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Clinical Advising Program

Clinical Advising Program

MCW’s required Clinical Advising Program provides an opportunity for rising Milwaukee M3 students to work closely with a clinical faculty member to individualize their senior schedule, build solid and cohesive ERAS packages for residency programs, and develop a professional identity under the guidance of a faculty role model. In addition to scheduling, Clinical Advisors and their mentees are encouraged to discuss a broad array of topics related to medical student success and specialty preparedness.

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?

The process:

  1. 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.
  2. Schedule a meeting with the faculty member to establish a relationship and discuss expectations.
  3. Complete the Clinical Advising Form which will be sent to all M3's at the beginning of their spring semester.