University of South Alabama

Choosing a Discipline


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 March. 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, MSPE Interview Form 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 faculty advisor forms in January. The Faculty Advisor Form is due to Karen Braswell, Mastin 202, by April 10.  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 2016 are scheduled for Jan. & Feb. 
Mark the dates below and attend any meetings that 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.

Tues. Jan. 21, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. USA MC 3rd floor Conference Room South next to the 3rd Floor Library.

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in the Emergency Medicine Conference Room 10th Floor of USAMC, Suite M


Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. in the Mastin bldg. 2nd Floor Room #207: Active Learning Classroom


Thursday, Feb. 19, 2014 at 12 noon in the USA MC 10th Floor EICHOLD ROOM ~ Lunch Provided


Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. CWEB 1 Bldg. in Jubilee Room ~ Lunch Provided


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

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. USA MC 10th floor - Suite F- Neurology Conference Room ~ Lunch Provided
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at 12noon in the Jubilee Room in CWEB-1 - Lunch Provided


Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Ortho's Resident's Office Med Park 2


Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. USA MC 1st floor Pathology Library


Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. CWEB 1 Bldg. behind Children's & Women's Hospital, Jubilee Room ~ Lunch Provided


Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at 12:00 noon  AltaPointe Psychiatry Conference Room ~ (3650 Old Shell Rd) ~ Lunch Provided-
RSVP NOW to Julie at: 251-450-4359 or

Call any Faculty Advisor for an individual appointment 251-665-8000.
RADIOLOGY  (Combined with Nuclear Medicine)
Thurs., Jan. 30, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in the USA MC 3rd floor Radiology Classroom #333
SURGERY  (Combined with Urology & Ophthalmology)
Thurs Jan. 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Mastin Bld. 2nd floor # 218 ~ Lunch Provided

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





















If a student plans to attend a meeting where Lunch is Provided, RSVP the contact person on the Department page 1 week BEFORE the meeting 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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