February 19, 2014
As professor of clinical medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), Dr. Sarah McCarty teaches classes that bridge the medical sciences curriculum with clinical training. With more than 30 years of experience as a primary care physician, Dr. McCarty brings to her teaching a strong focus on the relationship between physicians and their patients.
“I feel strongly about the trend toward patient-centered care and the shared decision-making process between physicians and patients. At AUC, we teach students the importance of establishing a rapport with patients versus relying on technology to take care of them,” she said.
This emphasis on high-touch, not just high-tech, has also been part of AUC’s educational mission. Dr. McCarty and her faculty colleagues commit themselves to being accessible to students—partners in their education. Now, says Dr. McCarty, technology is playing a greater role in enhancing the student experience, and augmenting the learning culture that AUC has long cultivated.
“The simulation center and facilities of our new academic building increase the fidelity of clinical skills training and has also led to curriculum improvement,” she said. “The technology our students now have at their disposal gives them the opportunity to be more successful.”
While patient-centered care is the ultimate goal of the medical education program at AUC, student-centered education attracts many of the faculty, including Dr. McCarty. “Being at AUC allows me to focus on what is important to me— medical education. There are no competing components; professors here are focused on their students. There is an atmosphere of education,” she said. “It is enjoyable to work with a group of students who are in medicine for the right reason—because they really want to make a difference and help others.”
Sarah McCarty, MD earned her medical degree from the University of Vermont and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Marshall University School of Medicine. Prior to joining AUC, she was the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of the Clinical Skills Laboratory at Marshall University.