Career Counseling Services

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  • Career Counseling Services Activities

    Career Development Series

    The Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs plans and coordinates a weekly career development series throughout the academic year, focused on first and second-year students but open to all students. Each Thursday during the noon hour lunches are provided and career opportunities, including clinical, academic and research are presented. Residents, fellows, and faculty are on hand for questions from students. These presentations are popular and well attended.

    Dean’s Summer Observership

    The Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs coordinates the Dean’s Summer observership during the summer between the first and second years. Students are provided a stipend to participate for eight weeks, with four weeks in each of two different clinical specialties.

    Primary Care Day

    The Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs oversee Primary Care Day. First year medical students participate in this daylong event in which highlights career opportunities in primary care, and includes a series of simulated medical procedures are taught by the departments of pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology and family medicine all with a focus on primary care. Key members of the second-year class leadership serve as coordinators for this popular and longstanding program.

    Careers in Medicine

    The Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs aids students in utilizing the AAMC’s Careers in Medicine program to expose students to personal exploration as well as career exploration opportunities in their medical education. If you need an access code, don’t hesitate to e-mail Student Affairs.

    Clinical Faculty Mentorship Program

    The Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs recruits key faculty mentors in all specialty areas to be available to second year students throughout the academic year to provide one-on-one career guidance. These individuals meet with second year students in the spring of the academic year in informal small group settings, typically over lunch, for additional specialty and career assistance. In addition to sharing their own knowledge, the faculty mentors aid students in contacting other members of the faculty to provide supplementary specialty and career information.

    Specialty Interest Group

    The Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs provides coordination for a number of student-lead interest groups that expose students to a variety of specialties throughout their four years of study. The interest groups routinely hold discussions with practicing physicians and organize shadowing opportunities for students to observe the clinical aspects of a specialty in which they may have interest.

    Introduction to Clinical Medicine

    Introduction to Clinical Medicine, a required second-year course, provides opportunities for career counseling through sustained interactions with preceptors. Students work one-on-one with practicing physicians as well as in small teams.

    Third-Year Clerkships

    In the third year, students work closely with faculty and residents in the required clerkships as well as the third-year elective courses. Faculty and residents serve as teachers, supervisors, role models and informal career counselors.

    Third-Year Electives

    Third-year students select three two-week electives as part of their third-year curriculum. Faculty and residents serve as teachers, supervisors, role models and informal career counselors.

    SOM Dean’s Office

    The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean for Student Affairs communicate with medical students throughout their four years of study at established class meetings with regard to curriculum and career choices as well as on an inform-all basis.

    Senior Planning Day

    During the third year, 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. This daylong planning event is an important orientation for the fourth year.  

    MSPE Advising

    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 disc use 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.

    Residency Program Directors Meetings

    Many specialties offer individual programs for educating and recruiting students. The Department of Family Medicine for example, organizes a Family Medicine Residency Fair each fall. Programs from around the region participate by making available key faculty/staff members, and providing students with interest in family medicine access to important information about individual programs.

    Residency Fair

    The Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, in collaboration with the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, coordinates an 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.