Getting Acquainted With the AAMC

So, you’re thinking about going to medical school huh?  Well let me introduce you to the American Academy of Medical Colleges , an organization you will become all too familiar with over the next few years. The AAMC is a great resource for anyone with even a tinge of interest in medical education to the seasoned pro who’s preparing to enter residency.  Regardless of which of the categories you fall into, the AAMC has something for you.

Thinking about medicine, but not quite sure?

Exploring the medical career  is just for you!    Its an excellent resource that asks the basic questions that everyone should consider early on when deciding to pursue medicine.  It explores the characteristics, basics of daily living for physicians. It provides cues and things to consider for those who are early in the decision making process before they

Decided, but need help navigating the process?

At the Applying to Medical School tab ,  you will find information on financial aid,  a four year application timeline, and general admission requirements, as the site attempts to walk you through what can be a tedious process.  As you start to consider which medical schools you will apply to, the Medical School Directory is an invaluable resource. There you can search for schools by class size, city, public vs private, etc.  You also get information on the cost of tuition, and application deadlines.  As you narrow you schools down, you can mark favorites and compare institutions.

You’re in, but residency and a career are just around the corner…

Careers in Medicine is for you.  At the  Careers in medicine site, you’ll find statistics, and descriptions regarding the different specialties.   This is actually a great resource that can be used at any stage in the medical education process.  You will definitely make use of the Loan calculator and organizer feature and the link to Loan Forgiveness programs, for when it comes time to pay those loans back.
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Charles Collins M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, talking with students at the AAMC’s annual minority medical school fair in 2010.

Bonus Features

Into numbers?  Interested in data on the racial, gender demographics in medicine?   That information is here too.  (I”ll be talking about one very interesting statistic, that involves our illustrious school / alma mater, Oakwood University in a few weeks.
One of my FAVORITE features is the link to Aspiringdocs.org.  This is part of an initiative by the AAMC to address the need for diversity ( racially, and academic background) in healthcare.  I think this site is good for so many reasons.
Some  features of the site include:

Inspiring Stories,  where,  like the name suggests, current medical students and graduates who have gone the nontraditional route or overcome great obstacles along their journey share their stories of hope and triumph.  I know for me,  a major motivator to complete a task, is knowing that ordinary people just like had done it before.   If you’re like me, these profiles will give you that extra boost to keep your going.

Expert Advice  answers reader questions on topics that range from how to handle having a family in medical school, to financial aid and post bacc programs.  Think of it as a mini FAQs section of each of the topics presented.

As, you can see, there’s a little bit of something for everyone, regardless of your stage in the medical education process. Take some time  in the near future and peruse the site, and be sure to reference it as you go along your journey. I’m sure you’ll find something of value.

Have a productive weekend,

HealthOU

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