The AAMC is the Association of American Medical Colleges. It was founded in 1876 and is based in Washington DC. It represents 136 accredited medical schools in the United States of America and 17 medical schools in Canada, nearly 400 teaching hospitals, 62 Department of Veterans' Affairs medical centers and 93 academic and scientific societies. Its mission is to serve and lead the academic medicine community and to improve the health of all. It fulfills this mission through its various programs and numerous services. It improves medical care by supporting education, research, and patient care activities that are conducted by its member institutions.

The AAMC is involved in the research grants. It encourages medical research in order to advance the field of health care. It also represents the medical community to the appropriate authorities. It is concerned about the efficient delivery of quality medical care to everyone. It aims to prove a reliable source of health care related information. It provides access to this information to medical schools and teaching hospitals so that their academic and research goals are attained.

This association conducts the MCAT. The MCAT is the Medical College Admission Test. Most of the medical schools in the USA require their students to submit their test's scores at the time of seeking admission. By conducting a standardized exam like the MCAT the association is able to test the level of the relevant skills and knowledge a candidate possesses. The scores of the test are reported in Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, Writing Sample, and Biological Sciences. More than 16,000 students graduate each year with an MD degree from AAMC-member schools. Through this test the association controls the standard of medical education. The official website of the AAMC is

The official website gives important information regarding the test like test dates, test centers, registration information, scores, eligibility and other information that is of relevance to anyone who is interested in taking the test. By providing multiple test centers for the test the association ensures that a large number of potential medical students are able to take the exam. The test centers are located both in the USA and outside. The test is conducted on various dates from the month of January to September. By offering multiple dates for the test, the association enables the candidates to choose the date that is convenient for them.

The association provides other services for the benefit of those people who are considering a career in health care. If you are interested in pursuing a career in medicine and are planning to take the test there is a range of other services that you may be interested in. These are as follows:

1. Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)

This is a free academic enrichment program meant for freshman and sophomore college students. The program provides personalized preparation for medical and dental schools.

2. American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)

This is an application processing service offered by the AAMC to the students who belong to the first-year entering classes at U.S. medical schools (allopathic).

3. CareerConnect:

This service is for the benefit of job seekers in the health care industry. It provides them with access to potential jobs at teaching hospitals and medical schools.

4. Financial Information, Resources, Services and Tools (FIRST):

This service of the AAMC is directed at those who need help in managing their student loans and debt.

All these additional services can be accessed via the official website, The association is completely dedicated to ensuring that the medical education of new doctors and health care practitioners is of the highest standards. To meet this objective, the AAMC works to keep pace with the changing world of medicine and the health care system in the United States of America.