clinical material promotes student interest and retention of learned material towards lifelong learning.

The Doctor of Medicine program is designed to foster excellence in future leaders of medicine and special emphasis is made to achieve competent and compassionate team-based interprofessional health care. Experienced faculty and a strong educational leadership team help students develop into outstanding medical practitioners. The University has also embarked on research programs (see Academy of International Medical Scholars and Capstone Program, below) to keep up the inquisitive academic mood of all individuals across the institution. As was recently done for the new Evidence Based Medicine Clinical Outcomes Research Program (see below) in all semesters enables the students to learn the practical application of Basic Sciences to patient care in a clinical setting, and the Medical Student Run Free Community Clinic (see below) IAUCOM is always looking forward to advance research and evaluation of the curricular aspects of medical education throughout the world towards new ways of imparting information more effectively.

ACADEMICS

Progressive Curriculum

In many international medical programs students are exposed solely to classroom-based didactics for the duration of their basic science coursework. After two years and the USMLE Step 1, students are expected to apply their basic science knowledge to clinical cases. This is called the two plus two approach. It has been gradually replaced by a case-based, patient-oriented curriculum (with "case based learning"), that emphasizes active (meaningful learning activities with reading, writing, discussing, researching and reflecting) rather than lecture-based passive (listening, memorizing) learning

Medical Schools are constantly innovating their programs to keep up with the changes and national directives for clinical training in the United States and Canada. US standards for undergraduate medical education (UME) reflect an approach where the basic sciences and case-based clinical learning are fully integrated from the start of medical school. IAUCOM has embraced this model and evolved our curriculum to meet standards of US and top programs  (that are licensed by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Medicine and Health Professions - CAAMHP).

At IAUCOM, our students meet their first patients at the very beginning of the first semester.

Basic Sciences Program

The Basic Sciences Program is currently offered in five semesters at the St. Lucia Campus. Core basic science and pathophysiology courses are accompanied by clinical correlates to help students apply principles of science to patient care.  Students prepare team presentations of cases compiled by the faculty. They are required to identify relevant features of the case, and give short presentations guided by the assigned learning objectives.  The depth and difficulty will increase as the students progress through the pre-clerkship basic and clinical sciences program. Also from semester 1, the curriculum introduces evidence-based medicine (EBM) and key research skills that physicians must exercise to evaluate clinical research and to understand the best practices in treating patients.

Pre-Clerkship Clinical Science Program

Students are exposed to patient care through multiple avenues beginning with the first Semester. They are trained to learn the core skills required to take a thorough and accurate patient history, with emphasis on Communication Skills, Professionalism, Cultural Competence, and Ethics; also Physical Examination for all systems is practiced on clinic patients, simulated (mannequin) and standardized patients (actors). Collectively these Y1-2 experiences allow IAUCOM students to refine and master the basic skills so they can enter clerkship rotations fully prepared and ready to focus on advanced skills and patient care.

A dynamic setting for developing patient care skills is the Student-Run Clinic conducted on Saturday mornings. As of 2017,  a modern, medical office space has replaced the outdoor IAUCOM tent, and welcomes walk-in local patients from downtown Vieux Fort to conduct basic health screenings for diabetes, hypertension, and an array of preventable illnesses. Under supervision of IAU-COM and local physicians students are observed and evaluated while examining the 60-80 patients that visit the clinic on an average morning. Patients with serious illnesses are referred to the local hospital, and those with unique findings are presented by students and reviewed in-depth with preceptors after the clinic. These clinical conferences mirror the patient-based learning which happens in the inpatient hospital setting after patient rounds.

Another patient setting where IAU-COM students are immersed in clinical learning is at the Comfort Bay Senior Citizens Home in Vieux Fort (http://iau.edu.lc/event/comfort-bay-senior-citizens-home-in-vieux-fort/ ). Healthy and chronically ill elderly patients reside in this primary care nursing facility. IAUCOM students round with physicians weekly as part of their ICE-ACE clinical skills training. This experience with both geriatric patients and younger impaired adults provides vital exposure to the type of diagnoses and treatment of chronic illnesses that students are likely to encounter in the hospital during their internal, family medicine and surgery rotations.

Clinical Science Program

Study in the Clinical Science Division encompasses the sixth through tenth semesters. While rotating through various medical specialties in cooperating teaching hospitals and other approved health care facilities, students are under the guidance of clinical faculty, and under the general supervision of IAU Deans of Clinical Sciences and Academic Affairs at the primary IAU-COM clinical campus in Baltimore.

