International American University College of Medicine
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Make Your Dreams A Reality
• Be a leader in medical education through innovative teaching methods and extensive community outreach • Nurture an environment of intellectual curiosity • Teach students how to effectively communicate their knowledge to both academia and the general public • Extend our educational reach to countries and territories which lack medical educational facilities
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“Train future physicians to contribute positively through selfless and competent action, emphasizing strong medical ethics and the appreciation of human worth and dignity”
Since 2003, International American University College of Medicine has been committed to excellence in the education of our students. Through a progressive curriculum, dedicated faculty, and a technologically advanced campus we provide our students a high quality education. We believe that medical education is a group effort, and by bringing together a variety of perspectives and learning experiences our students will go on to be world class physicians.
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Message from the President “Welcome to International American University - College of Medicine. IAU has a distinguished history of providing quality medical education. We are proud of the many cultures and different ethnicities that make up our community. Our commitment is to create a congenial environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus. We believe that education is a dynamic process, preparing students to be lifelong learners. The focus is to train future physicians with the knowledge to the treat and prevent diseases. Our success is a team effort brought out by the faculty, students, parents, and the community. Our mission is to produce well trained physicians of character. The goal is to develop leaders in medical education through innovative teaching methods and extensive community outreach. The training emphasizes on strong medical ethics and appreciation of human worth and dignity. We seek to instill values and professional ethics in our students. I welcome you to advance your career interests and goals with IAU – College of Medicine.” Manmadhan Nair President IAU College of Medicine
Progressive Curriculum Based on the curriculum of top US medical schools, our curriculum centers on problem-based teaching methods and case studies, allowing students to take an active role in the learning process. Low student-to-faculty ratio Maintaining a low ratio maximizes studentsâ€™ one-on-one time with professors and allows for a faculty that is available and dedicated to our students. Early Patient Exposure From the first semester onwards, students begin working with patients at supervised local clinics.
Extensive Preparation for USMLE IAU students are fully prepared for Step 1 through Shelf Exams (NBME) at the end of each semester in Basic Sciences as well as biweekly exams which are formatted to mirror USMLE. Bridge Semester With USMLE Review Course Students complete Introduction to Clinical Medicine in a US hospital and then take a USMLE review course to prepare for the Step 1 exam. All Clinical Rotations In US Hospitals Clinical rotations are available at affiliated teaching hospitals located in major cities throughout the US. Affordable Tuition Our lower tuition allows students to gain a quality medical education for a reasonable cost. Financial Options Scholarships, payment options and loans are available based upon need, academic performance and professional background. Safe and Comfortable Living Conditions St. Lucia is one of the most beautiful, safe and affordable islands in the Caribbean. IAU assists students in finding housing near campus before they arrive on the island. Pre-Medical Program at Texas A&M In only two years, students can complete all the required pre-medical courses at Texas A&M Commerce. This allows high school students to obtain an MD in six short years instead of the traditional eight.
TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED CAMPUS Our campus is equipped with technologically advanced facilities which enhance the learning environment. All our class rooms and labs are equipped with state of the art audio-visual equipment.
Facilities: Modern classrooms Physical Diagnosis Lab Microbiology Lab Histo-Pathology Lab Gross Anatomy Lab Computer Lab Wireless Networked Campus USMLE Test Prep Center Library with electronic resources EBSCO online medical journals Food Court Student Lounge
DEDICATED FACULTY At IAU College of Medicine we understand the importance of highly qualified and expert faculty for the success of our students. Our faculty comprise of world-renowned researchers, physicians and lecturers all holding professional degrees in their field of expertise. By maintaining a low student-to-faculty ratio, we are able to maximize students’ one-on-one time with professors and allows for a faculty that is available and dedicated to our students.
“Our faculty has unique teaching styles that makes the class interesting. My professors are more than willing to sacrifice their personal time in order to be available for the students.” - Ladoris Latin-Williams, Shreveport, LA—Class of 2013
DEDICATED FACULTY • Our expert faculty has outstanding credentials in teaching and research • Renowned faculty recruited from leading medical institutions around the world • Low student-to-faculty ratio allows for more personal interaction and availability • Dedicated faculty and staff committed to both education and student life • Faculty Advisors are available for one-on-one mentoring and guidance.
