AUA Medical Student Blog

Learn everything about AUA from the people who know it best – its students and alumni. AUA student bloggers will give you greater insight into the daily life of a Caribbean medical school student and the benefits of studying at AUA. Some highlights from our student blogs: How I Raised My USMLE Score by 45 Points (Step 1 to Step 2 CK), How I Survived My First Semester at AUA, FIU HWCOM: An AUA Student’s Review, Time Enough At Last: An Clinical Rotation From Start to Finish, A Medical Emergency on the Last Day of Pediatrics, and What Makes AUA (and Antigua) Unique.

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“Time to take control and train your brain” – Shoban Jayamohan

By:  Shoban Jayamohan, Basic Sciences 3 I’ve always heard great things about meditation but never knew how to start. I wanted to create a continuous, calm state of mind for myself, away from the hustle and minutia of everyday life. Thus, my journey into meditation began. I noticed the more I meditated, I was not… Read More…

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A Doctor’s Work Ethic

At a certain point in medical school you probably looked around and realized that being smart isn’t all that special.  Most students are pretty smart.  But what’s harder to find – and what leads to the highest levels of achievement – is a strong work ethic and character. Which brings me to Michael Talarico, an… Read More…

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How I Raised My USMLE Score by 45 Points (Step 1 to Step 2 CK)

This Tip of the Week is based on an interview with AUA student Omar Taha who recently matched in internal medicine at Maimonides. Omar’s score bump and volunteer work helped him secure 31 interview invitations from internal medicine and family medicine programs. If I were to summarize Omar’s approach to his clinical years, I would… Read More…

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How I Survived My First Semester at AUA

by Heela Azizi, Class of 2017 Four months ago, 12.5% was an arbitrary percentage to me.  Now it represents the hard work and personal growth required to successfully complete my first semester of medical school.  I am 12.5% closer to earning my medical degree. During Med 1, I not only learned how to adjust to… Read More…

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The Life of an AUA Clinical Student: FIU HWCOM Edition

by Garry Mann, Class of 2015 FIU HWCOM has been a terrific experience for me so far. I’m currently on my Internal Medicine rotation along with other AUA students who are in the same rotation or participating in Family Medicine or Surgery. It’s refreshing to work with so many talented clinical students and such helpful… Read More…

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FIU HWCOM: An AUA Student’s Review

by Prakash Jayanthi, Class of 2014 I recently began my Family Medicine (FM) rotation and now recall some of the questions I had before coming here. How does FIU HWCOM evaluate us? What would the hospital be like? Where would I live? In the past couple of weeks, I’ve learned the answers and gained a… Read More…

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AUA & FIU HWCOM: The Right Choice

by Jonathan Schirripa, Class of 2015 It’s my fourth semester and clinical rotations loom on the horizon. I can’t wait to interact with patients and apply everything I learned in the classroom, but I still have a difficult decision to make:  where should I go to complete my last two years of medical school? We… Read More…

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Time Enough at Last: A Clinical Rotation from Start to Finish

by Prakash Jayanthi, Class of 2014 You’re in medical school, but have you defined your career goals? Do you know what kind of doctor you want to be?  If not, don’t worry – that’s what your clinical rotations are for.  You go through six core rotations and multiple electives, trying to find the specialty that’s… Read More…

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Tips on Making Antigua Your New Home

by Stephanie Vazquez, Class of 2017 When I got my acceptance letter to the American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine, I was incredibly excited. It wasn’t until I started packing that it hit me—in just a few short weeks, I’d be leaving my family, my friends, and my home and moving to Antigua. Instead… Read More…

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How I Prepared for AUA and Antigua

by Heela Azizi, Class of 2017 Preparing for medical school is more than just buying supplies and packing suitcases. You also have to prepare your mind. With less than a week left before I fly out to the island, I still cannot fathom that I am one-step closer to realizing my dream of becoming a… Read More…