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Choosing a Medical Career

Explore medical career options, ways to get experience, inspiring stories, expert advice, and more, to help you choose your path to medicine. You might find options that you didn’t know existed.

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Medical Careers

If you're thinking about pursuing a career in medicine, there are many different paths you can take.

Medical School 101

Learn the basics of the requirements for getting into medical school, what it's really like, and options for paying for your medical education.

Careers in Medical Research

If you have an interest in scientific exploration and a desire to break new ground in medical knowledge, a career in medical research might be for you.

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Applying to Medical School

Find the support you need to prepare for the MCAT® exam, decide which medical schools best fit your needs, understand the medical school application process, prepare for medical school interviews, and more.

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Preparing for Medical School

Find resources and information to help you prepare for medical school.

Taking the MCAT® Exam

Find everything you need to know about preparing and registering for the MCAT® exam, understanding your scores, and more.

Understanding the Process

There are a lot of steps to applying to medical school, but the AAMC has tools and resources to guide you through the process.

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Attending Medical School

In medical school, you’ll be choosing your specialty, taking the USMLE exams, and deciding on whether you’ll apply for fourth-year “away” electives. Find tips and expert guidance to help you better understand yourself, your options, and more.

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Tips for Surviving Medical School

Seven things you can do to make the most of medical school.

Choosing a Specialty with Careers in Medicine®

CiM can help you make more well informed and confident specialty and residency decisions.

Electives and Make-up Courses

Find and apply to U.S. and international away electives and summer make-up courses while attending medical school.

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Applying to Residency

Get all the resources you need to ensure you have a successful residency application process. Timelines that guide you step by step, prepare for interviews with tips from current residents, and gain access to the critical data that can help you find the program that best fits your career goals, and more.

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Apply Smart for Residency

The AAMC has curated a series of resources that explain the process and ensure that the residency program you select is the right fit for you.

Applying to Residencies with ERAS®

Applying to Residencies with ERAS

Find A Resident

FindAResident is a year-round search tool designed to help you find open residency and fellowship positions.

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Training in a Residency or Fellowship

As you embark on the next leg of your journey to a medical career, you’ll be planning on your new life – possibly moving to a new location, managing your medical school loans, and more. Find resources to learn more about graduate medical education (GME) issues, tips on preparing your CV, guidance on loan repayment options, and more.

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Easing into Residency: Transition Tips

Managing money during residency may be unfamiliar territory for you, so review transition suggestions that can help you successfully ease into residency.

Public Health Pathways for Residents

Search this database for clinical and research fellowships, international experiences, and other public health leadership opportunities.

Applying to Fellowships with ERAS®

ERAS® is an online service that transmits applications and supporting documentation for U.S. fellowship positions.