Andrew Caudill

Expected Graduation year: 2018
Hometown: Berkeley Lake, Georgia

Education

University of Georgia, Bachelor of Science - Environmental Health
University of Georgia, Master of Public Health - Epidemiology and Environmental Health Science

Of Note

U.S. Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program
Rowe Environmental Health Award

Why did you decide to pursue your M.D.?

Medicine is a fascinating mixture of art and science. Doctors must solve complex problems while delivering care that is full of compassion. Doctors are afforded a unique window into their patients’ lives, which allows them the distinctive opportunity to help people feel better. My decision to pursue an M.D. resulted from my realization of what a privilege it is to be a doctor.

Why did you choose to attend the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership?

The Medical College of Georgia has had a long-standing excellent reputation for training clinicians. What excited me about the AU/UGA Medical Partnership was the opportunity to receive my training in a relatively small class of only 40 people. I wanted to know everyone in my class, not just recognize them in a large lecture hall. I was also enthused by the concept of small group learning. I preferred the idea of learning actively through discussions with peers and facilitators, instead of learning primarily via lectures. Finally, I definitely liked that the AU/UGA Medical Partnership was located in Athens, GA, which is truly a great city for pursuing higher education.

What did you think about the transition from undergrad to medical school? Any tips for prospective students?

Compared to undergrad and graduate school, I have noticed that I have much less free time during the week, and I have had to be much more intentional about how I spend my time during the weekdays. A positive feature about medical school is that examinations come predictably on Fridays. This facilitates more structured studying during the week and also affords a restful Saturday. In regards to tips, I would strongly recommend taking anatomy (not just physiology) before medical school. While not required, my anatomy courses in undergrad have made my transition to medical school much less stressful.