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Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

For Medical Students

Boost your residency search: FREIDA Online revamped

The leading resource for medical students and residents gathering information about graduate medical education programs now is better than ever. The newly upgraded FREIDA Online provides comprehensive assistance for physicians in training who are searching for and applying to residency and fellowship programs.

More intuitive and easier to use, FREIDA Online now offers such features as mobile device optimization, an enhanced search function and a map that plots program locations. AMA members have access to additional practical features, including a tool to compare programs side by side and the ability to save searches and programs. Members also can use a dashboard to add notes and ratings to individual programs as well as track the statuses of their applications and interviews.

"Tens of thousands of medical students and residents use FREIDA Online every year to help them find the residency program or fellowship that best fits their needs—no other resource provides the same breadth and depth of information," AMA President Ardis D. Hoven, MD, said in a news release. "The AMA is committed to helping physicians in training and physicians thrive at every stage of their career, which is why we've re-engineered FREIDA Online to be as user-friendly as possible."

FREIDA Online is available to AMA members and non-members, but all users will be required to create a free account to access the updated resource.

By using FREIDA Online, medical students and residents can find information for the more than 9,400 graduate medical education programs accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education and the more than 100 board-approved combined specialty programs. FREIDA Online also displays aggregate training program statistics for each specialty and subspecialty and information about recent graduates of each training program.

Med student sections offer healthy Halloween choices

Four local medical student sections this month submitted Community Service Student Involvement Grant (SIG) applications promoting a health-conscious Halloween. The community service projects will help to educate the local community about healthy eating, particularly during festive holidays.

Fun ideas happening in the local community include:

  • The University of South Carolina School of Medicine is planning a Healthy Halloween Bash carnival for patients at the local children's hospital. Their event will take the focus off candy and promote healthier alternatives by providing fruits, vegetables, drinks and snacks that are of greater nutritional value for children. 
  • University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine in conjunction with USF Health Diabetes Center and the Pediatric Interest Group, is planning a Halloween Party at the Movies. Their event will give parents the opportunity to hear about the latest research and diabetes progress from educators associated with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Diabetes Association. The kids will top off the event with a fun trick-or-treat through the movie theater and receive healthy candy alternatives.
  • The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is planning their first event a Sugar-Free Halloween Extravaganza, where they will target children  4-15 years old. Their event aims to inspire and encourage children and their parents to maintain nutrition-conscious mentalities during the holiday.
  • East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine is planning their first event by holding a Sugar-Free Halloween. In working with the Pediatric Interest Group, their trick-or-treat event for children will provide sugar-free treats and education on how to properly count calories while living with diabetes.

Section Involvement Grants are designed to provide 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, and engage in activities that focus on AMA's top priorities.

The AMA Medical Student Section applauds the schools for successfully planning the above events. SIGs can be categorized into four main event types: recruitment, development, community service and national service projects. Visit the SIG Web page to learn more about SIGs. AMA medical student sections can apply for a SIG by completing the online application at least 30 days before the scheduled event.

Register for the AMA-MSS Interim Meeting

Represent the voice and vision of medical students across the country at the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) Interim Meeting. Highlights will include:

  • Educational programs. Expand your experiences beyond the lecture hall. Attend educational programs on topics such as leadership, residency, public health and more.
  • Policymaking sessions. Make your voice heard on important and relevant issues for our profession.
  • AMA-MSS National Service Project event. Engage families in activities focused on four key health behaviors (poor diet, physical inactivity, alcohol consumption and tobacco use) as part of the AMA-MSS National Service Project.

Registration (AMA login required) for the meeting will be open until Nov. 4. Visit the AMA-MSS Web page for more information about the meeting.