AUA Med Blog

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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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Medical School. #3 May Surprise You.

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 @ 01:44 PM


Even after you’ve poured over every book about medical school, there are some things that may have been left out. Here’s what you need to know:

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Topics: med school applications, Caribbean medical school, medical school

A Doctor’s Work Ethic

Posted by Michael Talarico on Tue, May 6, 2014 @ 02:18 PM

Michael_TalaricoAt a certain point in medical school you probably looked around and realized that being smart isn’t all that special.  Most students are pretty smart.  But what’s harder to find – and what leads to the highest levels of achievement – is a strong work ethic and character. Which brings me to Michael Talarico, an AUA student who recently matched in radiology at Dartmouth.

I first met Michael when I worked with EED in Antigua and he was the head TA.  He remains the same person with a great sense of humor and a positive spirit who takes his responsibilities seriously.  His father is a radiologist, so he says he grew up in dark rooms and spent a lot of time volunteering in radiology over the years.  Still, he started med school with an open mind, thinking he might go in a different direction.  It was only during rotations when he kept finding himself intrigued by radiology that he decided on radiology as his first choice specialty.  His USMLE scores were not as high as the averages for that specialty, but he was more than able to compensate with his strong work ethic and personal qualities.  The information below is based on an interview with Michael.

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How I Raised My USMLE Score by 45 Points (Step 1 to Step 2 CK)

Posted by Omar Taha on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 @ 02:41 PM


This Tip of the Week is based on an interview with AUA student Omar Taha who recently matched in internal medicine at Maimonides. Omar’s score bump and volunteer work helped him secure 31 interview invitations from internal medicine and family medicine programs. If I were to summarize Omar’s approach to his clinical years, I would say that his learning was patient-centered – an approach that helped him retain important medical concepts while also elevating his sense of motivation for medicine.  Do remember that each successful student has a slightly different approach to studying and attaining a match.  What they have in common is taking the time to think deeply about their own obstacles, strengths, and sources of motivation.  

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3 Simple Ways to Become a Student Leader at Caribbean Medical Schools

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 @ 09:48 AM

IMG_7262With most jobs, people tend to fall into one of two categories in the workplace: those who lead and those who follow. Physicians, however, must be strong leaders in order to make the tough decisions that come with the profession. Luckily, American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine has numerous initiatives to boost your confidence. Here are just a few:

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Topics: Caribbean medical school, MBA, EED, Online Healthcare MBA, Urbana

The 7 Essential Qualities of a Physician

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 @ 05:02 PM

happyphysicianWhen American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine’s Admissions Committee examines a candidate, the first thing they assess is his or her capability of becoming a successful physician. Although these qualities aren’t quantifiable, they are evaluated by the candidate’s potential to demonstrate traits that are shared by some of the best physicians working today. Here are some of them:


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Topics: residencies, Caribbean medical school, MBA, EED, Urbana

Uniquely AUA: Things You Can't Find at Other Caribbean Medical Schools

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 @ 01:24 PM


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Topics: clinical rotations, residencies, Caribbean medical school, Antigua, FIU, EED, AAPI, AMSA

15 Reasons to Love AUA

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 @ 10:23 AM


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Topics: Caribbean medical school, Antigua, faculty, AUA, FIU, housing, EED, SFS, alumni

Enhance Your MD: Why You Should Enroll in Urbana's Healthcare MBA

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Fri, Jan 10, 2014 @ 08:33 AM


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Topics: residencies, Caribbean medical school, Healthcare, MBA, Online Healthcare MBA, leadership, Urbana

Resolutions to Improve Your Medical Career in 2014

Posted by Brett Ackerman on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 @ 01:52 PM

ResolutionsblogphotoWith only a week left of this year, it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions.  Every year, we set goals for ourselves and while you may have accomplished several of them, what do you want to achieve in the coming year? And, as a medical student, how can you distinguish yourself?  Keep in mind, residency programs look for students who demonstrate ambition by consistently challenging themselves. Here are some options to help you set career-specific goals for 2014:


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Topics: USMLE, research, Caribbean medical school, AUA, medical conference, EED

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