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Application Procedure

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At American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), our team of admissions advisors is available to assist you and respond to any concerns quickly and efficiently. Once your application is received, you will be assigned an advisor to process your file. Please feel free to contact our knowledgeable and friendly admissions advisors at: 

     

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
        901 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 700
Coral Gables, Florida 33134-3036
Toll-Free: 866-DR2B-AUC (372-2282)
Telephone: 305-446-0600
Fax: 786-433-0974 

 
To apply for admission to American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, prospective students must submit the following items:
 
  1. A completed application form available online
  2. The Admissions Committee requires a brief personal statement concerning your medical career expectations. On one letter-sized typed page, please summarize, in concise terms, your goals in pursuing a medical career, the personal attributes that qualify you to become a physician, and your assessment of your capacity to meet the technical standards of the university both under the pressures of life on a Caribbean island and in clinical settings which may provide cultural and logistical features differing from those to which you are accustomed. Briefly describe the skills and values you believe a physician should possess to practice medicine. Summarize how your experiences to date demonstrate your acquisition and possession of those skills and values. Please limit your personal statement to 750 words. The AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) personal statements will also be accepted.
  3. A chronological listing of educational, employment history, and volunteer experience since graduation from high school typed on one letter-sized page (8½ x 11).    
  4. Official letters from a Pre-Medical Advisory Committee are strongly recommended, however, we will accept a minimum of 1 letter from an individual academic professor who has taught the applicant, science preferable but not required, and 1 professional letter. Additional letters of recommendation from professors or employers with details of previous medical experience will be accepted to further support the applicant’s candidacy to medical school.  These letters must appear on original letterhead stationery and be directly sent from the individual offering the recommendation. Letters of recommendation are accepted through Interfolio and Virtual Evals.
  5. Transfer applicants who have attended another medical school must also provide a Dean’s letter from each medical school previously attended, together with 2 letters of recommendation from members of the medical school faculty, as part of the application packet.
  6. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the college registrar in an official sealed envelope.  For foreign schools, notarized copies of the original transcripts may be directed to AUC when official transcripts are not readily available. However, official transcripts must follow the notarized copies prior to matriculation.
  7. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Services, Inc. (WES) www.wes.org , or another accredited evaluation organization.
  8. MCAT scores are required for admission to AUC and must be taken within the last 5 years.

    For MCAT testing information, please contact the MCAT Care Team, Association of American Medical Colleges, Section for Applicant Assessment Services, 2450 N St., NW Washington, DC 20037, or call 202-828-0690.
      
  9. Official name change documentation, if applicable. 
      
Note: All documents forwarded become the property of AUC.
 
Rolling Admissions
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) enrolls three classes each year: in January, May, and September. This rolling admissions process means that students with a desire to start medical school do not need to wait for the typical medical school admission cycle of some US and Canadian medical schools. Begin the application process at any time during the year prior to your desired start semester.
 
Selection Factors
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC)'s Admissions Committee considers many factors when reviewing an applicant for consideration. These include undergraduate performance and MCAT score, as well as intellectual and social maturity, critical judgment, adaptability, and life experience. Medical school is a rigorous academic challenge, and the Admissions Committee must be satisfied that a prospective student has the ability to successfully complete the curriculum.
 
Evaluation for admission is conducted on an individual basis and applicants are encouraged to speak with their admissions representative to discuss their opportunity to attend AUC, including the competitiveness of their MCAT scores, GPA and other requirements.

To contact an Admissions Representative, click here.
 
Financial Aid
AUC is eligible to participate in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Direct Loans). Direct Loans are available to qualified U.S. citizens and permanent residents to meet the cost of attendance.

Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of $100 is required. Please make your check payable to American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.

