AUC students who complete the Medical Sciences curriculum on the St. Maarten campus will matriculate into the Clinical Sciences curriculum of the medical degree program. Clinical training is 72 weeks in length and clerkships can be scheduled at one hospital or many hospitals across the United States and United Kingdom.
What is the Clinical Sciences Curriculum?
The clinical science curriculum are separated into core and elective rotations. Core rotations are the foundation of a student’s clinical medical education. Elective clerkships are medical subspecialties under each of the main core rotations. Students choose their objectives according to their preferred area of postgraduate residency training. All AUC clinical sites in the United States offer residency programs approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or are affiliated with a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
Students are advised to take four to eight weeks of electives in a primary field of interest. Four to six weeks of family practice is highly recommended, as this is a condition of licensure in many states. AUC’s Chief Academic Officer recommends that students also take Emergency Medicine and Neurology. Additionally, it is recommended that each student take 18–22 weeks of electives in internal medicine subspecialties. See course description section for full listing of subspecialties.
Taking the USMLE Step 2
Upon completion of core rotations and clinical sciences curriculum (including core exams), students are eligible to take the USMLE Step 2 and must pass this exam to graduate. Passing Step 2 is also a condition for ECFMG certification, which is the process that international medical graduates must follow to participate in the National Resident Matching Program for postgraduate training. They participate in the same residency match programs as U.S. medical students.