Interactive Case Studies Seminar

When I was a premed student, I had always pictured med school as an environment where students walk around in white coats, going to seminars and listening to guest speakers presenting their research and case studies. Ever since coming to AUC, although there hasn’t been many people walking around in white coats all the time, there has been many presentations,…

ICM Begins!

Today we start learning how to act like doctors. After nearly two semesters of seeing nothing but the academic side of medicine, we are finally moving into the social aspect of the practice and art of medicine. Here in Introduction to Clinical Medicine class, we’re going to start learning how to talk to patients, how to get information from patient…

AUC Culture Week!

It’s Culture Week at AUC! Block 3 is over and it’s not another four weeks until the next set of exams. This week will be very fun. AUC’s Diversity Council every year around this time puts up an “AUC Culture Week” in which the student organizations on campus host events that celebrates cultural diversity and medicine. Here are some cultural…

Is St. Maarten Becoming Independent?

Although St. Maarten will be elevated to a higher political status, it is a common misunderstanding among many foreigners outside the bubble of St. Maarten news and politics to assume that gaining Country Status in St. Maarten means gaining Independence from the Kingdom of the Netherlands...

Diabetes Foundation of St. Maarten

Every semester, the American Medical Students Association (AMSA) at our school trains and provides opportunities for many AUC student to go volunteer with the Diabetes Foundation of St. Maarten every weekend to offer free diabetes screening to the community. Like many other industrialized nations, St. Maarten has a growing incidence of diabetes and high blood pressure. This past Saturday, three…

Heineken Regatta 2010

“I count 14 today! How many do you see?” As my friend and I looked out across the water from campus, we counted how many sailboats we saw piercing the horizon. Since last week, more and more boats started showing up on the waters around St. Maarten. Every year during this time, St. Maarten holds the Heineken Regatta, one of…

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, PART II

Go to Part I… So two weeks has passed since my unfortunate week when I injured my ankle and got bitten by a dog. That first week, I spent a lot of my time on my bed, and took up to 15 minutes to limp to class (which normally takes me a little more than 5 minutes). During that week,…

Should I Study Before Starting Med School?

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

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

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

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!

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

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…

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!

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 side. At our first destination, Lucas Bay, we found a lot…