Aspiring Docs Diaries Blog Requirements

Acceptance of Terms and Requirements

These requirements (“Requirements”) govern your participation as an Aspiring Docs Diaries blogger.  Aspiring Docs Diaries is a program of the Association of American Medical Colleges (“AAMC”).

The AAMC Website Terms and Conditions, and AAMC Privacy Policy are incorporated by reference.  If a conflict exists between those documents and these Requirements, these Requirements shall take precedence.

Before Blogging

You certify that you are eighteen years of age or older.

You represent that you have informed your current school of your intention to blog about your pre-med and/or medical school experience.  Further, you understand that AAMC reserves the right to notify your school of your participation, if appropriate.

You understand and agree that you are wholly responsible for complying with your school’s academic and laboratory rules regarding public discussion, including blogging, about classroom and laboratory activities and content, and that AAMC bears no responsibility in ensuring that the content of this blog complies with those policies.

You understand and agree that AAMC may cease your participation with this blog at any time.  AAMC requests you give advance notice if you intend to cease participation with this blog so other bloggers may be found to take your place.

Blog Drafting and Editing

You represent that you hold all original copyrights to the materials submitted, or have obtained written permission from the copyright owner to make these materials available via a publicly accessible website, such as  In addition, if your submission contains a reference or image of a person other than you, you represent that you have obtained permission of such person to include his/her information in the submission.

Any use of your previously published work must be disclosed to AAMC staff and its inclusion is at their sole discretion.

You agree not to write anything that may be intentionally damaging, untrue, or misleading about AAMC, your medical school, or other medical schools, people, or businesses.

You agree not to use the blog to promote or endorse commercial products or services for which you will be compensated.

You agree to obtain and provide AAMC signed photographic releases to use photos of others on the blog, prior to submitting the photo.

You understand that submitting materials to AAMC does not guarantee that the materials will be reviewed, accepted, or published.  Further, you understand and agree AAMC may edit or rewrite your blog(s) for grammar, punctuation, style, or length.

You understand and agree that AAMC reserves the right to edit or remove any statements or photographs that are in violation of patient privacy (HIPAA) or personal privacy, unnecessarily graphic, vulgar or profane, defamatory, threatening, illegal, promotes unethical or dangerous behavior or practices, plagiarized, or are culturally or racially inappropriate or insensitive, or politically inflammatory.

Post Blog

You agree to credit and link to Aspiring Docs Diaries if you republish your blog post, in whole or in part and in any format.  Further, if you distribute your blog in print, it must clearly be identified as an excerpt from your Aspiring Docs Diaries blog.

Intellectual Property Grant

To the extent permission under applicable law, you hereby grant AAMC a non-exclusive, perpetual, world-wide, royalty free right to display, reproduce, disseminate, adapt, modify, annotate, archive, and otherwise use your submitted materials for any purpose determined by AAMC, including promotions and advertising.  This grant extends to all traditional, digital, and electronic media.  Further, you grant AAMC the right to associate your name, image, and biographical data in connection with your submitted content.


You release and forever discharge AAMC it agents, officers, and employees from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in connection with the use of the submission, including but not limited to, any claims for invasion of privacy or defamation.

If a provision of these Terms is or becomes invalid or unenforceable in any jurisdiction that shall not affect the validity or enforceability in another jurisdiction or any other provision of these Terms.

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