Nearly 250 medical school students of the American University of Antigua College of Medicine officially became doctors at AUA’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony June 7 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Centre in Newark.
The graduates of AUA, a leading international medical school with a unique holistic admissions approach that embraces diversity, will begin residency training in July in preparation for practice in the U.S., Canada, India, and other countries.
The commencement ceremony saw the new physicians recite the Hippocratic Oath, receive their Doctor of Medicine degrees, and celebrate their accomplishments with friends, family, and peers.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu member of the U.S. Congress and the presidential candidate delivered the keynote address. Gabbard recalled a time from her youth when, after a day spent clearing trash from a beach in her home state of Hawaii, she realized the importance of careers that serve others.
“Even at that young age, the experience made me happier than if I were doing anything for myself,” Gabbard said, drawing comparisons to AUA’s graduating class and praising them for “putting service above self.”
Other speakers at the ceremony included 2013 AUA graduate Swathi Krishna, MD, chief psychiatry resident at Emory University; 2019 graduate and valedictorian Suman Rao, MD; Neal Simon, AUA University President; Robert Mallin, MD, AUA University Provost and Peter Bell, MD, Executive Dean of Clinical Sciences.
Given a projected or current lack of primary care physicians around the globe—including India which is currently facing a shortfall of approximately 600,000 doctors, the need for qualified physicians may have never been greater, AUA said in a press release.
“AUA is proud to play a part in solving this problem by adding talented, compassionate, and globally-minded doctors to the physician workforce,” it said.
AUA College of Medicine, a division of Manipal Global Education Services, is a fully accredited international medical school dedicated to providing an academic experience of the highest quality.
Via a holistic admissions approach, AUA selects students with the potential for medical school success and provides them with the resources they need to obtain highly competitive residencies and move on to successful careers in medicine.
This year, AUA alumni attained residencies in specialties such as neurology, pathology, and anesthesiology, in addition to primary care disciplines like internal medicine, pediatrics, and family medicine.
In 2018, 91 percent of first-time eligible graduates secured a residency position—one of the strongest residency attainment rates in AUA’s history. The Class of 2019 joins a growing alumni network of 2,500+ graduates worldwide.
Founded in 2004, AUA awards the Doctor of Medicine degree after students complete a two-year basic sciences curriculum on the island of Antigua in the Caribbean, followed by clinical rotations in the United States, Canada, India, or the United Kingdom at affiliated teaching hospitals.
AUA is accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP), recognized by the Medical Council of India, and accepted by the UK’s General Medical Council. In addition, AUA is approved by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in federal student aid programs. In addition, AUA is approved by the Canadian Ministry for Education, allowing eligible Canadian students to receive financial aid.