Medical Students

Enhance your medical school journey with the latest medical news, expert advice and the tools you need to advance your future career.

Meet the AMA Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the 3 winners of the 1st-ever AMA Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge! Selected from more than 100 submissions, each team receives a share of $50,000 in prizes, as well as access to the AMA’s network of accelerator and entrepreneurship partners.

As part of the AMA's ongoing effort to drive physician-led innovation, the challenge asked physicians, residents and medical students across the country to share their innovative solutions for improving the health of the nation.

SEE THE WINNERS

Attend the AMA National Medical Student Annual Meeting

Join us in Chicago on June 9-11 to represent the voice and vision of medical students across the country. Learn from Keynote speaker Kevin Pho, MD, founder of KevinMD.com. Attend the AMA Medical Specialty Showcase and Clinical Skills Workshop. Take part in our national service project, the Doctors Back to School™ program, and more.

MEETING INFORMATION

Find Leadership Opportunities & Scholarships

Visit the Medical Student Section to find more national leadership opportunities for medical students.

Health Care News

How students can thrive in the wards, from one who knows 6/20/2016

Always be nice to the nurses. Mark Nolan Hill, MD, professor of surgery at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, had that and more advice for students as they prepare for their 3rd year and the start of caring for patients.

Physician behind KevinMD reveals how to leverage social media 6/12/2016

Kevin Pho, MD, founder and editor of KevinMD.com, recently shared practical insights for making a difference in health care through social media and taking control of your online reputation before it's defined for you.

By the numbers: Specialty preferences before and after med school 6/6/2016

Do you know how many of your peers end up in the field they picked when they began medical school? Which specialties are students most likely to stick with, and which ones attract students along the way? We break down the statistics.

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Medical Student Timeline

  • Year1

  • Year2

  • Year3

  • Year4

Year 1

  • Master the Basics

  • Study Smarter

Year 2

  • Prepare for Exams

  • Choose a Medical Specialty

  • Showcases & Workshops

Year 3

  • Clinical Rotations

  • Rank Away Rotations

Year 4

  • Register for the Match

  • Apply for Residency

  • Prepare for Exams

  • Navigate the Transition

Master the Basics

Need help preparing for an exam? Use Netter's Anatomy Flash Cards to help you master your basic science courses.

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Study Smarter

Discovering your learning style can help you study smarter, not harder. Study methods can be kinesthetic, auditory, visual or a combination of all three.

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Prepare for Exams

You'll need to prepare for the USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX-USA exams. Join the AMA and earn up to 30% off Kaplan Medical exam prep materials.

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Choose a Medical Specialty

Explore different medical specialties for your year 3 rotations with AMA's comprehensive overview of specialties and sub-specialties.

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Showcases & Workshops

Attend the Medical Specialty Showcase to learn about specialties, medical fields and modes of practices. Participate in clinical skills workshops to hone your skills.

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Clinical Rotations

Clinical rotations are generally 6-8 weeks and follow 6 core specialties: pediatrics, surgery, internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics-gynecology and psychiatry.

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Rank Away Rotations

Learn from experienced residents on ways to prepare for away rotations and increase your chance for a successful match.

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Apply for Residency

Research 10,000 graduate medical training programs and board-approved combined specialty programs using the AMA's residency and fellowship database.

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Prepare for Exams

Most medical schools and residency programs require student to pass USMLE Step 2 or COMLEX-USA Level 2 in order to graduate and begin residency.

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Register for the Match

Learn about the Match process, what dates you need to know to register for the Match and when results are available.

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Medical School

What to Expect When Applying for Residency

Road Map to Residency

Consult this guide to learn about the residency application and matching process, find tips on how to prepare your CV and cover letter, and feel confident during your interview.

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Study Aids

The journey to licensure begins with USMLE and COMLEX-USA. Prepare early and on budget for these licensure examinations—join the AMA and earn up to 30% off Kaplan Medical and First Aid study programs.

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Residency & Fellowship

Choosing a Specialty

Explore different medical specialties and determine which one is best for you with AMA's comprehensive overview of specialties and sub-specialties.

Explore Specialties

AMA Residency & Fellowship Database™

Research over 10,000 accredited graduate medical education training programs using FREIDA Online®, the AMA Residency and Fellowship Database. Learn about programs and institutions nationwide to find the program that's right for you.

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Research & Publications

Who Should Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

Clinical practice guidelines do not encourage a patient-centered approach to screening for lung cancer. This study suggests that a greater number of lung cancer deaths could be prevented by using a risk-based model for screening.

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