AUA Medical School Blog

The inside scoop about getting into and thriving in medical school. Tips include how to optimize your application, study hacks, how to stay happy and healthy as a medical student, and much more! Some highlights from our blog series: 9 Smart Foods to Boost Your Brain Power, 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Medical School, 7 Proven Ways to Fight Procrastination, 15 Reasons to Love AUA, Enhance Your MD: Why You Should Enroll in Urbana’s Healthcare MBA, What to Expect From a Caribbean Medical School Workload, A Primer on the Med School Interview, and The Diversity Gap in Medicine and how the MCAT shaped it.

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Message from the Dean: Tips For Success in Medical School

  by Robert Mallin MD – Executive Dean I started medical school a long time ago, 1977 to be exact.  Much has changed, but much is the same.   I had finished my undergraduate degree in December of 1976, so in order to be prepared for my entry into medical school, I took some graduate courses… Read More…


3 Reasons Why Your MCAT Score Doesn’t Matter

The MCAT may be the deciding factor for most U.S. medical schools but does it really factor into your success as a medical student and a physician? Short answer: no. Long answer: you’ll have to read our blog to find out!

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5 Realistic Resolutions for Caribbean Medical Students

New Year’s Resolutions are tricky. It’s good to start the upcoming year with some goals in mind, but by the time January rolls around, you’ve either made too many resolutions or made unrealistic ones. Here are some resolutions that are perfect for Caribbean medical students.

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5 Ways to Obliterate Exam Anxiety

It’s finals time again. You’ve done all of your studying but how are you certain you’ll remember everything come test day? That pressure could be compounded if your final is the only exam in your course. Here’s some advice that can help you stay cool, calm, and collected on test day.

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4 Ways to Decrease Holiday Stress

Holiday season can be a pretty stressful time of year. Between family commitments, buying gifts, and carrying a couple extra pounds from indulging in holiday treats, things can feel a bit overwhelming. Here are some ways you can manage stress and beat the holiday blues.


4 Ways to Eat Healthy During the Holidays

Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, New Year’s, or whatever feast you attend between now and January 1st, there will be indulgence. Here are some tips to keep you from gaining ten pounds (but you can probably expect to gain at least five) during the holiday season.

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4 Advantages to Being a Caribbean Medical Student

As long as they’ve existed, there’s been a stigma attached to Caribbean medical schools. Their graduates aren’t as qualified as U.S. medical grads, they say. Their campuses are too far away, they say. The Caribbean isn’t as nice as Connecticut, they say. Well, they’re wrong. There are lots of advantages to being a Caribbean medical… Read More…

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4 Ways to Optimize Your Study Space

The key thing for a productive study session is focus. The first place to start is perfecting your study space. Here are some things you can do to improve your space: