Community Involvement

AUC is dedicated to developing physicians with a commitment to public health and community involvement.

An important part of the mission of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) is a dedication to educating physicians with a lifelong commitment to public health and community service. AUC students participate in a number of outreach and volunteer programs during their time in St. Maarten.

On the Blog: Educating Medical Students to Become Empathetic, Socially Engaged Physicians. 


Community Action Day

Community Action Day, held each semester, gathers physicians-in-training, along with members of AUC’s faculty and administration, for events held throughout the island. The day’s community involvement events focus on health, education, animal welfare, and environmental awareness, and are conducted in partnership with several St. Maarten organizations. Programs like this provide Caribbean medical school students with the opportunity to interact with their community and perform health screenings and other services.

Project HELP

The overall purpose of the Project HELP initiative is to:

  • promote Health

  • Educate participants about healthy living choices

  • increase Literacy/understanding of health risks and indicators

  • and focus on Prevention of illness through adoption of healthy practices. 

Project HELP supports the healthcare needs of uninsured and perhaps under-served residents of St. Maarten. The program also serves to foster relationships within the St. Maarten community by creating a collaborative learning environment for patients, Caribbean medical school students, physicians-in-training, and St. Maarten licensed physicians.

AUC/USM Scholarship Program

The AUC/University of St. Maarten Scholars Program (formerly known as the Tien Scholarship Program) honors residents who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the country of Sint Maarten and a desire to contribute to the betterment of the country and local community. In 2014 the program awarded over $30,000 in scholarships to support five awardees in attending the University of Sint Maarten. For more information, contact