Clinical Sites

International American University College of Medicine currently has contracts with the hospitals Health System Hospitals, Baltimore, MD (all have ACGME-approved programs), where most of our clinical students are currently doing their rotations: Surgery and Internal Medicine at Northwest Hospital Center, Ob-Gyn at Providence Hospital; Psychiatry at Bon Secours Hospital; Family Medicine at Union Memorial Hospital; and Pediatrics at Willoughby Beach Pediatrics.  IAU-COM students also complete elective rotations throughout departments in other hospitals affiliated with Johns Hopkins and the LifeBridge Health system, as well as Baltimore Washington Medical Center, and other institutions in the US and Canada. Students have opportunities to complete a proportion of their elective rotations at qualified Canadian hospitals in order to establish relationships with programs and faculty at institutions where they plan to apply for residency through CaRMS.

EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE (see separate overview below)

Our curriculum helps build student's confidence in their own presentation skills, commencing in semester 1 in the "Evidence Based Medicine Clinical Outcomes Research" course which is being shifted to all basic science courses as a programmatic collaboration. These communication skills continue to be honed, especially through the clinical skills courses with patient presentations, so by the time they need to present cases to a room full of doctors they will utilize these foundational experiences in order to succeed.

PRIMARY CLINICAL SKILLS

In the pre-clerkship clinical skills component of the curriculum in semesters 1-5 in St. Lucia we combined the fundamentals of Professionalism, Communication, Ethics and Physical Examination / Diagnosis-Treatment into a longitudinal sequence called "Initial Clinical Experiences" through "Advanced Clinical Experiences" to "Transition to Clerkship". The curriculum involves clinical learning experiences with pre-formulated Simulated patients and Standardized patients as well as numerous patients from the local population via the  IAUCOM "Medical Student Run Free Community Clinic" and the "Comfort Bay Senior Citizens Home"  in Vieux Fort.

CASE STUDIES

Beginning in the first semester students are presented with a specific case they are required to present and discuss to the group the following week. With each case comes a plethora of questions compiled by various faculty members. The student group is required to prepare an oral presentation which addresses each of these questions. The background required to effectively "solve" each case will depend on the specific case discussed during that week. The depth and difficulty of the cases will increase as the students progress towards their final semester in St. Lucia. In addition to case studies, students also participate extensively in local clinics and in the local St. Lucian hospital, St. Jude.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS

Medical Student Run Free Community Clinic

Medical Student Run Free Community Clinic

Mission

To make available to the general public in Saint Lucia, especially in the town of Vieux Fort, a Public Health Screening opportunity.
The Medical Student Run Free Community Clinic logo is cast in the colors of the Saint Lucia Flag, Black, White, Yellow and Blue surrounded by the College green. This also serves to symbolize that IAUCOM cares about and for the Saint Lucia community.

Goals

To have the Medical Student-Run Free Community Clinic (MSRFCC) run bi-weekly on weekends to welcome 40-80 walk-in patients for a screening assessment of their health. The clinic is run by senior (MS 4-5) medical students who are overseen by IAUCOM medical doctors and licensed Saint Lucia physicians. These senior students also advise junior peers (MS 1-3) on patient assessment, based on the advanced clinical skills they have attained.

MSRFCC comprises a tented welcome arena outside the campus where patients can present to students with their chief complaints and questions and have their clinical history taken. All students learn ethics, cultural competence, communication and professionalism skills and how to utilize a digital medical record. Patients may then move inside to the extended examination room that allows students to utilize their advanced clinical skills for taking vitals and that may include a focused physical examination in a separate exam room, on a private one-to-one basis.

Patients receive a formal report of their screening status for future reference.

 

Academy of International Medical Scholars

AIMScholars

Academy of International Medical Scholars AIMScholars

Mission

The Academy of International Medical Scholars at IAUCOM in Saint Lucia, encourages, inspires and supports the spirit of inquiry and learning in a community of faculty scholars and an academic partnership with students in the IAU Colleges of Medicine and Arts          & Sciences as well as healthcare schools throughout the Caribbean and beyond.

