American University of the Caribbean

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American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
TypePrivate, Medical School
DeanAlex Carrasco
Academic staff
75 (on main campus)[citation needed]
StudentsTooltip approximation650 on main campus[citation needed]
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

The American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) is a private for-profit medical school. Its main basic science campus is located in Sint Maarten, and administrative offices are located in Miramar, Florida, in the United States. AUC is owned by Adtalem Global Education.[1] The executive dean of AUC manages the medical school from offices in Miramar, Florida. [2]


American University of the Caribbean main campus in Sint Maarten


Founded by American educator Dr. Paul Tien in 1978.[3] The main campus of the American University of the Caribbean was originally located on the island of Montserrat. However, the university had to be evacuated in 1995 due to volcanic activity in the Soufrière Hills. The campus remained closed for two years, until it was finally destroyed by pyroclastic flow from the volcano in 1997.[4]

St. Maarten[edit]

AUC purchased a parcel of land in the village of Cupecoy on the Dutch side of St. Martin and construction of a permanent campus began in July 1996. The new campus opened on 1 May 1998. AUC's new campus consists of teaching and learning facilities featuring classrooms and laboratories, an imaging anatomy lab, a microbiology lab, and a medical library. The school was purchased by Adtalem Global Education in 2011 for $235 million.[5] The current dean of AUC is Alex Carrasco.[6]

Building 2

Hurricane Irma[edit]

Hurricane Irma struck Sint Maarten on September 5 and 6 2017 and the AUC campus, including the dormitories, suffered minor damage but classes had to be canceled and all students were evacuated off the island of Sint Maarten, as the island attempted to restore basic services. According to the AUC's official hurricane update page, students were sheltered in a building that was engineered and designed to withstand a category 5 hurricane (Building 2). Supplies were distributed to sheltered students, colleagues, and loved ones in the storm's aftermath.[7] Several residences, where students were staying, were "completely destroyed--and food and water is scarce", according to the CBC. The school arranged for students to start the next semester on September 29, 2017, having made an arrangements with a North West England university (University of Central Lancashire) to share their facilities until students were able to return to the Sint Maarten campus.


After completing the initial 5 semesters (20 months)[8] of study in the Medical Sciences portion on AUC's St. Maarten campus, students then conduct 4.5 semesters (18 months)[8] of training in the Clinical Sciences portion (also known as the Clinical Years) at AUC's affiliated community hospitals, whereby the students may choose between community hospitals in the United States[9] or The United Kingdom.[9] Both the required core rotations (Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, and Psychiatry) and elective rotations in any specialty may be taken at one or several different clinical sites. BronxCare Hospital System is the largest clinical site that AUC has a contract with. [10]

Accreditation, recognition and licensure[edit]

Since 1995, AUC has been accredited by Accreditation Commission of Colleges of Medicine. ACCM is an independent accrediting body based in Ireland that accredits medical schools on behalf of several governments.[11]

AUC is included in the list of approved schools recognized by the Medical Board of California.[12] AUC is listed with the World Directory of Medical Schools' directory[13] which indicates that students and graduates of this medical school are eligible to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification.

Some states in the USA have their own approval processes for medical schools.[14][15] AUC is approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED)[16] to allow students to complete more than 12 weeks of clinical clerkships in New York State. AUC is one of eight Caribbean medical schools so approved by NYSED.[16] Additionally, Florida[17][18] has approved AUC to allow medical students to do clinical rotations in that state. AUC graduates (post September 2019) are eligible for registration with the General Medical Council in the United Kingdom, which as a result means that graduates can complete postgraduate (residency) training or work at any stage of their careers as practicing clinicians in the UK.[19]

Student loan debt[edit]

The US Department of Education reported that the median total student loan debt for Americans who completed the AUC medical program was $331,634 (as of 2019). The default rate as of 2016 was 0.7%. The US DOE also reported that 63.49% on time completion for those completing the program. [20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Home". Adtalem Global Education.
  2. ^ "A spotlight on MBA programs in Florida". Florida Trend. Retrieved 9 May 2023.
  3. ^ "AUC School of Medicine Statistics". AUC School of Medicine.
  4. ^ Lesales, Thierry; Simpson, David M.; Human, Roy J. (1 August 2007). "Creating Disaster-resistant Universities in the Caribbean". Études caribéennes (7). doi:10.4000/etudescaribeennes.294 – via
  5. ^ "St. Martin News Network - DeVry Inc. Announces Acquisition of American University of the Caribbean --- Expands DeVry's Offering in High Quality Medical Education; Creates World's Leading Provider of International Medical Education".
  6. ^ "Meet Our Faculty & Staff | AUC School of Medicine". Retrieved 16 January 2024.
  7. ^ "AUC - About American University of the Caribbean Medical School | AUC". Archived from the original on 9 September 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  8. ^ a b "AUC - Review Clinical Sciences Curriculum | American University of the Caribbean". Archived from the original on 29 October 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Clinical Rotations in the UK and US". AUC School of Medicine. Archived from the original on 25 May 2020.
  10. ^ "American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center Extend Medical Student Education Agreement". 3 January 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2022.
  11. ^ "Accredited Medical Education Programmes". Retrieved 27 May 2023.
  12. ^ "Medical Education | MBC".
  13. ^ "American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine". World Directory of Medical Schools. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
  14. ^ "Medical Schools Recognized | Medical Board of California". Archived from the original on 18 August 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Schools whose graduates do not have to prove substantial equivalence of their education" (RTF). Archived from the original on 24 July 2011.
  16. ^ a b "NYS Medicine:Application Forms". Archived from the original on 11 May 2021. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  17. ^ "Commission for Independent Education - Clerkships". Archived from the original on 17 June 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  18. ^ "Nonpublic Postsecondary School/College Details". 29 July 2002. Archived from the original on 18 January 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  19. ^ "Overseas medical qualifications we do not accept". 15 January 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  20. ^ "Foreign Medical School Information" (PDF). US Department of Education. Retrieved 12 December 2023.

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