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A HANDS ON APPROACH “Interacting with patients at such an early stage of my medical education reinforces a sense of responsibility that I have to my patients. My clinical exposure has given me a lot of confidence. I know this will give me an advantage over my US peers.” - Julian Vallon, Hollis, NY—Class of 2012
“ I like case studies. They challenge me to go in depth on the clinical aspects of what we have been learning in class. Through cases I am learning to give presentations as a medical professional.” - Trevor Cook, Point Comfort, TX—Class of 2013
A HANDS ON APPROACH Introduction of case-based learning and clinical exposure in all semesters enables the students to learn the practical application of Basic Sciences to patient care in a clinical setting. This allows for more active rather than passive learning throughout the program.
Case Studies Each week students are presented with a medical case which is related to what is being learned in class. Students are required to research the findings and diagnosis for the case and give short presentations based on the assigned objectives. • Problem-based teaching methods • Active learning: research, writing, presenting • Small group interaction with faculty and classmates • Honing presentation and communication skills
Clinics In addition to case studies, students also participate extensively in local clinics where they are encouraged to interact with patients. In these clinics students are taught how to care for patients by experienced practicing physicians. Clinics begin in the first semester and extend throughout the basic science program. • Learning history and physical examination from first semester makes a student better prepared for clinical rotations • Student run health campus, blood drives, and other community events help promote health awareness in St. Lucia
“I have discovered that challenging yourself is one of the greatest joys there is in medical school. Without that feeling of always wanting to learn more and do better, I don’t know how else to survive it. It feels incredible knowing you worked hard for something you earned.” - James Stewart, Collingwood, ON Canada—Class of 2011
PROGRESSIVE CURRICULUM The IAU College of Medicine curriculum is rigorous and challenging, designed not only to qualify students for licensure in US and Canada, but also to prepare them for practicing medicine with professionalism and competence. Modeled after the curriculum used by US medical schools, we emphasize a thorough knowledge of basic sciences and sound clinical practice through the use of innovative and hands-on methods of education.
Basic Science Curriculumâ€”Semesters 1-4: St. Lucia National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Shelf Exams are used as final exams for the Basic Science courses, ensuring that students meet US medical education requirements.
Semester 1 Bio Chemistry Microscopic Anatomy Doctor - Patient - Society Case Study
Semester 2 Gross Anatomy Physiology Case Study
Semester 3 Pathology - I Microbiology & Immunology Doctoring I Case Study
Semester 4 Pathology - II Pharmacology & Therapeutics Doctoring II Case Study
PROGRESSIVE CURRICULUM Bridge Semester— Semester 5: US Hospitals The fifth semester serves as a “bridge” linking the fundamental knowledge of basic sciences to the practical world of clinical sciences. • Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) Students are certified in CPR, AED and Emergency Care, and are oriented to the hospital setting • USMLE Review Course • Take USMLE Step 1
Clinical Sciences—Semesters 6—10: US Hospitals While rotating through various medical specialties in affiliated teaching hospitals, students are under the guidance of worldrenowned physicians who train in their area of expertise. • Students complete rotations in the following specialties: • Internal Medicine • Surgery • Family Medicine • Pediatrics • Psychiatry • Obstetrics/Gynecology • Elective rotations—based on preferred specialty
PRE-MEDICAL PROGRAM AT TEXAS A&M COMMERCE
“I was able to get an excellent education through Texas A&M Commerce that prepared me well for the rigor of the MD program at IAU. The faculty in the pre-medical program hold a high standard for their students and the small class size allowed me to seek their guidance when needed.” - Vipin Khare, Paramus, NJ—Class of 2010
For students lacking the 90 credit-hours required for admission, IAU also offers a two-year pre-medical program in association with Texas A&M Commerce before automatic transition to the fouryear MD program in St. Lucia.
