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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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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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