The recently held 2011 AUC Annual Faculty Symposium brought a sensibility of the practical application of what medical science students have learned so far and offered a greater understanding of the clinical experiences they will encounter during the last two years of medical studies. The purpose of the annual three-day affair is to acquaint the visiting clinical faculty with the medical science faculty and students by way of a meet-and-greet social and guest lectures among others.
The symposium, held on June 7th – 9th, provided a medium to highlight student-faculty research and the activities of student organizations. The event also provided ample networking opportunities for students.
From lectures on medical licensure to popular topics on psychiatry, three lecture halls full of clinical site representatives, research presentations and a ‘meet-and-greet’ social, the symposium provided something for every interest.
“Overall, I found the entire symposium to be really helpful in preparing me for what to expect as a fifth semester student,” commented second semester student and current SGA secretary, Christine Cave.
The student-focused lectures and info sessions engaged individuals like medical science students Carlos Aguirre, Savreet Kaur and Chukwudi Mbagwu who gained an idea of what lies ahead after attending Dr. Manny Agah’s lecture concerning ‘Things You Should Know for the Pediatrics Rotation.’
Another highlight was the Clinical Hospital Fair where there were faculty clinicians representing more than 20 of AUC’s affiliated hospitals located throughout the United States and United Kingdom.
“I thought the symposium was great. I especially enjoyed visiting the representatives from the New York clinical rotation sites since I am a New York resident,” said Cave. She also appreciated that representatives from the Office of Clinical Student Affairs were available to address any student concerns.
While browsing the UK room, fourth semester student Ini Ukonne was pleasantly surprised to see a photograph of her peer Monica Cheriyan working alongside a physician while rotating at a hospital in England. Cheriyan recently completed some of her clinical rotations in the UK.
“It’s just nice to have so many options in terms of clinical sites because it adds variety to our scope of medicine and prepares us for what we may see in practice,” said Ukonne on the possibility of rotating outside the U.S.
Students were excited to hear of the newly acquired sites. As he exited one of the last scheduled symposium lectures, Aguirre captured the day best by saying, “This year’s symposium was legendary and really informative.”