Goals and Overview

  1. Provide a forum to align common interests of basic/clinical scientists and students
  2. Be a non-threatening place for students and faculty to obtain advice and mentoring
  3. Sponsor journal clubs (to develop competencies for analysis of peer-reviewed literature and approaches to evidence based medicine)
  4. Promote and identify collaborations, sharing of ideas and peer mentorship
  5. Support development of educational, clinical, population health, and basic science research projects and presentation of outcomes to a broad academic community
  6. Engage IAU teachers in ongoing faculty development to refine their skills (i.e. to develop effective test questions, clinical cases, SP/ simulation assessments)
  7. Facilitate the recruitment and training of healthcare providers from St. Lucia medical facilities to serve as clinical educators and mentors
  8. Build bridges to clinical preceptors in the USA medical sites and plan strategies to optimize the preparation of students entering clerkship training
  9. Provide opportunities for premedical and medical students to find career mentorship
  10. Encourage dissemination of health research through community & public outreach
  11. Support presentation of faculty research findings at academic conferences
  12. Guide faculty and students on how and where to access to key resources for personal development and professional advancement
  13. Help the IAU academic community realize continuous quality improvement, CQI
  14. Conduct an Annual Research Conference with presentations by faculty, students, and invited international experts / scholars as plenary speakers
  15. Conduct needs-based, themed "Continued Medical Education" (CME) symposia / workshops under license by the Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Association.
  16. Host the Institutional Research Review Board (IRB) committee with divisions to ensure bioethical standards are maintained for all scopes of research activity.
  17. Establish a pipeline to publish peer-reviewed studies; launch the "IAU-AIMS Journal of International Medical Scholarship"

 

Capstone Research Program

Capstone Research Program

Mission

In order to help deepen and broaden experiences of medical education, students can pursue a research through a Capstone Program Project. This experience provides an in-depth exposure and a research contribution across a variety of concentration options or self determined.

Goals and Overview

To have Capstone Scholars graduate with the diploma "Doctor of Medicine with Distinction in Research"

To have research concentrations, which offer the possibility of pursuing new ideas with possession of Intellectual Property and project design learning skills, include topics such as:

  • Evidence based medicine
  • Health outcomes research
  • Cultural competency
  • Collaborative Care
  • Global, public and community health
  • Geriatric health
  • Women's health
  • Health policy and advocacy
  • Health management and leadership
  • Health communication
  • Medical education
  • Translational / clinical / basic science research
  • Medical humanities

Starting in the MS1 course "Evidence Based Medicine and Clinical Outcomes Research" students learn about a variety of approaches to scholarly inquiry. Continue, during the first semester, to acquire knowledge in a chosen area and start working with a Capstone Program Mentor.

The early capstone experience guides students to identify, organize and communicate information.

In the second semester, under the guidance of their mentor, students initiate their Capstone project.

Under special circumstances, Capstone projects may commence in the clinical years in collaboration with the Dean of Clinical Sciences or Academic Affairs and preceptors.

Approved projects culminate in a presentation at the Interdisciplinary Student Research Day at the IAU. Academy of International Medical Scholars, prior to graduation.

 

Evidence Based Medicine and Clinical Outcomes Research Program

Evidence Based Medicine and Clinical Outcomes Research Program

Mission

This course provides a foundation for understanding how research informs the best practices in patient care. It is essential for medical students to understand the application of Evidence Based Medicine and Clinical Outcomes Research (EBMCOR) to key decisions that doctors make when determining diagnoses and treatment options. Case-based experiential learning in EBMCOR teaches how to evaluate the Best Available Evidence to guide Decision-Making Under Uncertainty. We introduce these skills from the onset of basic and clinical training in Year 1, to cultivate the practiced habits of lifelong learners.

Goal and Overview

To have entry-level medical students understand the foundations and relations of basic and clinical sciences and current research that promote critical thinking.

In the first semester five key themes represent widespread healthcare issues. Each theme (cancer, diabetes, glymphatics, obesity, gut microbiome) considered over two separate 2hr learning sessions then collectively reflect on relations. The first session involves exercises in literature searching and discussion of reports on how to read a research article. For each theme, students read a relatively easy-read report for the initial session, followed by a research article (review or meta-analysis) for the second session.

Learning objectives guide focal issues. Students are prompted in-class by Socratic Questioning to assess contributed oral overviews.  Standardized patients have students address their questions by literature review for best available evidence. In the final session small groups identify relations between themes. Assessments use a validated hybrid Visual Analog/Likert Scale rating instrument with anchors. Students conduct assessment surveys to capture opinions of design, approach and perceived learning value.

Due to the success of this course it is currently being continued longitudinally across the basic science courses and into the clinical clerkships.

