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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6 Types of Applicants to Caribbean Medical Schools

Application season is coming up fast. When you’re putting together your application for medical school, consider what type of applicant you are and what specific requirements you need to submit. Here’s a quick rundown: U.S. Applicant U.S. applicants need to fulfill these basic requirements for an application to be considered: completion of pre-requisite courses, a personal… Read More…

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5 Things to Know About Your Fifth Semester

The fifth semester will be the shortest of your medical education, but also the most pivotal and intensive. Here’s what to expect. Basic Sciences Review You’ll spend your last 10 weeks on the island reviewing everything you learned in the last four semesters combined – like a recap before the series finale. If you’ve been… Read More…

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AUA Valedictorians: Where Are They Now?

Long after the graduation ceremony and the first year of residency, AUA valedictorians continue to have amazing post-graduate careers. Read on to learn about our latest valedictorian’s achievements. Dr. Samantha Thomas (Class of 2014) Having taken a year off the Match after graduating, Dr. Thomas is now Categorical Surgery Resident at St. Agnes in Baltimore,… Read More…

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AUA Gives Back to the Antiguan Community

AUA is eternally grateful for the Antiguan community’s support. In return, our students, faculty, and administrators help make a difference in Antigua: Health Fairs AUA’s original health fair, hosted twice each year by AUA’s American Medical Student Association (AMSA) branch, has given out health check-ups to hundreds of Antiguan residents. Many other clubs have established… Read More…

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6 Benefits to Joining a Club in Medical School

Being a great medical student is about more than acing your coursework and studying for exams; your extra-curricular matter too. More than just an excuse to socialize, joining a club can help you become a better physician in several ways: Enhance Residency Applications Showing you have a healthy work/life balance will improve your chances at… Read More…

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Why Diversity in Medicine Matters

The physician shortage has many disparate causes: few seats in U.S. medical schools, an aging population, a higher rate of retiring physicians, fewer residency positions in key specialties, and more. But one element in particular seems to slip under the radar: lack of physician diversity. This diversity deficit will have a major impact on the… Read More…

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5 Ways to be an Eco-Friendly Medical Student

When you’re thinking about your next Anatomy exam, it’s tough to think about your carbon footprint. We got you. Here are some simple ways to become a better environmentalist as a medical student: Take Notes on Your Laptop Sure, you can reuse stacks of old notebooks as legs for a cute DIY coffee table, but… Read More…

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5 Fascinating Fellowships Earned by AUA Alumni

Many AUA alumni pursue opportunities in sub-specialties within newer or overlooked fields. Read on to discover some of the unique fields AUA alumni have explored through fellowships: Sleep Medicine This multi-faceted specialty, which integrates diverse fields such as neurology, internal medicine, psychiatry, and neurophysiology, has grown substantially since the 1970s. If you’re interested in the… Read More…

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5 Time-Management Tips to Improve Your Test-Taking Skills

The clock will be your toughest opponent on test day. Even though the USMLE Step 1 lasts eight hours, you might find time slipping away from you. Here are some ways to beat the clock without beating yourself up: Plan Ahead Knowing is half the battle. Well before you step into the exam room, tests… Read More…

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4 Ways AUA Alumni Have Earned Residencies

If you have any friends who’ve just gone through Match Week, you know it’s never too early to start thinking about your future residency. Though matching can be stressful, there are many strategies to landing your dream residency. We’ve highlighted some key ways AUA alumni have secured theirs. Research Working on research projects at teaching… Read More…