ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY (AUS)
The American University of St Vincent is a University promoted by leading physicians and educators from the U.S. We are a collaborative consortium dedicated to the advancement of healthcare and education through the development of new innovative educational methodologies. AUS brings together the experience and commitment of educators from Applied Health Sciences, Computing, the Basic Sciences, Management, the Arts, Engineering, and Environmental Studies to collaborate on the solution of major health and education related challenges to an efficient, effective, and sustainable University.
A relative newcomer among medical colleges in the Caribbean, the AUS School of Medicine has established a state of the art facility in the heart of the Caribbean island of St Vincent and the Grenadines. AUS School of medicine supports the mission to increase the availability of physicians to serve the needs of the people living in different parts of the world. Our academic environment fosters respect for the uniqueness of humanity. Students are provided with classrooms and clinical experiences designed to prepare them to function as competent, caring, lifelong learners with a distinct medical philosophy.
ADVANTAGES OF STUDYING IN AUS
International Medical Education:
In an ideal world, every qualified medical aspirant should be able to pursue their dreams with no obstacles. Sadly, we do not live in an ideal world and records show that due to a severe limitation of available seats, only one in four medical aspirants is able to find a spot in the medical institutions in US and Canada. This is where the AUS advantage comes into play. Like our sister school, the International American University College of Medicine in Saint Lucia, we strive, to provide qualified applicants a means of achieving their dream of becoming a physician.We give new wings to your dreams and do not let a limitation of seats get in your way. In fact, approximately 25% of US medical residents are not graduates of U.S. medical schools.
So what are you waiting for? We understand that choosing your right medical school from the many Caribbean medical schools is a daunting task. However, as educators we encourage you to make a sound decision. We at AUS are committed in providing you an outstanding path towards medical licensure and molding you into fine physicians and individuals the world can lean on.
Here are a few things that sets AUS apart from the others:
- One-on-One Attention: With a small class size we are able to provide the much needed one on one attention to all the students. This makes for a more effective in-class, experience—you won’t find the anonymous, big lecture hall experience at AUS the way you do at many schools.
- Qualified Faculty Members: All AUS faculty members hold an advanced medical (M.D., M.B.B.S.) or doctoral degree in the field they teach, and are experienced educators .The quality of the AUS faculty combined with small class sizes, extensive student-teacher interaction and a continual emphasis on preparing you for Step 1 of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), is an unbeatable combination for preparing you to assume your place in today’s medical profession.
- Early Clinical Exposure: Our students begin interacting with patients as early as their 1st semester. This exposure to the clinical setting continues throughout subsequent semesters through supervised activities at local clinics.
- US Clinical Rotations: We have lots of clinical spots available in green book hospitals for clinical rotations, there will not be any long wait for students to get back to back rotations.
- Campus: Our secure and serene campus in Kingstown, offers the ideal setting for students to experience a beautiful Caribbean environment. AUS has modern classroom and laboratory facilities, including a comprehensive medical library. Our campus reflects the charm and character of St. Vincent- safe, beautiful and tranquil.
- USMLE Board Review: Integrated into the curriculum, this review ensures that our students are well prepared for Step 1 of the USMLE.
PROCESS CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
The first two years of the education are part of the basic science program and are mostly classroom-based with patient exposure given through health centers and the Milton Cato Hospital in St Vincent. The third and fourth years are part of the clinical science program and consist of rotations through the different major specialties of medicine.
The basic science program constitutes the first two years and is comprised of five semesters. Each semester lasts for 16-weeks. Basic science instruction consists of lectures, laboratories, case studies, and clinics.
Students begin their study of the basic sciences with learning about microscopic anatomy, which presents the normal structure and function of cells, tissues and the organ systems, and biochemistry which teaches the chemistry of cells, tissues and the organ systems. This is followed by studying the structure of the human body. Students also study the physical, psychological, and social development of humans and the legal and ethical issues associated with the provision of health care. They will then begin to learn about the pathology and pathophysiology of the organ systems and infectious diseases.
The second year focuses on the clinical aspects of disease. Students will continue to learn about the pathology and pathophysiology of the organ systems in addition to the principles of therapeutics, especially pharmacology. Students also learn the art and technique of the patient interview and physical examination before continuing on to learn the policies and procedures necessary for performing the duties associated with clinical rotations in a hospital environment. The second year concludes with the individualized preparation for the USMLE Step 1.
