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Association of American Medical Colleges

Pre-Med Club

The AAMC and Artemis Medical Society have formed an exciting collaboration to implement the AAMC’s Pre-Med Club lesson plans during afterschool programs for students in grades four through eight. Through this collaboration, the program will be piloted in 3-5 school districts throughout the country utilizing physician facilitators within the Artemis Medical Society network.

Building on the importance of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) in today’s education system, the program is intended to inspire students in under-resourced communities to pursue a career in medicine.

The Pre-med Club lesson plans are available to educators, parents, and volunteers. During this pilot phase, we will continue improving and building upon existing content informed by your responses to the survey found in the right sidebar of each lesson plan. Please send any questions to

Lesson One: Welcome

Hippocrates sculpture

Students will learn about the club and its format, name their club, learn about the Hippocratic Oath, create their own oath, create their name badges, and if time permits, create posters to promote the club to other students.

Lesson Two: Specialties

Group of doctors

Students will learn what a specialty is, receive some examples of the common medical specialties, and test their knowledge with a “guess the drawing” competition.

Lesson Three: Where Doctors Work

Hospital ship

Students will learn about and discuss several locations and environments where doctors work. Then, they will imagine their own possible career path and discuss where they think they might like to work if they were a doctor.

Lesson Four: Good Doctors and Good Patients

Dr talking to female patient

Students will discuss the qualities of their favorite doctors and identify what traits are shared by “good doctors.” They will also discuss what makes a “good patient.” Students will learn what it means to take a medical history and will role play taking a history.

Lesson Five: Medical Talk

Stethoscope on an open book

Students will discuss medical language, learn common medical terms and apply the terms in their own skits that they will perform.

Lesson Six: Doctors as Detectives

Chest x-ray

Often times, physicians are like detectives, following clues and putting together observations and notes to figure out what is wrong and how it can be fixed. Students will discuss various diagnostic tools and techniques used by doctors to diagnose their patients.

Lesson Seven: Medical Student Visit

Medical students walking down a hallwayStudents will meet medical students from an area medical school. The med student will share their background, some of their experiences and what it was like for them to prepare for and apply to medical school. They will also speak about what med school is like and students will ask questions.

Lesson Eight: Match Day

Medical students holding up their match letters

Match Day is one of the most important milestones a medical student’s career. Students will learn what a residency is and the typical length of residencies for various specialties. They’ll watch a video of a real match day ceremony, and then participate in a Pre Med Club Match Day ceremony with their peers.

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