The program was well received as an innovative solution at a recent presentation at the 2017 annual meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators in the US.

 

Bridge to Step 1 Success and Transition To Clerkship Program

Bridge to Step 1 Success and Transition To Clerkship Program

The "Bridge to Success" (BTS) Program serves to provide IAUCOM students with a structured and mentored approach to preparation for high stakes USMLE Step 1.  Core components of this board review, arranged in systems-based sessions,  help learners to: 1) organize their basic science knowledge in meaningful framework that mirrors the USMLE Step 1 content; 2) self-assess daily, using NBME practice questions; 3) provide instructor guidance for remediation in areas of difficulty; and 4) offer tutoring resources for students who need one-to-one support. Each afternoon has protected time for self-directed study and Question Taking (e.g., UWorld, CBSSA, QBank, First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, First Aid for the Basic Sciences Organ Systems), for students to determine their progress, and to identify areas in need of deeper learning.

The USMLE Step 1 preparation in BTS begins and ends with a NBME Comprehensive Basic Science Examination

Clinical skills gained over the first four semesters in the "Initial Clinical Experiences" (preICE → ICE) and "Advanced Clinical Experiences" (preACE → ACE) courses culminate in the last 2 weeks of the fifth semester Bridge To Success Program with the "Transition to Clerkship" sub-program. This essential aspect of the BTS  program is the parallel training to reinforce primary clinical knowledge, skills and attitude (KSA) for clerkships. It provides context for how the science applies to patient care and reminds students of what awaits them once they succeed on Step 1 and transition to immersive clinical learning in Baltimore.

IAUCOM ADVANTAGE

Increased competition: Medical school admissions is difficult, even though there over ?# new schools in the U.S.  According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, of the 53,042 prospective students that applied to medical school in the 2016-2017 cycle, only 40% matriculated into U.S. programs

IAUCOM provides qualified applicants a means of achieving their dream of becoming a physician. It is important to note that approximately 25% of US medical residents are not graduates of US medical schools (http://jaoa.org/article.aspx?articleid=2213422). In fact,  International Medical Graduates (IMGs) play a vital role in the US healthcare system and represent 26% of practicing physicians and 24% of clinical residents in specialty programs. Approximately 41% of IMGs are practising in primary care disciplines as defined by the AAMC (internal medicine, family medicine/general practice, pediatrics, internal medicine/pediatrics, and geriatrics), helping to address a national shortage in primary care physicians.

At IAUCOM we acknowledge there are many Caribbean medical schools to choose from, and amongst them many large and prominent institutions valuemd.com/caribbean-medical-schools.html. As committed educators we encourage you to make a personalized assessment of your needs and study habits. Will you thrive in a class of 800 or prefer small classes? Do you want ready access to professors and have all your preceptors at one clinical campus, or prefer to go to different states for core rotations?  Will you spend 2 years in classrooms cramming for Step 1, or see your first patients in week 1 of medical school?  How do you learn best?  We are dedicated to providing our students with structured and individualized opportunities to find your place in the medical profession.

  1. A Progressive Curriculum - Our state of the art curriculum centers on pedagogies of case-based and self-directed learning, and with interactive teaching / learning sessions that use simulated and SP- standardized patient exercises. This balance provides students with many different ways to learn, to be proactive in determining their own academic progress, and to benefit from faculty and peer support in small group work. Evidence-Based Medicine & Clinical Outcomes Research is woven into the Year 1-2 pathophysiology courses to help integrate the basic sciences with aspects of clinical practice, and to teach students how to find the best research resources for patient care. All learning sessions are defined by Goals and Learning Objectives, and closely aligned with the NBME science content headings for USMLE examinations. Similarly the core clinical competencies are defined by the ACGME and the AAMC's framework of Entrustable Professional Activities; they are used to guide gradual development of clinical skills through weekly patient rounds and clinical conferences, and to prepare students to enter clerkships having mastered the basics.
  2. Low Student/Faculty Ratio - Maintaining a low student:faculty ratio is fundamental to our teaching method. You will never be just another number at IAUCOM. The scale allows students to find mentorship and opportunities to participate in community-based initiatives, public health research, education and public outreach, and to publish their work with support of faculty.
  3. Early Patient Exposure - IAUCOM students begin interacting with patients during their 1st semester. The Student-Run Free Community Clinic and The Comfort Bay Retirement Center ensures a wide exposure to a diverse patient population. This exposure to the clinical setting continues throughout subsequent semesters through preceptor-supervised activities and with Simulated and Standardized Patients exercises for assessment of clinical skills.
  4. NBME Subject Exams - Given at the end of each course in the basic sciences, they count for 50% of course grades. They 1) ensure that learners are meeting the standards for each discipline, and 2) help prepare our students for the Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE), which helps students assess their strengths and weaknesses and readiness for the USMLE Step 1 licensing examination.
  5. Fifth Semester - Commencing May 2018, a 13 week USMLE Step 1 preparation program followed by a 2 week higher order clinical skills review / assessment component is carried out in Saint Lucia. The "Bridge to Success"  Program sets a baseline for Step 1 with pre-and post CBSE examinations, and uses a system-based design.and resources from NBME's self-assessment program (CBSSA); UWorld and other test-taking tools are also used throughout this program. The two week "Transition To Clerkship" Program involves immersion in the primary clinical skills with a comprehensive review and practice of communication skills, professionalism, history taking and the basic physical examination of all systems.

