AUA Med Blog

10 Immunity Boosters to Prevent Cold and Flu. You Probably Didn’t Even Think of #9.

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 10:07 AM


Now that it’s cold/flu season, you’ll hear tons of tips and tricks on how to strengthen your immune system. Unfortunately they’re mostly myths, so before you stock up on snake oil (don’t listen to Dr. Oz) or whatever the latest craze is (talking about you, Airborne), find out what really works. Here are some real tips to prevent you from getting sick during the holiday season:

1)      Sleep

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4 Ways to Optimize Your Study Space

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 @ 10:55 AM


The key thing for a productive study session is focus. The first place to start is perfecting your study space. Here are some things you can do to improve your space:

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7 Sites Every Med Student Should Visit

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 @ 10:25 AM


As a medical student, you’ll have a very specific browser history. Your Facebook/Twitter feed will probably give you fleeting glimpses of what everyone else is doing on the internet (mostly looking at cat videos, FYI), but for the most part, you’re hanging out with Harvey® in the simulation lab. Still, you should make time to visit these websites. They’ll make your life easier.

  1. Student Doctor

Whether you’re pre-med, a medical student, or a resident, this site has something for you. Articles, interviews, and reference materials. It even has forums for students across that spectrum. You can also request a USMLE tutor in case you need a little more help studying for that beast of an exam.

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5 Ways to Boost Your Note-Taking Skills. #3 is Making a Comeback.

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Tue, Oct 7, 2014 @ 12:18 PM


Imagine your class is taught by The Doctor – you’ll probably need to develop shorthand if you want to keep up with all of his notes. The same probably goes for most of your professors. Here are some quick and easy tips to improve your note-taking skills.

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12 Ways to Exercise While You Study. You Can Do #7 on the Go.

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 @ 12:06 PM

12_WaysExercise not only makes your body healthy – it makes your brain healthy too. Studies have shown that exercising can improve your thinking skills. Plus, it’ll help you retain information better. So here are eight – wait, twelve? Oh boy. Get ready to feel the burn.

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8 Fun Facts About Your Brain

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 @ 12:15 PM


“We only use 10% of our brain” is a lie. A terrible, no good, very bad lie that’s been repeated ad infinitum that even valid sources seem to think it’s true! The human brain is a lot more fascinating than that. Here are some things you probably didn’t know the brain could do:

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7 Ways to Save Money in Medical School. Don’t Let #3 Get Out of Hand.

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 @ 11:05 AM

7_ways_graphicWhen you’re a physician, you’ll probably make bank. As a medical student, you’ll probably break it. Here are some things you can do to save some dough while you’re in med school:

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3 Effective Ways to Read Faster and Retain More

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 @ 12:48 PM


What’s the benefit of speed-reading if you forget everything just as fast as you read it? Even worse, reading a 50-page chapter in 10 minutes, while seemingly impressive, is useless if you don’t really understand any of it. I mean, have you ever speed-read the Harry Potter books? All I got out of it was there was someone named Harry Potter. The point is, you don’t want to be a speed-reader, you want to be a power-reader. Here’s how to do it:

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6 Ways to Look Good For Your Med School Interview. #2 Makes a Big Difference.

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 @ 11:09 AM


To fully prepare for your med school interview, you’ll need to do more than research the program and review talking points. You’ll need to look snazzy. It’s all part of making a good impression. Sure, a lot of these will seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised by how often they are overlooked. Here are some helpful tips to help you ace your interview:

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5 Careers That Can Combine an MD/MBA

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 @ 10:48 AM

Career_Blog_picture_3Earning an MD is nice but earning an MD/MBA is better. It gives you a great deal of career flexibility after you graduate – especially if you want to do more as a physician. Oh, hey, did you know AUA has an articulation agreement with Urbana University, which allows qualified students to earn a Healthcare MBA online? Here are some opportunities you’ll have as an MD/MBA:

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