Academic Requirements
  • Baccalaureate degree: All students who matriculate to American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) must hold a baccalaureate degree from  an accredited university.
  • MCAT: All AUC applicants are required to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) to meet admission requirement. In the academic year 2012-13 (September 2012 class, January 2013 class, and May 2013 class), the average MCAT score for incoming students was 25. (Please note that AUC will not consider MCAT scores that are more than five years old.)
  • Undergraduate performance: The average cumulative and prerequisite GPAs for the incoming classes in the 2012-13 academic year were: 3.24 and 3.06, respectively.
Medical School Prerequisites:
  • Biology – 1 year, including laboratory work. Prospective students will benefit by taking courses in one or more of the following: Genetics, Cellular Biology, Developmental Biology, and Comparative Anatomy.
  • General Chemistry – 1 year, including laboratory work.
  • Organic Chemistry – 1 year, including laboratory work. Coursework should include both aliphatic and aromatic compounds.
  • General Physics – 1 year, including laboratory work. General introductory coursework should include mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity, and nuclear radiation.
  • A generous exposure to mathematics, humanities, and social sciences is desired for AUC admissions.
 Other Attributes of Successful AUC Applicants
  • Personal integrity
  • Life experience, including experience in healthcare fields (chiropractic, nursing, emergency medical response, etc)
  • Volunteer work
  • Adaptability
  • Social maturity
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Critical judgment
  • Ability to pursue independent study
After an initial review of a completed application, applicants who have demonstrated the potential ability to successfully complete the curriculum at AUC will be offered an interview. A personal interview is required, but does not guarantee admission.
 
All applicants are required to take the MCAT. For MCAT testing information, please visit the AAMC at mcat@aamc.org or write to:

Association of American Medical Colleges, Section for Applicant Assessment Services, 2450 N St., NW, Washington, DC 20037, Phone: 202-828-0690, www.aamc.org/mcat

Technical Standards
Technical standards, as distinguished from academic standards for admission, consist of the minimum physical, cognitive and emotional requirements to provide reasonable assurance that students can complete the entire course of study and participate in medical training and practice. Students applying for admission will be required to sign a declaration that he or she meets AUC’s minimum technical standards as a condition for admission (enclosed).

Disclosure & Authorization
This serves to advise you that as a condition of your application for admissions to the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, a consumer report and/or investigate consumer report may be obtained on you. The purpose of the background check is to ascertain whether there is anything that may prevent you from becoming licensed and to verify the information you provided on your application and this disclosure form. Students applying for admission will be required to sign the disclosure & authorization form as a condition for admission (enclosed).

Note: if you are a Canadian resident, your admissions advisor will be sending you a release form separate from this packet.

Requirements for Graduation
To be awarded the M.D. degree from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, the student must comply with the University’s Academic and Non-Academic policies and satisfactorily complete the medical and clinical sciences. In addition, the student must pass the USMLE Step I and Step II core examinations as well as any other requirements published by the University. The student must fulfill all financial obligations to the University (including the graduation fee) while complying at all times with the Student Honor Code (set out under “Policies”).
 
Other Medical School Enrollment Information
  • AUC reserves the right to change admission requirements, application procedures, and admission policies at any time, without prior notice.
  • Advanced Standing: AUC neither seeks nor encourages applications from students wishing to apply for advanced standing. Only exceptional candidates will be considered. AUC does not accept applicants that have been dismissed from any medical school. Only credits earned at medical schools that are recognized by the Medical Board of California will be considered for possible advanced standing at AUC. Acceptance of transfer credit is dependent upon course comparability and is at the discretion of AUC. AUC does not grant advanced standing to students for work done in schools of Podiatry, Allied Health, or Chiropractic. Requests for advanced standing must be made at the time of initial application for admission.
  • Non-Discriminatory Policy: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine is an educational institution that admits academically qualified students without regard to gender, age, race, national origin, sexual orientation, political affiliation or belief, religion or disability and affords students all rights, privileges, programs, services and opportunities generally available.
  • Background Check Policy: AUC requires all applicants to consent to a background check as part of the admissions process. Background checks are needed to protect the safety and well-being of patients, to ascertain the ability of medical school applicants to participate in clinical clerkship and eventually become licensed physicians, as well as to verify the information you provide on your application. Applicants should note that any misstatement or omission made during the application process may result in withdrawal of acceptance or dismissal after discovery by the University.