Frequently asked questions
Program data on FREIDA Online come directly from the programs themselves via the GME Track/National GME Census (www.aamc.org/gmetrack), an annual online survey jointly conducted by the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges. Data are loaded onto FREIDA in mid-August for those programs that complete the National GME Census by the mid-July due date, again in October (for data received by the end of September), and a final upload in February. Information on GME participating hospital institutions is provided by Health Forum, LLC, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association.
Contact the Census Support Hotline at (800) 866-6793 or e-mail email@example.com.
Basic information is provided for all ACGME-accredited programs and Board-approved combined programs. In addition, most programs choose to provide even more information about their programs by "leasing" supplemental space on FREIDA. Some programs do not choose this option.
Program personnel can make changes to the basic program information by clicking on Resources for Program Directors. If changes need to be made to detailed program information, they can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The bookmark for FREIDA Online can be found here. You can also bookmark a program's listing, but keep in mind that changes are made often to FREIDA Online, and you may want to refresh a bookmarked page to make sure that the information is current.
Check out the instructional videos on different types of searches you can perform on FREIDA Online, as well as finding different types of information.
Check the box (or boxes) next to the name of the program you want to save on the "GME program search results" page, and then select the "Add to folder" button at the bottom of the page. To view the programs you've saved, select "View folder" on the left navigation bar.
AMA members should login first to save search results to a permanent folder, view the folder at a later date, print address labels, and download program data as a txt file. If you are not an AMA member, results in your folder will be available for viewing only during the current session. There is no limit to the number of programs you can place in your folder.
Yes, medical students and resident physicians who are AMA members can print mailing labels of programs saved in their folders. Members must login first to view their saved folder, or print labels from the folder.
If you are an AMA student or resident physician member, you can download information on programs from your saved folder (login to see the contents of your folder). There is no limit to the number of programs you can save to your folder; however, there is a limit to the number of programs that can be downloaded. AMA members can download information from up to 100 programs in a 12-month period. If you provide your email address, you will also receive notification if there have been changes made to program information after your download. Program information is downloaded into a txt file. Saving the txt file into a spreadsheet program, such as Excel, will allow you to save the file to your own computer for your use.
The AMA Resident and Fellow Section publishes a list of "Residency and Fellowship Vacancies" provided by program directors. You may also want to check with the specialty society in the area in which you are seeking a position. In addition, there is a service offered by FindAResident, a site sponsored by the AAMC. And finally, there is ResidentSwap, which lists vacant residency positions as posted by programs, and lists spots that are currently filled by residents who would like to swap location or specialty with another resident.
FREIDA Online contains listings for 2 types of programs: (1) programs in specialties that have Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) program requirements, and (2) combined programs that are jointly approved by two or more applicable certification boards(e.g., internal medicine/psychiatry).
If you cannot find listings for a particular specialty or combined program (for example, maternal and fetal medicine), check with the relevant specialty society for more information about these non-ACGME accredited specialties.
All programs on FREIDA Online are currently ACGME-accredited, or are combined programs that are approved by their respective specialty boards. The most recent information on the accreditation status of ACGME-accredited programs, including program review dates by residency review committees, is located on the ACGME's Web site.
If your program was newly accredited within the past several months, it is possible you missed the cutoff date. Notify FREIDA by e-mail (email@example.com) with your 10-digit program ID number and basic information, and we will look into the issue.