AMA Wire

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

For Medical Students

Students earn $10 million in loan repayment assistance

More than $10 million in loan repayment assistance is going to 87 fourth-year medical students in 29 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as part of a new federal loan repayment option that awards financial support to medical students in exchange for agreeing to provide primary care in underserved communities.

The money is available through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Program, which provides loan repayment assistance of up to $120,000 to medical students in MD and DO programs in their last year of education. In return for loan repayment assistance, the students commit to practice in the communities that need them most upon completion of their primary care residency.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the loan repayment awards Feb. 6. The program represents an expansion of the NHSC, a government initiative to bring health care providers to areas of the country with limited access to care. 

The AMA supports the continued funding of the NHSC as a method of addressing primary care health shortages throughout the country. Additionally, the AMA encourages the expansion of loan repayment programs as a method of helping medical students address their educational debt burden.

UT Southwestern wins latest Event of the Month award

University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical School is the latest winner of the AMA Medical Student Section's (MSS) Event of the Month award, which showcases recruitment, community service, education and AMA-MSS National Service Project events coordinated by individual AMA medical student sections.

UT Southwestern won for its Holiday in the Park event held Dec. 15, an annual winter carnival and toy drive coordinated by the local AMA and Texas Medical Association sections at the school. This year, the local sections partnered with Center of Hope, a shelter for women and children.

More than 200 shelter residents attended the carnival, which consisted of several activities and games, and children there received more than 200 toys. The AMA provided funding for the activities, games, food and beverages at the event. Visit the Event of the Month Web page for a detailed description and to read about past winners.

Is your AMA medical student section holding similar events? When you request a grant through the AMA Section Involvement Grant (SIG) program, you are automatically eligible for the Event of the Month award, which the AMA selects each month. At the end of the school year, all monthly awards will be showcased in June at the AMA-MSS Annual Assembly Meeting and be voted on by students for one Event of the Year winner.

Through the SIG program, the AMA-MSS provides an opportunity for local AMA medical student sections to:

  • Educate students about the AMA and provide an opportunity for students to get more involved.
  • Help put AMA policy into action by providing a service to medical school campuses or communities.
  • Engage in activities that focus on AMA's top priorities.

Enjoy savings on USMLE, COMLEX prep guides

Are you prepared to score high on the upcoming United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) or Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX)? AMA members receive discounts of up to 25 percent off the list price on medical student resources such as First Aid for the USMLE and First Aid for the COMLEX. Visit the AMA Bookstore to take advantage of these discounts.

Don't miss out on valuable resources for AMA members. Renew your membership or join the AMA today to begin to take advantage of them.