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IOM Report released: Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation’s Health Needs

July 29th, 2014 by Bruce Abbott




The Institute of Medicine has issued its long awaited report on Graduate Medical Education and it calls for major changes to the mechanisms for funding for residency positions.

Report at a Glance

  • Figure- Estimated sources of $15 billion in public funding for GME (HTML)
  • Recommendations (PDF, HTML)
  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)

NIH Medical Research Scholars Program

September 23rd, 2013 by Mary Wood

NIH Medical Research Scholars Program Accepting Applications

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) for 2014–2015 will begin accepting applications on Oct. 1. The MRSP is a yearlong, mentored research training program for qualified medical, dental, and veterinary students in basic, clinical, or translational research at the main NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. The application deadline is Jan. 15, 2014.


Overcoming the Obstacles to Research During Residency

December 12th, 2012 by Ferguson Mitchell

Just Published
Overcoming the Obstacles to Research During Residency: What Does It Take?
Michael B. Rothberg, MD, MPH
JAMA. 2012;308(21):2191-2192. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.14587

JAMA recently released an article addressing the difficulties that residents face while undergoing research in addition to their already busy schedules.

“…conducting research in residency is challenging, and insufficient scholarly activity remains a common reason for residency program citation. Authors have described research curricula or research rotations, but there is little empirical evidence for specific elements of a successful resident research program. Surveys of program directors4 and residents reveal barriers to research during residency: insufficient resident interest, limited resident time, paucity of mentors, limited faculty time, lack of resident research skills, absence of a research curriculum, and inadequate funding. Although formidable, these obstacles can be overcome with sufficient resources and determination.”

Read the full article over at JAMA.

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Can medical students afford to choose primary care?

December 10th, 2012 by Ferguson Mitchell

Can medical students afford to choose primary care?

The December issue of Academic Medicine is now being distributed to subscribers and is available on-line. Articles from the January issue also are available on-line in the “Published Ahead of Print” section of the journal’s web page. A featured article in the January issue, “Can Medical Students Afford to Choose Primary Care? An Economic Analysis of Physician Education Debt Repayment,” is authored by James A. Youngclaus, MS, of the AAMC staff; and Paul A. Koehler, PhD, of State Street Corporation; and Laurence J. Kotlikoff, PhD, and John M. Wiecha, MD, MPH, of Boston University.

Featured Article
Academic Medicine

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Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO)

February 13th, 2012 by Mary Wood







GHLO™ is an AAMC application service designed for final year international and domestic medical students applying for clinical and research electives at institutions who are participating in the pilot phase.


The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recognizes that with ever-increasing globalization in medicine there is growing interest on the part of medical students and medical schools to incorporate international electives into medical education. Cross border medical exchanges enable students to work with different patient populations, develop cross-cultural understanding, and learn about health systems and approaches to medical care in other nations.

Increasingly, students are seeking international opportunities from their medical schools, but not all institutions have the capacity to develop and manage such programs.

To meet this demand, the AAMC is launching a new application service called Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO).  Now in a pilot phase, GHLO will facilitate clinical and research elective rotations globally for final year medical students. GHLO has been created to foster collaboration between American and international medical schools for student mobility through a robust web-based application service.

NIH Medical Research Scholars Program

October 4th, 2011 by Mary Wood

NIH News announced a new scholars program, supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of HealthPfizer Inc.,  and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

A new Medical Research Scholars Program for medical and dental students will begin in September 2012 in Bethesda, Md., the National Institutes of Health has announced. The program will offer research experiences with intramural investigators from across NIH in basic science laboratories, and in clinical and translational research conducted at the NIH Clinical Center, the world’s largest hospital dedicated to patient-oriented research.

“Medical discoveries of tomorrow depend on the students we train today,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “This program will help ensure that there is a steady pipeline of scientists conducting the full range of biomedical research. The program will offer a broad range of exceptional research opportunities, exposure to cutting edge technology, and critical policy issues for promising students.”

Program applications will be accepted Oct. 1, 2011 through mid-January 2012.
About 40 students are expected to be admitted during the program’s first year.

Application and general information :

NIH Clinical Center, Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education,   Medical Research Scholars Program

Animal Welfare in Veterinary Medical Education and Research

April 19th, 2010 by Mary Wood

The 2009 Animal Welfare Symposium titled “Swimming with the Tide: Animal Welfare in Veterinary Medical Education and Research”  held last November, was jointly sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).  The speakers, who presented information on the role of the veterinary profession in animal welfare education, research, and advocacy, were invited to submit their presentations for publication in the Journal of  Veterinary Medical Education (JVME).  The goal was to make this information more widely available, as a guide to interested veterinary faculty in their planning and implementation of curricula that include animal-welfare topics.


JVME volume 31, issue 1, 2010:  the Table of Contents is available as a pdf and with links in PubMed.


Titles of papers include:coverfig

Animal Welfare: A Complex Domestic and International Public-Policy Issue
Animal Ethics and Public Expectations: The North American Outlook
Evolution of Animal-Welfare Education for Veterinary Students
Expertise and Advocacy in Animal-Welfare Decision Making: Considerations for a Veterinary Curriculum in Animal Welfare


Policies included:

AAVMC Policy: Use of Animals in Education
AVMA Policy: Use of Animals in Research, Testing, and Education
AVMA Animal Welfare Principles




USMLE Step 2 Practice Exam Now Available on Exam Master

January 22nd, 2010 by Bruce Abbott

Exam Master has added a USMLE Step 2 Practice Exam.

Based on the NBME blueprint, Exam Master’s USMLE Step 2 Practice Exam is designed to give the Step 2 candidate a realistic exam experience. Students can sit for a full exam, or take each block individually as their schedule permits. All blocks include post-exam review and detailed explanations.

The USMLE Step 2 Practice Exam features:

* 8 exam blocks of 44 questions each, total of 352 questions
* Both Test or Study mode
* Correct answers and explanation available in study mode
* Detailed score reports
* The following topics:
o General Principles
o Immunologic Disorders
o Diseases of the Blood & Blood-forming Organs
o Mental Disorders
o Diseases of the Nervous System & Special Senses
o Cardiovascular Disorders
o Diseases of the Respiratory System
o Nutritional & Digestive Disorders
o Gynecologic Disorders
o Renal, Urinary, & Male Reproductive Systems
o Disorders of Pregnancy, Childbirth, & the Puerperium
o Disorders of the Skin & Subcutaneous Tissues
o Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System & Connective Tissue
o Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders

To access this practice exam, login to your EMO (Exam Master Online) account, go to NEW EXAMS > Click “Courses” > Click “Select” next to the USMLE Step 2 Practice Exam

A Blueprint for the design of premedical & medical school educational programs

June 16th, 2009 by
Compilation: The Brain Exposed from Above

Compilation: The Brain Exposed from Above by Charles Bell, 1802; Botany by H. Adlard, 1852; Scholarship by Albrecht von Haller, 1769.

In a report released June 4, 2009 entitled “Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians” – the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) lay out a series of scientific competencies to be mastered prior to attending medical school and competencies for medical students  by completion of the MD.  The 22 person task force defined ‘competency’ as “the knowledge, skill, or attitude that enables an individual to learn and perform in medical practice.”
Executive summary and full text report available for download:

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