Ninety Eight Percent

From day one when I first met my class, I’ve always been amazed at the caliber of students that come into and out of AUC, despite being a Caribbean medical school. I see the drive and the passion in my classmates, upperclassmen, and alumni. Many of us are motivated by our past mistakes, our desire to not give up on…

Pediatric Rotation in Miami

Yet again, I have finished another rotation… pediatrics is DONE! I just took my NBME shelf exam for pediatrics on Friday in Miami, and now as I write this, I am in the middle of New York City, about to start my next rotation in family medicine at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital for the next 6 weeks. I am going to miss…

Things I Miss About St. Maarten

It’s been about a year since I left St. Maarten. Since leaving, I have passed the USMLE Step 1, gotten married, finished a psych rotation in Blackburn, England, then finished a psych sub-internship, internal medicine rotation, and pediatric rotation in Miami. How time flies! Sure, there were a lot of things that I don’t miss about the island… like the…

Closing the Gap

Ever since leaving the island, I’ve been joining the Facebook groups of different incoming classes at AUC to update myself as of what’s going on on campus, and to be of use here and there and participate in discussions. I’m probably the only clinical student that still participate in the groups, which were originally created for the student orientation advisors…

The Game

“We’re going to play a game” Dr. Vuong said to Erin and me.”I’d like you to go into the next room and ask the patient’s mother everything about the patient but the age. I’ll tell the mother not to reveal to you her baby’s age. Then, I’d like you to come back to me, then using the clues you’ve gathered,…

Tower of Babel

Being multilingual opens up tons of opportunities for doctors to communicate better with patients. By far, Spanish is the second most common language spoken in the United States (and the world) and it is growing. Some places in the US, Spanish first-language speakers are the majority. Here in Miami, Spanish is the language of the streets and the workplace, and…

Things I’ve Seen So Far in Clinicals

Hey everyone! As you can see, I’ve been really busy with rotations and shelf exams that I haven’t been updating my blog as much these past few months. Just an update, I am doing well and am in the middle of my pediatric rotation right now in Miami. My attending right now Dr. Calle has been great. The other AUC…

Books for Clinical Rotations

In Basic Sciences, we learned about what the normal body is and how diseases can make it abnormal. However, in Clinical Sciences, the emphasis is more on diagnosis, treatment, and decision-making, particularly what the next best step in the management of an individual patient is.  Deciding what the “next best step” is for a patient is a challenge and may…

iPhone Apps for Clinical Rotations

During your clinical rotations, it’s always nice to have a pocket pharmacopedia with you, and a reference handbook, and a calculator, and a pen light, and your textbooks… but unfortunately there are only so many things you can fit in the pockets of your white coat. Luckily, the iPhone and other smart handheld devices have applications that can replace all…

Smell

After rotating in internal medicine for the past two months, it’s clear to me that medicine is an art that requires the awareness of all the senses… Through vision we can detect any lesions, changes of color, and general health of our patients. Through touch we can determine the location, size, shape, and texture of an abnormal mass or organ.…

Campus Expansion

Last week, AUC broke ground for a new building on campus. It will be located at where the current basketball court is, replacing it. The green lawn in front of the main building will be flattened (currently it is a slope). The building has three levels above ground, which will house new small group study rooms, faculty offices, a new…

AUC 2012 Commencement Ceremony

I’m watching the AUC graduation ceremony webcasted live going on right now! Congratulations to all the recent MD graduates. I know several people who are walking across that stage today, and thank you for being an inspiration for all of us in Basic Sciences and Clinical rotations! Looking forward to the day when it’s hopefully my turn to walk on…

Thankful

I’d like to take a moment to express how thankful I am with my life right now. First of all, I am living with my wife, Irene, who makes me happy everyday that I’m with her. We both share similar experiences, as we both are students and roughly have the same schedule of going to rotations in the mornings and…

Liquid Candy

We all know diabetes and obesity are rising health problems plaguing our country today. As a nation, our belt sizes are getting wider and wider. Sure, some of us blame McDonald’s or fried chicken, but I feel one thing we really need to change is our cultural perception that sodas are beverages. Sodas have become America’s number one source of…

Psychiatry in the US vs. UK

Now that I have finished both a psychiatry core rotation at the Royal Blackburn Hospital in the UK as well as a psychiatry sub-internship elective rotation at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami, I’ve come to understand the main similarities and differences between the practice of psychiatry in these two locations. While the diagnoses and treatments are more or less the…

Internal Medicine Rotation in Miami

Hi everyone! I have just completed my first two weeks of my internal medicine rotation, with ten more weeks to go, and already, I’ve seen quite some interesting cases. I had the opportunity to see patients with enterocutaneous fistula, respiratory failure, COPD, crush injuries, hematemesis, among many. As my current attending is also in charge of the hyperbaric chambers here…

What Type of Doctor Should I Be?

As third year medical students, my classmates and I have passed the halfway point of our medical school careers and it is a good time for us to start thinking more about what we’d be interested in doing for our careers. Many of us probably entered medical school thinking we know exactly what we wanted to do. I certainly did.…

Gung-Ho Wedding

I waited anxiously by the corridor. We hadn’t talked or seen each other since we parted that morning to get ready for our big day. With my eyes closed, I couldn’t help but be amazed by how it was only 5 years ago, on that very same day, that our families, the Gung family and Ho family, met each other…

Cost of Supplies

Hi everyone! Moving to a new place like St. Maarten and deciding what to pack from home can be a headache, especially if you are not sure whether you should buy something on the island when you get here or bring it from home. Luckily in St. Maarten, you can pretty much find most things you need. For those of…

Traveling in the UK

There’s no doubt that coming to the UK for rotations is a unique experience, not only because of the well-known clinical learning opportunities of the UK teaching hospitals, but also because of the many great travel opportunities here as well. While my six weeks in the UK was shorter than how long most AUC students who come here stay, I…