MISSION & GOALS

Mission

Train future physicians to contribute positively through their selfless and humble actions, emphasizing strong medical ethics and appreciating human worth and dignity

Goals

  1. To foster and support a vibrant health science learning community for students, faculty, staff, and community partners.
  2. To build an outstanding academic program with experiences and comprehensive scholarly support within a campus cultural environment that promotes student, faculty and staff engagement along with community participation.
  3. To lead an innovative medical education platform that includes educational programs for medical students, faculty, and community physicians.
  4. To develop research and scholarly programs that emphasize translational approaches to prevent
    disease, personalize medicine and improve population health

CREDENTIALS

As an IAUCOM student, we guarantee to satisfy all "levels" of credentialing necessary for US, Canadian, Indian and Nigerian Clinical Licensure.

IAUCOM is recognized by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that allows all three steps of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) needed to become a practicing physician in the U.S.

IAUCOM is listed in The World Directory of Medical Schools developed through a partnership between the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). http://www.wdoms.org/   This is an accurate and up-to-date compilation of international medical schools recognized by the appropriate government agency in the medical school's respective country. Recognition by the ECFMG depends on whether the school is listed in this directory.

IAUCOM recently submitted an application to CAAMHP for accreditation and is awaiting a site visit as part of the assessment process  http://www.caam-hp.org/sitevisit.html

RESIDENCY & LICENSURE

OBTAINING A RESIDENCY POSITION

Residency programs begin on July 1 of every year. In order to be eligible, students must have the following before May 31: passing scores on USMLE Step 1 (192 required; >250 preferred) and USMLE Step 2 CK (209 required) and Step 2 CS (pass / fail); diploma from International American University; and an ECFMG Certificate.

The application process is complex, and deadlines are critical. Most residency programs accept applications from July to December for entry to the following July. Therefore, students must call or write to all the programs that they have an interest in, and obtain applications as early as possible. Interviews are generally conducted from October to January; if invited, students should definitely attend.
The best way to become familiar with programs and their addresses is to consult the American Medical Association (AMA) Graduate Medical Education Directory (called the "green book") and see lists of programs accredited by the the Accreditaion Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) at their website http://www.acgme.org/Residents-and-Fellows/The-ACGME-for-Residents-and-Fellows.

MATCH PROGRAM

The National Residency Match Program (NRMP) is a universal placement service in which most programs and applicants participate. It greatly optimizes the chances of getting a residency position. Applications are available from July to September for entry to the following July, and the deadline for receipt of the application is October. Applications can be obtained from NRMP's website. In order to be eligible to participate in the NRMP, students must have passed USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS, by December 31 of the year prior to which they wish to enter residency training. Additionally, they must be scheduled to graduate medical school on or before May 31. After applying to the NRMP, students must apply to each residency program in which they are interested, and go for interviews. In February, students must submit a "rank order list" to the NRMP. This is basically a list of the programs interviewed at in the order of most desirable to least desirable. Simultaneously, all the residency programs submit their rank order lists of the candidates they interviewed from their most desirable to least desirable. Subsequently, a computerized matching process begins, with results released in March. If a student matches at a specific program, it is a legally binding contract and he/she must begin the residency that July. If a student fails to match, or is not eligible to enter the NRMP, he/she can still apply to residency programs and hope to obtain a position "outside the match." Simultaneously with the NRMP results released in March, a publication listing of all unfilled residency positions is sent to all those who participated the NRMP, but did not match.

TRANSCRIPTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

All residency programs require a medical school transcript, a Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)(formerly known as the Dean's Letter), and three letters of recommendation, as part of the application process. Most programs indicate that the transcript and MSPE must be official (sent directly from the school) and that the letters of recommendation must be confidential (sent directly from the persons writing them). For some programs, however, it may be possible to send unofficial copies of the transcript and letters directly with the application, and then have official/confidential originals sent if the student is invited for an interview. Students should verify this issue with each program, before sending the application.

The MSPE is written by the Chief Academic Officer of International American University College of Medicine. It contains information about the student's academic performance and excerpts from clinical evaluations in the student's file. Students should request basic and clinical science faculty to write letters of recommendation on their behalf, and send them directly to the Dallas office. Students will be required to make a request in writing to the Registrar's office for their MSPE. The students are required to include a curriculum vitae (CV) and personal statement with each written request.

USMLE

The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) has three parts leading to licensure. The USMLE Step 1 is during the fifth Semester. Clerkship opportunities are available only to students who have passed Step 1 of the USMLE. A student who has successfully completed Semesters 1 through 5 and who has passed USMLE Step 1 is eligible to be certified to take the USMLE Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS (Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills) provided that the student has completed a minimum of 48 weeks of clinical training. The student must also be within 12 months of graduation. International Medical Graduates (IMGs) certified by ECFMG or pursuing ECFMG Certification should be familiar with these regulations. Detailed information is available on the USMLE website. Students must pass Step 2 CK & CS in a maximum of three trials, and within two calendar years of becoming eligible, in order to receive the Doctor of Medicine degree from International American University College of Medicine. USMLE Step 3, the final step for licensure, is taken after graduation or during (or conclusion of) residency training (except for non-residents of the U.S. who must pass Step 3 to be eligible for a certificate from the ECFMG).

GRADUATION

To be eligible for graduation all students must: successfully complete all required coursework; pass USMLE Step 1 in three or fewer attempts; pass USMLE Step 2 CS and CK in three or fewer attempts; meet all financial obligations of the medical college; and have all required administrative documentation on file in the US Office by the first week in April. The commencement exercises are held each year in May in Dallas, Texas.

ECFMG Certification

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is an agency that validates the education of all foreign medical graduates and issues certification. The ECFMG certificate is required to enter residency and to obtain licensure. To obtain this certificate a student must have a valid medical school diploma and have passed USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 (CS and CK). More information can be obtained by visiting the ECFMG website and by reading their most recent bulletin.

Licensure

Licensure to practice medicine is governed by each individual state, and each state has its own specific requirements. In order to better understand the requirements of the state(s) in which students intend to practice, they should call or write the state licensing board and request an application for medical licensure. A list of state licensing boards can be found by visiting the website of the Federation of State Medical Boards. Currently, all states require a diploma, an ECFMG certificate, and passing scores for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS, and Step 3. Additionally, all states require completion of some residency training, with the number of years varying from state to state. Students should be aware that many states have requirements beyond the evaluation of their medical school experience so require specific inquiries of those states where you have an interest in practicing.

SCHOLARSHIPS & LOANS

Student Loans

IAU Student who are US Citizens or permanent residents of the United States are now eligible to apply for Sallie Mae Loans. The Smart Option Student Loan® allows qualified students to borrow up to 100% of the cost of attendance for the Doctor of Medicine program. The Smart Option Student Loan® offers two types of interest rates and multiple repayment options designed to save students money and make it easier to achieve their long-term financial and professional goals; apply today!

IAU Students who are Canadian Citizens can now apply for the Canada Student Loan Program. IAU has been approved by the Government of Canada and is listed under the CanLearn Master Designated List (MDL); apply today!

IAU Scholarship Opportunities

International American University College of Medicine offers a variety of scholarships that recognize outstanding performance of applicants in various fields. Scholarships are granted as credits to basic sciences tuition and fees for semesters one to four.

All applicants must submit a scholarship application that outlines academic successes, community service, professional achievements and recognitions. Applicants should also submit an essay accompanied by supporting documents (transcript, letters of recommendation, certificates, awards) as proof of eligibility.

The Office of Student Services must receive all applications and supporting documentation at least thirty days prior to the start of classes. You may complete your scholarship application online now (click here). Please note that there is no guarantee of a scholarship and the number of scholarships awarded per semester may vary. All Scholarship decisions are final and are not open to appeal. Questions regarding the scholarship application process must be directed to the Office of Students Services at 972-484-9700 or via email at studentservices@iau.edu.lc. Scholarships are automatically renewed as long as the student maintains passing grades in each course undertaken.

