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Medical Specialty Information

Individual medical specialty societies are an excellent resource for specialty-specific information. You should directly contact specialty societies of interest to you to make sure you are aware of the resources they offer.

Many specialty societies have specific publications or portions of their Web pages targeted to medical students. In addition, many specialties have patient information that gives general information about the particular specialty, and when specialist care should be sought. This information may also be useful for students beginning to explore specialty options.

The AMA's website has links to numerous medical specialty society websites. Most specialty websites have information about workforce issues and trends relevant to the particular specialty. Contact information for medical specialty societies that are part of the AMA House of Delegates is also available on the AMA website (Members Only).

Resources offered by medical specialty societies

Aerospace Medical Association

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

  • Sponsors the Chrysalis Project, designed to increase interest in allergy and immunology with US medical schools by providing mentoring opportunities for students interested in this discipline. Students enter the program by applying for travel and housing grants to the AAAAI Annual Meeting. After being paired with a fellow-in-training mentor, participants attend sessions designed specifically for medical students, as well as scientific workshops and symposia of their choice. Additional opportunities are available following the meeting, including additional mentoring meetings and receipt of a Chrysalis Project newsletter.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Information for medical students and residents that includes training and practice information.
  • Fellowship opportunities for medical students interested in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.

American Academy of Dermatology

  • Information about Dermatology residency programs.
  • Sponsors mentoring program for minority medical students interested in learning more about the field of dermatology.

American Academy of Family Physicians

  • Virtual Family Medicine Interest Group - An online resource designed to provide information and resources that empower a student to explore the discipline of family medicine through such topics as career choice, role models, leadership development, the Match, residency, clinical resources, technology, and much more.
American Academy of Ophthalmology American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

American College of Medical Genetics

  • Medical Student Interest Group
  • ACMG Foundation Summer Genetics Scholars Program for Medical Students

American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

  • Careers in Occupational and Environmental Medicine

American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine

  • Section of website dedicated to students includes information about mentoring opportunities and residency selection information.
  • Internal Medicine Career Paths - A directory of the fourteen disciplines related to Internal Medicine.

American College of Preventive Medicine

American College of Rheumatology

  • Medical student preceptorship programs. ACR offers clinical and research preceptorships in the broad area of the rheumatic diseases, designed to introduce first and second year students to the specialty of rheumatology (stipend provided).

American College of Surgeons

American Psychiatric Association

American Society of Anesthesiologists

  • The ASA website serves as a starting point for access to information on ASA's Resident Component and Medical Student Delegation websites as well as information about careers in anesthesiology.

American Society of Clinical Pathologists

  • Co-sponsor of Intersociety Committee on Pathology Information, Inc. which provides information about pathology as a career.

American Urological Association

  • What is Urology? - Information for medical students and prospective Urology residents

College of American Pathologists

Society of Nuclear Medicine

  • Web page that addresses nuclear medicine as a career

Specialty Journals

Most medical specialty societies publish their own professional journals. Students are encouraged to read appropriate medical journals in their specialty of interest to keep abreast of current issues, developments, and trends. In addition, the AMA publishes a series of peer reviewed primary source articles in 10 specialty journals, including JAMA Surgery, JAMA Pediatrics, and JAMA Neurology. Portions of the JAMA Specialty Journals are available online.

Student Membership in Medical Specialty Societies

Most medical specialty societies offer membership to medical students. Visit each medical specialty society's website to learn more.