Should I Study Before Starting Med School?

studying Before starting their first med school classes, many incoming students are faced with a question: "Should I start studying now before I start med school?" The two most common answers you will hear people give are...

Bringing Pets into St. Maarten

St. Maarten 5 158 Bringing a pet down to St. Maarten is easy. There are only two documents you need in order to bring Fido or Fluffy into paradise: First, go to your vet and get a...

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

So this past week has been one of ups and downs, marked by a series of fortunate and unfortunate events. At the end of the day, however, the good memories will linger, while the bad ones will get joked about to make the good times even better! Here, I’d like to share with you some happenings throughout the past week……

The Many Faces of Diary of a Caribbean Med Student

website 1 Do y’all remember when Diary of a Caribbean Med Student looked like this? Yeah, it seemed so long ago for me, but only 3 months ago, this was what it looked like.. When I first started this blog, I was completely a novice at this medium of expression. I was not familiar with programming, and had to look up html…

Weather in St. Maarten

02lede_earl-blogSpan Coming to St. Maarten is as much of a weather shock as it is a culture shock for many Americans and Canadians coming here for the first time. So here, I'd like to answer some questions about the weather...

Physiology Professors

One thing I really like about AUC is that the school recognizes and awards outstanding professors, staff, and students for their achievements. I just came across this 2005 journal article from Advances in Physiology Education, published by the American Physiological Society and was mildly surprised and pleased to find two familiar names! The article is about physiology professors who have…

Mock, Biostats, and Glycolysis

Hello everyone! As you can see from my lack of blogging these past few days, I’ve been busy. Last Sunday, the first semester students had their mock practical exams in anatomy lab, so I was there to help create some questions as well as proctor the exams. It was my second time helping out with the mock. At 8am the…

Spam

One thing you’ve got to accept as a blogger is that you suddenly become  a new target for spam. Just today, when I logged into my site, I found 13 spam comments that were filtered out by my spam blocker. They all have the same method of “luring you in” by praising you first, then making you click on their…

Online Residency Placement Survey

Hey everyone! AUC would like me to post this link to the residency placement survey, now conveniently online! If you are an AUC student who participated in the Match, if you haven’t done so already, please help our school by filling it out! Not only is tracking residency placements of students essential for maintaining our school’s accreditation, it is also…

Island Hopping Adventure!

On the summit of the third island About: Lucas Bay is a very shallow bay with a few islands and sandbars just barely rising out of the shallow waters. The knee-deep water makes it a great trip to wade to the different islands in the bay. Highlights: Reach the first, then the second, and then the third island. Each island is very different and interesting to explore. on the far side of the third island, there is a treat... a natural swimming pool!

Horses By The Sea

IMG_0993 St. Martin is an island divided between two nations. They cannot be more different. The Dutch side is bustling with resorts, casinos, and clubs by the sea, whereas on the French side, there are quaint country houses, little churches with steeples, and horses by the sea. Here is our quick stop on the road while driving around the Cul-de-Sac of…

My Very Rough Composition…

"Daddy fixed your Chinese" - Mom of an AUC wikipedia article in Chinese… I’ve been speaking Mandarin Chinese all my life, and never learned how to read and write it until the end of high school. Speaking and writing are completely different, especially literary writing. The grammar, and even specific terms you use are different. I’ve always wanted to be proficient in Chinese writing composition, but…

I Had No Idea Conchs Had Eyes!

Mr. Conch peering out of his shell to see what's going on. Mr. Conch peering out of his shell to see what's going on.I guess I always assumed they were like clams, oysters, or mussels… just a piece of meat at the buffet line, ready to be dipped in cocktail sauce. Last post-block weekend, Chris, Arif, and I traveled the island to explore the northeast part of St. Martin, on the French…

Renting Cars During the High Season

St. Martin Nature Reserve My St. Maarten travel tips during the busy tourist season (From late November until the end of March): 1. Rent from somewhere outside the airport, like at the Windham or Empress, because chances are, you'll be competing with tourists at the airport and the booths will not rent anything less than 2 days during the busy season. 2. Call several days beforehand to make a reservation. That way you'll be more guaranteed to get what you want!

AUC Classrooms Tour

Lecture Hall 1 Like me not too long ago, many prospective students are probably curious to see what the classrooms at AUC look like. So here, I have posted some pictures of the indoor places around campus. But first, some info about the facilities here at AUC: Lecture Halls In the old academic building, there are five lecture halls of different sizes: Lecture Hall…

How Do You Start A Blog?

Hello everyone! Here is an email (edited for confidentiality) I received from a reader last semester that I’d like to share with you all. At the time he had just been accepted to AUC and was interested in starting a blog too. This semester, I finally got to meet him… he’s a nice, jolly fellow! Hi Benji, I was visiting…

Wave

Run! By 12 noon, I turned in my third and last exam of the day and walked out of the cold classroom into the warm Caribbean sun, thinking to myself how time flew by so fast this first block of the semester, much faster than last semester! Today was a big day, the first block exams of the semester, but even…

Why did you choose AUC as opposed to St. George’s?

Last semester, I received an email from a reader and prospective applicant to AUC. Here, I’d like to share the letter (which I’ve heavily edited for confidentiality reasons) and my responses. Hi Benji! I did a google search on AUC and stumbled across this great blog! I’ll keep it short – I am a senior in college and started out…

Addiction

Dartboard in the TA Lounge.. the true benefit of being TA! Dartboard in the TA Lounge.. the true benefit of being TA! I absolutely love TA-ing! There’s just something about it — dropping by from table to table, talking to students and fellow TAs, explaining things, and helping people out — that’s so fun and intellectually rewarding. There’s also something very satisfying about reviewing all that material that I learned last…

Brachial Plexus and Muscle Innervations

IMG_0912e Today was my assigned day as a TA for Anatomy Lab. For those of you who missed it, this is a diagram of the Brachial Plexus nerves and the muscles that they innervate that I drew on the board today! Learn this well! Want to know what AbOF stands for in the diagram? Please visit my study resources!…
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