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There is no additional fee for full tuition paying students except for, End of year United States NBME exams ($60), Liability Insurance (for students rotating in the USA) during clinical sciences and Graduation fee (at the end of 4th year). If student request an official transcript, they will have to pay $25 US per official transcript. Students on Scholarships, payment plans will also have to pay their yearly NBME Exam fees in addition to the above listed fees.

Yes, GAU follows a US medical school curriculum. We assess our students based on US standards and would like to ensure that students graduating from GAU are knowledgeable and skillful as medical students graduates of US based medical schools. Students who pass the NBME exams are more likely to pass any of the medical board exams including USMLE, PLAB, MCI Exams etc.

We like to encourage students to always think positive! So let’s aim towards a successful future. Should you not seek the clinical route after graduating, you can venture into research, medical education and so many more medical fields.

We currently have an 80 % USMLE Step 1 pass rate and 100% USMLE Step 2 and Step 3 pass rate.

The Passmark is 70 percent. Students are required to attend 90% of classes to be qualified to take the final exams.

GAU has clinical rotation sites in the USA. While GAU guarantees rotations in USA, students have to ensure that they can secure the funding and a US visa (GAU will provide the documentation to the embassy but does not guarantee that the student will receive a visa). GAU has thus far, an excellent record with students acquiring US and UK visa.

Yes! GAU is recognized by ECFMG and the World Federation of Medical Schools and thus this allows students and graduates to take the Caribbean, US and British board exams that will allow them to practice medicine in the respective regions and country.

The White Coat Ceremony is an American Medical School ritual where first-year students are welcomed on the journey towards becoming a medical practitioner. Students are adorned with white-coats during the ceremony.

The University was established in November 2013

Yes, our students rotate in New York at Wyckoff Hospital and in Georgia at various Clinical Sites. kindly note pictures on our social media and website showcasing students at these clinical sites in the USA. For more information on our clinical sciences rotations in the USA, kindly contact Dr. Isis Anderson at clinicals@gau.edu.gy who will be happy to discuss further.

Clinical rotations are done in Georgia, DC, New York, Kentucky, and Mississippi at our affiliate sites.

National Accreditation Council of Guyana – http://nac.gov.gy/index.php/registration/list-of-registered-institutions

Yes, once you are on the list of medical schools under WFME you degree issued will be recognized.

GAU does not have any issues with the associated institutions in the USA. The fact that students are currently rotating at these institution confirms this.

We have a low staff turnover. To date, only 2 staff we previously had is not working with us. These staff members were dismissed for misconduct. In case of faculty members, we had approximately 3 faculty members who were dismissed because students and management had complaints about their performance in delivering the program. Once GAU confirms that a faculty member is not performing to our standard they will be dismissed.

The list of our faculty members can be viewed at www.gau.edu.gy/faculty

ACGME accredits US-based Medical Schools. CAAMHP is the institution that is set in place for this region and all medical schools have until 2023 to get CAAMHP. We are working towards 2020 accreditation by CAAM-HP. Thus we are going to continue being recognized with only having National Accreditation of Guyana recognition until 2023.

We say what we do and do what we say. You have to speak with our students who can give you a better input. They are the ones currently enrolled in our program and they will be best to confirm our credibility.

A minimum of 60 weeks of Clinical Sciences rotation which must include all 52 weeks of core clinical rotations

The student has to submit the usual admission documents (copy of degree/certificates, transcripts, 2 recommendation letters, application processing fee, government issued id). In addition, the student has to provide us with a transcript from the current University.

Students stay at modern apartments close to the University. These apartments come with all amenities including internet and optional a/c which is usually a bit pricey. Arrangements for housing are controlled by the University but the apartments are privately owned.

The premedical sciences program is a 16 months program, taught in 4 trimesters (4 months per trimester). The Doctor of Medicine program is a 4 years program. The preclinical sciences/basic sciences courses are taught during the first 20 months of the program while the clinical sciences program is taught during the final 2 years of the program.

Yes, TOEFL score of 60 or IELTS score of 6.0 is required.

You may not have to take the TOEFL if you completed High School or Tertiary Education in English. The Admissions Committee may, however, request this exam if after you completed your admissions interview, they were not satisfied with your general understanding of the language.

Yes. Medical degrees obtained from Georgetown American University are acceptable to the provincial/territorial medical regulatory authorities in Canada, and therefore acceptable to all medical organizations in Canada. For more information about the acceptable medical schools as defined in the Model Standards for Medical Registration in Canada please visit this website: http://mcc.ca/services/repository/acceptable-medical-schools-as-defined-in-the-model-standards-for-medical-registration-in-canada/