Medical Student Stories
Graduates and medical student stories are the best go-to sources for anyone looking for a first-person, behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to attend AUC. Medical student stories below broadly cover the medical school experience at AUC, beginning with reflections on year one of medical school and ending with thoughts on day one of practice.
Nikole Czapp, MD, wrote this story when she was a clinical student at AUC. Now a family medicine resident at Drexel University, near her hometown, Dr. Czapp reflects on her time in clinicals, what she learned, and how she succeeded.
Bashar Yalldo, MD, traces his journey to AUC from start to finish. The 2012 graduate capped off his final year of residency with a Family Medicine Resident of the Year Award, just before entering practice.
Ever since Aimee Shock, MD ‘17 spent a month in Zimbabwe during medical school, she’s made it a priority to infuse global health perspectives into her approach to patient care. Today, she has the opportunity to do just that as an internal medicine resident participating in the Global Health track at MedStar Health in Baltimore, through an affiliation with Georgetown University Hospital.
With more than 20 years of nursing experience under her belt, it’s safe to say that Lalita Alexander knows her way around a hospital better than most medical students.
A pathology and laboratory medicine resident at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, Dr. Kanakis has been actively engaged in the pathology community and has received numerous awards for his work.
Developmental behavioral pediatrician Dr. Silvia Pereira-Smith has stepped up to meet an urgent need within her profession: improving access to care for an increasingly diverse patient population.
Like many physicians and healthcare professionals, Dr. Auriel Mouzon wasn’t sure what to expect when the COVID-19 pandemic surged into Flint, Michigan, where she is a PGY-3 pediatric resident at Hurley Medical Center.
Dr. Santos, a 2020 AUC graduate, will begin her Internal Medicine/Psychiatry residency at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina this summer.
Rivero is leading the Red Flag Project to buy and deliver groceries to families in need in Colombia through crowd-sourced donations.
Having started medical school with dreams of becoming a surgeon, Tayo Akadiri couldn’t wait to set foot in the operating room when it came time for clinical rotations. But his favorite part about his surgery clerkship ended up being the week he spent focused on anesthesiology.
For fourth-year medical student Sara Stewart, COVID-19 has been a scary wakeup call — and a push to jump into action to help the doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers behind the layers of protective equipment who form the backbone of the coronavirus fight.
After years of living abroad, Dr. Monis will bring her global perspective to residency at Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, California.