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.
International American University was founded in October 2003 in Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia by an act of the Parliament of the Government of Saint Lucia. On February 1, 2004, with only nine students and five departments, classes began. IAU Students come from all across the United States and around the globe, including Canada, India, Nigeria, United States, United Kingdom, West Indies, and Zambia, to experience a truly personalized medical education.
At the invitation of the Government of Saint Lucia, the founding members of IAU established the College as a direct response to the needs and aspirations of American pre-medical students wanting to serve the U.S. Health Care system. For the last decade, University leadership and members of the IAU College of Medicine community have been dedicated to developing caring physicians who are interested in improving the state of global health care, including that of the Americas. The University’s innovative case-based curriculum, with clinical integration, is led by an international faculty dedicated to student success and continues to attract students from across the globe.
The founding dean of the University, Paul Cherian, MD, developed an innovative curriculum, aimed at developing students’ knowledge of the basic sciences as well as enhancing their problem solving skills through a problem based learning curriculum. He led the founding faculty in delivering a student centered curriculum which continues to be the cornerstone of the University’s success. John Minarcik, MD, was one of the initial faculty members recruited to teach at IAU, and continues to serve on the faculty to this day. Also, Olusina Adesanya, MD, the founding faculty member in Clinical Medicine also continues to serve on the faculty of IAU to this day. All of the founding faculty members had been educated either in the United States, Canada, Europe, and commonwealth countries and their broad range of experience led to the delivery of a student centered pedagogy aimed at graduating humble and skillful physicians. Over the years, faculty from the Philippines, Canada, Nigeria, and the United States, have joined the growing IAU community.
To train future physicians to serve selflessly and humbly, while emphasizing strong medical ethics and appreciation of human worth and dignity.
To foster and support a vibrant health science learning community for students, faculty, staff, and community partners.
To build an outstanding academic program, experiences, comprehensive scholar support, a friendly campus culture and environment that promotes student well being, faculty and staff engagement, and community involvement.
To lead an innovative medical education program for medical students, faculty, and community physicians.
To develop research and scholarly programs with an emphasis in applied research to prevent disease, personalize medicine, and improving population health.
ACCREDITATION & CREDENTIALS
As an IAU student, we guarantee the satisfaction of each of the various “levels” of credentials necessary for U.S., Canadian & International Licensure.
IAU is chartered and accredited by the Government of Saint Lucia as a comprehensive university with the authority to confer the Doctor of Medicine degree. The Departments of Education and Health of St. Lucia approved the eligibility of IAU College of Medicine graduates to practice medicine in St. Lucia.
ECFMG: 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.
International Medical Education Directory (IMED): 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.
World Health Organization (WHO): IAU is also listed in the Avicenna Directories which is the successor to WHO’s World Directory of Medical Schools.
World Directory of Medical School (WDMS): IAU is currently listed in WDMS which has been developed through a partnership between the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the University of Copenhagen.
Europa World of Learning: IAU is also listed in Europa World Directory which is a database of accredited higher education institutions around the world.
Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU): IAU is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and listed in their University database. IAU is the only School in St Lucia listed in this directory and one of the few Caribbean schools listed.
Medical Council of India: IAU is recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI) and graduates are eligible to sit for MCI’s Screening Test.
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