Our Medical School Program

Curricula, board exams, and UK/US 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.

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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 clinical rotations in the United Kingdom or the United States. The clinical curriculum lasts for 4.5 semesters (72 weeks).

View sample questions for USMLE Step 1 here.

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.

Licensure to Practice: UK Pathway Vs. US Pathway

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

Download a fact sheet that differentiates between the UK and US licensure pathways here.

If You Want to Practice in the United Kingdom

  • Complete the Medical Sciences and Clinical Sciences curricula, and Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE,  as listed above
  • Complete the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test, which is required by the General Medical Council for registration as a medical practitioner
    • Part I of the test assesses the basic medical science knowledge of an international medical school graduate. It is a three-hour-long, paper-based, 200 single-best-answer format. It's primarily fact recall. Learn more here.
    • Part 2 of the PLAB is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) that tests your clinical knowledge via 14 clinical scenarios, called "stations". Each station is about 5 minutes long. This part of the test is held only at the Clinical Examination Centre in Manchester. Learn more here.
  • After successfully passing the PLAB, you can apply for registration with license to practice in the UK. You would then apply for entry into the Foundation Programme, a two-year training period that bridges the gap between medical school and patient care.

If You Want to Practice in the United States

  • Complete the Medical Sciences and Clinical Sciences curricula, and Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE,  as listed above
  • Apply for and attain a residency—a training period that bridges the gap between medical school and medical practice—through the US-based National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP). Residency programs last between three and seven years, depending on specialty.
  • Complete Step 3 of the USMLE, a two-day test that broadly assesses your mastery of medical, scientific, and clinical concepts central to practicing medicine. You can take Step 3 any time after graduating medical school; many graduates take it during residency.
  • Apply for official licensure to practice medicine in your chosen US state.