Quick Guide to Career Counseling

You have the career you've always wanted, what next?

What you Should be Doing Every Year

  • Working as hard as you can to get the knowledge base you need and the best grades you can
  • Utilizing Careers in Medicine (CiM) website to crystallize your career http://www.aamc.org/students /cim/

Winter Break Suggestion, Annually

  • Review Summer Opportunities Booklet and select several to apply for
  • Updating your resume/CV
  • Attending Career Night
  • Attending the Residency Fair
  • Meeting regularly with your advisor(s) and Mentor(s)
  • Get acquainted with the Student Affairs Council Members

Summer Break Suggestions, Annually

  • Preview next year booklist and see your peer advisor for loaners; buy what you want to own
  • Request a letter of recommendation (LoR) from your summer supervisor
  • Use break time for a clinical or research exposure experience (or a combination in an area of interest)

Year 1

  • White Coat Ceremony – getting contact info from your cloaker for possible mentoring
  • Meeting with your Freshman Faculty Advisor (FFA) within two weeks of assignment and at least monthly thereafter, and your Student Advisor within four weeks and at least once per semester
  • Selecting a Medicine & Society preceptor in an area of interest
  • Refining your time Management, organizational, and study skills
  • Join specialty interest groups in your areas of interest and attend meetings
  • Make an appointment to check in with your Student Affairs Program Coordinator to develop a four year strategy plan

Year 2

  • Meeting early with your Freshman Faculty Advisor to see if you need more than an abbreviated USMLE review
  • Narrowing your area of interest using CiM and specialty interest groups
  • Reviewing and doing questions in prep for Step 1
  • Interviewing faculty in your proffered specialties to see what life is like

Winter Break Suggestion, Year 2

  • Write down your prep plan for Step-1
  • Participating in service learning if you are doing well in school, especially in an area of interest.

Year 3

  • Deciding which specialty and faculty you’ll request during the senior advisor match process
  • Do the CiM Indecision Scale if still undecided
  • Requesting a special schedule for Sr. yr. if you need one (consult SA or AA)
  • Reading on all service patients and doing questions nightly in prep for Step 2
  • Talking to OME about individualized Step 2 prep if you had trouble with Step 1 or need to boost your Step score
  • Finalizing your CV/resume and drafting your personal statement and unique characteristics for the MSPE
  • Meet with your Student Affairs Council (SAC) Advisor
  • Executing your Step 2 prep plan
  • Investing away electives (especially those with funding opportunities) and planning a challenging 4th year
  • Schedule your MSPE Exit Interview
  • Investigating residency programs websites and surfing FREIDA for info. http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/2997.html
  • Registering for ERAS using your ERAS token
  • Attending all SA sponsored workshops

Year 4

  • Preparing your ERAS application for spending by September 1 (even if not completed)
  • Registering for NRMP
  • Scheduling your mock interview
  • Registering for and taking Step 2 CK and CS (adhering to deadlines)
  • Meeting with your MSPE writer to review your Unique Characteristics
  • Creating a spreadsheet of important characteristics of residency programs in prep for interviewing
  • Discussing your interviews and Rank Order List (RoL) with your assigned SAC member
  • Meeting the NRMP RoL certification deadline
  • Enjoying Match Day, Honors and Oath and Commencement!