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Medical Education COVID-19 resource guide

Updated April 3, 2020

The AMA has curated a selection of resources to assist residents and medical students during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to help manage the shifting timelines, cancellations and adjustments to testing, rotations and other events at this time.

Featured updates: COVID-19

Track the evolving situation with the AMA's library of the most up-to-date resources from JAMA, CDC and WHO.

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Find out about the status of MCAT exam administrations, clinical rotations, USMLE STEP 2 testing and other critical information. 

For educational issues at all levels

  1. AMA online community discussion

    1. "Maintaining medical education during pandemics: A conversation among colleagues about concerns, challenges and instructional alternatives in uncertain scenarios."

Resident & fellow resources

  1. ACGME response to COVID-19

  2. COVID-19 impact on residents & fellows 

    1. Follow the ACGME newsroom coverage of COVID-19 as it relates to issues affecting the graduate medical education community.
  3. ABMS statement to Designated Institutional Officials (DIOs) on COVID-19

    1. 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.

Medical student resources

Guidelines for clinical activities

  1. AAMC and LCME issued guidance for student clinical rotations

    1. Effective March 17, the AAMC and LCME issued guidance for medical schools to pause all student clinical rotations. View the March 30 update.
  2. LCME COVID-19 updates: Accreditation-related

    1. Visit the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) website for accreditation‐related resources and information as they become available related to COVID-19.
  3. AMA guiding principles to protect learners responding to COVID-19

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

  5. AMA webinar: Deploying students in alternative roles during COVID-19

    1. Download the April 1 webinar focused on preserving clinical educational objectives and supporting competency development.
  6. LCME guidance for responding to disruption of educational programming

USMLE and NBME updates

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

    1. 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. 
  2. USMLE Step 2 clinical skills testing temporarily suspended, fees waived

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

Residency selection process

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

  2. NRMP FAQ about COVID-19

Federal student loans

  1. Coronavirus and Forbearance info for students, borrowers and parents

Pre-med resources

  1. Coronavirus impact on MCAT

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