3.07 Advising and Career/Specialty Choice Advising

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3.07 Advising and Career/Specialty Choice Advising

Academic Society Masters and Associate Masters are the primary advisors for students in their Societies. Academic Society faculty provide guidance regarding curricular planning; help direct students to additional faculty and other resources for career planning and enrichment opportunities (research experiences, specialty mentors, study abroad, etc.); and are always available to discuss personal issues and to help guide students, when appropriate, to professional counseling.

HMS also has many faculty available to assist students with career and specialty choice decisions. Students should contact their Academic Society and/or the Office of Student Affairs (which serves as the center for career advising resources) for further information regarding specialties and other career issues, such as research careers, public health careers, careers for women, careers for minority students, etc. Students can find lists of HMS and alumni advisors as well as tapes of relevant class meetings in the resources section of the OSA site on MyCourses (http://mycourses.med.harvard.edu). As a further career advising tool, all HMS students are provided access to the AAMC Careers in Medicine website, a career planning and informational site overseen by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

The Office of Student Affairs is a hub the residency application process and for career advising resources, including alumni advisor lists, HMS faculty advisor lists, class meetings, and timely reminders and “myth-busters” from the Dean for Students to keep students on the right track. OSA sponsors and coordinates a series of class meetings, workshops, and receptions to help students choose and apply to the specialty of their choice. OSA also serves as the School’s liaison to all residency application systems, including ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) and the San Francisco match application system, as well as other matching programs, including the NRMP (National Residency Matching Program), the San Francisco Match, the Military Match (website depends upon branch of the military), and the Urology Match.

The Residency Match

Some residency programs now require that students have passed USMLE Step I and Step II (CK and CS) by the time a program submits its rank list. Students must consider this when planning the dates for taking Steps II CK and CS, taking into consideration the rank list deadline of each program you are applying to (some are as early as December). HMS strongly recommends that students take Step 2CS by late October/ early November and requires that they take CK by December 30 to ensure the results will be posted prior to rank. Students should check directly with the residency programs for specific requirements.

For the USMLE CS Reporting Schedule, please refer to section 2.06. If you have questions, contact Student Affairs (617-432-1570) and/or the HMS Registrar’s Office (617-432-1515).

More information about career advising can be found on the Student Affairs website and in the MyCourses Student Portal.