American University of Antigua College of Medicine Celebrates the Diversity of Its 2022 Graduating Class

NEW YORK - June 8, 2022 - PRLog -- This year's American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) Commencement Ceremony took place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on May 26 and was attended by over 2,000 guests, including graduates, their families, and friends.

The Class of 2022 was made up of over 200 new graduates—21.6% of whom identified as African American, with 8.3% identifying as Hispanic—who will contribute to easing the physician shortage as well as adding diversity to the medical profession at a time when the lack of diversity is well recognized as having a negative impact on healthcare in the United States.

Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. who represents New Jersey's 9th Congressional District and who is the co-chair and founder of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, was the keynote speaker. Congressman Pascrell commented on the diversity of AUA graduates and the importance of diversity in medicine. Congressman Pascrell lauded AUA's graduates for their resilience, dedication and passion for the practice of medicine. He urged them to be proud, not just for their achievements but of who they are as individuals, and what they can achieve as newly minted physicians.

"You carry with you the pride of your communities and their collected hope for the future. You are seeking not fame, not profit, not glory, but the well-being of our neighbors and the health of our country," he told graduates. "We are counting on you to help us rebuild a workforce focused on efficiency, prevention wellness and coordination."

In addition to Congressman Pascrell, Jr., graduates heard from several other speakers including alumna Dr. Melanie Nukala, a board certified general and vascular surgeon; class valedictorian Dr. Megan Brooker—who will begin her residency in general surgery at Western Reserve Health Education/Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)—and other members of the College of Medicine faculty and administration.

The ceremony concluded with the recitation of the Hippocratic Oath by the new graduates and other physicians in attendance.

About 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. 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.

Founded in 2004, AUA awards the Doctor of Medicine degree after students complete a 2.5-year pre-clinical sciences curriculum on the island of Antigua in the Caribbean, followed by 2 years of clinical rotations in the United States and Canada.

Visit AUA's website to learn more.

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