A clinical advisor should be prepared to:
- Assist with M4 curriculum selection, including electives and away rotations, as well as timing for Step 2 CK & CS exams
- Review CVs and personal statements
- Help expand students’ professional networks and encourage the development of networking skills
- Advise on residency programs, assess competitiveness, and guide the application process
- Write letters of recommendation
Here are a few questions to ask yourself when considering whether an advisor may be a good fit:
- Do they have time for you? How many students are they already advising?
- Can you discuss your questions and concerns about your specialties of interest?
- Do you have a good rapport?
- Do they know about the programs you're looking at for your residency?
- Network with potential faculty members you feel would be a good fit. Don't be afraid to initiate contact with faculty members. It's an honor to be asked to serve as an advisor.
- Schedule a meeting with the faculty member to establish a relationship and discuss expectations.
- Complete the Clinical Advising Form which will be sent to all M3's at the beginning of their spring semester.