How to Get a Letter of Recommendation

During your third and fourth years of medical school, it is very important to establish good relationships with all the attending physicians you work with during your clinical rotations. Not only would it reflect positively on your rotation evaluations, which eventually show up on your MSPE letter, but also it would make it much easier to ask your attending for…

A New Year in Ecuador

With a world as diverse and fascinating as ours, Irene and I want to see as much of it as we can in our lives. Despite our busy study schedules during the past four years, we’ve managed to squeeze in quite a few trips exploring the Caribbean as well as Europe. When your medical school is in the Caribbean and…

In Transition

As many of you know, I have recently finished medical school, passed the Step 2 CK exam and am in the process of applying to residency programs in Family Medicine. I have almost two-thirds of a year before starting residency (fingers-crossed). In the meantime, I have moved back to my hometown of Macon, Georgia, and started working full-time with my…

Diploma

Got my diploma in the mail. 🙂 Although there are several graduation dates per year when diplomas are issued out, there is only one graduation ceremony each year, which takes place in May on St. Maarten. I always thought that it was beautiful to end your journey where you began, on the island, but now with a different perspective. As…

PASS

“PASS” … I can’t explain how relieved those four letters made me feel when I opened my USMLE Step 2 CK exam score report on my computer screen. After countless hours of study, an ever-receding hairline, and lots of patience and support on my wife’s part, I’ve passed my last exam in medical school, and my last requirement for graduation.…

How to Apply for Residency

In order to practice medicine in the US, all graduates must go through an ACGME-accredited residency program at a US teaching hospital after graduating from medical school. There are two main ways to get a residency: 1. Match
Most US hospitals and students participate in the Main Match.  To participate in the match, during our 4th year of med school,…

8 Things to Learn When Starting Clinical Rotations

After 72 weeks of clinical rotations, taking me from hospitals and clinics across the country to those overseas in England, from college town Gainesville to urban under-served Bronx, I have finally finished my last day of medical school! It has been quite an adventure, and I feel I have grown much not only as a physician-in-training but as a person.…

Emergency Medicine at Nassau University Medical Center

For my last four weeks of clinical rotations for medical school, I headed back up to Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) in Long Island to complete a rotation in Emergency Medicine. I wanted to do this rotation for several reasons. To begin with, I really like Nassau University Medical Center and had a good impression of the clinical site when…

UK Clinicals and Spouses Visas

For those of you who are planning on going to the UK for clinical rotations, the UKBA has recently made some changes regarding visas for spouses that are important to know. Thank you to AUC Spouses Jamie Grove and Melissa Hollingsworth for providing the following post regarding these changes: Attention All Spouses All spouses considering pursuing clinical rotations in the…

Passed Step 2 CS!

After nearly 2 months of waiting, today I finally got the official word that I passed the clinical skills portion of the USMLE Step 2 exam! This is a huge relief, especially after such a long wait, and I celebrated today by going out with my brother Jimmy and my sister-in-law April to explore the cute little town of Micanopy,…

A Change in Personality

We often think of ourselves as our personalities, as personality is often the one thing we feel we can control. We cannot change the color of the skin we are born into, nor can we change the genetic dice that was rolled onto us. However, we can work on cultivating good character and choose how we express ourselves. But meeting…

Electives At University of Florida Shands Medical Center

Hi Folks, A big hello from sunny Gainesville Florida! At last, I have completed my last core rotation, which was surgery in London, and am now finishing off my medical education with a few more elective rotations. I’ve decided to do Neurology, Nephrology, and Cardiology (4 weeks each) at the University of Florida’s Shands Hospital because I heard great things…

Surgery Rotation at Romford

With the opportunity to see a wide range of surgical procedures, experience living and working in a different culture, and travel on the weekends, coming to Romford for surgery rotation is a popular choice among AUC students. The approach to education at Romford is somewhat different than from other clinical sites I’ve been in the United States. In Romford, you…

Traveling in Europe

Irene and I never had a honeymoon after we got married. I was in the middle of my psychiatry sub-internship rotation at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami and she was in the middle of her clinical training as a physician assistant, and I was grateful that my attending gave me a day off to celebrate. When it came time to…

Birthday Weekend in Iceland

I have always had a fascination with remote places, places far different from what I’m familiar with growing up in the warm Deep South. Perhaps that’s why I didn’t mind going all the way down to a tiny island in the middle of the ocean for medical school. To commemorate my 29th birthday, and to take a break from my…

Theater

In the mornings when I arrive at the operation theaters, I see a list of different surgeries happening that day. There may be a cholecystectomy in one room, or a knee replacement surgery in another, a thyroidectomy happening now, or a brain biopsy scheduled in a few hours. If I hadn’t seen a particular surgery before, I can decide to…

Basketball Dunking Skills

“I want to see your basketball dunking skills” my attending said to me, handing me the laparoscopic surgical tools that stuck halfway out of our patient’s abdomen. I was hesitant. I had never done anything like this before. I’ve always been used to using my hands, and trusting my fingers to directly carry out my commands seemingly without thought. But…

Romford

First, I want to say, Irene found out that she passed her Physician Assistant National Certification Exam!!! Now after years of hard work, she is now a certified PA! Now that we both know that she has passed,  and we both are finally here together in Romford, we can now take a deep breath and spend our time in the…

Homesick

So I’m finally here in Romford, and a week into my surgical training. Romford is a great place, with lots of shopping streets, malls, and markets, and of course, that marvelous British accent. Most of us AUC students live just down the street from the hospital, in fairly new accomodations, and within short walking distance from these lively commercial areas.  …

Break

So I’m back in Miami, and this month, I’m taking my first break since my wedding last March! I had decided to take this month off to help Irene and I move out of Miami, sell our furniture, attend Irene’s graduation ceremony next week (she graduates from PA school!), properly spend Christmas with family, attend a belated memorial service for…