The SOM Office of Academic Affairs offers both individual and group career counseling opportunities to medical students throughout their four years of study. These opportunities allow students to pursue individual academic interests and ensure that students are adequately prepared to enter the specialty of their choosing.
During each academic year, the SOM Office of Academic Affairs plans and coordinates a weekly career development series. The series, held on Thursdays during the noon hour, is focused on first- and second-year students, but open to all students. Clinical, academic and research career opportunities are presented. Residents, fellows and faculty are on hand for questions from students.
The associate dean for academic affairs communicates with medical students at established class meetings with regard to curricular and career choices, as well as on an informal basis. During the first year, the associate dean for academic affairs talks with students during orientation and at the dean breakfasts. Second-year students hear from the deans about clerkships and electives at their M2 class meeting in February. During the third year, at the M3 class meeting, medical students meet with deans and others to discuss components of the fourth year and requirements for graduation, such as required courses, elective courses, and opportunities for extramural blocks. The process of residency application and matching is also discussed. Fourth-year students have their final class meeting at the beginning of the spring semester to discuss graduation procedures and requirements.
At the end of the third year and beginning of the fourth year, the deans involved in preparation of the Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPE) meet with each student individually to discuss their residency application plans and the MSPE. The students’ interests and vocations, the strengths and weaknesses of their application, the competitiveness of their specialty choice and other factors that might influence application and matching strategy are all discussed in these meetings. Students may schedule additional meetings as needed in order to feel comfortable with their specialty choice and individual career plan.
The SOM Office of Academic Affairs, in collaboration with the Office for Graduate Medical Education, coordinates a fall residency fair which is open to all four classes of medical students. All specialty departments in the SOM participate by exhibiting their information to medical students. Residency program directors and students are able to interact and students have the unique opportunity to learn more about specific programs on campus as well as specialty choices in general.
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