This summer, my husband and I headed over to the USMLE site to see what all the fuss was about. There, I learned about the AAU membership and the benefits that come with it.
In the last week, the AAU has been doing quite a bit of advertising in the US for a couple of years now. This summer, I was asked to make a presentation to the AAU’s National Association of Students. The presentation was written by a guy who’s a USMLE and is a former USMLE member. He was a former U.S.F.L. alum and is now a graduate student in education.
What I found interesting about this is that while the AAU is a member of the USMLE, this guy is not one of the members either. On the other hand, the USMLE is a member of the AAU, is a top sponsor of the AAU’s programs, and has a pretty active alumni network.
I don’t know if this is an AAU issue that has arisen with the AAUs over the past decade or two, but the fact that the AAU is no longer a member of the USMLE seems to raise the question of what a member of the AAU actually thinks about the USMLE programs. The AAU is a membership organization for American universities, which is a different animal than the USMLE.