Thompson Rivers University

TRU signs agreement with the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

  Posted on: May 4, 2021

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) has signed an agreement with the American University of Caribbean (AUC) School of Medicine to provide TRU students with a unique opportunity to gain direct entry into AUC’s medical program.

Canadian medical schools are extremely competitive with an increasing demand from the health-care system. This agreement provides graduates from TRU’s Science program another opportunity to directly access medical school. Graduates of AUC have the option to write the appropriate exam to practice medicine in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom.

“This is a pathway program for TRU graduates of the Bachelor of Science degree to have direct entry into a Caribbean medical school with a campus in the UK or in Sint Maarten,” said Laurie Robinson, director, International Partnerships and Business Development at TRU. “This is an excellent opportunity for Canadian students who are eager to attend medical school and begin at TRU.”

Academically accepted Canadian students receive scholarship benefits if they are accepted into the program. First, there is the International/Canadian Student Scholarship, a US $80,000 one-time award distributed across semesters 1 to 10. Then, there is the TRU Partner Scholarship, a one-time US $7,500 award for the first semester of enrolment at AUC. Finally, accepted students are eligible for a first-semester housing credit.

“We are thrilled to announce this new partnership with TRU, as it allows us to work together in addressing physician shortage experienced across North America. Creating accessible pathways for deserving students is part of AUC’s mission to educate tomorrow’s physicians,” said American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine Provost, Dr. Heidi Chumley.

“TRU is excited about the agreement with the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine that will allow eligible TRU graduates of the Bachelor of Science degree to have direct entry into a medical school in the UK or in Sint Maarten each year,” said TRU Dean, Faculty of Science, Dr. Greg Anderson. “This agreement is another way TRU demonstrates its commitment to student success through committed pathways for students to professional schools.”

An AUC information session will take place on May 19 at 4 p.m. PST. The session is open to current and prospective TRU students and their families as well as TRU employees wanting to learn more about this partnership. If you are interested in participating, you can register at

Todd Hauptman, Senior Communications Consultant
University Relations, Thompson Rivers University
250-819-1701 |


The American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine is an educational institution maintaining a campus in St. Maarten and a program site in Lancashire, UK, maintaining an affiliate network of clinical training sites in the United States and the UK, and offering a Doctor of Medicine degree program.

Thompson Rivers University is based in Kamloops, BC. TRU is a leading destination in Canada for international students. International enrolment now exceeds 3,500 students per semester, with students coming from more than 100 countries and regions worldwide.



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