She was looking for a parallel path to becoming a doctor, but what she found at UAG was a better one. She discovered a place that she would grow intensely fond of, and a group of peers with whom she’d share life-changing experiences and create special bonds. And most importantly, she found lots of hands-on clinical training, and even surgical skills training, that started in the first semester—instead of in the third semester like at most U.S. medical schools. Advanced training that made her more than ready to come back to the U.S. for surgical rotations in New York, where she realized that she was already way ahead of U.S. student candidates in the program. She came to study medicine and left as a confident, well-prepared physician with a new family of cohorts and a thousand memories of life enriching moments.
It was an absolute pleasure to visit the UAG campus nine years after my graduation. The UAG main campus, ICB, and Hospital Angel Leano all brought back fond memories. The new organ-based curriculum is an impressive step forward in the development of clinical and critical thinking skills, the electronic journal access puts the UAG digital library on-par with any US institution, and the 4-year ECMG certification option is a much improved pathway to obtain residency in the United States. It is clear that UAG cares about the success of their graduates and the faculty have made large strides to become a solid option for international students looking to practice medicine in the US.
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