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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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9 Smart Foods to Boost Your Brain Power. #9 May Be the Excuse You’ve Been Waiting For.

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 @ 04:45 PM


To start, no, this isn’t spam. Also, this is a good thing for medical students, who need all the brainpower they can muster. Here we go:

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3 Ways to Build a Better Study Group

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 @ 12:56 PM


Studying by yourself can be daunting, especially in medical school. You’ve probably seen Community – if not, you should. It’s-- [Editor’s note: There was a huge bit about Community here but we decided to just cut it down to that first sentence.] The point is, study groups can be a double-edged sword:  on one hand, your test scores may improve but, on the other hand, you might have more distractions. Striking the right balance is key to making a great study group. Here are some ways you can make the most of your study group:

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6 Things You Suddenly Start Doing As a Med Student. #4 is Not a Joke.

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 @ 04:14 PM

Grad_ceremony_2Say hello to medical school and goodbye to the life you had before orientation. Med school requires a new lifestyle that will take some adjustment, but you’ll get the hang of it. Here are a few, somewhat strange, things you’ll find yourself doing as a med student:

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Why Are Patients so Impatient?

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 @ 03:50 PM


Going to the doctor can be a frustrating experience. Taking time off work, waiting for who knows how long, or just having to put on pants and interact with people can really ruin your day. As future physicians, American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine students should be prepared to deal with patients who may not understand why they waited 50 minutes for a basic physical exam or that their blood test results don’t magically appear in seconds like on House [Editor’s Note: that show really ruined medicine for all of us]. Here are a few ways you can bridge the gap:

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Time Your “Body Clock” to do Everything More Efficiently

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 @ 02:09 PM


Underneath all of your daily routines is an internal clock (a.k.a circadian rhythm) that times it all out. “But, wait, isn’t time a human invention?” No. You’re wrong. So very, very wrong. Recent studies have shown that your body clock may be determined from birth but, once you understand it, you’ll be able to perform better on exams, in clinical rotations, and in life. See how wrong you were there? Great, here are some ways you can optimize your body clock:

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7 Proven Ways to Combat Procrastination

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 @ 01:08 PM

urb3aWe all have things we can push off for a little bit. Then, we suddenly realize that a “little bit” has turned into three months. Then three months turns into three years (or something equally dramatic and detrimental). Look, it’s procrastination. I don’t need to over explain it. Let’s just get to the list:

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