AMA Wire

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

For Medical Students

Study: Pre-med students more interested in specialties

A recent survey from Kaplan Test Prep discovered that only 32 percent of pre-medical students indicate an interest in going into primary care, while more than two-thirds indicate a desire to pursue a specialty.

Although this is reflective of a growing tendency to choose specialties over primary care, it is particularly troubling at a time when the nation is facing a tremendous shortage in primary care physicians. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the current shortage of 9,000 primary care physicians is projected to grow to more than 62,000 within the next 20 years.

The AMA is committed to addressing both the overall physician shortage and primary care shortages within the United States. In addition to the AMA's commitment to the National Health Services Corps, a governmental program designed to incentivize primary care in underserved communities through scholarship and loan repayment, the AMA recognizes the need to expand training sites in rural areas. 

Furthermore, the AMA continues to advocate for addressing the overall physician shortage, which is projected to reach 130,000 by 2025, by lifting the cap on graduate medical education (GME) positions and ensuring sufficient funding for GME.

Visit the AMA's Save GME campaign website for information on how to participate in these important advocacy efforts.

Week of Wellness is coming; what's your AMA medical student section doing?

Medical students from around the country are finalizing plans for special events aimed at improving the health of their communities as part of an annual effort by the AMA to promote overall health.

The events and activities will be part of the AMA Medical Student Section's (MSS) fourth annual Week of Wellness, which will be observed April 1–7. Students from AMA medical student sections nationwide will implement projects encouraging patients to take steps toward leading healthier lives. The activities are based on the AMA's Healthier Life Steps™ program, which is the theme of the AMA-MSS National Service Project.

What is your AMA medical student section planning to do during the Week of Wellness? If you're looking for project ideas, visit the AMA-MSS Week of Wellness Web page for resources to help you and your section get involved.

Join a convention committee for next AMA-MSS meeting

Help make this year's AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) Annual Assembly Meeting a success by joining one of the section's meeting convention committees. Applications for joining the committees are due March 29. Visit the convention committee Web page to access more information and an application.

The meeting will take place June 13–15 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago prior to the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. Below is a list of other due dates for materials related to the AMA-MSS meeting:

  • Ideas for educational sessions: March 8
  • Draft resolutions and checklist: April 19
  • School of the Year Award applications: April 30
  • Final resolutions: May 4
  • Applications for AMA-MSS Governing Council positions: May 17
  • Meeting registration for delegates and alternate delegates: May 23
  • Meeting registration for non-voting participants: June 3

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.