My First Night in Blackburn

After an overnight 9 hour flight from Miami to London, then a 1 hour flight to Manchester, and then a 1 hour train ride to Blackburn, and a short 5 minute bus ride, I’ve finally arrived at my new home for the next 6 weeks, the Royal Blackburn Hospital! My first impression of Blackburn when I arrived by train is…

The Other Side of the Pond

The time has come. In approximately 24 hours, I will be in Blackburn, England, jet-lagged, cold, and excited to start my Psychiatry rotation at the Royal Blackburn Hospital! It will be my first rotation ever, and I will be joining a small community of five other AUC students, two of whom I already know from my class on the island.…

Clinical Registration Checklist

The transition from Basic Sciences to Clinical Sciences can be a challenge for many students. For the first time in nearly two years of being together, your class is now dispersed and you find yourself isolated from your friends and classmates. You have all this paperwork you have to complete and a big test to take, and your advisors, deans,…

The Waiting Game

Now that the step is over, I’m playing the waiting game… waiting to schedule my rotations and waiting to start clinicals.  I feel like this entire semester has been a semester of anxiety: I’ve been anxious while studying, anxious during the test, anxious after the test, anxious waiting  for scores, and just when I think I get a brief moment…

Preparing for Step I

Thanks so much everyone for the support! I have been getting some questions on what I used to study for the Step 1, and here I’d like to address that. At AUC, in order to finish Basic Sciences, every student must pass the NBME Comp as well as a Kaplan Comp, to ensure that we have acquired sufficient medical knowledge…

Sports at AUC

AUC does not have official school-sponsored sports groups. However, AUC students have always put together sports groups. Throughout my time on the island, I have seen basketball, soccer, street hockey, and softball teams created by AUC students. Many groups, like the AUC Bacteriophages (men’s softball) and the Cushingnoids (men’s soccer) have competed with local island teams in the St. Maarten…

Engagement Photo Shoot

About two months ago, my brother Jimmy Ho came down to Miami for a business trip to shoot a wedding for one of his clients. As I had been out of the country for a while, it was truly wonderful to see him and his family again. As part of a wedding gift to Irene and me, Jimmy and his…

Passed Step 1

Dear Friends, Family, and Blog Readers, I’m happy to announce that I have passed Step 1 of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam! It’s such a big relief, and one that marks the end of the first half of my journey through med school and beginning of a new phase: clinical rotations! Thank you to my friends, family, all those at…

You Know You’ve Been a Med Student Too Long When…

You know you’ve been a med student too long when…
  • You’re taking a test and you barely even read half of a question “a 6 year old male who lives in an old house…” and you already know it’s talking about lead poisoning.
  • You see Gate A3 at the airport and the first thing that comes to your mind is
  • Old Times Never Ended…

    When we parted earlier this year, I never knew when was the next time I would see Chris and Arif again. While on the island, we were always together since the beginning. Together we can be so honest to each other that it didn’t matter what we said. These guys were the best. But as honest as we were to…

    One thing I DON’T miss about the Caribbean

    Being away from the Caribbean for a few months already, I can truly say I miss the beautiful beaches, the community, the warm weather, the water, the cultural diversity, the food, the mountains, and the friends I’ve made there. However, there is one thing I DON’T miss about living in the Caribbean…
    Note: This was a particularly unusually gnat/mosquito-infested day.…

    Breast Cancer Awareness

    Ever since I moved to Miami to study for my USMLE Step 1 exam, my life has been pretty routine: wake up, study in the morning, meet with study group, finish study group, and afterwards, you guessed it… study some more… you get the point. But today my routine was a bit different. While I was studying some medical case…

    Female Reproductive Endocrinology in 28 Easy Steps

    In my med school experience, Female Reproductive Endocrinology is one of the more challenging things to learn in physiology, since hormones rise and fall, and interact with each other in different ways in different phases of the cycle. But when broken down to 28 steps, the process is easier to understand.
    1. Menstruation marks the beginning of the menstrual cycle, because

    5 Ways to Use Social Media in Med School

    Our generation is living in an age of social media, where communication is getting ever easier and learning has expanded beyond the books. With the advent of social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube, we’re finding more and more ways to use social media to ease and enhance our learning experience. As a med student, here are 5 ways I’ve…

    Hot Pot

    With the approaching autumn, Irene and I decided to have our first hot pot night of the cold season. Hot Pot is a tradition in both of our families, with everyone cooking fresh meats, vegetables, noodles, fish cakes, and an assortment of other wonderful things over a steaming "hot pot" of broth in the center of the table while eating, sharing a good time together. While you can find hot pot anytime of the year, it's especially common during the winter months. Here's some fish cake.

    White Coat Ceremony September 2011, Live!

    Tomorrow (Friday, September 23, 2011) will be an important day for many new students here at AUC. The White Coat Ceremony is one of the two most important ceremonies in the medical student’s educational career, the other being Graduation. Performed in most medical, nursing, and PA schools around the US, it is a beautiful ceremony where the students are given their first White Coat, a cloak of trust, professionalism, and compassion. Putting on the white coat for the first time symbolizes the students’ official welcome into the greater medical community of white-coat wearers.

    Doctors and Their Food

    After studying medicine for nearly two years, I've come to the conclusion that doctors are always hungry, or at least when they are naming medical conditions. Whether it is a fancy Latin word that ends with the letters "-itis" or named after some famous scientist in the past, there's countless ways one can describe diseases and symptoms. However, in the medical world, somehow, nothing describes diseases better than with food. Here are some of the more common ones I've come across in my studies...

    Reunited

    Being apart really changes group dynamics. During Basic Sciences, although we all more or less know each other, groups of close friends and cliques tend to form. Then after Basic Sciences when everyone gets dispersed to different places around the US and UK, the crowd of students get shuffled again, and new bonds form, and we find new support in others we may not have gotten to know as well on the island. I think this is a good thing. It's good to get to know people again, in a different time, place, and setting, and become a part of many interlinking network of friends.

    iPad Apps for Med School

    Just within the last year alone, I have noticed a surge in the use of iPad at AUC, and it's not a surprise as to why. As I have expressed before, the iPad is an incredible tool for med school, being both versatile and handy. There are tons of apps out there that med students find useful. I've downloaded and tried out quite a few apps. Here are the ones I personally like and use regularly.

    AUC Clinical Facebook Groups

    Ever since moving to Miami after finishing Basic Sciences, I've discovered that several of my friends who are starting their rotations here have many questions concerning housing, living situations, as well as who else I know from AUC is or will be going to Miami. As I have not started clinicals yet, I myself have a lot of questions that other students may have the answer for. But who could I ask?