Career Planning Meetings:Choosing a Discipline

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For some medical students, choosing a career path to follow after medical school is daunting.  Second semester juniors are encouraged to self-assess for likes/dislikes, strengths/weaknesses, and general aptitudes.  They are provided with access to the AAMC Careers in Medicine website which has links to self-assessment tools. As the junior students are working through the process, clinical departments schedule an informational meeting between the months of January and February. Students are encouraged to attend as many meetings as possible. These meetings are designed to help guide the student in their discipline and advisor choice.

The different departmental meeting information shared below includes a departmental statement about the philosophy of the specialty, general information about the residency experience in that specialty, and employment prospects following residency. The final and essential step in this process is student guidance/counseling/mentorship on an individual basis by members of the clinical departments.  Students select their advisors from the list provided by each department of the faculty who are interested and available to perform this important function.

It is the student's responsibility to provide a copy of their transcript (printed from PAWS), class rank, Step 1 score, and copies of any clinical evaluations which have been completed to their advisor at the initial meeting. The student should update their advisor of any change/s in their academic standing throughout the year.

The students will receive a faculty advisor form in January. The Faculty Advisor Form is due to Karen Braswell, Mastin 202, March 31, 2017. Click the link below to review the Faculty Advisor's Responsibilities.

Faculty Advisors Responsibilities
Careers in Medicine Advisor flyer 


Departmental Meetings for M3 Class of 2018 are scheduled for Jan. & Feb. 2017.

The meetings for the Class of 2018 are listed below. Be sure to RSVP for any meetings offering lunch.  Check the dates below and attend any meetings that may interest you.

Click on the title in blue of the Department below and the link will take you to that Department's individual information page.


Contact a Faculty Advisor listed on the Departmental page for an individual appointment.

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in the Emergency Medicine Dept. Conference Room 10th Floor of USAMC, Suite M

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. in the MASTIN bldg. 2nd Floor Room #207: Active Learning Classroom

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at 12 noon in the USA MC 10th Floor EICHOLD ROOM ~ Lunch Provided

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at 12:00 noon CWEB 1 Bldg. in Jubilee Room  ~ Lunch Provided

Call any Faculty Advisor for an individual appointment 251-665- 8290

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. USA MC 10th floor -Suite F- Neurology Conference Room ~ Lunch Provided

Friday Feb. 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Active Learning Center in CWEB (behind USACW hospital).
The room number is ALC-C (#1558) - Snacks will be served

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the Ortho's Resident's Office Med Park 2

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Pathology Library in the Moorer Building

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at 12:00 noon CWEB 1 Bldg. behind Children's & Women's Hospital, Jubilee Room ~ Lunch Provided

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 at 12:00 noon - Group Room 5 at AltaPointe's Bayview Clinic located at 1015 Montlimar Drive - Suite A ~ Lunch Provided

Contact Faculty Advisor Dr. Sam McQuiston for an appointment

SURGERY (Combined with Urology & Ophthalmology)
Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 at 12:00 noon Mastin Bld. 2nd floor # 218 ~ Lunch Provided


If a student plans to attend a meeting where Lunch is Provided, RSVP the contact person listed on the Department page BEFORE the meeting date so they can be prepared.


Susan P. LeDoux, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Medical Education & Student Affairs


For more information, please contact Ms. Karen Braswell, at 251-471- 7145.


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