The basic science curriculum embraces problem-based learning, with all courses incorporating case studies chosen to reinforce and integrate the basic science concepts.
In the third year, students have a variety of clinic and hospital based experiences in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, surgery and psychology. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience the application of their education to actual, real-time medical situations.
The fourth year is an exciting time where students may direct much of their clinical rotations to areas of their interest or areas where they wish to improve their skills. Students often select elective rotations based on their residency interest. It’s during this year when students begin applying to residency programs.
American University of St. Vincent School of Medicine encourages applications from bright individuals who are focused on attaining a first rate medical education and are dedicated, enthusiastic, and well-suited to the rigorous study of medicine.
Applicants who meet the criteria for admission will be scheduled for an interview. The personal interview provides an assessment of the applicant’s maturity, adaptability, ability to handle stress, aptitude, background, and above all the motivation to study medicine. Work history and professional or volunteer experiences also provide further evidence of the student’s motivation. The Admissions Committee’s decision is communicated in writing to the applicant at the earliest possible date.
Tuition and other Fees
Please note that each year consists of 3 semesters (1 year= 3 semesters).
|AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF SAINT VINCENT FEE BREAKDOWN PER SEMESTERS|
|TOTAL 5th Year||$13,400|
NOTE: Accommodation and general living Expenditure in Saint Vincent is about $500 per month.
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OTHER INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AUS
Policy of Non-Discrimination
The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, gender, religion, or disability. It is the policy and practice of the University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act as appropriate and practical in St. Lucia. A qualified individual with a disability will be granted access and participation to all services, programs, and activities of AUS, subject to the limitations imposed by circumstances and availability of facilities.
Completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours from an accredited college or university is required for admission. Students who have not completed a baccalaureate degree but who have demonstrated exceptional academic capability and evidence of maturity may apply. It is recommended that all required courses be completed prior to applying.
The premedical requirements for AUS include the courses listed below. Generally, the required courses will be eight credit hours and directed to the needs of premedical students.
- 8 hours Inorganic or General Chemistry (with labs)
- 8 hours Organic Chemistry (with labs)
- 8 hours General Biology or Zoology (with labs)
- 8 hours Physics (with labs)
- 6 hours English
- 3 hours Mathematics (preferably Calculus or Statistics)
- One semester of biochemistry can be substituted for one semester of organic chemistry.
- Speech may be substituted for one semester of English.
In selected instances one or more of these prerequisites may be waived by the Admissions Committee.
Although the Admissions Committee has no preference for science majors, all applicants, whether science majors or not, must demonstrate their capacity for excellent achievement in the sciences. In addition, students should have a broad education in the humanities and should have developed skills in writing and presenting. College courses in history, philosophy, literature, foreign languages, religion, the arts, etc., are desirable.
Applicants who have completed their undergraduate studies in countries other than the United States are welcome to apply to AUS. The applicant must have completed a pre-medical curriculum comparable to the pre-requisites described above. All required documents, if originally created in a foreign language, must be accompanied by a notarized English translation. All transcripts documenting post-secondary coursework completed in institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by an approved international credential evaluation service.
The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates closely monitors regulation with regards to student transfers. We highly suggest reviewing their most recent bulletin for the most up-to-date information.
Students previously enrolled in an accredited Medical School may apply for admission with advanced standing, provided they meet all the regular requirements for admission to AUS School of Medicine.
Transfer students will be required to submit:
- Official academic transcripts from all institutions attended
- Official ECFMG transcript any USMLE Steps taken before enrolling with AUS (for those students who have taken the exams)
- Dean’s Letter
- 2 recommendation letters from his/her professors at the previously attended medical school.
Transfer credit is not automatic and students should not assume that courses taken at other institutions will meet the AUS requirements. Acceptance of transfer credit is subject to verification through the school of origin.
The level of placement within the curriculum will be determined by the Admissions Committee in consultation with the Promotions Committee. Course assignments are the responsibility of the Promotions Committee and subject to the established schedule of courses at the time of transfer.
US Military Veterans Scholarship:
Veterans of the US Army, Navy and Air Force are eligible to apply for this award. This award provides $500 USD off of the Basic Sciences tuition for the first four semesters. This scholarship will be awarded to a limited number of U.S. military veterans, who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty, either currently or with an honorable discharge and who do not have any type of funding from Veteran Affairs. All applicants must prove eligibility with official records and meet all admissions requirements of the AUS School of Medicine. For automatic renewal each semester the student must maintain passing grades in all courses.