Phase 1 (Years 1 and 2)
Phase 1 Career Development Program Checklist
- Meet with the career development team as needed
- First-Year Orientation
- Learn about career development process
- Check out specialty speed rounds
- Self-Assessment and Reflection
- Career Exploration
- Professional Development
Phase 1: Understanding Self and Exploring Options
Students who are intentional about finding the right specialty are more likely to be satisfied with their professional life. The right specialty should match an individual’s personality, interests, values and skills. Characteristics like patient type, setting, medical conditions, colleagues, and activities are all important to consider when choosing the right specialty.
Find the Right Specialty
To find the right fit, students should first take the AAMC Careers in Medicine Self-Assessments
to identify career options that support specific values and goals. These assessments help students to better understand themselves when making this often difficult decision.
Take the Next Steps
In addition to taking self-assessments, there are several activities available to students for the purpose of exploring options. Students can join medical specialty student interest group (SIG) clusters
, attend specialty exploration events, or request a career mentor
if they are interested in more competitive specialties such as urology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology or dermatology.
Take Advantage of American Association for Medical Colleges (AAMC) Resources
The AAMC website is a great space to gather more information about career exploration.