Dr. Kiran C. Patel

Whether you’ve already decided on a particular direction in medicine or are still considering your options, you need the right preparation and advice to achieve a successful residency and satisfying career.

Through Nova Southeastern University's Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine (NSU MD) structured program of online resources, in-depth self-assessments, and one-to-one advising and coaching from our team, you gain:

  • Strong Specialty Knowledge: Understand all options and identify those that best match your strengths and passions.
  • Real-World Insights: Hear from many specialty practitioners sharing candid “day in the life” perspectives during discussions and panel presentations.
  • Residency Process Confidence: Learn what clinical rotation questions to ask, which database resources to use, how to write a strong personal statement, when to get recommendation letters, and much more.
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Best in Class M.D. Program Matches

During the last two years, 100% of our students secured residency placements across the United States. We provide you with the support and tools to find a specialty and residency that’s the best fit for you. Read more about where our students get matched.

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Required Sessions:

  • Careers in Medicine I (CiM I): Introduction to the Association of American College’s (AAMC’s) Careers in Medicine Program: During Year 1 Orientation, students will be given a “token” to access and register on the AAMC’s Careers in Medicine (CiM) website. Students will be oriented to the website and encouraged to set up a personal portfolio for future completion.
  • CiM II: Discussion on factors influencing specialty choice. Students will use CiM self-assessments.
  • Individual meeting with a Faculty Adviser to review the CiM self-assessments.
  • CiM III: Career Scavenger Hunt (Exploring the CiM website).
  • CiM IV: Physician Skills Inventory (self- assessment), informational interviewing, and recent match data.

Required Sessions:

  • Fall individual meeting with a Faculty Adviser to review CiM self-assessments.
  • Careers in Medicine IV (CiM VI): Career Development Skills for M3 Clerks.

The Office of Admissions and Student Affairs, Faculty Advisers, and the office of the Director of Clinical Sciences and Clerkship Curriculum will provide medical students with information on how to explore specialties during the orientation week before clerkships begin.

Students will be coached on how to ask important questions of their clinical rotations such as:
"Do I enjoy continuity of care, certain procedures, certain types of illnesses, seeing immediate results, having long term relationships with patients, figuring out diagnostic puzzles, caring for people in the context of their community, addressing issues of mental well-being, prevention, working with the underserved, working with children, etc.?"

Students will meet with their assigned Faculty Adviser and the Academic Success Coach in the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs to obtain personal advice on making realistic assessments of their competitiveness for the various medical specialties.

  • CiM V: Leveraging your Clerkships as Career Exploration Experiences. Students will also be encouraged to make an appointment with their Learning Community Mentor and/or Director of Clinical Sciences and Clerkship Curriculum, the Academic Success Coach, or the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs, to obtain personal advice.
  • Spring individual meeting with Faculty Adviser: Assessing competitiveness for specialty fields.