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AUA medical school granted California Medical Board recognition

November 11
00:31 2011

Par Prem Kumar

NEW YORK: The American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine has obtained recognition by the Medical Board of California.
AUA is now in the process of signing agreements for its students to participate in clinical rotations within the state.
In addition to recognizing AUA’s compelling and distinguished medical education program, the California recognition opens the door to new opportunities for AUA’s medical students,” Par Prem Kumar, Assistant Director of Admissions at AUA told India Post in an emailed interview. “Graduates may now apply for medical licensure in California, enter residency training in California, and allows AUA to provide clinical training in California teaching hospitals.”
AUA President Neal Simon noted that, “Our recent graduates are completing their residencies at prestigious hospitals such as the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Mt. Sinai in New York, Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto in Canada, in specialties including surgery, internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics. This is a testament to our admissions model and to our curriculum.”
Kumar said the California recognition would be leveraged through marketing materials with particular geographic constituencies being alerted to new opportunities available to students and graduates in California. “Due to this recognition, AUA’s education quality has been reaffirmed and this will be communicated to potential students,” she said.
With rising costs of higher education in the US, especially medical colleges, offshore institutions like AUA, which follow American curriculums are cost effective compared to onshore medical schools, Kumar said. ”
AUA is a great value compared to onshore medical schools due to its relatively low cost and excellent value, particularly with California recognition and New York State approval, and is one of the best values of offshore schools. AUA is 48% less in cost than a leading, private New York medical school. AUA is about 40% less in cost than another Caribbean medical school,” she pointed out.
About 33 percent of AUA’s student body is of Indian origin. Manipal Worldwide, an Indian multinational corporation and education institution, is the owner of AUA and gives the school its reputation as a global institution with strong ties to India and the Indian Diaspora.
Manipal enables AUA to attract the finest academics to Antigua and helps the school maintain its lead as a world-class educator with cutting-edge technology, according to Kumar.
AUA also has a fruitful relationship with the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI). AUA supports AAPI’s mission and vision, and AUA has endowed the charitable foundation with three full scholarships annually for deserving students of Indian origin.
AUA is also working closely with other organizations, including the Canadian Physicians of Indian Origin and the Indian Medical Association of South California.
At a time when India and the US are encouraging very high profile partnerships between the institutions of higher education of the two countries, AUA’s partnership with the Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India stands as a pioneering institution, a fact that Kumar says AUA is very proud of.
AUA’s demanding medical training follows the US model of two semesters per academic year utilizing its cutting-edge simulation labs, which enable students to practice history taking and physical examinations with patients at the on-campus ICM lab and in the Patient Simulation Lab, which features SimMan 3G, SimBaby, and Harvey simulators.
AUA offers an Educational Enhancement Department to reinforce students’ learning, study and time management skills. The Fifth Semester serves as a bridge to the Clinical Sciences, including three 6-week components: the Basic Sciences review reinforces the previous years’ learning and aids students in excelling on the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 1; Supervised Self-Study continues students’ academic review using questions supplied by AUA’s Educational Enhancement Department via the Blackboard Learn system; and finally, students proceed to the US to start the Family Practice and Internal Medicine component at an AUA-affiliated clinical site in the United States.
SRIREKHA CHAKRAVARTY
India Post News Service

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