Match Advising

Ensuring the right fit and residency preparation

 
  • Introduction to the Careers in Medicine Program (required): During Year 1 Orientation, the students will be given their “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 their personal portfolio for future completion.
  • The Art of Understanding Yourself (required): In advance of this session, students will be required to take self-assessments, for which sessions are available on the CiM website, so results may be discussed and understood in the context of medical specialty career decisions. This session will take place during the RIA following the Hematology block in the curriculum.
  • Medical Specialty Interest Groups (optional for Year 1): These groups will help students learn about their specialties of interest via the groups’ activities. In addition, students will learn how to arrange for “shadowing” experiences to gain additional experience in various medical specialties of their choosing. The Medical Specialty Interest Group activities will continue throughout all four years of the curriculum.
  • The Art of Understanding Yourself (required): The same session that students took in Year 1. In preparation, students will take self-assessments available on the CiM website, so results may be discussed and understood in the context of career decisions. This session takes place during the fall semester during the RIA following the GI/Human Nutrition block.
  • Exploring Options session (required): Students will be required to complete the Exploring Options section of the AAMC CiM website and be prepared to discuss this information during this session. The session lets students become familiar with the many ways to practice medicine. Exploration of the various specialties and subspecialties and their related national organizations and web-based resources will be introduced. This session takes place during the RIA following the Endocrine/Reproductive block.
  • Informative lunch sessions (brown bag, optional): These will be provided during the year and will feature panels of physicians representing various medical specialties and sub-specialties. The guest panelists will be asked to provide a “day in the life” description of the work they perform, followed by a question and answer session.
  • Make realistic assessments of competitiveness (required): Using the resources available at the AAMC CiM website, students will learn how to make realistic assessments of their competitiveness for the various medical specialties. This is a required session, which takes place in in the RIA following the Psychiatry, Behavior, and Prevention over the Life Cycle block and again in the RIA following Clerkship Module #1.

Medical Specialty Interest Groups (required for Year 2): Special interest groups will permit students to learn about their specialties of interest via the groups’ activities. The Medical Specialty Interest Group activities will continue throughout all four years of the curriculum.

  • The Office of Admissions and Student Affairs, Learning Community mentors, and Learning Community clerkship leads 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: "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 be encouraged to make an appointment with their assigned Learning Community clerkship leads or 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.

Year 3 (advising for electives selection)

  • During the RIA following Clerkship Module #2, students will be introduced to important considerations in selecting electives and departmental recommendations for electives as described in the Electives Policy. Students will also be introduced to the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) of AAMC.
  • Students will also be encouraged to make an appointment with their Learning Community mentor and/or clerkship lead, the Academic Success Coach, or the assistant dean for admissions and student affairs, to obtain personal advice.

Year 3 (advising in preparation for residency)

  • In Year 3, the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs will provide students with guidance on how and when to obtain letters of recommendation for the residency application process; how to write a strong personal statement; and how to utilize the Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database Access (FREIDA) as a resource.
  • The Office of Admissions and Student Affairs will also provide students with training on use of the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) of AAMC and the timeline and activities associated with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) (http://www.nrmp.org/), the Military Match, etc.
  • The Office of Admissions and Student Affairs will instruct students on how to develop a strategy for scheduling away rotations and time-off for interview season.
  • Students will be provided guidance to participate in the following exercises and activities in preparation for the residency match:
    • Reviewing the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) for accuracy
    • Submitting applications for residencies: recommendations and considerations
    • Interview advice and communication skills
    • Development of parallel residency application plans
    • How to maximize participation in the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP), should it be required
  • The Office of Admissions and Student Affairs will assist each student in the residency match process by:
    • Preparing the MSPE and processing accompanying material for the matching program, including letters, transcripts, board scores, etc.
    • Enrolling students in NRMP
    • Monitoring ERAS including processing of applications, letters of reference, transcripts, photos, etc.
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