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AUA
– Offering A
World Of
Opportunities
Anyone travelling along the busy
Friars Hill Road would have
noticed the growing population of
backpack-toting students at the
American University of Antigua
science)/MD degree programmes, as well as a semester… they see these patients either at
pre-medical programme for students who are Holberton Hospital or at our facility here,”
(AUA), one of the island’s offshore
either starting their medical career directly he says. “We also have a commitment to
medical schools. While the facility
from high school, or non-traditional students small classes of no more than 100 students.”
is an accepted part of the society,
who do not have or are missing prerequisite Other institutions, he noted, can have twice
courses for the four-year MD programme. that number.
not much is known about its work-
ings, and function
Upon completion of basic sciences, they A hospital integrated programme, a US
.
then transfer to the United States, and chose Medical School fashioned curriculum and the
from a number of associated hospitals all over fact that AUA is the youngest facility to be
E
xecutive Dean Dr. Peter Bell MD, vice
the US to complete their course work. accredited by the New York State Board for
president of Academic Affairs and,
Medicine are other attributes he mentioned
recalls starting four-and-a-half years ago with “As we prepare our students to become
which have helped AUA become one of the
nine students. There are 1,200 of them to- doctors, we would like to have faculty from
fastest growing offshore medical school.
day, 900 in Antigua and 300 in the US. The whatever ethnic background, but faculty
students who are enrolled at the university that have experience in the laws of American His fingers are crossed as AUA awaits
represent more than 30 countries, Antigua & schools environment,” says Dr Bell. He adds accreditation from the State of California, as
Barbuda included. that AUA is proud of its excellent interna- this would give their students the freedom
tional faculty, which includes Antiguans. and/or choice to work there. He admitted
AUA, according to its principals, seeks
Besides their teaching obligation, faculty is that it’s a very long and detail project, since,
to provide a superior medical education to
also active in international research. “The vast majority of states (in the US) do
students committed to the highest standard
not have any legislation in place regarding
of learning and achievement, and to graduate The dean says the medical school is unique
foreign medical schools. There are only few
skilled, ethical and caring physicians who will in several ways, and this could be one of
which have legislation, and the most impor-
become lifelong learners with the ability to the factors behind the enrollment’s annual
tant of those is New York… a vast majority
conduct and evaluate medical research. The increase. Students have patient contact from
of the states follow New York and that’s why
college is accredited by the New York State the first semester, something which Dr Bell
New York was so important to us.”
Board for Medicine. AUA offers a four-year is quite proud of, along with the class sizes.
MD (medical degree), a six-year AS (associate “They see real patients from the very first The college is also seeking accreditation
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