Medical Students

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

Attend the Medical Student Advocacy and Region Conference

Join us in Washington, D.C., on March 10-12 to learn about the legislative issues affecting medicine, work side-by-side with legislators and gain real-world experience in the field of physician advocacy.

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Health Care News

Ace one of the most missed USMLE questions (here’s the answer) 1/19/2016

Take a few minutes to sharpen your skills for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) with this exclusive scoop on one of the most challenging USMLE test prep questions and expert strategies to help you ace it.

Residents share 4 tips for assessing specialty lifestyle 12/21/2015

Evaluating the lifestyle of a medical specialty can help you determine whether it’s the best fit for you. But how do you decide what to practice when you’re interested in a specialty yet aren’t sure whether you like the lifestyle it supports? Check out these tips from residents.

7 clinical rotation tips from experienced physicians 12/14/2015

Imagine your first day of clinical rotations. After hours of studying, you’ll finally transition from learning in classrooms to exploring the floors of real care environments. What should you focus on to ensure your success in patient care? Follow these tips from experienced physicians as you begin clinical rotations.

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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.

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Residency & Fellowship Database

Research the nearly 10,000 accredited graduate medical education training programs using FREIDA Online®, the AMA’s 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

Treating High Blood Pressure in Patients With Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with higher levels of blood pressure, which can lead to greater cardiovascular risk. This study looks at the effects of sleep apnea treatments to control blood pressure.

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