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Last updated 12-12-2011

American University of Barbados School of Medicine


General information

Main address

18, Wildey Estate, Wildey, St. Michael, Barbados

Phone +1 246 427 8787
Fax +1 888 839 1274
E-mail info (at)

Visitor address

Same as main address

Former names:

  • None

Year founded: 2011
Year instruction started: 2011

Private institution?

Main teaching language: English
Other languages of instruction: -

Title of qualifications awarded: Doctor of Medicine
Abbreviation: M.D.

Years required to graduate: 4 years

Foreign/overseas and national students are admitted

Tuition fees: All students pay tuition fee

Legal status and affiliations

The medical school is:

  • a private institution ?
  • the owner is located in the same country

Ethnic or religious affiliation

  • It does not have non-academic affiliations

Institutional partnership

The medical school has no partner or subordinate educational institutions affiliated to it.

The medical school or faculty does not offer specialised programmes in medicine in addition to the programme leading to a basic medical qualification.


Admission office


80 Congress Street, Springfield, MA 01104, USA

Address (local official language):

80 Congress Street

Phone +1 413 391 5007
Fax +1 888 839 1274
E-mail admissions (at)

Visitor address:

80 Congress Street, Springfield, MA 01104, USA

Title/position of the person responsible for administration of admission process:

Director Admissions

Admission requirements

The school applies only the national or common admission requirements

Students are admitted in equal or nearly equal numbers after completion of an undergraduate degree and after completion of secondary school education

The school uses the results of a national entrance examination. It does not use its own entrance examination.

An interview is required as part of the admission process

The school:

  • admits both female and male students
  • admits foreign/overseas students and national students.
  • does not admit students with other graduate degrees into a shorter or otherwise different progamme
  • has an affirmative action programme to support the admission of underrepresented groups, or any other form of programme to support the admission of minority groups
  • offers a pre-medical course ?

Tuition fees: All students pay tuition fee

Foreign/overseas students are not eligible to practise in the country after qualification.

Medical programme

Title(s) of the qualification awarded on graduation

In English: Doctor of Medicine
Common abbreviation: M.D.


Number of years of study required in order to graduate from the programme in basic medical education: 4 years

Actual average number of years of study for students to complete the programme: 4 years

Percentage of admitted students expected to complete the programme: 96 per cent or more

The programme in basic medical education last revised: 2011

The programme is:

  • divided into two parts - an early pre-clinical phase with no or limited clinical experience, and a following clinical phase
  • partly integrated (25 - 49 per cent integrated) ?
  • both a community-based and a family medicine programme (25 - 49 per cent of curriculum)
  • problem-based, case-based and based on other student-activating learning/teaching methods (50 - 74 per cent of curriculum used for student-activating learning and teaching methods)

Clinical training requirements

- including both theoretical instruction and practical experience

Number of years of the programme which include clinical training: 2
Number of weeks of clinical training in the programme: 72
Clinical training is 25 - 49 per cent of the full programme

Number of years of the programme which include time with real patients: 2
Number of weeks of the programme which include time with real patients: 72
Time with patients is 25 - 49 per cent of the full programme

Students must satisfy the following requirements for clinical training to be licensed to practise as a medical doctor:

  • national requirements concerning clinical training
  • the requirements of the medical school's programme in basic medical education
  • requirements for completion of a supervised period of clinical practice after graduation such as internship or pre-registration training

Total number of final student assessments/examinations in each year of the programme:

Number of assessments year 1: 12
Number of assessments year 2: 12
Number of assessments year 3: 12
Number of assessments year 4: 12

Delivery of the programme in other countries

Arrangements to deliver part of the programme by an institution or institutions in other countries

  • other arrangements that are not voluntary for short term electives, study visits or mandatory for a substantial part of the programme

The medical school offers its programme in any other country

  • no, the programme is not offered in any other country

Timing and the academic year

Academic year, average number of weeks: 46

Instruction in year 1 of the programme starts in: September
Instruction in the following years starts in a different month

Total number of scheduled hours of instruction (contact hours) for a student in each year of the programme:

Number of hours year 1: 1497
Number of hours year 2: 1497
Number of hours year 3: 1450
Number of hours year 4: 1450

Numbers of staff and students

Teaching staff

Total number of academic staff employed by the medical school and involved in the teaching process:

Number of full-time staff: 10
Number of part-time staff:

(Figures does not include the hospital and community based clinicians who contribute to the medical programme by supervision of clinical training.)


Number of full-time students admitted to the first year of the medical programme:

None specified

Number of part-time students admitted to the first year of the medical programme:

None specified

Total number of students in all years of the medical programme (medical student population):

None specified

Number of graduates from the medical programme:

None specified

Teaching facilities and student services

Teaching facilities available for the medical programme:

  • classrooms, typically 20 - 40 places
  • small auditoriums, up to 100 places
  • dissection rooms
  • anatomical collections/museums
  • teaching laboratories
  • clinical skills laboratories

Access to hospitals or other clinical facilities for clinical training:

  • a hospital/hospitals owned or otherwise affiliated with the medical school
  • agreement with a hospital/hospitals

Computer system or network


100 per cent (all) of staff have access to the internet for academic use
100 per cent (all) of students have access to the internet for academic use
100 per cent (all) of total student population can access computers concurrently

Library services


Student support and participation

Medical school/university student services and support:

  • academic counselling
  • personal, economic and social counselling
  • health services
  • student housing
  • student catering
  • sports facilities
  • other services or support

Any student organisation at the medical school:


Recognition, accreditation and quality assurance

The medical school and its programme in medical education are subject to accreditation or a similar process of official recognition.

Authority, agency or agencies responsible for recognition/accredition:

Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development
Elsie Payne Complex, St. Michael, Barbados

E-mail rjones (at)

Last recognition/accreditation of the school took place in: 2011

Recognition/accreditation valid until: 2021

Duration of the recognition/accreditation of the school: 10

External evaluation, other than as part of an accreditation process, by:

  • no

Internal quality improvement and quality assurance mechanisms applied within the medical school ?

  • course evaluation by students
  • self-study/self-evaluation of programme
  • monitoring of student progress
  • staff development courses
  • use of external examiners
  • other mechanisms

Frequency of internal quality improvement/quality assurance mechanisms:

some applied every semester, some every year