Need to Know

Important Dates, Deadlines, and Clinical Resources

1. Canvas is Coming!

At AUC, we understand the growing role of technology in delivering and enhancing your medical education. That’s why we made it a priority this year to research, test, and secure a Learning Management System (LMS) that will support AUC students across both the medical and clinical sciences.

Beginning January 1, 2018, clinical students will be given access to Canvas, a comprehensive online learning system that replaces your eCollege platform. Canvas will serve as the major hub for course information and objectives, required clerkship activities, online resources, university policies and procedures, and the library portal. In a nutshell, you can use it to access important clinical and academic resources as you move through your clinical rotations.
The Canvas launch will seamlessly align with important changes to our clinical sciences curriculum, which include updates to AUC’s clerkship resources and requirements.
While clinical students will begin using Canvas in January, our plan is to transition medical sciences students from Blackboard to Canvas later in 2018. By 2019, we will have one fully-integrated LMS for all students.
More information, including training webinars and log-in instructions, will be forthcoming. 

2. Upcoming Clinical Skills Assessment Dates

Are you preparing for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE) Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam? As an AUC student, you have complimentary access to Becker Professional Education’s Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) program. This in-person workshop helps students prepare for Step 2 CS through standardized patient encounters, communication skills, focused history, and patient notes.

We are now pleased to offer CSA to clinical students rotating in the UK. The program is currently available in Chicago, Detroit, Miramar, New York City, Washington, DC, and Chichester. 

Saturday, January 6 Miramar, FL
Thursday, January 11 Chicago, IL
Friday, January 19 Washington, DC
Saturday, January 20 Detroit, MI
Saturday, February 10 Miramar, FL
Friday, February 16 Washingon, DC
Friday, February 16 Chicago, IL
Saturday, February 17 Miramar, FL
Saturday, February 17  Detroit, MI
Sunday, March 4 Miramar, FL
Saturday, March 10 Miramar, FL
Saturday, March 10 Detroit, MI
Friday, March 16 Chicago, IL
Monday, March 26 Washington, DC
Saturday, April 7 Miramar, FL
Thursday, April 12 Washintong, DC
Friday, April 13 Chicago, IL
Saturday, April 14 Detroit, MI
Sunday April 14 Miramar, FL

3. Step 2 CS Testing and Reporting Dates

Students who are planning to participate in the 2018 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) cycle must register and sit for the USMLE Step 2 CS exam by December 31, 2017. Testing and reporting schedules for both 2017 and 2018 are as follows:

Step 2 CS Reporting Schedule (2017)
Testing Period Reporting Period
For Examinees Who Test Reporting Start Date Reporting End Date
Sep 10 – Nov 4 Dec 13 Jan 10 (2018)
Nov 5 – Dec 31 Jan 31 (2018) Feb 21 (2018)

Step 2 CS Reporting Schedule (2018)
Testing Period Reporting Period
For Examinees Who Test Reporting Start Date Reporting End Date
Jan 1 – Jan 27 Mar 7 March 28
Jan 28 – Mar 24 Apr 25 May 23
Mar 25 – May 19 Jun 20 Jul 18
May 20 – July 14 Aug 15 Sep 12
Jul 15 – Sep 8 Oct 10 Nov 7
Sep 9 – Nov 3 Dec 12 Jan 9 (2019)
Nov 4 – Dec 31 Jan 30 (2019) Feb 20 (2019)

4. Count Down to MATCH

Match Day 2018 will be here in just four months! As match madness draws close and interview season ramps up, be sure to utilize the Office of Student and Professional Development (OSPD) for guidelines, tips, and up-to-the-minute information. A suite of helpful information is posted on the OSPD webpage, including:

Fourth-year students can also connect with an AUC's Physician Match Advisor (PMA) for individualized residency guidance. PMAs are available to discuss questions related to specialties, residency program competitiveness, match strategies, and interview preparation. All PMAs hold MD degrees and are well versed in the residency match process. To request a PMA, fill out the Office of Student and Professional Development's (OSPD) online form.

And for a deeper look at AUC graduates’ residency performance, read the newly released 2017 Residency Report. In it, we break down AUC's 2017 residency attainment rate for first attempts (84.4%) and the specialties and programs where AUC graduates earned PGY-1 and PGY-2 positions.

5. 2018 Residency Timeline 

December 31 Deadline for taking USMLE Step 2 CK and CS in order to participate in the Main Match
January 15 NRMP begins accepting rank order lists
February 21 NRMP deadline for late registration, rank order list certification, and withdrawals from the Match
March 12-16 Match Week

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