Founded in 2003, International American University is located in the heart of the Caribbean Islands, in the southern district, Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, West Indies. The University is chartered and authorized by the government of St Lucia to confer various undergraduate and postgraduate degrees including the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. We offer a state-of-the-art curriculum in medical education, using the latest technology and teaching methods, based on the U.S. model and is delivered by a team of expert faculty. Every medical school has its own unique characteristics, a distinct personality and goals for the future. Our mission is to provide quality medical education to capable and highly motivated individuals who want to pursue a career in medicine. Through numerous collaborations with health care organizations, academic medical institutions, and other key stakeholders, we have played a major role in the development of the health and education infrastructure in St. Lucia and have provided training and education for hundreds of health care professionals and students around the world.
Our team brings together a diversity of knowledge and experience from every corner of the health care industry. The senior leadership group includes members from US and Canadian medical education and the health care systems. Our full-time staff consists of experienced professionals from the various fields of medicine, education, research, medical planning, health information technology, business strategy development, leadership and management. Our services and programs continue to draw upon the expertise of our faculty and staff across the medical school, and all of our affiliated teaching hospitals and institutions.
The four-year medical degree program is designed to produce physicians who qualify for licensure in St. Lucia, United States and Canada. The MD program is comprised of two years of Basic Sciences at the St Lucia campus and two years of Clinical Sciences in U.S. teaching hospitals.
Students are eligible to participate in clinical clerkship programs approved by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in teaching hospitals throughout the United States. IAU is approved by Education Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), USA and listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED). We are also approved by the WHO and listed in the current WHO World Directory of Medical Schools maintained by the University of Copenhagen. Students of IAU can appear for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) and other licensing examinations such as the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examinations (MCCQE) and the United Kingdom’s Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board Test (PLAB).
IAU has put together a well defined course structure to achieve better integration among the subjects of study in the Basic Sciences and Clinical Sciences. Moreover, the University has successfully reduced the lecture hours in lieu of small-group case-based teaching with the early introduction of clinical material to promote student interest and retention of learned material. Introduction of case-based learning in all semesters enables the students to learn the practical application of Basic Sciences to patient care in a clinical setting.
The Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program is designed to foster excellence in future leaders in the field of medicine. Special emphasis is placed on self-directed learning methods to create competent and compassionate health care providers. Experienced faculty and aggressive educational leadership help students become outstanding medical practitioners. Throughout their course of study, students under the direct supervision of qualified physicians work with the Ministry of Health and primary healthcare professionals of St. Lucia to provide health services to the people of the island. The University has also embarked on research programs to keep up the inquisitive mood of the academic institution.
Each student must possess certain abilities and skills to be enrolled in and to graduate from IAU College of Medicine. Admission is a holistic process based on a student’s application, supporting documents, personal interview, and ability to meet IAU’s technical standards with or without reasonable accommodation. Our technical standards include attributes that are necessary to successfully complete a rigorous medical education program and ultimately, to provide quality medical care.
Observation Skills: Students must have the ability to observe lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory activities in the basic and clinical sciences. Students should have a functional ability to observe patients and assess findings. Observation includes the use of vision, hearing and touch.
Communication Skills: Students must be able to communicate effectively with patients, their families and other healthcare professionals. Communication includes speaking, reading and writing. Students must be able to interpret written records and document information accurately.
Motor Function: Students must have the motor function necessary to perform clinical activities including examination, diagnostics and treatment methods. Motor function encompasses physical ability, coordination of gross and fine motor skills, and equilibrium.
Cognition: students must have sufficient cognitive abilities to process the information provided during the basic and clinical sciences. Students must possess intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities. Students must be able to perform measurements, calculations, reasoning, analysis and synthesis. Students must be able to solve complex problems in a timely manner under stress and in diverse settings.
Behavioral and Social Attributes: Students must demonstrate maturity and emotional stability to allow for the full use of all intellectual abilities, sound and timely decision making, and effective relationships with patients, their families, and other healthcare professionals. Students must be able to work effectively under high levels of stress, changing work environments, and the uncertainties of healthcare. Students must have an understanding of and abide by legal and ethical standards in regards to healthcare. Students must be able to work as part of a team and possess integrity, empathy, and the interpersonal skills necessary for medical practice.
Reasonable Accommodation: IAU College of Medicine does not discriminate against qualified applicants with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations. Reasonable accommodations are those that will allow each student to function independently and do not lower academic standards or require modification to the academic program.