Clinical Connections

  • Reflections from Dean Hecht

    Spotlight on Specialties

    Unlike many of my classmates, I entered medical school without a clue as to what type of physician I wanted to be. It wasn’t until my third year that my experiences began to have an enormous influence on my decision. My first clerkship was Internal Medicine. I loved the long-term patient relationships but craved something more fast-paced. My next core clerkship was General Surgery. I enjoyed the drama and satisfaction of immediate results but missed my patients once their post-op care was complete. Pediatrics and Psychiatry were interesting but didn’t inspire me.

  • Faculty Connection

    How Maternal Health Became a Passion for Dr. Sophia Stone

    Spend just a few moments with Dr. Sophia Stone and it is easy to see why women and families trust her with their pregnancies. Intelligent, courteous, soft-spoken while still self-assured, she has the kind of presence that women often look for in an obstetrician or gynecologist. They are also qualities that make her a valuable mentor for AUC medical students.

  • Alumni Connection

    Dr. PJ Miller Leads the Country in Hematology and Critical Care

    Few physicians in this country are double board-certified in both Hematology and Critical Care Medicine. AUC alumnus Dr. PJ Miller happens to be one of them. Dr. Miller’s career has been shaped by years of post-graduate education and training, and a growing realization that the futures of cancer/hematology care and intensive care are intertwined. Now, as Associate Medical Director of the Medical Oncology Intensive Care Unit at Wake Forest Medical Center, he is leading this new field of medicine.

  • Reflections from Dean Kirkland

    Spotlight on Global Health and Cultural Competency

    The theme of this semester’s Clinical Connections newsletter is global health and cultural competency. In addition to a wide-range of opportunities for clinical training in the United Kingdom, AUC’s ongoing collaboration with the Western Connecticut Health Network’s Global Health Program provides opportunities for 4th year students to complete a 6-week elective rotation in one of five countries: Zimbabwe, Uganda, Russia, Vietnam, and the Dominican Republic.

  • Scholarly Connection

    The Value of International Elective Programs for Medical Institutions

    The benefits of international experience are vast and chronicled in a 2015 article published by the American Association of Medical Colleges. Students who choose to study abroad gain exposure to different cultures, languages and medical practices while understanding the context for many of the world’s pressing healthcare challenges.

  • Clinical SGA Connection

    Soubhi Alhayek on the Benefits of Clinical Training in the UK

    During his third year of medical school, Clinical Student Government Association (CSGA) representative Soubhi Alhayek took advantage of AUC’s clinical training opportunities in the United Kingdom. Now in his fourth year, the Chicago native reflects on his time at Wexham Park Hospital in Wexham, England and his experience completing surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics cores there.

  • Faculty Connection

    Dr. Majid Sadigh on the Meaning of Global Health

    Thirty years into his career, Dr. Majid Sadigh has had a lot of time to think about the words global health: What does it mean, what does it symbolize, and what impact can it have? It’s fitting that when asked for his definition of global health, he chuckles, takes a pause, and slowly edges into a story.

  • Global Health Elective

    Finding Yourself Abroad

    Two years ago, AUC entered into a partnership with Danbury Hospital and the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) to offer Global Health electives to clinical students. Through that collaboration, more than 30 students have gone to five different countries to experience medical care in a new environment. The opportunity has been described as eye opening and life changing, and one that influences students well into their careers as physicians.

  • Student Connection

    Embracing Multicultural Awareness to Enrich Your Medical Pursuits

    Carlos Calderon is a fourth semester student from Temple City, California. He was recently named one of ten AUC Student Experience Ambassadors, a position that allows him to chronicle his experiences during medical school at AUC. In this piece, Calderon explores the role of interfaith organizations in shaping medical students’ cultural awareness and sensitivity.

  • Rounding in Uganda

    Dr. Marcus Powers on his Elective Abroad

    Marcus Powers, MD '18 completed a Global Health elective in Uganda last year. As a part of the program, he was required to keep a weekly journal with reflections from his trip and experiences in and outside of the hospital. This entry is from his third week during Pediatrics rounds offers a personal perspective on an elective abroad.

  • Students Tackle Global Health

    Research and Presentations at AUC's Regional Symposium

    Clinical students, faculty, and alumni came together Saturday, May 12 to explore emerging issues in clinical medicine at AUC’s Northeast Regional Symposium, held at the Doral Arrowwood Resort in Rye Brook, NY.

  • Alumni Connection

    Dr. Sarah Cazorla on Language Barriers in Medicine

    Going to the hospital can be a stressful experience for anyone. But for the 8 percent of the U.S. population with limited English proficiency , a hospital visit presents a whole new set of risks—all stemming from the myriad of opportunities for critical medical information to be lost in translation.

  • Clinical Faculty Teaching Awards

    Recognizing Outstanding Mentorship Toward AUC Students

    This year’s recipients represent 12 different teaching sites in eight states and the United Kingdom. We are proud to announce the 2018 recipients from among hundreds of talented and qualified candidates.

  • Research Spotlight

    Students Present Rare Patient Case at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting

    More than 16,000 psychiatrists and mental health professionals from around the world attended the 2018 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in New York last month. And in the sea of 500 scientific sessions and workshops, fourth year students Nilesh Dialani and Varun Jain proudly presented their case presentation, Coprophagia – A Rare Psychiatric Symptoms and Possible Treatment Options.

  • Student Research Compendium

    Spring and Summer 2018 Research and Conference Presentations

    AUC students continually engage in research and scholarship opportunities at professional meetings around the world. We would like to congratulate and acknowledge those students who had posters and oral presentations at international conferences during the spring and summer of 2018.

  • Conference Opportunities

    Engage in Clinical Research and Scholarship Activities

    Are you interested in presenting original clinical research at a conference or meeting? AUC can help offset the costs of registration and travel.

  • Need to Know

    Important news, events and activities related to AUC's clinical program

    AUC offers discounts on United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE) Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Skills (CS) study guides through our partnership with Becker Professional Education. Review programs include question banks, interactive and on-demand lectures, live online sessions, patient workshop modules, and simulated practice exams. Students can also purchase UWorld question banks for Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3 exams at discounted rates.

  • Step 2 CK: A Visual Guideline for Success

    A Visual Guide

    Checkout our Step 2 CK infographic to keep top of mind key strategies for success on the USMLE Step 2 CK exam.