Career Advising at the College of Medicine
Welcome to the College of Medicine Career Advising Website
Our program is designed to help our students with important decisions about their future careers. Our goals are to:
- Deliver information that will be useful to students in planning their careers in medical school and beyond
- Provide resources for students who wish to explore particular specialties or career tracks within medicine
- Provide accurate and timely information and advice about residency application and the Match throughout the process
- Encourage and assist students in establishing dialog with faculty, staff, and administration inside and outside the College of Medicine
- Assist students in transition to residency and beyond
Our program supplements the individual relationship that students and faculty build together throughout their enrollment. These relationships are facilitated by our relatively small class size, small group focused teaching, and distributed model for clinical education, all of which allow time and proximity for students and faculty to get to know each other well. Many of our students develop strong mentoring relationships with individual clinical faculty.
The Career Counseling/Advising program at the College of Medicine runs across all four years. It includes the following components:
- Required large and small group sessions – these are led by faculty, staff and administration. They are scheduled at regular intervals across all four years. When necessary, we utilize distance technology to facilitate attendance. Example topics for large group sessions in the first two years include introduction to our program and to the AAMC’s Careers in Medicine program, the importance of extracurricular activities in medical school, and ways to prepare for summer activities and for the transition to clinical years. Our faculty-led academic and career advising program meets in small group sessions over the first two years.
- As our students progress through the third and fourth years, the focus of the required large group sessions, and the program as a whole, shifts to helping students prepare and apply for residency and transition successfully to the next step in their professional lives.
- Voluntary large and small group activities may be led by departments, faculty, staff, and administration. Some of the most successful are led by our students. Examples include sessions developed and led through our Student Interest Groups, many of which are specialty-focused.
- Individual advising sessions are available across all four years through the Office of Student Affairs. Individual meetings with a clinical faculty advisor and an associate dean are mandatory in the third and fourth years, when the academic and career advising program shifts its focus to help students achieve their career goals.
- Support for the residency application process includes sessions on the preparation of cv’s and personal statements and the availability of individual review by student request at any time. Our Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) preparation process includes mandatory review of these documents. We also offer the opportunity for our fourth-year students to participate in our Mock Interview process, which includes feedback on performance, and recorded video for student review.
- Our students have access to online and other resources through this site, as well as dedicated pages on our student intranet. External resources include AAMC’s Careers in Medicine, and information provided by the Electronic Residency Application Service and the National Residency Matching Program. Our intranet site also includes information about financial aid, Match lists, and information about our alumni who may be available to assist our interviewing students.