Career Advising - Roadmap to Residency

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Career Advising - Roadmap to Residency

A year-by-year guide to career advising at Harvard Medical School.

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Year I

Year II

Year III

Year IV

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Years I & II

Advising during the Pre-Clerkship Years 

The Development of a Mentor Relationship:

  • Annual Mandatory Meetings with Society Faculty – First and second year students must meet with their Society Master or an Associate Master at least once a year. Additional meetings can be arranged upon request by contacting their society Program Coordinator.
  • Individual Advising Through the Student Affairs Offices – The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) and the Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs (ORMA) faculty and staff are available to meet with students regarding career choice and other matters. Contact the offices directly to schedule an appointment.
  • Mentored Projects – Students meet with a Society Fellow who will assist the student in finding a mentor for a required mentored project. First year students will be introduced to their Society Fellows in September and will be given the opportunity to set up one-on-one meetings with them. The project, in a field of medicine the student is interested in, can be completed during the school year or in the summer and could eventually turn into the student’s scholarly project. Visit the Scholars in Medicine Office (SMO) for more info.

An Introduction to Specialties:

  • Careers in Medicine (CiM) – The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) career-planning program which helps medical students make career decisions. Students receive an informational booklet about CiM in year I. CiM is available to all registered students; students log-on using their AAMC ID number.
  • Medical Specialties GroupsHMS/HSDM Student Council sponsors an array of medical specialty interest groups open to all medical and dental students. Groups host talks and other activities to bring together students and faculty with shared interest in a particular specialty. (List located at MyCourses -> OSA -> Resources)
  • Specialty Interest SeriesSponsored by Dr. Anthony D’Amico, Master of the Holmes Society, and open to all first and second year students, this  monthly lunch series introduces students to 24 specialties over two years. Discussants include faculty from Harvard-affiliated hospitals. Scheduled sessions will be emailed monthly to students in years I and II. RSVP to the Holmes Society Program Coordinator.
  •  HST Career Advising Dinner Series - Sponsored by the London Society and open to HST students in all years.  These twice-yearly dinner talks (Fall and Spring) are given by HST alumni and faculty. Students are informed about these events by email. 
  • Shadowing Opportunities – Students interested in shadowing opportunities should contact the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), their Academic Societies or the Scholars in Medicine Office (SMO) for assistance.
  • Volunteer Opportunities with Direct Patient Contact – The Scholars in Medicine Office (SMO) can provide detailed information about these opportunities and help you get started volunteering as a HMS medical student:
    • Crimson Care Collaborative (CCC) – A student-faculty collaborative evening clinic, started by HMS students, located at several HMS-affiliated hospital sites.
    • The Family Van – A mobile health program that provides free curb-side preventative health services, health education and referrals to individuals in underserved Boston neighborhoods. Student opportunities include three-hour weekly commitments, internships and scholarly projects.
    • Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program – Students can learn about healthcare delivery for the homeless.
    • Partners in Health – A wide variety of volunteer opportunities in Boston (PACT project) and abroad.
    • HIV Counseling and Testing Program – First year students can be trained and certified as MA State Counselors. Then they can volunteer at a variety of testing sites that serve at-risk populations in Boston. Email hms.aids.action@gmail.com for more information.
    • Career and Leadership Development Events – Hosted by the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School, the series offers an opportunity to enhance skills beneficial for career development and to meet and interact with nationally recognized leaders in medicine and public health. Students will be notified by email of events.

Year III

Advising during the Clerkship Years 

Personal Advising:

  • Annual Mandatory Meetings with Society Faculty – During the third year of medical school, students meet with their Society Master or an Associate Master. Students can contact the Program Coordinator of their society for more information.
  • Individual Counseling with Student Affairs Offices – The Faculty and Staff of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) and the Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs (ORMA) are available to meet with students regarding career advising. Contact the offices directly to schedule an appointment.
  • PCE Mentors – Each third year student is assigned to a hospital-based mentor who serves as a guide to help the student navigate the hospital environment and as a resource as the student moves toward choosing a career path.  The mentors are well-versed in issues related to a student’s academic development and are connected to the student’s HMS society leadership. PCE sites will assign a PCE Mentor to every student.

Experience with Specialties:

  • Class Meetings: Students will be notified of the time and location of class meetings in class-wide emails. (Class meeting recordings and handouts can be located at MyCourses -> OSA -> Resources)
    • Choosing a Specialty Series Three class meetings held during PCE intercessions on choosing a specialty:
      • Choosing a Specialty I (FALL) – Choosing a specialty, advisor and residency; understanding the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE); time-line to graduation.
      • Residency Advisor Reception (WINTER) – Meet faculty and residents from 20+ specialties in an informal setting to discuss specialties as a career choice.
      • Choosing a Specialty II (SPRING) – Overview of the residency application process
    • Planning for Year IV (FALL and WINTER) – This class meeting provides advice to third-year students on planning for their fourth year, including scheduling of electives, sub-internships and Board exams, residency interviews, and opportunities for a fifth-year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Medical Specialties GroupsSponsored by the Student Council, these HMS student groups provide opportunities for students and physicians with a shared specialty interest to explore particular fields of medical practice. (List of groups located at MyCourses -> OSA -> Resources)
  •  HST Career Advising Dinner Series - Sponsored by the London Society and open to HST students in all years.  These twice-yearly dinner talks (Fall and Spring) are given by HST alumni and faculty. Students are informed about these events by email. 
  • Careers in Medicine – The AAMC has created a career-planning program, Careers in Medicine® (CiM), to help medical students in their career decisions. Students log in using their AAMC ID#.
  • Grand Rounds and Talks – Harvard-affiliated hospitals announcing Grand Rounds and Talks on various specialties throughout the year through class-wide emails.

Year IV

Advising during the Clerkship Years 

Personal Advising:

  • Annual Mandatory Meetings with Society Faculty – During the fourth year of medical school, students meet with their Society Master or an Associate Master. Students can contact the Program Coordinator of their society for more information.
  • Drop-in Sessions with the Dean for Students – Dr. Nancy Oriol, the Dean of Students, invites fourth year students to drop-in to discuss career and residency choices on Thursdays in Summer and early Fall. Contact the Office of Student Affairs for more Information.
  • Individual Counseling with Student Affairs Offices – The Faculty and Staff of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) and the Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs (ORMA) are available to meet with students regarding career advising. Contact the offices directly to schedule an appointment.
  •  HST Career Advising Dinner Series - Sponsored by the London Society and open to HST students in all years.  These twice-yearly dinner talks (Fall and Spring) are given by HST alumni and faculty. Students are informed about these events by email. 

Residency Application Process:

  • Class Meetings (Applying to Residency Series):  Students will be notified of the time and location of class meetings in a class-wide email.
    • Personal Statement & CV Writing Workshop (SUMMER)
    • Interview Workshop (EARLY FALL)
  • Careers in Medicine – The AAMC has created a career-planning program, Careers in Medicine® (CiM), to help medical students in their career decisions. Students log in using their AAMC ID#.
  • Resources in MyCourses(Student log-in required - located at MyCourses -> OSA -> Resources)
    • Class Meeting recordings and handouts
    • Contact List for Residency Advisors (A list of professionals at Harvard-affiliated hospitals, grouped by specialty, who have volunteered to serve as residency advisors)
    • Mock Interview List (A list of alumni volunteers available to hold mock interviews for fourth-year students)
    • Applying to Residency An overview of how to apply for residency.

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