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What’s New in the Updated Terms of Use

AAMC revised these Terms. Some of the key changes are outlined below, but please take time to read the full Terms.

Update made October 12, 2020

Updates made August 21, 2020

  • Clarification that users may be asked to electronically agree to additional terms when using certain AAMC services.
  • More specific terms regarding disclaimer of warranty and limitation of liability for AAMC website and services
  • Expanded copyright notice to inform users that some AAMC services are subject to open source licenses for open source software included in the service and that MedBiquitous Standards are subject to the MedBiquitous license

Welcome to the AAMC website and any information, data, or content contained therein (“the AAMC website,” “our site” or “this site”), a website owned and operated by the Association of American Medical Colleges (“AAMC,” “we” or “us”). The AAMC website includes www.aamc.orgservices.aamc.orgwww.students-residents.aamc.orgwww.medbiq.org and any other AAMC webpages or services (e.g., MCAT, ERAS, AMCAS) that link back to these terms of use (“Terms”).

Acceptance of Terms of Use

These Terms govern your use of the AAMC website, and by visiting or using our site you indicate that you agree to and accept all of the Terms set forth below. If you do not accept these Terms, you may not access this site or use any of the services provided through this site.

By using our site, you also indicate your understanding that AAMC may revise these Terms from time to time without providing notice to you. Your continued use of this site after we have revised the Terms will indicate that you accept them as revised. We recommend that you review these Terms regularly.

Additional Terms

You may be asked to indicate your acceptance to these Terms when registering for an AAMC Account or when using certain services. If you choose to use any of the services provided through this site, you may be asked to electronically agree to the terms customized to those services. In the event a specific service’s terms and conditions are in conflict with these Terms, the terms and conditions of the specific service will take precedence.

Personal Information

Personal information submitted through the AAMC website is subject to the AAMC Privacy Statement, as it may be amended from time to time, which is incorporated into these Terms by reference.

Permitted Use and Access

The AAMC grants you a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferrable, limited privilege to access our site. Your access to our site is limited solely to the forward-facing portions of the site. Unauthorized access includes, but is not limited to, attempts to gain access to any portion or feature of the site, or any other systems or networks connected to the site, or associated server(s), or to any of the services offered on or through the site, by hacking, password mining, application of scripts or other electronic mechanisms, or any other illegitimate means. Your access to the site is governed by all applicable laws.

Further, you may not engage in any activities that could damage, disable, or impair any AAMC server; disrupt the normal flow of dialogue by the site in a manner that negatively affects other users’ ability to use the site; collect content or information or otherwise mirror or access our site using automated means (such as harvesting bots, robots, spiders, or scrapers); or modify, copy, distribute, or make any attempt to discover the source code, algorithms, or processes of this site.

Your Security Obligations Regarding Your Account and Use of This Site

If you register with our site, you agree to provide us with current, complete and accurate information as requested by the applicable registration form. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and are wholly responsible for any and all activities that occur under your account. You agree to notify AAMC immediately of any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security involving your account. AAMC will not be liable for any loss that you may incur as result of someone else using your password or account, either with or without your knowledge. You, however, may be held liable for any losses incurred by AAMC or another party due to misuse of your account or password.

Suspension or Termination of Access

You understand that AAMC reserves the right to suspend or terminate accounts and to block access to this site by any user who violates—or who AAMC in its sole discretion believes may have violated—these Terms. You understand that access may be suspended or terminated with or without notice.

No Warranty and Limitation of Liability

This site is provided to you on an “as is”, “as available” basis. AAMC (inclusive of its officers, directors, employees, agents, representatives, or affiliates), to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, disclaims all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to, representations and warranties regarding accuracy, timeliness, completeness, reliability, security, noninfringement, course of dealing, course of performance, usage of trade, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. You expressly agree that your use of this site is at your sole risk.

Further, AAMC makes no representations or warranties that your use of this site will be uninterrupted or free from errors, omissions, delay, defects, or harmful components. The AAMC is not obligated to correct or update the AAMC website or AAMC content, and the AAMC will not be liable for omission, typographical errors, or out-of-date information that may appear on the website.

In no event shall AAMC be liable to you for any claim whatsoever arising out of or relating to your use of your inability to use, your dissatisfaction with, or the delay or failure of the site, including but not limited to, any special, indirect, consequential damages, or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, whether in an action for breach of contract, negligence or other tortious action, arising out of, or in connection with, the use or performance of this site.

No Medical Advice

The AAMC website is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice or as a substitute for the advice, diagnosis, or treatment provided by a qualified medical professional.

Links to Third Party Sites

AAMC may provide links to other websites that are not owned or controlled by AAMC. AAMC is not responsible for the contents or operation of any linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by AAMC of the sponsor or content of the linked website.

Choice of Law, Choice of Forum, and Severability

To the extent permitted by law, you agree that these Terms will be governed by the laws of the District of Columbia, without regard to its conflicts of law rules, and that any litigation regarding compliance with these Terms or your use of our sites will be brought in the courts of the District of Columbia.

If any provision of these Terms is held to be invalid, illegal, or for any reason unenforceable then that provision shall not affect the enforceability of any remaining provisions. Rather, the invalid, illegal, or unenforceable provision shall be modified to the extent necessary so that it is valid, legal, and enforceable.

