Medical Students

Enhance your medical school journey with the latest medical news, expert advice and the tools you need to advance your future career.

Join us at the 2016 AMA National Medical Student Interim Meeting

November 10-12, 2016
Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
Orlando, Florida

Represent the voice and vision of medical students across the country at the American Medical Association National Medical Student Interim Meeting.

Meeting Registration
Open August 26 through November 4


Contact us at the AMA Medical Student Section at or call (312) 464-4746 for more information.

Find Leadership Opportunities & Scholarships

Visit the Medical Student Section to find more national leadership opportunities for medical students.

Health Care News

Inside peek: Test-driving clinical skills before rotations 7/11/2016

A workshop gave students a safe setting to learn what they will need to know when they first treat patients. With guidance from experienced specialists, they experimented with suturing, airway management, radiology, hematology and orthopedics.

The road less traveled: Non-traditional careers for physicians 7/1/2016

Not every young physician plans to pursue the conventional course to a clinical career in medicine. Learn more about other options to explore and what inspired physicians to follow them.

Take the challenge: Answer this USMLE Step 1 question 6/28/2016

When it comes to taking exams, not all questions are created equal. If you're preparing for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 1 exam, you need this scoop on one of the most commonly missed USMLE test prep questions.

Read more news on AMA Wire >

Medical Student Timeline

  • Year1

  • Year2

  • Year3

  • Year4

Year 1

  • Master the Basics

  • Study Smarter

Year 2

  • Prepare for Exams

  • Choose a Medical Specialty

  • Showcases & Workshops

Year 3

  • Clinical Rotations

  • Rank Away Rotations

Year 4

  • Register for the Match

  • Apply for Residency

  • Prepare for Exams

  • Navigate the Transition

Master the Basics

Need help preparing for an exam? Use Netter's Anatomy Flash Cards to help you master your basic science courses.

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Study Smarter

Discovering your learning style can help you study smarter, not harder. Study methods can be kinesthetic, auditory, visual or a combination of all three.

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Prepare for Exams

You'll need to prepare for the USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX-USA exams. Join the AMA and earn up to 30% off Kaplan Medical exam prep materials.

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Choose a Medical Specialty

Explore different medical specialties for your year 3 rotations with AMA's comprehensive overview of specialties and sub-specialties.

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Showcases & Workshops

Attend the Medical Specialty Showcase to learn about specialties, medical fields and modes of practices. Participate in clinical skills workshops to hone your skills.

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Clinical Rotations

Clinical rotations are generally 6-8 weeks and follow 6 core specialties: pediatrics, surgery, internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics-gynecology and psychiatry.

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Rank Away Rotations

Learn from experienced residents on ways to prepare for away rotations and increase your chance for a successful match.

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Apply for Residency

Research 10,000 graduate medical training programs and board-approved combined specialty programs using the AMA's residency and fellowship database.

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Prepare for Exams

Most medical schools and residency programs require student to pass USMLE Step 2 or COMLEX-USA Level 2 in order to graduate and begin residency.

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Register for the Match

Learn about the Match process, what dates you need to know to register for the Match and when results are available.

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Medical School

What to Expect When Applying for Residency

Road Map to Residency

Consult this guide to learn about the residency application and matching process, find tips on how to prepare your CV and cover letter, and feel confident during your interview.

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Study Aids

The journey to licensure begins with USMLE and COMLEX-USA. Prepare early and on budget for these licensure examinations—join the AMA and earn up to 30% off Kaplan Medical and First Aid study programs.

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Residency & Fellowship

Choosing a Specialty

Explore different medical specialties and determine which one is best for you with AMA's comprehensive overview of specialties and sub-specialties.

Explore Specialties

AMA Residency & Fellowship Database™

Research over 10,000 accredited graduate medical education training programs using FREIDA Online®, the AMA Residency and Fellowship Database. Learn about programs and institutions nationwide to find the program that's right for you.

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Research & Publications

Who Should Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

Clinical practice guidelines do not encourage a patient-centered approach to screening for lung cancer. This study suggests that a greater number of lung cancer deaths could be prevented by using a risk-based model for screening.

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