Wednesday, July 24, 2013
For Medical Students
Schools enact new strategies to raise residency chances
With more medical students graduating each year despite a static number of residency slots, many schools are implementing new instructional techniques to help their students obtain placement in these increasingly competitive positions, as detailed in a recent article in U.S. News and World Report.
The School of Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, for instance, has begun training students in such new topics as informatics to give their students an edge during the residency application process. Several schools, including the University of Nevada School of Medicine, have analyzed data from the National Resident Matching Program and placed an increased focus on helping students make informed decisions during the residency application process.
To help fill the projected shortage of 130,000 physicians expected to hit the country by 2025, medical schools across the country have increased enrollment, and new schools have been established in recent years. But the number of residency training positions funded by Medicare has been capped since 1997, creating a residency bottleneck. In the last Match, 528 new medical graduates did not find a residency position—that’s more than twice the number that did not match in 2012.
The AMA is committed to addressing the residency shortage and impending physician shortage by lifting the cap on Graduate Medical Education (GME) positions and ensuring sufficient GME funding. Visit the AMA’s "Save GME" campaign website to participate in these important advocacy efforts.
Showcase your research at AMA symposium
Share your original research with medical colleagues from around the country at the 2013 AMA Research Symposium, taking place Nov. 15-16 in National Harbor, Md. The submission deadline for student abstracts is 11:59 p.m. Eastern time Aug. 15.
Open to AMA members, the symposium includes poster and oral presentation competitions for students, residents and fellows, and international medical graduates who are certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and awaiting residency. Separate competitions are hosted within the event for each group.
Poster presentation prizes will be awarded to student researchers in eight categories. Additionally, one prize will be awarded to an overall poster presentation winner and another to the oral presentation winner.
Visit the symposium Web page to learn more about the competition and submission criteria for medical students.
Wanted: Ideas for the next AMA-MSS meeting
Do you have an idea for a program that could be held during the upcoming AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) Interim Assembly Meeting? Submit one today via an AMA-MSS online form. Ideas are due Aug. 12.
The AMA-MSS meeting will take place Nov. 14–16 in National Harbor, Md., in conjunction with the AMA Interim Meeting.