PRE MED PROGRAM
Location: Commerce, TX — 1 hour east of Dallas, TX
Student Body: 9,000 students Automatic Promotion to Four Year MD Program requires • Completion of all required pre-medical classes • Meet minimum GPA • Letter of recommendation from Pre-Medical Advisor
Admission to the Program Students applying to the pre-medical program must submit both the IAU College of Medicine application and the Texas A&M-Commerce application to our admissions office in Dallas. Overall acceptance into our program is contingent upon acceptance into Texas A&M-Commerce. Please note that admissions are accepted only for the Fall and Spring semesters for the pre-medical program. It is imperative that applicants to the premedical program become well-acquainted with the admission requirements and criteria of Texas A&M-Commerce. For more detailed information please visit their website www.tamu-commerce.edu
LIVING IN ST. LUCIA Location: Windward Islands, Eastern Caribbean; 2 hours from Miami
Climate: Tropical; average temperature 77ÂşF (25Â° C)
Food: Variety of international cuisine and fast food
Getting to St. Lucia: Direct flights available from Atlanta, Miami and New York City UVF airport in Vieux Fort is minutes from our campus
Travel documents: Students must have a valid passport to travel to St. Lucia. US Citizens receive visa upon arrival, all other nationals will receive visa before traveling to St. Lucia
Visiting St Lucia: Campus tours are available upon request; several hotels within 5 minutes of campus
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC) has a fixed exchange rate of EC$2.67 to US$1.00
Local transportation: Local buses, taxi cabs, and rental cars are used by IAU students to get around the island
LIVING IN ST. LUCIA In contrast with other Caribbean islands, St. Lucia is a safe and inexpensive place to live. The campus is located on the southern tip of the island, far from the distractions of tourists and cruise ships, while still near some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Students are able to focus on their studies while enjoying the breathtaking views of the most picturesque island in the Caribbean.
Support services are provided to address academic concerns, reduce stress, and promote good health of IAU students.
Each student is assigned a faculty advisor to provide support and guidance when determining future career goals. Faculty maintains open office hours to support students.
All University students are required to maintain health insurance coverage. An IAU staff physician is near campus and available to all students in need of medical care. In case of emergencies, St. Jude Hospital is minutes away from the IAU campus.
Before arriving on the island, students are assisted in choosing safe and affordable housing. Most students live in off-campus, fully furnished apartments with roommates. Cable television, air-conditioning, and internet are provided.
IAU staff assists students in obtaining necessary travel documents before leaving for St. Lucia. An IAU representative will meet the students at the airport and take them to their new home away from home.
In many ways, St. Lucia offers much that is similar to the United States. There are supermarkets, restaurants, clubs, laundromats, public transportation, taxis, banks, and movie theatres.
IAU is always concerned with the safety and security of our students. Full-time security guards are on campus 7 days a week. IAU communicates with the local police station on a regular basis to maintain the safety of our students.
THE LIFE OF AN IAU STUDENT
“Each student is an individual at IAU. The small body of students has enabled teachers to concentrate on them solely. All the students have formed a family away from home here and help each other out in every way possible.” - Karishma Kothari, Lawrenceville, GA—Class of 2013
THE LIFE OF AN IAU STUDENT
Due to the welcoming and highly interactive atmosphere of the university, students quickly feel like part of the IAU family. Students are encouraged to actively participate in campus organizations such as Student Government Association, AMSA and Student Ambassador Program. Although the majority of time is spent studying, students have the opportunity to fill their free time with various other activities. We hold many community events to promote health awareness, which are organized, advertised and run by our students including blood drives, health camps, and fundraisers for non-profit organizations.
JOINING THE IAU FAMILY
“Assistance from the administration, faculty and staff right from the point of the interview all the way through the acceptance process and moving to the island has been exceptional. Students were taken care of with such warmth that it made the whole transition an easy and positive experience. The dedication of staff and faculty at IAU to make sure all student needs are met on and off campus has been extraordinary.” - Maryam Irshad, Davie, FL—Class of 2013
JOINING THE IAU FAMILY HOW TO APPLY International American University College of Medicine enrolls students three times per year with classes beginning in January, May and September. Students may apply for admission to the program at any time throughout the year. Students are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible due to limited number of seats in each class.
Admissions Requirements (4 year MD program) 90+ credit hours of undergraduate courses including: • 2 semesters of biology with labs • 2 semesters of general chemistry with labs • 2 semesters of organic chemistry with labs • 1 semesters of physics with labs (2 semesters preferred) • 2 semesters of writing or literature • 1 semester of math
Selection Criteria: • Intellectual and academic ability • Communication skills, both verbal and written • Knowledge of the medical field • Hobbies, special talents, volunteer experience • Personal qualities, character and motivation • Willingness to be a team player • Compassion and empathy
Application Checklist: • Application • Application fee • Personal statement/personal essay • Two letters of recommendation • All official transcripts from universities/ colleges attended
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