Outstanding Medical School Student Scholarship - Extremely competitive and limited scholarships are awarded to students, who have demonstrated strong personal qualities of citizenship, dedication to the community or public service, and academic excellence. This scholarship covers up to $2,000 off the tuition for Basic Science coursework. Applicants, must have minimum of a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.7 or higher in their undergraduate and exhibit strong academic, social and personal leadership qualities to qualify. Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress and maintain a 3.0 each semester to continue eligibility; Apply today!

Academic Scholarship - Each semester IAU awards scholarships to fresh applicants who have demonstrated academic excellence and are pursuant of the MD Program. This scholarship covers up to $1,500 off the tuition for Basic Science coursework. Applicants, must have minimum of a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher in their undergraduate program. Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress and maintain a 3.0 each semester to continue eligibility; Apply today!

MCAT Scholarship

Limited scholarships are awarded to students who have recently completed the MCAT Exams and had a minimum score of 25/500. Students will be required to submit their MCAT score reports and complete the only application to qualify. Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress each semester to continue eligibility; Apply today!

US Military Veterans Scholarship - Active Military/Veterans of the US Army, Navy and Airforce are eligible to apply for a $500 scholarship. This scholarship can be applied to both Pre-Medical and Doctor of Medicine students. Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress each semester to continue eligibility. Applicants must provide proof of Military service in order to receive this scholarship. IAU would like to say thank you for your service to our country;  Apply today!

Medical Professional Scholarship Program - Applicants that are Certified EMT's or Paramedics, LVNs, RNs and similar licensed medical professionals who wish to pursue higher education with IAU College of medicine may apply for this scholarship. This scholarship can be applied to both Pre-Medical and Doctor of Medicine students. Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress each semester to continue eligibility. Proof of current certification and licensure along with other admissions requirements must be submitted to the Office of Student Services in order to qualify for this scholarship; Apply today!

Saint Lucian Student Scholarship - IAU believes in giving back to the community we are part of. This scholarship is for Saint Lucian natives who are looking to pursue a career in the medical field. This scholarship covers 100% of the cost of tuition only up to the fourth semester of the Doctor of Medicine Program. This scholarship applies to both Pre-Medical and Doctor of Medicine students. The recipients are intended to return to their home country to practice medicine; Apply today!

Please note that this scholarship does not include University fees, room, board, transportation or educational supplies. IAU does not guarantee clinical placement in the United States and applicants are subject to all US Immigration laws if they wish to do their Clinical Rotations in the USA. Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress each semester to continue eligibility.

CARICOM Tuition Reduction Scholarship - IAU is pleased to promote the career ambitions of students from CARICOM member states and associate member states by offering a special tuition scholarship (http://caricom.org/about-caricom/who-we-are/our-governance/members-and-associate-members/). CARICOM citizens will receive a 30% reduction off their tuition only; Apply today!

Please note that this scholarship does not include University fees, room, board, transportation or educational supplies. IAU does not guarantee clinical placement in the United States and applicants are subject to all US Immigration laws if they wish to do their Clinical Rotations in the USA. Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress each semester to continue eligibility.

African Student Tuition Reduction Scholarship - Applicants who currently reside in an African country and has possess citizenship from that country may apply for this Scholarship. Students must be able to prove citizenship and permanent residents from their home country. Please contact the Office of Student Services for scholarship amount. You may contact the Office of Student Services at 972-484-9700 or via email at studentservices@iau.edu.lc. Student may now apply online - Apply today!

ADMISSIONS

Admission Process

International American University College of Medicine operates on a trimester system (three semesters per year). On this trimester system we intake student in January, May and September (Academic Calendar). Students may apply for admission to the program up to three semesters in advance. Students are encouraged to submit their application as early in order to secure a seat in their desires term.

