American University of Antigua College of Medicine and University of the Southwest Partner to Offer Students Medical School Opportunity

University of the Southwest (USW)—a Hispanic-serving university in Hobbs, New Mexico—is collaborating with American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) to offer USW students an expedited pathway to attend medical school.

Under this collaboration, students from USW who qualify academically will receive preferential admission to AUA’s MD program. In addition, AUA will waive students’ application fees and expedite admissions timelines to those who pursue this opportunity.

Founded under its current name in 1962, USW offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of subjects, as well as an MBA and a Masters of Science in Education program. USW is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and listed by that group as a Hispanic-serving institution.

“USW is thrilled to begin a new partnership with AUA,” said Brian Arnold, USW Director of Counseling and Career Services and psychology instructor. “As admission to medical school is extremely competitive, we are grateful to now be able to provide an opportunity for preferential admission to AUA to our qualified graduates who are seeking a career in medicine.”

Students from USW will also receive a $5,000 Preferred Partner Grant, the amount of which will be added to any other scholarships or grants those students qualify for at AUA.

“USW challenges its graduates to become enterprising members of society contributing to the common good,” said Gerald Wargo, AUA Vice President of Enrollment Management. “What better way to do this than to take on the privilege of a career in medicine? We are excited to welcome future USW grads to AUA.”

About American University of Antigua College of Medicine

American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) is a fully accredited international medical school dedicated to providing an academic experience of the highest quality, with an emphasis on increasing minority representation and racial diversity in MD programs and the global physician workforce. 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. AUA awards the MD degree after four academic years.

AUA is approved by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in federal student loan programs, which allows its qualified students to receive Title IV student loans. AUA is also approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), licensed by the Florida Department of Education and recognized by the Medical Board of California. AUA is also accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP), which the United States Department of Education has found to have standards of accreditation comparable to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

Graduates of AUA have been licensed to practice throughout the United States, including Tennessee. AUA graduates are also eligible for licensure in Canada, India and the United Kingdom.