AUC CLINICAL ROTATIONS IN THE US
The clinical science curriculum are separated into core and elective rotations. Core rotations are the foundation of a student’s clinical medical education. Elective clerkships are medical subspecialties under each of the main core rotations. Students choose their electives according to their preferred area of postgraduate residency training. All AUC clinical sites in the United States offer residency programs approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or are affiliated with a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
Students are advised to take four to eight weeks of electives in a primary field of interest. Four to six weeks of family practice is highly recommended, as this is a condition of licensure in many states. AUC’s Chief Academic Officer recommends that students also take Emergency Medicine and Neurology. Additionally, it is recommended that each student take 18–22 weeks of electives in internal medicine subspecialties. See course description section for full listing of subspecialties.
GLOBAL HEALTH ELECTIVES
Through our clinical affiliation with Danbury Hospital, AUC students have a chance to complete a six-week clinical rotation in one of five countries: Vietnam, Russia, the Dominican Republic, Uganda, or Zimbabwe. This unique global elective opportunity can expose students to healthcare systems that greatly differ from their own, broaden their horizons, and give them a deeper understanding of how healthcare is practiced in a global sense.
TAKING THE USMLE STEP 2
Upon successful completion of core rotations (including NBME Clinical Subject Examination for each core clerkship and the NBME Clinical Comprehensive Examination) students are eligible to take the USMLE Step 2 CK. Students must pass both exams to graduate. Passing Step 2 CK is also a condition for ECFMG certification, which is the process that international medical graduates must follow to participate in the National Resident Matching Program for postgraduate training. They participate in the same residency match programs as U.S. medical students.
AUC’s Office of Undergraduate Medical Education Student Services is a critical resource for students in semesters six and beyond offering numerous services and resources designed to enhance the clinical educational experience at AUC. AUC students have access to the following:
- Friendly advisors dedicated to helping students schedule core and elective rotations at AUC’s clinical teaching sites
- Access to a current list of available clinical sites as well as to information about the profile of your preferred site(s), the core rotations offered, and available electives
- Support and resources to assist students preparing for USMLE Steps 1 and 2
- Coordinated access to an array of administrative, registration, and documentation services provided through the Offices of the Registrar, Graduate Certification, and the Clinical Dean
As a clinical student looking forward to the residency match, you'll also have access to a variety of resources, including webinars and live residency workshops.
RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO HELP AUC STUDENTS PREPARE FOR THE MATCH
Residency Workshops: Students gain an understanding of the different components of the residency application process.
Webinar Series: Students learn about best practices for writing personal statements, developing CVs, requesting letters of recommendation, and conducting residency program interviews.
Match Handbook: A comprehensive guide to help AUC students navigate the residency application process and understand important deadlines and paperwork.
Personal Advising: Residency advisers meet virtually in person at clinical sites to provide individualized guidance and match strategies.
Physician Match Advisers: Students are "matched" with an adviser who can coach him or her through the residency application process and provide specific counseling related to desired specialty or program.
Specialty Interest Groups: Students interested in a particular area of medicine meet routinely and host AUC graduates, faculty and deans who made a career in that field to provide unique perspectives.
“I got a fantastic education at AUC. The professors were amazing. Some of the alumni who had some time before starting residency would come back as fellows and teach clinical courses, and they were a wealth of knowledge. Whether upper classmen or alumni, everyone from AUC is so willing to help you and give advice.”
“The education I received opened many doors and gave me the opportunity to follow my dream of becoming a physician.”
“I loved the small class sizes. It’s such a supportive environment at AUC. The professors are wonderful, and the friendships you make really enhance your experience and allow you to make the most of it, even when you’re studying for a majority of the day.”