Academic Requirements

For North American Applicants

  1. Bachelor's Degree of at least 3 years (90 semester credit hours) of undergraduate education from a regionally accredited university.
  2. 1 year of General Biology or Zoology with labs (undergraduate level or equivalent)
  3. 1 year of Inorganic Chemistry (General or Physical) with labs (undergraduate level or equivalent)
  4. 1 year of Organic Chemistry with labs – Or one semester of Organic Chemistry and one semester of Biochemistry (undergraduate level or equivalent)
  5. 1 semester of Physics with lab (undergraduate level or equivalent)
  6. 1 semester of math -Calculus, Computer Sciences or Statistics (undergraduate level or equivalent)
  7. 1 year of English (undergraduate level or equivalent)

For British Applicants

  1. Bachelor's Degree of at least 3 years (90 semester credit hours) of undergraduate studies with a strong science background.
  2. 1 year of General Biology or Zoology with labs (undergraduate level or equivalent)
  3. 1 year of Inorganic Chemistry (General or Physical) with labs (undergraduate level or equivalent)
  4. 1 year of Organic Chemistry with labs – Or one semester of Organic Chemistry and one semester of Biochemistry (undergraduate level or equivalent)
  5. 1 semester of Physics with lab (undergraduate level or equivalent)
  6. 1 semester of math -Calculus, Computer Sciences or Statistics (undergraduate level or equivalent)
  7. 1 year of English (undergraduate level or equivalent)
  8. If deemed necessary - Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

For Applicants from Other Educational Systems

  1. Successful completion of secondary school
  2. Bachelor's Degree of at least 3 years (90 semester credit hours) of undergraduate studies with a strong science background.
  3. 1 year of General Biology or Zoology with labs (undergraduate level or equivalent)
  4. 1 year of Inorganic Chemistry (General or Physical) with labs (undergraduate level or equivalent)
  5. 1 year of Organic Chemistry with labs – Or one semester of Organic Chemistry and one semester of Biochemistry (undergraduate level or equivalent)
  6. 1 semester of Physics with lab (undergraduate level or equivalent)
  7. 1 semester of math -Calculus, Computer Sciences or Statistics (undergraduate level or equivalent)
  8. 1 year of English (undergraduate level or equivalent)
  9. If deemed necessary - Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Students who do not hold a bachelor's degree of 3 years of undergraduate studies are advised to contact the Office of Admissions regarding placement into the 5 year combined pre-medical/ Doctor of Medicine Program.
Required Documents for Application

  1. IAU Application for Admission
  2. Application fee of $100 (nonrefundable)
  3. A colored passport size photo
  4. Personal Statement explaining why you want to become a physician
  5. At least two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources
  6. Resume listing extracurricular or medical volunteer activities
  7. Official transcripts for all coursework completed thus far
  8. Transcript evaluation for coursework completed outside the United States

Transfer students will also be required to submit the following additional documentation:

  1. Official transcript(s) from previous medical school(s)
  2. Official USMLE transcripts (if attempted)
  3. Score reports for all previous CBSE attempts (if attempted)
  4. Dean or Registrar's letter.

Applicants who meet the criteria for admission will be scheduled for an interview. Interview will be scheduled within 48 hours. Interviews are held in person, via video (Skype or similar programs) or phone if other options are available. Please note that being granted an interview does not guarantee the applicant's acceptance.
The interview is used to evaluate the candidate in the following areas:

  1. Communication skills & content of responses
  2. Preparation for medical school
  3. Leadership and volunteer experiences
  4. Overall ability to become a successful physician

Once the interview has been completed, the interviewer will write a 1-2 page evaluation of the applicant and submitted to the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee evaluates students in a holistic manner and is committed to developing a diverse student body. In evaluating students for admission the committee takes into consideration all components of the application including marks, standardized test scores, and consistency and progression in achievements. The Admissions Committee gives serious consideration to all candidates demonstrating the potential to meet the rigorous academic requirements of a highly structured curriculum. The committee highly recommends that applicants have experience in clinical settings, research, public health, or community outreach activities.
Following the Admissions Committee interview, the student will be notified of their admission status within 24-48 (unless additional review is required by either the Admission or Promotion Committees). After receipt of the decision rendered (if accepted), the student is required to acknowledge their intention within 7 days by returning the enrollment documents accompanied with the acceptance letter. Applicants must submit their seat deposit in order to secure their seat.

Application TimeLine

The College accepts student applications on a rolling basis, and currently there are 3 intake sessions per year, the January, May and September term starts. We recommend that your application be submitted no later than 2 months before the start of your chosen term. Please note that September is our largest intake so we recommend that applications be submitted 3-4 months in advance to allow for adequate processing time. 

Please contact the Office of Admissions for any questions that you may have, at 972-484-9700, 1-888-440-4474 or via email at admissions@iau.edu.lc

Further Information

For detailed information, please contact us.

Create Date: 11-06-2004
Last Modification: 10-30-2017
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International American University College of Medicine (IAU), St. Lucia