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About Medical School
The AAMC is a nonprofit association representing the 130 U.S. and 17 Canadian accredited allopathic medical schools; 400 major teaching hospitals, including 98 affiliated health systems and 68 VA medical centers; 94 academic and professional societies, representing 128,000 faculty members; and the nation's 76,070 medical students and 106,000 residents. The AAMC employs around 450 people in its Washington, DC offices.
The AAMC’s mission is to improve the nation's health by enhancing the effectiveness of academic medicine. The AAMC assists academic medicine's institutions, organizations, and individuals in three main mission areas:
Medical education (educating the physician and medical scientist workforce)
Medical research (discovering new medical knowledge and developing innovative technologies for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease)
Patient care (providing health care services in academic settings)
There are a lot of competing ideas of what works and and what does when it comes to getting into medical school. This section of the website is designed to give you suggestions and ideas of classes to take, along with strategies on getting into medical school.
Successfully getting into medical school begins your freshman year. All medical schools require pre-requisite classes that often take 2-3 years to complete alongside your major. Some of these classes will overlap, but others wont and medical schools are currently looking for students with an expanded curriculum in areas such as anthropology and philosophy.