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Career Planning Strategies

Career planning is an on-going process of understanding yourself, conducting research into various specialties, and creating shadowing opportunities to experience firsthand the different clinical opportunities available to you. There are a variety of resources to assist you in your career development. The School of Medicine’s Mentoring Program provides students with a faculty mentor, a student mentor and group of peers in the first two years of medical school. Through this program, you will have opportunities to learn about various specialties. This can also be accomplished by consulting with Faculty Advisors and by  participating in Specialty Interest Groups, Medical Specialty Lunches, and Faculty Advising Dinners.  Meeting regularly with your class counselor is a good way to ensure that you are making use of all the available resources at the school to assist in your career development.

Specialty specific advice and advising guidelines are very helpful for fourth year students who are shifting into the residency matching area on their path to becoming a physician.