The American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), recently earned approval from the state of New York for its clinical clerkship program. Now AUC medical students are able to complete their entire third and fourth year of clinical training in the state of New York, and they also may undertake residency appointments in that state, where about one-third of all residency programs in the nation are located.
``We`re very excited about this approval,`` said Cynthia Holden, general counsel for the AUC School of Medicine. ``It provides AUC students with a wealth of prospects for clinical clerkships. And because the state of New York has so many residency programs, it opens up a lot of post-graduate opportunities for our students as well.``
In addition to New York approval, AUC, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, has been approved by the California Medical Board since 1985 and is currently seeking full licensure in the State of Florida.
Although graduates of AUC were previously able to obtain licensure in New York, AUC undertook an extensive review process to obtain approval of its clinical clerkship program. The New York State Board of Medicine determined that AUC prepares its basic medical sciences students effectively. Medical students attending schools that have not undergone this stringent process are able to take clinical clerkships for a maximum of 12 weeks in New York, and they are not able to obtain a New York post-graduate residency appointment.
The approval process included site visits to the school`s campus in St. Maarten and its Medical Education Information Office in Coral Gables, after providing extensive information concerning curriculum, faculty, students, resources and administration, according to Thomas J. Monahan, executive director of the New York State Board of Medicine.
New students are accepted each semester, beginning in January, May and September, so prospective students can apply to the AUC School of Medicine at any time. Students should apply at least four to five months before the term they would like to begin. Located in St. Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles, AUC has provided students with a quality education since 1978 and has over 3,000 graduates who are licensed and practicing medicine throughout the U.S. Federal financial aid is available to American citizens and permanent residents. All classes are conducted in English, which is the primary language spoken on St. Maarten.
AUC students enjoy a new medical science campus with classroom and laboratory facilities built specifically to fulfill the requirements of a modern medical education. The waterfront campus buildings, including student apartments, overlook beautiful Simpson Bay Lagoon and Mullet Bay Beach.