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Medical education COVID-19 resource guide

Updated May 18, 2020

This article is part of a series of COVID-19 articles and resources on medical education.

The AMA has curated a selection of resources to assist residents, medical students and faculty during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to help manage the shifting timelines, cancellations and adjustments to testing, rotations and other events at this time. Find out about the status of MCAT exam administrations, clinical rotations, USMLE STEP 2 testing and other critical information.

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For educational issues at all levels

  1. AMA online community discussion

    Sign in to join the ongoing discussion: "Maintaining medical education during pandemics: A conversation among colleagues about concerns, challenges and instructional alternatives in uncertain scenarios."

  2. Medical education COVID-19 video updates

    Watch video updates with AMA leaders and other subject matter experts on issues affecting medical education during COVID-19.

Applying to medical school and residency

  1. Coronavirus impact on MCAT

    All April MCAT exam administrations have been canceled globally. Effective April 1, all rescheduling fees will be automatically waived until further notice, regardless of exam date. For more details regarding the impact of coronavirus on 2020 testing dates, please visit the MCAT Coronavirus Page.

  2. AMA Code of Medical Ethics statement on early graduation to provide clinical care

  3. ACGME statement on early graduation and appointment to accredited programs

  4. Interviews: AAMC recommends virtual approach to interviews at all levels

  5. NRMP frequently asked questions about COVID-19

Medical students

  1. Medical students: Stay informed on COVID-19 news and media

    Read the latest AMA news on what medical students need to know to stay informed and up-to-date on COVID-19 issues

  2. USMLE Step 2 clinical skills testing temporarily suspended, fees waived

    Prometric announced that test centers in the United States and Canada will be closed for a period of 30 days, starting March 18.

  3. Coronavirus and student loan forbearance info for students, borrowers and parents

Guidelines for clinical activities

  1. AMA guiding principles to protect medical students responding to COVID-19

  2. AMA practical guide to restoring clinical rotations for medical students (PDF)

  3. AAMC and LCME issued guidance for student clinical rotations (PDF)

    Effective March 17, the AAMC and LCME issued guidance for medical schools to pause all student clinical rotations. View the March 30 update (PDF).

  4. LCME guidance for responding to disruption of educational programming

Residents & fellows

  1. Guiding principles to protect resident & fellow physicians responding to COVID-19

  2. Guidance for international medical graduates

  3. Residents & fellows: Stay informed on COVID-19 news and media

    Read the latest AMA news on what residents and fellows need to know to stay informed and up-to-date on COVID-19 issues.

  4. COVID-19 impact on residents & fellows

    Follow the ACGME newsroom coverage of COVID-19 as it relates to issues affecting the graduate medical education community.

Faculty resources

  1. AMA webinar: Clinical education and return to clerkships in the world of COVID-19

    Listen to the April 29 webinar on principles, alternative models and assessing competence for clinical education and return to clerkships.

  2. AMA webinar: Early graduation from medical school in response to COVID-19 (PDF)

    Download the slides and listen to the April 15 webinar on early graduation, responding to workforce needs, eligibility for early graduation and supports for early transition.

  3. AMA webinar: Deploying students in alternative roles during COVID-19 (PDF)

    Download the slides and listen to the April 1 webinar on preserving clinical educational objectives and supporting competency development.

  4. COVID-19 resources for medical educators

    A curated, crowd-sourced list of potential resources—both free and paid—for virtual or remote learning that have been shared by medical educators in a variety of settings.

  5. ACGME response to COVID-19

  6. ABMS statement to designated institutional officials (DIOs) on COVID-19

    The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) states that in situations in which quarantine impedes completion of on-time training, boards are receptive to case-by-case discussions and do not wish to penalize trainees for situations beyond their control.

  7. LCME COVID-19 updates: Accreditation-related

    Visit the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) website for accreditation‐related resources and information as they become available related to COVID-19.

  8. NBME coronavirus (COVID-19): Assessment information and updates

    To support physicians, medical school faculty and students alike, the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) is fast tracking investigations into alternative modes of assessment delivery.

  9. Free GME resources during COVID-19 crisis

    The AMA is helping residency programs quickly adjust educational practices by offering access to six AMA GME Competency Education Program modules, with transcript tracking, through Sept. 30, 2020. ​The GME competency education modules focus on:

    • Creating an effective and respectful learning environment​
    • Physician health: Physicians caring for ourselves​
    • Working effectively within an interprofessional team​
    • Patient safety​
    • End of life care​
    • Patient handoffs

    Request transcript tracking

  10. Free UME resources during COVID-19 crisis

    The AMA is helping medical schools quickly adjust educational practices by offering access to 13 Health System Science (HSS) modules with transcript tracking capability now through Sept. 30, 2020. The series of modules provide medical students with an understanding of how health care is delivered, how professionals work together and how health systems can improve patient care.

    Request transcript tracking

Well-being/mental health resources

  1. American Academy of Pediatrics

  2. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

  3. Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

  4. American Psychological Association

  5. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

  6. Smart phone apps

    • Headspace: An app for mindfulness and meditation.
    • The Down Dog: App (featuring yoga, barre, 7 minute cardio workouts) is free for all until May 1. Free access is extended until July 1st for all students and teachers (K-12 and college).

The Coalition for Physician Accountability

The Coalition for Physician Accountability (CPA) is a multi-organizational group of national organizations – including the AMA – responsible for the accreditation, assessment, licensure and certification of physicians throughout their medical career.

The CPA is providing leadership in response to the extreme disruption to physician education, training, licensing and credentialing due to the pandemic. They are providing guidance on important issues including pathways for students transitioning into residency this June; protecting learners engaging in volunteer activities arising out of the pandemic; potential adjustments to the residency selection process for the graduating class of 2021 and how to maintain standards, quality and training during the relaxed regulations for licensure. View the CPA’s recommendations and resources below.

  1. Safeguarding the public, protecting our health care workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic (PDF)

    1. A statement in support of safeguarding the public and protecting the health care workforce.

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    Maintaining quality and safety standards amid COVID-19 (PDF)

    Statement and table of resources to provide guidance to healthcare administrators and credentialing staff supporting new or volunteer physicians to patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  3. Medical students in the class of 2021: Moving across institutions for post graduate training (PDF)

    This is the final report and recommendations that address three major issues facing applicants and training programs as they prepare for the 2020-2021 residency application cycle: (1) away rotations, (2) in-person interviews for residency (3) the ERAS® timeline.

  4. Learner transitions from medical schools to residency programs in 2020 (PDF)

    Recommendations addressing aspects of the 2020 transition likely to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.