American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine Students Post 96 Percent USMLE Step 1 First-Time Pass Rate to Date in 2012

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American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine today announced that its students have achieved a 96 percent first-time pass rate on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam, based on reporting by students.

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AUC has created an academic home of respect, academic excellence, and empathy, allowing our students to succeed beyond their expectations.

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) today announced that AUC students have achieved a 96 percent first-time pass rate on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), between January 1, 2012 and the end of September 2012, based on reporting by students.

“AUC has created an academic home of respect, academic excellence, and empathy, allowing our students to succeed beyond their expectations,” said Ronald J. Testa, dean of the medical sciences campus in St. Maarten. “We have fostered a highly supportive environment where our outstanding faculty, caring staff, and highly engaged students work cooperatively to bring out the very best in one another in service to the patients and communities that our graduate physicians will serve.”

Graduates of international medical schools must take and pass USMLE if they want to practice in the United States. This is a critical requirement for the more than 90 percent of AUC students who are U.S. residents. The Step 1 exam is designed to assess medical students’ knowledge of the basic science foundation of clinical practice. According to the National Board of Medical Examiners Annual Reports, in 2011, students in U.S. and Canadian medical schools posted a 94 percent first-time pass rate. According to institutional reporting, AUC posted a 92 percent pass rate in 2011. Updated 2012 data on U.S. and Canadian schools is not yet available.

AUC students complete their first five semesters in St. Maarten. Students then complete core and elective clinical rotations in AUC’s clinical affiliates in the U.S. and the U.K. The curriculum standards have been reviewed by National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation and determined to be comparable to standards used to accredit medical schools in the United States. AUC’s St. Maarten campus is currently undergoing a major expansion including construction of two new academic buildings housing an anatomy lab, clinical skills training lab, simulation center, and additional study and learning spaces for students.

About American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
Since 1978, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) has provided students with quality medical education and has more than 4,500 graduates who are licensed and practicing medicine throughout the world. AUC is committed to providing a high-quality, internationally recognized program of medical education. AUC is accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM). AUC students are eligible to become active members of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and, upon graduation, obtain residency and licensure throughout the United States. AUC’s curriculum is the U.S. medical school model, with two years of medical sciences taught at the St. Maarten campus, followed by two years of clinical sciences taught at affiliated hospitals in the United States and United Kingdom.

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