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Career Planning -- the first 4 steps

Where do I start?

Being a medical student is the first step to a rewarding career in medicine. The following career planning process will guide you and provide feedback to help you make decisions that are right for you. There are three steps that you need to take now to start the career planning process.

Step 1
It is important to develop your personal profile. Get to know yourself well. A quick way to gather information about your personality is to take a personality inventory. Keep your printed profile in your career folder (Now is the time to start a career folder!).

Step 2
Curious to know which medical speciality might be for you? Check out the section on "Choose your Specialty" on the AAMC Careers in Medicine web site: https://www.aamc.org/cim/

Step 3
In applying for residencies every fourth year student will tell you that you need to produce a Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Biosketch. Much of the information needed is the same that you submitted when you applied to medical school. We ask all fourth year students to turn in a Biosketch form to the Office for Student Affairs before your college dean meets with you to write the MSPE for Medical Student Performance Evaluation. We encourage you to begin this process of filling out a Biosketch form now. Ideally you can keep this updated when you have things to add to it.

Click on Biosketch form to download the Microsoft Word file to your microcomputer.


Step 4
Become involved in the practice of medicine. Take advantage of every opportunity to see physicians at work in a variety of settings. Volunteer your services on a clinical service you might be interested in. Join a club or interest group. Try joining rounds before class or on Saturday morning.


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