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International American University

About International American University College of Medicine

Founded in 2003, International American University College of Medicine (IAUCOM) is located in the heart of the Caribbean Islands, in the southern district (Vieux Fort) of St. Lucia, West Indies (W.I.). 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, 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 medical career. 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 has 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 the US and Canadian Medical Education and the Health Care System. Our full-time staff consists of experienced professionals from the 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 at all of our affiliated teaching hospitals and institutes.

MD Program

The four-year medical degree program is designed to produce physicians who qualify for licensure in St. Lucia as well as in the United States and Canada. The MD program comprises of two years of Basic Sciences at the St Lucia campus and two years of Clinical Sciences at US teaching Hospitals. We also offer a 2 year premedical program in association with Texas A&M Commerce. 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 IAUCOM 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. The college is also looking into incorporating research and evaluation of the curriculum with the hope of finding new ways of imparting information more effectively. 


As an IAU student, you are guaranteed that we satisfy each of the various "levels" of credentialing necessary for US & Canadian Licensure.

IAU is recognized by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). This grants you the right to take all three steps of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), which must be passed to become a practicing physician in the U.S.

IAU is listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED). This is an accurate and up-to-date compilation of international medical schools recognized by the appropriate government agency in the medical schools respective country. Recognition by the ECFMG depends directly on whether or not the school is listed in this directory. IAU is also listed in the Avicenna Directories which will be successor to WHO's World Directory of Medical Schools.

Recently a distinguished team from the New York State Education Department, Office Of The Professions determined that the MD program offered at International American University substantially meets the requirements of the Regulations of the Commissioner of the New York State Education Department. We are proud to be one of the very few foreign medical schools that have this elite status.


Progressive Approach to Medical EducationInternational American University - College of Medicine in affiliation with our partners offers qualified individuals a pathway to becoming licensed physicians in the United States and Canada. To that end, we offer the following programs:

Two year Pre-Med program at Texas A&M Commerce, US

Our 90 credit hour Pre-Med program offered at Texas A&M University – Commerce, prepares high school graduates to face the rigors of medical school. Parts or whole of this program is recommended for building a broad foundation in Pre-Medical Sciences before entering the MD program. Additionally, pre-med students have the opportunity to participate in various medical, voluntary and research activities during their stay at Commerce, TX. Successful matriculates of this Pre-Med program are guaranteed admissions to the 4 year MD program thereby offering an oppurtunity for students to complete their Doctor of Medicine degree within 6 years straight out of high school. For more information, kindly visit our TAMU Premed page.

Three year Pre-Med program leading to BSc in Biology at University of Bedfordshire, UK

Our specialized premed program offered in affiliation with University of Bedfordshire, entitles graduates to a BSc degree in Biological or Biomedical which can be completed in 3 years at the Luton Campus in London, UK. Graduates of this program are provisionally accepted to the 4 year Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. A joint application to University of Bedforshire and IAU College of Medicine is required after completing high school or 12th grade from any country. Additional conditions apply.

Four year Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, (St Lucia & US)

The MD degree is a 10 semester program, with the first 4 (basic science) semesters offered in St Lucia, Caribbean and the remaining 6 (clinical rotations) semesters in affiliate teaching hospitals throughout the US. Successful completion of the USMLE Steps 1&2 is required before an MD degree can be conferred. Graduates upon completion of post graduate residency training are eligible to license in all countries of the world including the United States and Canada.

Basic Science Preparatory program - BSP1 & BSP2 (St Lucia)

The preparatory program is a two semester (8 month) 30 credit program intended to provide the required foundation for students to enter into the Basic Science program of the MD degree. Based on their academic standing at the time of application to the MD program, students may be required to take either one or both semesters of the BSP program and as recommended by the admissions committee of the College of Medicine. The first semester of the BSP (BSP1) involves specific modules from Study Skills, Ethics, General Chemistry, Biology, Histology & Embryology relevant to medical school. The second semester (BSP2)  includes fundamentals of Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Immunology and Medical Biochemistry.

Externship program (US/UK/Canada)

The Externship program is a non – degree seeking opportunity for qualified foreign medical graduates intending to enter post graduate residency training in the US or Canada. This program is currently offered in affiliate ACGME accredited teaching hospitals in Chicago or Atlanta with the objective of achieving valuable clinical experience in a US hospital setting.

 Information received from the International American University College of Medicine (IAUCOM) website.

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