SINT MAARTEN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The academic and management leadership of the University of Sint Eustatius (USESOM) in the Dutch Caribbean has changed the name of the four-year medical university to American University of Integrative Sciences, Sint Maarten School of Medicine (AUIS) to more clearly identify the university’s location, strengths and identity. The new name signifies that AUIS is an American university, with an American management company and Board leadership comprised of healthcare business and non-profit professionals from across the U.S. It also emphasizes how the university’s conventional medical curriculum has been enhanced by the addition of courses exploring holistic wellness and disease prevention techniques, as well as business courses for medical practices. www.auis.edu
“The university was founded on the Island of Sint Eustatius, and moved to St. Maarten in 2013,” said Milo D. Pinckney, CEO of I.E.M.R., LLC, the company that owns and manages the university. “We offer affordable classes in pre-medical sciences, the basic sciences and medical business within the M.D. program, as well as exposure to integrative medical techniques and hands-on medical experience at the St. Maarten Medical Center, located on the island. Students complete clinical clerkships at a large number of prestigious healthcare facilities in the U.S. and Canada,” he said.
In addition to the new name and Board of Directors, two key leadership positions have been filled. First, Renu Agnihotri, M.D. has been named President of AUIS. Formerly the Dean of Academics for USESOM, Dr. Agnihotri has over a decade of leadership experience with Caribbean medical schools, and has also served as a Professor of Molecular Medicine. Second, Moshe Dekel, M.D., the former Acting President of USESOM, has been named Dean of Integrative and Holistic Medicine for AUIS. He is an internationally-recognized expert in the field of integrative medicine, and formerly served as Chief of Gynecological Surgery at the Long Island Surgi-Center and as Medical Director of the Long Island Birthing Center in New York.
American University of Integrative Sciences, St. Maarten School of Medicine is chartered by the government of St. Maarten and listed by the AVICENNA Directory for Medicine created by the World Health Organization, the World Federation for Medical Education and the University of Copenhagen.
After two years of coursework on the island and two years of clinical clerkships in American or Canadian hospitals, graduating students earn their M.D. degrees and begin their residencies. They are certified through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and are eligible to sit for the three-part United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating and Qualifying Exams (MCCEE and MCCQE). Graduates who wish to practice medicine in the U.K. may sit for the General Medical Council’s Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board test.