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.
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!).
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/
In applying for residencies every fourth year student will tell you that
you need to produce a Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Biosketch. Much of
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
keep this updated
when you have things to add to it.
Click on Biosketch
form to download the Microsoft Word file to your microcomputer.
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.