Issue 9: April 6, 2018
Building 1: Construction and repair work will continue on campus next week with work largely focused on Building 1. Community members should anticipate work in the rotunda, including ceiling work, painting of the walls, and lighting.
Building 2: In Building 2, work will continue on the south side of the roof and to the lighting by the landscaped area. Plans are in place to remove the scaffolding toward the end of the week as we prepare to put up scaffolding at Building 1.
On-Campus Housing: Construction teams will be working on lighting to the exterior wall by the parking lot and in dormitory study rooms. Crews will also finish work on the HVAC system in the study rooms.
Community Action Day (Preston): AUC's Preston Community Action Day has been rescheduled for Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. Students can participate by volunteering with Emmaus homeless charity, Creativity Works, or Foxton Centre. For more information and to sign up for an activity, visit Blackboard.
Mela Health Fair (Preston): AUC students are invited to join Health Mela, a fair that exposes young health professionals to various aspects of public health. Volunteers will come together on help promote health education and health checks on Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, May 5. For details, including required training, visit Blackboard.
Project HELP (SXM): Project HELP invites students to screen community members for hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, and vision problems at a free health fair on Saturday, May 12. There will be a morning and afternoon shift and transportation will be provided. For more information, visit Blackboard.
VOSH International (SXM): Join a group of 20 doctors from Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) as they test the eyes of thousands of primary school children. Up to 10 students and/or spouses are needed on a daily basis between from Monday May 14 to Friday, May 18. Tests will be held at the Belair Community Center in Cay Hill. For more information, visit Blackboard.
Lions Club (SXM): The Lions Club is in need of student volunteers for their annual health fair on Saturday, May 26. This is one of the largest health fairs in Sint Maarten and will include opportunities to work with the Ministry of Public Health, AIDS Foundation, Diabetes Foundation, Sickle Cell Foundation and others. For more details, visit Blackboard.
Movies in Medicine (Sint Maarten): Our Movies in Medicine series comes to a close on Friday, April 13 with the film Dallas Buyer's Club. Join AUC Wellness Counselor Susan Reuter to watch and review the film at 7pm in LH2.
UK Hospital Fair (Preston): All students and family members are invited to learn more about AUC's UK clinical sites during our UK Hospital Fair on Saturday, April 7 from 1-4 pm in UCLan's Greenbank Lecture Theatre. Join UK Clinical Dean, Dr. Stephen Ash, and representatives from all seven of our affiliated UK hospitals to discuss the UK clinical experience, available rotations and extracurricular activities, and 2018 schedules. Following the fair, students can reserve a conditional clinical spot for July and August 2018. Sign-ups will begin at 11:00 am on Sunday, April 8 in the Greenbank Lecture Hall.
Tips for Answering Exam Questions:
- Work on practice questions from material studied 1-2 days earlier. Rephrase in your own words.
- Logic and Deduction- Focus on what you do know about the topic, define key terms, and work from there.
- Try to answer the question, before reading the answer choices.
- How do the answer choices relate to the question? Pay attention to key words (all, not, only, increase, never, etc.).
- If the answer choices are long, break them down into parts. Often, a choice can be eliminated because one part of it is wrong.
- If there are images involved, look at the image first and try to figure out what the image is showing you before reading the question vignette.
- Eliminate choices you are completely sure to be wrong- then consider those answer choices left remaining.
- If you’ve narrowed it down to a choice of 2 answers, re-read the question, remind yourself exactly what is being asked, and look for any clues you haven’t yet used. Now re-read the 2 choices carefully, thinking about the wording, how each clue in the question relates to each choice, and how each choice relates to the question being asked. Select the “best possible answer,” since one answer should be the most correct.
Course Group Tutoring: Course group tutoring sessions are available in LH2 for 1st and 2nd semester courses. No prior sign-up is required but attendees should plan to bring pertinent books, notes, slides, and questions.
- 5pm: Histology
- 7pm: Immunology
- 5pm: MCB II
- 7pm: MCB I
- 5pm: Anatomy
- 7pm: Physiology I
- 5pm: MCB II
- 7pm: MCB I
- 7pm: Physiology I
Peer-to-Peer Tutoring: Individual peer-to-peer tutoring is available for certain subjects taught in semesters 1 and 2. Interested? Please contact Academic Support at [email protected].
Academic Coaching: To maximize your learning and exam strategies in preparation for quizzes and exams, the Medical Education Department provides individual study strategies consultations that have been shown to improve students' academic performance. Students in Sint Maarten can make an individual appointment by emailing [email protected].
Preston Academic Support: Students in Preston, UK can inquire about academic coaching, tutoring, and other available academic support resources by contacting Ms. Sue Keenan at [email protected].
Honor & Service Society: The Alpha Phi Omega Honor and Service Society invites current 4th-semester students to apply for eligibility. Please email Dwayne Merritt at [email protected] to receive an electronic application. All applications must be submitted by Monday, April 9 at 4:00pm. To be eligible, students must be entering their 5th semester at AUC, have a cumulative GPA of 85 or higher, and have participated in a minimum of two volunteer service projects.
SAMSA Holi: The South Asian Medical Student Association (SAMSA) will host a Holi event with Songkran on Friday, April 13 from 4:30-6:00pm at Mullet Bay Beach. Campus community members are invited to join. Entry costs $2; colors and water will be provided.
Carib Swim Team: The Sint Maarten Carib Swim Team is looking for students, spouses, and other community members to teach swim lessons at their Cole Bay location. The team needs qualified swim coaches who can help teach a growing waitlist of eager students. If interested, please contact the team at [email protected] or by calling 1-721-581-7637.
AccessMedicine: McGraw Hill recently introduced a new design for the homepages on their Access sites. The hope is that the new design will inspire user engagement and help call attention to new content added to the sites. The new design features the MyAccess account functionality since this unlocks an enhanced experience within your Access subscription. Some of the changes include:
- Book carousel has been improved for a cleaner look with links to browse by topic or sign up for book alerts
- Q&A of the Week
- Image of the Week
- Engagement Channel focused on summaries and links to content relative to hot topics in medicine
- MyAccess Widget where users can view bookmarked material and recently viewed content when logged in
- Highlighting new content added to the site
AUC students can find AccessMedicine in the e-resources tab of the AUC Library Portal. If you have questions about AccessMedicine, please contact Bette Bissonnette, Director of Library Services, at [email protected] or by phone at 978-701-1314.