Do you want to wait for August or September to start medical school, or would you prefer to get started now in the May 2017 class at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC)? That decision is ultimately up to you, but you should know that there are several reasons a May start might have benefits for you as a medical school student. Check out our top 3 reasons to start in May.
Reason #1: Smaller class sizes.
Expect smaller classes than traditional fall starts. Not only does this mean more individualized, one-on-one attention from professors, but a more intimate class fosters much closer relationships with your peers. That’s especially important for a school like AUC, where we emphasize collaboration and camaraderie among our learners—we think students with these qualities make the best doctors. In addition, with a smaller class, you’ll have more opportunities for leadership positions within the class.
Reason #2: Extra lead time to study for USMLE exams.
Students who start in May and proceed through the program on schedule have more flexibility and time to study for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE) Step 2 CK and CS exams. In a similar vein, students also will have more time to schedule clinical electives.
Reason #3: More time for residency interviews.
May students, if they proceed through the program on time, will match at the same time as September 2017 students—this year, that will be 2021. The key benefit here of a May start is that you’ll finish academic study and clinical rotations much earlier than traditional September students, freeing you up to schedule and attend residency interviews without having to think about the next lecture or exam.
To qualify for the May 2017 class, you'll need to submit your completed application by Monday, April 3.
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