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Assistant Dean for Service-Learning and Community Affairs
Golden Jackson, PhD
Now is the time of year when many aspiring physicians have started interviewing at medical schools. Medical schools have started their interview processes and admissions committees have started reviewing applicants and making decisions about each applicant.
The residency process—everything down from applying, to interviewing, to ultimately matching—can be a daunting process for even the most self-assured medical school student.
Ashley Jordan, MD ‘15, of Norwell, Massachusetts, came to AUC with a fervent desire to make a difference.
“Whatever circumstances lead you to choose AUC, it is important to realize you have an opportunity in front of you. AUC provided me with the opportunity to start fresh and make a new commitment to work and study harder than I ever had before in pursuit of a goal I was passionate about.”
AUC graduate Dhaval Desai (Class of 2008), now an instructor of hospital medicine, a healthcare network physician at Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital and a hospitalist at Children’s Healthcare in Georgia, wanted to pursue a career in medicine for as long as he can remember.
For Joseph Sadler, MD, a physician affiliated with Crockett Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., the decision to attend American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) opened up doors to multiple opportunities—and ultimately allowed him to pursue his dream of becoming a pediatrician.
Kate Essad, a resident in neurology at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, knew that AUC was the right school for her the first time she saw it.
I have been in medical education – as a student, a professor, and now a medical school dean -- long enough to know that truly successful medical students typically possess a few common traits or experiences. When aspiring medical students ask me what they can do, other than perform well academically, to become outstanding physicians, I tell them to do five things.