Our Medical School Program

Curricula, board exams, and licensure

For more than 35 years, AUC has offered bright and talented aspiring physicians the opportunity to receive a quality medical school education in a warm, collaborative, and collegial environment. Here, students collaborate instead of compete, and work together to boost everyone’s chances for success. And our celebrated team of supportive faculty is there every step of the way to guide and support you as you continue walking your path to practice.

Medical Sciences Curriculum

The first five semesters (equivalent to two academic years) of AUC’s medical school curriculum take place on AUC’s modern medical school campus in St. Maarten. The campus includes two primary academic buildings that students move between easily during the course of a day’s classes. For details on specific courses of study at AUC, please consult our academic catalog.

Clinical Sciences Curriculum

After completing the Medical Sciences curriculum, students sit for the United States Medical Licensure Examination® (USMLE) Step 1, a required board exam, before moving on to 72 weeks of clinical rotations (42 weeks of core clerkships and 30 weeks of electives).

Core Rotations

Core clerkships are completed at affiliated sites located in the United States and/or the United Kingdom.

Elective Rotations

During your 4th year, you have the opportunity to engage in elective rotations at eligible teaching sites in Canada, the United States, or abroad. AUC students have completed elective rotations at the following Canadian educational sites:

USMLE Step 2

Before becoming eligible to graduate, you'll need to complete Step 2 of the USMLE, which includes both a clinical knowledge (CK) and clinical skills (CS) component.

View sample questions for USMLE Step 2 CK here.

Residency and Licensure in Canada

After completing these steps and earning your Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree, your pathway branches depending on whether you want to practice in Canada or in the United States.

Canadian students who attend AUC are eligible to apply for both the US-based National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS). AUC graduates have successfully matched through both services.

NRMP and CaRMS take place on different schedules, so it is possible for students to participate in both to maximize their chances of obtaining a residency position. To be eligible for CaRMS, however, a student must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. He or she must also write the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE).

Each province has different rules about obtaining a match. Detailed information on each province’s policies on IMGs can be found on the CaRMS website.

Canadian students wishing to obtain residencies in the United States are eligible, providing that they apply to programs that sponsor H-1 or J-1 visas.

To locate AUC in the International Medical Education Directory enter the information below.

Region: Central America/Caribbean
Country: St. Maarten
City: Cupecoy
School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

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