AUC Dean Heidi Chumley, MDAs you may know, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) enrolls three student cohorts per year. Ultimately, exactly when you choose to begin your medical school journey is completely up to you, but know that you may get some added strategic value out of enrolling right now for our January 2017 class.

“January is an ideal time to start medical school,” says Heidi Chumley, MD, executive dean at AUC. “It’s like having an eight- to nine-month head start over students who begin in the fall.”

Why wait? Get started on your application for AUC’s January 2017 class.

Is it time for you to begin your journey to becoming a physician for the New Year? To help you make an informed decision, we sat down with Dean Chumley for a quick Q&A to dive deeper into the benefits of a January start at AUC. Read the Q&A below.

Q: What are classes like for students who start in January?

Dean Chumley: Expect smaller classes than traditional fall starts—something I see as a great benefit for our students. Not only does this mean more individualized, one-on-one attention from professors, but a more intimate class fosters much closer relationships with your peers. That’s especially important for a school like AUC, where we emphasize collaboration and camaraderie among our learners—we think students with these qualities make the best doctors. In addition, with a smaller class, you’ll have more opportunities for leadership positions within the class.

Q: Will a January start affect study time for important exams, like the USMLE?

Dean Chumley: It will, but in a good way. Students who start in January and proceed through the program on schedule have more flexibility and time to study for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE) Step 2 CK and CS exams. In a similar vein, students also will have more time to schedule clinical electives.

Q: What about residency? If I enroll at AUC for January 2017, will that delay my match?

Dean Chumley: January students, if they proceed through the program on time, will match at the same time as May 2017 or September 2017 students—this year, that will be 2021. The key benefit here of a January start is that you’ll finish academic study and clinical rotations much earlier than traditional September students, freeing you up to schedule and attend residency interviews without having to think about the next lecture or exam.

Q: Is there anything else I should consider about a January start at AUC?

Dean Chumley: In general, you can have more opportunities, flexibility, and options. For example, if you stay on time with your studies, you’ll be back home in September through December of your second year, enjoying time with family and friends during the holidays while you’re studying for the USMLE Step 1. And if you choose to graduate in December 2020 after completing the clinical sciences curriculum, you’ll have a nice break to work, reconnect with family, and prepare for your training before residency starts in July.

Q: Any parting words or thoughts?

Dean Chumley: If you’re not fond of chilly wintry months, you’ll love Januarys in St. Maarten.

Resources for students applying to medical school

Two types of AUC admissions events: Which one is right for you?
2016 MCAT information: dates, information, and more
Admissions requirements for AUC
Online candidate assessment: Are you a fit for AUC?
Apply for AUC's January 2016 class

Gerry Kimbrough

Posted July 29, 2016 12:48 PM

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    8/7/2016 8:39:58 PM

    Highly interested in this university and what it has to offer. I've had an exciting college career, but now want the challenge of using my furthered advancements for the duration of my lifetime. There is so much helpful information, and having the availability of my degree interest, It shall take me places. I believe in it! Thanks AUC! YOU HAD ME AT HELLO...

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    8/4/2016 12:50:22 AM

    I really like Ken's question. I am also considering applying for the January 2017 cycle.

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    6/2/2016 8:46:52 PM

    You mention here that Jan-2016 is better than Sep-2015. But, does that also mean that Jan-2017 is better than Sep-2016? I do NOT want to assume that it would be and hence I am asking. Also, what is so special about the Jan-2016 beginning that makes it better "specifically" from a Course Work, Total Class Load, Tuition/Fees and the Finish Line. Will the "finish line" for the Sep-2016 starting point be 5 months earlier than the Jan-2017 start, or do they BOTH finish at the SAME time? Please send email response to also. Thanks. Ken