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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3 Tiers of Caribbean Medical Schools

When you’re researching Caribbean medical schools, remember that they’re not all of equal quality or graduate success. To help you rank them and decide what school is best for you, we grouped them in three tiers based on approvals and accreditations. Find out how they stack up. Top-tier American University of Antigua American University of… Read More…

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4 Ways to Beat Back-to-School Anxiety

Break’s almost over: Basic Sciences classes resume in just a few weeks (August 17, 2015 to be precise). If you’re a new student or on your last semester, coming back to school can be incredibly stressful. Here are just a few ways you can transition back to being a medical student. Go in With a… Read More…

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The 5 Best Exercise Routines for Tropical Environments

When you’re in the Caribbean, you’ll want to take advantage of the warm weather. Sure, AUA also has a fully equipped fitness center, but there is a lot you can do outside. Here are just some ways you can make the most of living in a tropical environment. Beach Volleyball Tossing a ball over a… Read More…

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6 Essential Items to Bring to a Caribbean Medical School

Next semester will be here sooner than you think. You may already have a general idea of what to pack, but if you’re studying at a Caribbean medical school, you’ll need some very specific items. Consider shopping for these before you travel to Antigua: 1) Sunscreen The UV rays are really intense in the Caribbean…. Read More…

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Two-Semester vs. Three-Semester Calendars at Caribbean Medical Schools

You probably heard that many Caribbean medical schools function on a three- semester calendar system. AUA is one of the few exceptions. There are many reasons why AUA decided to go with a two-semester system. Here are some: Healthy breaks One challenge many medical students face is burning out. Studying too hard over a semester… Read More…

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Seven Ways to Keep Your Mind Active During Summer Break

Summertime is here! It’s nice to finally have a long break to unwind, especially because many other Caribbean medical schools run on trimesters. You’ll definitely need to keep up with your studies, but you should also find other ways to stay active as well. Here are some fun activities to keep your brain engaged while… Read More…

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8 Tips for Being a Healthy Student (Especially in Antigua)

  Living and studying in the Caribbean is pretty sweet, but if you aren’t adequately taking care of yourself, you won’t be able to truly enjoy it. Follow these eight tips to make the most of your time at a Caribbean medical school without missing out on the luxury of living in a tropical paradise…. Read More…

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Advance Your Medical Studies and Career with Meditation

Becoming a doctor and being a doctor are hard work. Once you graduate and begin reaping all the benefits of those long hours of clinical rotations, study, and memorization, you will inevitably be challenged by further mental (and emotional) hurdles in your professional life. Successfully facing these stressful situations is part of the job. Luckily,… Read More…

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Three Advantages Graduating From a Caribbean Medical School

It’s Commencement week again! Well, at least at AUA. If you’re graduating from a Caribbean medical school this week, here are some reasons to prove you made the right choice for your medical education: Closer community Caribbean medical schools are known for having closer knit communities than U.S. medical schools. Since this is the first… Read More…