AUC Mission and History

A proud tradition of providing a home for academic study, collaboration, and achievement

Mission of AUC

The mission of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine is to provide an excellent medical education to qualified students of diverse backgrounds. This is to be accomplished within an atmosphere of academic integrity and scholarship, which fosters the highest standards in professional ethics and competence.

History of AUC

1978: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine is founded by the Tien family, upon a belief in the need for visionary, skilled, and compassionate doctors. The school is originally located on the island of Montserrat.

1995: Montserrat’s Soufrière Hills Volcano, which had been dormant throughout recorded history, comes to life in an eruption that leaves much of the island buried and the southern half of the island uninhabitable. AUC plans to relocate the medical school to St. Maarten.

1998: AUC completes a new multi-million-dollar teaching and learning facility featuring modern classrooms and laboratories, a virtual imaging anatomy lab, a microbiology lab, and a comprehensive medical library.

2002: AUC’s modern one and two-bedroom student dormitory is constructed.

2011: AUC is acquired by DeVry Education Group, one of the world's largest providers of education services. 

2012: Work commences to construct a new academic building to house a simulation center, anatomy lab, and other spaces for teaching and learning.

2013: Heidi Chumley, MD joins AUC as Executive Dean and Chief Medical Officer.

2014: New Academic Building officially opens on AUC campus. 

Earn Your Medical Education with AUC

Over the past 35 years, AUC has grown in numbers and in stature. With rigorous instruction and training, each day at AUC provides a fresh chance to live our mission of preserving, transmitting, and applying humanity’s accumulated medical knowledge and clinical skills to develop graduates whose accomplishments attest to their intellectual discipline. As a result, in the years since AUC’s founding, more than 6,500 graduated physicians have made an impact in the field of medicine in countries around the world.