Free Resources for Students


While AMSA does not endorse these companies, we aim to provide access to resources that benefit our physician-in-training members. If you have suggestions for FREE resources you wish to share, contact jthayer@amsa.org.

**The criteria for selection of free resources will be based on AMSA’s mission and core values, and the relevance for the intended audience.

CDC Stacks is a free digital repository of publications produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC Stacks is composed of curated collections of peer reviewed articles, CDC guidelines and recommendations as well as other publications on a broad range of public health topics.

“Bring Your Brave” is a campaign offering continuing medical education in an effort to reduce the burden of early-onset breast and ovarian cancer in young women. The goal of this 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ activity is to raise awareness among health care providers about the risk factors for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Clinicians will learn about factors that increase risk for these cancers, ways to communicate more effectively with women at higher risk, as well as tools and recommendations for assessing women’s risk of getting these cancers.

CSurgeries is an online surgical video journal dedicated to creating a centralized source of brief, peer-reviewed medical videos. A great way to enhance your surgical education, become a member and get videos of actual procedures delivered directly to your inbox.

FireScience.org created their guide on public service careers to help prospective employees explore the different types of career paths available; learn about employment opportunities, internships, and volunteer work; get insight from public service experts; and find a list of additional resources for navigating the public service sector.

Free medically-current textbooks available through giandhepatology.com assist students and residents with preparation for OSCEs and Boards, while deepening knowledge across Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology. These textbooks span General Internal Medicine, first principles of Gastroenterology, to clinical practice review, to endoscopic and diagnostic imaging, and are already being used in over 150 countries.

GoodRx.com lets you look up the costs for various medications by location. Useful for assessing issues of which medications patients can afford and helping them find the nearest low cost.

HealthyChildren.org is the American Academy of Pediatrics site that has anticipatory guidance, immunization schedule, and resources to help parents.

When someone important to a child is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, is dying or has died, families struggle with what to tell children, when to share information and how to address tough subjects like should children be at the bedside of someone who is dying and cremation. KidsGrief.ca is a series of three learning modules that help tackle these topics in a straightforward, practical way. They provide strategies, talking points and video clips of families sharing personal stories. KidsGrief.ca was developed by a national team of experts in childrens’ grief and family members who have “been there.”

The LGBTQ College Student Guide aims to show LGBTQ students the various on-campus and online resources they can use to make their college experience more welcoming and supportive. Some key features of the guide include:
– Programs and policies to look for when searching for a LGBTQ-friendly school
– Information about various LGBTQ student organizations that ha#ve a presence at most colleges and universities
– A list of online resources for LGBTQ students
– Interviews with Larry Lariosa, the Director of the LGBT Resource Center at UC San Francisco, and Craig Leets, Jr., the Coordinator of Portland State University’s Queer Resource Center.

Are you currently a Pre-Med? Are you interested in international health? Do you want to learn about community-based health programming in a developing country? Can you “rough it” for one year in rural India? Apply to be a Mabelle Arole Fellow.

MD Preferred Services is an online resource center for doctors. Each year MD Preferred identifies and promotes “doctor friendly”, community based, preferred professionals from a wide range of disciplines including: Accountants Attorneys, Community Bankers, Financial Advisors, Insurance Agents, Mortgage Lenders, Practice Management Realtors®.

Medskl.com is  a free resource with over 100 modules on the fundamentals of clinical medicine written by leading professors from around the world.  Each module features animations, engaging videos and clinically focused summaries.

Receive a free guide to learn about mesothelioma (a rare cancer of the protective lining around important organs, such as the lungs, caused by asbestos and takes 20-50 years to develop after exposure). Mesothelomia Guide’s mission is to guide (mesothelioma) patients and their loved ones toward answers, care options, and free health solutions that improve their lives.

Here you’ll find up-to-date information about mesothelioma and asbestos news. Asbestos can be found in many older homes and buildings, and most people aren’t aware of how dangerous the carcinogen really is when it becomes airborne. MAA provides a great wealth of asbestos knowledge covering the different types, the most common uses, asbestos legislation, and more. This site also serves as a resource to anybody who thinks they may have been exposed to asbestos.

OnlineColleges.net has created a free resource that explains the challenges undocumented students face – and how to overcome them. Includes an explanation of applicable laws (DREAM Act and DACA), how to find the best college as an undocumented student, scholarship opportunities and additional resources. For more information, you can take a look at the resource here.

Open Osmosis is an initiative committed to developing & disseminating health education resources. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, they have created and curated thousands of open educational resources (OER) including images, videos, and practice questions within more than a dozen clinical domains. These include anesthesiology, dermatology, emergency medicine, neurology, obstetrics & gynecology, ophthalmology, pediatrics, radiology, and surgery.

PathFinder.io application helps students manage their entire residency interview process. After signing up, students can quickly build a list of programs and organize important information online instead of using an Excel spreadsheet. PathFinder can be used to track the status, notes, and pros/cons about each program. The built in calendar and tasks feature allows students to set reminders for their interview dates and other important events. 

RotatingRoom.com is a sublet website created by students for students. Post your room for rent while you’re away, or browse the hundreds of listings already on the site. The site features google-map searches, public transportation directions, and automatically searches nearby hospitals. Used by all allopathic medical schools in the US, hundreds of hospitals, and thousands of students around the world!

The SCOTUSblog provides reporting and commentary on the activities of the Supreme Court of the United States

The Undifferentiated Medical Student Podcast was created to empower medical students to think about their future career. It covers physician interviews about each and every specialty and sub-specialty (120+), how to think about which specialty is right for you, long term-career planning irrespective of medical specialty, and finding the resources you need to make an informed decision.

Thomas is a great resource for finding and tracking legislative actions and bills, searchable by sponsors, bill, or session.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released the 2014 Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, an authoritative source that can help primary care clinicians and patients decide together which preventive services are right for a patient’s needs. The Guide can also be used by new clinicians as they learn about clinical preventive care.
Click here to view and download the Guide. If you would like to order a printed copy of the Guide, please visit the AHRQ Publications Online Store. The Guide is also available in e-book form. The e-book is compatible with many readers, including Kindle, Nook, iBook, and Kobo.