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Career Counseling


Residency Counseling


The Office of Student Affairs coordinates several programs regarding the selection of a residency.


First and Second Year


The AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges) provides access to the Careers in Medicine web site. This is an internet site that will assist you in your decision-making process. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs to receive your log on information. The internet site is www.aamc.org/careersinmedicine.


We recommend that you contact a clinical faculty member who is practicing a medical specialty that interests you. There will be clinical faculty representing many different specialties within your Doctoring College. This would be a wonderful contact and it would be very useful for you to begin career discussions with these faculty members early in your medical school career. You can also contact the Office of Student Affairs at any time for advice, names and contact information for other clinical faculty to talk with or just to discuss your options. Finally, there is a list of clinical faculty interested in advising students on the Student Affairs Blackboard Site.


Third and Fourth Year


In the third year, students are then assigned a personal clinical advisor from the clinical faculty based upon the student’s career interest. The student is then expected to contact this faculty member to begin discussion on residency application strategies. Later in the year there are presentations on selection of fourth year courses and an overview of the residency application process, emphasizing more technical aspects.


In May of the third year, the Residency Seminar Series is offered by each clinical department. The seminars provide students interested in a particular discipline with more specific information about that specialty, including: number of positions available nationally; how competitive programs are; what residency programs look for in candidates; examples of the actual residency application process in that specialty (writing for brochures, etc).


During the fourth year, there are multiple class meetings to discuss the application process. Also, each student will receive individualized career counseling and residency application advise during the meeting required for the preparation of that student's Medical Student Performance Evaluation Letter.


Copies of material presented at career counseling sessions, information about specific specialties related to the application process and class meeting PowerPoint presentations are available on the Student Affairs Blackboard Site.