AMA Wire

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

For Medical Students

Column looks at reinventing the 3rd-year medical student

A growing number of educators are working to remake the crucial third year of medical school, and a column in the New York Times examines the focus on this pivotal point in a medical student's training.

The column, written by Pauline Chen, MD, points to medical students who experience a sort of "ethical erosion" when monthlong rotations cause their sense of empathy and bedside manner to deteriorate. The column cites the success of one program that eliminated traditional block rotations, promoting instead yearlong relationships between students and their patients.

Transforming medical education is a top priority for the AMA, and the AMA-convened Innovative Strategies for Transforming the Education of Physicians (ISTEP) research collaborative is a unique effort to bring about needed reforms in physician education. ISTEP is a longitudinal study of the learning environment in 21 medical schools from the United States and Canada that seeks to measure how the educational climate at each school influences students' professional attributes.

Specialties guide can help with career decisions

AMA medical student members have exclusive access to a helpful resource guide that can help them choose a career path.

Choosing a Medical Specialty: The AMA's Resource Guide for Medical Students offers detailed snapshots of the most common specialties and subspecialties with data from the Graduate Medical Education Directory, FREIDA Online and specialty associations. Specialty summaries include skills required to succeed in a specialty, interaction with common types of patients, guidance about work-life balance and more. AMA members can log in to access the guide.

Don't miss out on valuable resources for AMA members. Renew your membership or join the AMA today to begin receiving these benefits.

In addition, AMA members can attend the AMA Medical Student Section's ninth annual Medical Specialty Showcase, June 14–16 in Chicago, and meet physicians from a variety of specialties, including radiology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopaedics and emergency medicine. Physicians on hand will provide an introduction to their specialty and offer materials to help with career decisions.