Mentoring & Advising Program

About the Program

Student Advising

The Career Advising Program in the School of Medicine is designed to assist medical students in developing the knowledge and skills to make good specialty choices. Following the guidelines of the AAMC Careers in Medicine Program, we offer activities and seminars in all four years. I encourage all students to take advantage of these resources offered to them: faculty advisors, residency advisors, student organized Specialty Talks, MedNet sessions and Specialty Interests Groups. 

Specialty Talks Elective for Classes of 2017 & 2018

Purpose: To assist MS1 and MS2 medical students in learning about different medical specialties.
Schedule: 10 in-class sessions from 3:00-4:00pm on Wednesdays (8/27, 9/17, 10/8, 11/12, 12/3, 1/14, 2/25, 3/11. 4/8, 4/22) & a Special Speed-Dating Session during the Winter Term (date to be determined).
Taught by: Dr. Ben Schneider

  • Assessment Methods:
    Participation (at least 8 out of 10 sessions required),
    Submission of session questionnaires for all attended sessions,
    Submission of summary of an informational faculty interview in a specialty of your choice,
    Completion of Careers in Medicine website self-assessment profiles,
    submit printed screens (Medical Specialty Preference Inventory, Physician Values in Practice Scale, Specialty Indecision Scale)
    Additional Specialty talks Course Information
  • Learning Objectives:
    1. Upon completion of this course, students will have improved insight about their own values, interests and skills and use this information to appraise how those fit with different medical specialties.
    2. Conduct an informational interview with one representative physician in a field of possible interest and write a brief report on what they learned and gained from the experience.
    3. Gain exposure through the panels, interview and speed dating to a number of possible career mentors.
    4. Report in writing what excited, surprised and reassured them about the information they gained in both specialty and personal exploration. 

Peer-to-Peer Advising


What is Peer-to-Peer Advising?

Peer-to-Peer Advising is a program which integrates students from all four years medical school classes into groups consisting of 12-16 students, with three to four students from each class. Peer-to-peer Advising is now student-run and students may self-assign to small groups through the Medical Curriculum page on Sakai. 

What is the purpose of Peer-to-Peer Advising?

1. To discuss issues related to the professional development of a physician. 

2. To discuss issues pertinent to each class and have students share their experiences.

What is the role of the Student Leaders?

Each group will have a 4th year Student Leader to assure leadership in the discussion. The 4th year student communicate with the group about meeting date and time, the the topic of the meeting, and submitting a write-up of the meeting to the Program Director. The 4th year will facilitate the group discussion. 

AAMC Careers in Medicine 

Careers in Medicine is a career planning program through the AAMC designed to help you choose a medical specialty and select and apply to a residency program. The program will guide 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.

The program includes a password-protected Web site, printed student manuals, school-sponsored workshops, and advisors. In order to access the program, students must have an access code and register on the site.  The student may request an access code directly from CIM.