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Learn Serve Lead 2021 Services Updates

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At the AAMC, we are continuously improving our available services and technology. Learn more about the steps we are taking to diversify tomorrow’s physician workforce, enhance admissions, and modernize our services.

Diversifying Tomorrow’s Physician Workforce

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The AAMC is finding new ways to expand access and support the diverse physician workforce of the future.

Recent initiatives include: 

  • AAMC Fee Assistance Program. Last year, the AAMC increased the Fee Assistance Program income eligibility criteria from 3 times the national poverty guidelines to 4 times the national poverty level for that family size. We are also considering some changes to the eligibility criteria for next year’s program that will make the program more accessible. We'll be announcing those changes in December. 

  • The MCAT® Accommodations Online Application System. The application system has been upgraded with new features and functionality to offer examinees a better experience when applying for accommodations to take the MCAT exam. The system enhancements include the ability to track, monitor, submit, and withdraw all application types online and submit accommodations related service requests in the same system.  

  • Anti-racist review of AAMC services, applications, and policies. The AAMC is currently selecting a vendor with expertise in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to perform an analysis of our products, policies, processes, and communications in order to better support learners as they progress through their medical education journey.     

These application design and infrastructure upgrades are all steps toward achieving the AAMC’s goals to be ahead of the market, efficient, reliable, innovative -- and a trusted, valued partner to our premeds, medical students, medical schools, and programs. 

Enhancing Admissions

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The AAMC has improved its admissions programs to enhance the user experience and facilitate data-driven insights for holistic admission.

Recent improvements include:  

  • The MCAT Admissions Officers Survey. Results from this survey provide a snapshot of how medical schools take educational opportunities into account when evaluating academic metrics in admissions, identify barriers to medical student diversity, and suggest possible solutions for future admissions cycles. To learn more and join the conversation, attend the Learn Serve Lead session entitled “Admitting Diverse Classes: Strategies, Barriers, and Possibilities for Using MCAT Scores in Context” on Nov. 9 from 12:45-1:45 p.m. ET. Access the MCAT Admissions Insights series to review Admissions Officers’ Survey Data Snapshots.

  • New AMCAS® reports for admissions teams. AAMC has developed new AMCAS for Schools reports using AMCAS and MCAT data to provide medical school admissions officers with additional context regarding their applicant pool. AMCAS users can log-in and learn more about these report offerings.

  • The AAMC Situational Judgment Test (SJT) program. The AAMC developed this standardized exam to help admissions officers assess an applicant’s readiness to learn about issues related to professionalism in medical school. The SJT program expanded to include six medical schools for the 2021 administration (2022 application cycle). In 2022, the SJT program will become a full AAMC service – with an expanded group of medical schools. We will provide more information about the 2022/23 testing program and fees/fee discounts by the end of the year. 

Modernizing the AAMC

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The AAMC has embarked on a comprehensive multiyear effort to modernize the IT infrastructure that supports our programs. Our vision is to provide learners, members, institutional users, advisors, partners, and AAMC staff with trusted services and tools that are intuitive and interconnected. 

To ensure success, we’re adjusting how we work together to improve existing services – and add new ones – which will enable us to better manage our services and enhance our relationship with our external stakeholders. 

  • This operating model enables us to: 

    • think holistically about our entire portfolio of services and programs; 

    • work more efficiently across teams; and 

    • upgrade the technology tools and systems you rely on. 

Recent IT infrastructure and application upgrades include: 

  • A new infrastructure provider. To improve the performance and reliability of our services and mission effectiveness, the AAMC is migrating every AAMC application to Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) cloud platform. This will increase capacity, enhance data security, and enable us to provide more reliable and innovative services in the future.

  • Expanded database capabilities. To improve application performance during critical business events, the AAMC has expanded its database capacity and continues to optimize the database and application performance. As implementation continues, these changes will make our applications respond faster under peak traffic conditions. 

  • Implementing a more consistent user experience. To deliver a more intuitive and interconnected experience for our users, many AAMC applications and tools are undergoing a visual upgrade that is a significant step toward future Modernization efforts. 

    • This upgrade brings every AAMC application closer to using the same design system. 

    • The new system is designed to be more legible and includes more built-in features that will improve accessibility for all users. The AAMC is committed to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 compliance. 

    • While the look and feel will be different, the core functionality will remain the same. 

    • At present, all applications are optimized for use on a desktop or tablet.  

  • The new AAMC Students and Residents Website. Our new, streamlined students and residents website is easier to use and features the information our learners need, when they most need it. The AAMC supports learners throughout their medical education journey and this newly designed site provides better access to our resources, programs, learning opportunities, products, and services. The redesigned website is the result of extensive user research and website data analysis. We will continue to add new features and enhancements in the future. Learn more about the students and residents website enhancements