Student Voices

Choose your own destiny!

Jasmine Riviere Marcelin, College of Medicine May 15, 2011
  At the age of eight, I decided that I was going to become a pediatrician when I grew up. Determined, I fashioned my education in a way that would lead to that goal, which remained steadfast throughout basic sciences. When I began clinicals, I still thought I would become a pediatrician. I found specialties that I enjoyed but knew were not for me – Ob/Gyn, Family Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry. Then I did my Internal Medicine and ICU rotations, and I was in heaven. The mystery...

Surviving Clinicals

Jasmine Riviere Marcelin, College of Medicine May 15, 2011
  After passing Step1, a huge burden is lifted off our shoulders.  But although there is not as much pressure to study for a big test, the 3rdand 4thyears may well be the most important years of medical school.  The alliances made during these years will make or break a student’s future – clerkship grades and strong Letters of Recommendation all rely on successful rotation experiences. So what are some good strategies for optimizing these experiences? 3rd year:...

Preparing for USMLE Step 1

Jasmine Riviere Marcelin, College of Medicine May 10, 2011
USMLE Step1 is the most important exam we have to take in medical school.  Before starting at AUA, I had never heard of it.  I remember being at the orientation ceremony and hearing Dr. Glasser talk about this “monster” exam and thinking, “there’s no way an exam harder than MCAT exists!”  As each semester passed, I learned more about the exam, but never understood its significance until one day every professor was on cloud nine; they had just...

All Hail the Queen

Chinwe Okeke, College of Medicine May 08, 2011
On the heels of Prince William of Wales’s marriage to Kate Middleton, I reminisce on a memorable clinical experience.  On the first day of my Psychiatry core rotation, I met the “Queen of England”.  She was a middle-aged black man.  This was beyond unusual, yet slightly curious.  I had read about psychoses, but to be actually witness this individual’s delusion was frightening.  This was a rare moment in which I witnessed a classic textbook case...

Journey through AUA: Part 5 – Basic Sciences 4th semester

Jasmine Riviere Marcelin, College of Medicine May 02, 2011
  4th semester was my favorite in basic sciences because finally, we seemed to be talking about real medical disorders and their treatments. The most intimidating course for many students (including myself) was Pharmacology because there are so many drugs to learn.  While it is still important to understand the mode of action of the drugs with respect to the diseases they treat, this is one class that you cannot escape memorization.  I have always had difficulty with rote...

The Doctor and Ms. Okeke

Chinwe Okeke, College of Medicine May 02, 2011
  Superstar singer Beyonce Knowles' 2008 album “I AM…Sasha Fierce” introduced an alter ego that showed a drastically different side of the entertainer: sassy, confident, and provocative.  In many ways, we medical students must have alter egos. Clearly, the person we present to our colleagues, attending physicians, and patients, differs from the person we are at home.  When studying for the STEP 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam, I introduced...

Farewell to thee, Antigua!

Prakash Jayanthi, College of Medicine May 01, 2011
4/20/11 Its finally come to that time of the semester again, when I can cast off the shackles of confinement and wing my way back to the good old USA, where buffets and fast food are plentiful, and you can stack plates so high that they might be able to carry you to some sort of paradise; or at the very least, lull you into a food coma. No matter what, though, the fact remains that I am finally done with Med2! Hoorays and woohoos all around.  Not that Antigua is that terrible, mind...

Finals

Prakash Jayanthi, College of Medicine May 01, 2011
  4/18/11 Have the Gods withdrawn their favour from me? Am I no longer allowed to live my life without the wrathful interference of a vengeful deity? These are the questions that stand out most in my head, as having to take 3 finals, 1 exam, 3 SHELF board exams, and then 1 last final is enough to make me feel like Hera's least favourite stepson. All who went before had cautioned me about the Med2 semester, about its laboriousness and difficulty; yet I flew freely without a...