Student Voices

INDIA WINS!

Prakash Jayanthi, College of Medicine May 01, 2011
4/2/11 Its the weekend before a gruelling two weeks of finals. And yet, I found myself unable to concentrate as much as I had wished this past week, leaving a mountain of studying to do in the 3 days before the finals week began, inaugurated by four back-to-back finals. As my first final was Physiology, I decided to study that last - and prayed my short-term memory could pretend to be long term memory for at least a little while. Thus, I decided to get Neuroscience and Biochemistry out of...

Election Time

Prakash Jayanthi, College of Medicine May 01, 2011
3/30/11 Its the second to last week before finals. We, as the SGA Executive Board, have decided to hold our exec board elections this week instead of next week, so that everyone has enough time to prepare and we dont bite into anyone's study time, least of all our own. I was not sure that I wanted to run again, this having been a hard semester, what with SGA and the full course load, on top of which I had Ambassador's and Anatomy TA. But, as a team we work well together, and so I...

Mini III

Prakash Jayanthi, College of Medicine May 01, 2011
3/21/11 Today, we finally finished Mini III - for me, it was the topsy turviest of the three minis. I did the best in the classes I previously was doing not so well in, and only managed a middle B in the class I was doing the best in. For the life of me, I cannot fathom how this semester will turn out, because every exam lays waste to my predictions. Normally, I have a good idea of how my exams will turn out, based on the amount I studied and my performance on previous exams - at the end of...

Mid-semester Ponderances

Prakash Jayanthi, College of Medicine May 01, 2011
3/7/11 We are halfway through the semester, and yet it only feels like I began Med2 yesterday. This semester has been moving extremely quickly for me, with the minutes flying into days, fleeting into weeks, sleeting past as months. This is substantially because of how busy Med2, but it is gratifying that Med2 is hard, but at least not slow - I do not think I would be able to bear the combination of those two things. The saving grace of anyone in medical school is your favourite pastime,...

BEACH TIME!

Prakash Jayanthi, College of Medicine May 01, 2011
2/27/11   One of the main attractions of Caribbean islands, arguably their main attraction, is the beaches. And of the Caribbean Islands, Antigua has arguably the best beaches. However, by some sort of impressive lack of fortune, I had managed to not visit a beach in the 5 months I had been here. Thus, I decided to rectify this situation as soon as possible. And yet, the opportunities seemed to slip past, often with a wave and a wink. One of my friends who was taking the Falcon...

A little personality goes a long way

Alberto Marcelin, College of Medicine April 25, 2011
Several months ago, most fourth year medical students were busy figuring out which residency programs would fit them the best.  Whether it was by reading forums, talking to mentors, family members or friends; they were somewhere getting information about different residency programs. When it comes to finding a residency program, we all know that if you are from an International medical school, your score will matter the most. For US-MDs with low scores - well they have the name of...

Journey through AUA: Part 4 – Basic Sciences 3rd semester

Jasmine Riviere Marcelin, College of Medicine April 25, 2011
  Between 2nd and 3rd semester, again I took a block course – Behavioral sciences. This is a fairly benign course. The psychiatric disorders are the largest emphasis, but do not ignore ethics and biostatistics.  They are actually some of the easiest questions on exams, but because people do not prepare for them, they appear difficult and time-consuming. I found that Kaplan behavioral science really explains ethics and biostatistics in a way that we can finally understand....

Medical Missions

Alberto Marcelin, College of Medicine April 18, 2011
Although the USA has been my home for half my life, Haiti is still very much a part of me.  When that earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, despair hit me, but it also rekindled my passion for medicine.  I knew that one day I would return and provide medical care, but I had no idea that it was in God’s plan for me to return much sooner than I anticipated. During a summer elective, I joined a group called Volunteers in Medical Missions. They organize medical mission trips...