Making the right career choice is based on a number of factors. There is no one equation to help you determine what specialty is best for your. The information provided here is to help you in selecting specialties that meet both your professional and personal goals.
The Office of Student Development and Academic Counseling (OSDAC), has organized a series of one hour lunch sessions to help you identify career paths that maximize your skills, training, and talents. The sessions provide the opportunity for you to hear community physicians and residents discuss their specialties, lifestyle, residency programs, etc., to give you a better picture of a career in a particular field. Please check the event calendar for the Career Tasters series.
Careers in Medicine
is a career planning program designed to help you choose a medical specialty and select and apply to a residency program. This four-phase process guides you through the elements of career planning, including self-understanding, exploring a variety of medical careers, and finally choosing a specialty to meet your career objectives. People whose choice of careers matches their values, skills and interests tend to be more satisfied and successful in their working lives. This is also true of selecting a specialty. The program includes a password-protected Web site, printed student manuals, school-sponsored workshops, and advisors. While developed and sponsored by the AAMC, the program is a partnership with medical schools. Brody School of Medicine students may obtain a password by contacting Academic Support and Enrichment Services.
Resources for M3 and M4 Students
Acing the Residency Interview (pdf)
Alternative Physician Careers (ppt)
Basic Interview Tips (pdf)
Behaviors of Professionalism
Electronic Residency Application Service
How to Choose A Specialty (pdf)
National Residency Matching Program
Preparing Your Credentials (pdf)
Residency Program Summary Sheet (doc)
Sample CV (pdf)
Writing Your Personal Statement (pdf)