Trademarks

AAMC owns all rights to our trademarks – including, but not limited to, AAMC, Association of American Medical Colleges, Academic Medicine, AMCAS, American Medical College Application Service, Aspiring Doctors, Careers in Medicine, Convey, ERAS, Electronic Residency Application Service, MCAT, Medical College Admission Test, MedBiquitous, MedEdPORTAL, MSAR, Visiting Student Learning Opportunities, VSAS, and VSLO – and related logos used in connection with our association and services. AAMC logos may not be used without prior written permission of the AAMC.

All other logos and trademarks appearing on the site are the property of their respective owners.

Permission Grant and Copyright Notice

Unless otherwise indicated on the specific webpage and/or document, the AAMC grants permission to reproduce and distribute documents and related images available the AAMC website, provided that:

  • Use of documents and related images available from this site is for educational and non-commercial purposes only, including professional conferences;
  • The copyright and permission notices appear in all reproductions;
  • No documents or related images available from this site are modified in any way; and
  • No graphic images or data tables available from this site are used, copied or distributed separate from accompanying text.

Further, AAMC grants its member institutions permission to reproduce and distribute AAMC material made available to members free of charge. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved by AAMC.

The AAMC website may incorporate certain independent code that is licensed under open source licenses (“Open Source Code”). To the extent you are granted permission to access and use specific content on this site, any incorporated Open Source Code incorporated therein is licensed to you in accordance with the applicable open source licenses. To the extent that these Terms conflict with any of those open source licenses, the conflicting terms and conditions will not apply to the corresponding Open Source Code.

The MedBiquitous® Standards (including schemas, specifications, guidelines, sample documents, sample code, Web services description files, and related items) are provided by the copyright holders under the Medbiquitous Standards Public License and Terms of Use (available at https://www.medbiq.org/license).

Requesting Permission to Reproduce AAMC Material

Please read the Copyright Notice above as it outlines AAMC general permission grant. Further, AAMC grants its member institutions permission to reproduce and distribute AAMC material made available to members free of charge.

If you still require formal, written permission: please contact the AAMC department who developed the material directly. If you are unsure which AAMC department to contact, please complete the Permission to Reproduce AAMC Material Form to request permission. An AAMC staff member will review your request and contact you.

Permission requests for Academic Medicine are managed by the publisher, please visit: https://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/_layouts/1033/oaks.journals/rightsandpermissions.aspx.

Contact ip@aamc.org with questions or problems related to permission requests.

Suspected Copyright Infringement

If you believe that your rights under copyright law are being infringed by the uploading, posting, display or other distribution of your copyrighted content to our site, please provide us with a written, signed notice of the alleged infringement. To be effective, your notice must made in writing and include the following information:

  • A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner;
  • Identification of the copyrighted work or work(s) you claim have been infringed;
  • Identification of where the material or activity you claim to be infringing is located (url) or is occurring (description of the location of the material);
  • Your contact information, reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you;
  • That you have a good faith belief that use of the work on the AAMC website in the manner of which you are complaining is not authorized by the copyright owner, any agent of the copyright owner, or the law; and
  • You state, under penalty of perjury, that the information provided in your notice is accurate and that you are either the copyright owner or are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

Your notice to us must be sent to:

Association of American Medical Colleges
Attn: Legal Dept – DMCA
655 K Street, NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001-2399
Fax: 202-481-7786
ip@aamc.org

Improvements and Content Suggestions

You may provide suggestions, data or other information to the AAMC regarding possible improvements in the operation, functionality, or use of the content and services provided. You hereby assign to AAMC any and all right, title, and interest to any such possible improvements. Further, you understand and agree that AAMC has no obligation to implement such possible improvements.

You understand and agree that any material submissions you make to the AAMC directly or shared via AAMC social media or official AAMC hashtag, including but not limited to, text, images, videos, audio are governed by the AAMC Submission Agreement.

AAMC Ethics Hotline

The AAMC is committed to conducting its business in an ethical and legal manner. AAMC employees are bound to comply with the AAMC’s ethical conduct policy, including complying with all laws, disclosing any conflict of interest, and otherwise acting in a manner that places the AAMC’s interests above any personal interest. If you would like to make a report regarding possible unethical behavior of an AAMC employee, you may contact the AAMC’s third-party Ethics Hotline at 855-729-0137 or online at www.aamc.ethicspoint.com. A report may be made on an anonymous basis. All reports are treated confidentially. The AAMC is committed to non-retaliation against any individual who makes a report.

Sales Tax

Applicable sales tax may be added to your transaction with AAMC. For additional information please review the Sales Tax Frequently Asked Questions.

General

We reserve the right to change the content on this site and to suspend or deny access to this site for maintenance or modifications. Any rights not expressly granted to you herein are reserved to the AAMC.

You may not assign your rights under this Terms, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of the AAMC.

Any failure to enforce or delay in enforcing any part of these Terms will not constitute a waiver of our rights under these Terms or law. Except as otherwise noted above, these Terms constitute the entire agreement and supersede any prior agreement or communications between you and us regarding the AAMC website. If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact us at ip@aamc.org.

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Updated October 12, 2020