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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8 Ways to Improve Your Productivity

Daydreaming won’t get you that dream residency. To stay sharp and do well in your classes, a consistent schedule is key. Read on for 8 highly effective habits designed to squeeze the most productivity out of your day. Exercise First Starting your day off right means more than eating a hearty breakfast – you also… Read More…

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5 Ways to Optimize Your Study Schedule

Bad news: winter break is over, and the new semester just started. Good news: this is the perfect time to plan your study schedule for the next few months. Here are some factors to consider to help you dominate your courses: Prioritize Subjects Carve up time on your calendar according to each subject’s difficulty level…. Read More…

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The Admissions Process: Caribbean vs. U.S. Medical Schools

Applying for medical school can be as stressful as attending it. Though Caribbean and U.S. medical schools have a similar application process, the devil’s in the details. Here’s a breakdown of how they compare at each step along the admissions process: Institutional Research Caribbean and U.S. medical schools recommend you conduct independent research before you… Read More…

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6 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Med Student Budget

Living on a med student budget can hurt your diet (and your wallet). When the cheapest options are fries and more fries, it’s tempting not to practice what you’ll soon preach to your patients, especially in Caribbean medical schools, where food is more expensive thanks to import duties. Still, you can live a healthy lifestyle… Read More…

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4 Ways to Decompress During Winter Break

When you’re finally done with exams, it’s tempting to spend winter break being your most slothful self. With all the stress you’ve bottled up during the semester, we don’t blame you. But sometimes indulging your lazy side isn’t as relaxing in the long run. Here are some ways to spend your winter break so you… Read More…

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5 Ways to Deal with Medical School Rejections

That pile of “We regret to inform you…” letters can be difficult to confront. Instead of racking up another hundred hours of Fallout 4 to get through the rejection, try these tips to soften the blow to your ego and make yourself a better candidate in the future: Don’t Take it Personally A rejection from… Read More…

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10 Questions to Ask When Applying to Caribbean Medical Schools

 There are many factors to consider when choosing the Caribbean medical school that’s right for you. Every student values each of these differently and the process can be overwhelming. Here we’ve compiled 10 questions to help guide your research so you get the information you need to whittle down your list of schools to the… Read More…

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A Primer on the Physician Shortage

You’ve heard about the physician shortage, but how does it affect you? Well, it could help you figure out what career you would want to join after you graduate since the demand is higher in certain specialties. Here’s a summary of the physician shortage and its impact on health in the United States: What is… Read More…

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Accreditations and Recognitions and Approvals! Oh my!

When considering Caribbean medical schools, keep in mind that a school’s accreditations, recognitions, and approvals determine where you’ll be eligible to practice and what your post-graduate options are. This guide will show you what to look for in a school that’ll help you achieve your dream of becoming a licensed physician in the United States…. Read More…