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Two decades after a vaccine was withdrawn, scientists are producing medicines to prevent a disease that afflicts nearly half a million people each year.

  • September 22, 2022
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Widespread wastewater testing began during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, public health officials are expanding their efforts to look for other diseases.

  • September 20, 2022
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Journalist and author Linda Villarosa unveils how racism — more than socioeconomic status or personal behavior — drives inequities.

  • September 15, 2022

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Less reliance on MCAT and GPA scores, and more focus on the whole student, could drastically increase the number of Black medical students, one dean argues.

  • March 24, 2022
Medical student volunteers from Howard University College of Medicine pose with Dean Hugh Mighty, MD, MBA, at a community vaccination clinic in Washington, DC, on April 3, 2021.

I started F-1 Doctors to help international students like me find mentorship when applying to U.S. medical schools.

  • July 29, 2021
Azan Zahir Virji, MPH

A nontraditional medical student shares his advice for how to transition from another career into medicine.

  • July 13, 2021
Third-year student Lala Tanmoy “Tom” Das prepares for a day at the hospital.

With their education disrupted by the pandemic, this year’s graduating class developed “grit” through hard-earned lessons that will benefit their careers.

  • May 27, 2021
Students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson pose after their commencement ceremony on May 14, 2021.

Like many American institutions, medicine has had to confront anti-Black racism during this tumultuous year. A senior medical student explains.

  • September 23, 2020
Taiwo Alonge speaks to students and faculty at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City during a teach-in he co-organized during his first year of medical school in 2017.

Just 1% of U.S. physicians self-identify as TGNB, yet the population of TGNB individuals is growing. They need doctors who understand their health concerns.

  • September 1, 2020
A stethoscope on a rainbow flag

The AAMC and the Gold Foundation urge medical schools to continue to hold this annual ritual and together offer tools to help adapt to a virtual event.

  • August 5, 2020
The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine held a socially distanced White Coat Ceremony on July 22. The event was livestreamed to family and friends

A medical student reflects on why the country so admires Dr. Fauci — and why medical students should learn how to communicate about science.

  • July 22, 2020
Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies at a hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Capitol Hill on June 23, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

Applying to medical school is just the first of many challenging but rewarding steps in the journey to becoming a physician. It’s a journey well worth taking.

  • June 22, 2020
Joseph Kerschner, MD, dean of the school of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, shares a laugh with students during the school’s 125th anniversary celebration in September 2018

Despite some technical difficulties when registration first opened, there are plenty of slots for students who want to take the exam this year.

  • May 8, 2020
A woman in a mask sits at a computer taking an exam