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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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…

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4 Benefits of Early Clinical Training

We take pride in our curriculum, especially that hands-on clinical training begins as early as the first semester. Studies have shown academic and professional benefits to clinical training, apart from cementing your clinical skills earlier than many U.S. medical school students. Here are some benefits you can expect: Develop Teamwork Skills Remember House? Don’t be… Read More…

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5 Ivy League Schools with AUA Alumni

AUA is one of the only Caribbean medical schools to consistently land graduates in Ivy League institutions for residencies and fellowships. Read on to see where our alumni have earned prestigious post-grad positions: Harvard A couple AUA grads added their blue to Harvard’s crimson. Dr. Regina Krel (Class of 2011) is currently a Headache Medicine… Read More…

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10 Medical Innovations That Prove We Live in the Future

We’re overdue for flying cars and teleportation, but we’ve already made some amazing accomplishments – and we’ve got more coming in the immediate future. You don’t want to be last to find out about these impressive innovations that could impact medicine in the next decade and beyond. Genetically modified diseases Researchers are thinking small to… Read More…

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The Basics of Basic Sciences: U.S. vs. Caribbean Medical Schools

While researching medical schools, you may have come across the phrase “Basic Sciences.” Sometimes referred to as “Pre-Clerkship” or “Pre-Clinical” in the U.S., these classes account for the first two years of your MD and provide the foundation of medical knowledge you will need for the rest of your career. Read on to learn what… Read More…

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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…