Medical School

Medical School Career Services

Career Services provide all students in the Medical School personalized and innovative services, programs, and resources focused on Career Assessment, Career Exploration, Career Decision-Making, and Career Preparation that achieve students’ career goals and success. The career counselor also assists you in preparing your CV and personal statements as well as providing one-one-one interview coaching for your residency program interview preparation.

MCW Career in Medicine (CiM) - Four Year Program

M1 Career Self-Assessment

  • Clarifying personal interests, abilities and values relating to potential specialties
  • Exploring preferred work environment, practice characteristics, and clinical apprenticeship experience 
  • Career Day: Learning AAMC CiM assessment tools, exploring various specialties, and developing career plan 
  • Interpersonal and professional skills development

M2 Career Exploration

  • Information gathering regarding career options (e.g., specialties and subspecialties, academic medicine, public health and other medical careers) 
  • Exploring career options via courses, clinical rotation, research, volunteer, summer experiences, post-match panel, etc. 
  • Clinical Apprenticeship experience 
  • Elective Day: Learning different specialties and elective decision making, information interview with faculty, physicians, and resident by different specialty

M3 Career Advising/Decision Making

  • Advising and support for career decision making via referrals to clinical advisors in area(s) of interest and post-match panel
  • Career Development Program: Learn AAMC CiM residency program resources and developing CV/personal statement
  • Residency Days: Learn the process of residency application (i.e., Clinical advisor program, Away electives, ERAS, etc.)
  • Continued professional skills development with clinical focus

M4 Career Search/Preparation

  • Obtaining letters of recommendation 
  • Career development programs: Application materials and interview skills 
  • Mock interviews: Receives feedback and improves interview skills 
  • Evaluating or alternating M4 elective experiences to prepare for specific residency training programs

Download MCW Career in Medicine, Four Year Program (PDF)

MCW Career in Medicine (CiM) - Three Year Program

M1 Career Self-Assessment and Career Exploration

  • Clarifying personal interests, abilities and values relating to potential specialties
  • Exploring preferred work environment, practice characteristics, and clinical apprenticeship experience
  • Information gathering regarding career options (e.g., specialties and subspecialties, academic medicine, public health and other medical careers) 
  • Exploring career options via courses, research, volunteer, post-match panel, etc. 
  • Learning different specialties and elective decision making, information interview with faculty, physicians, and resident by different specialty
  • Career Day: Learning AAMC CiM assessment tools, exploring various specialties, and developing career plan 
  • Interpersonal and professional skills development

M2 Career Advising/Decision Making

  • Advising and support for career decision making via referrals to clinical advisors in area(s) of interest and post-match panel
  • Career Development Program: Learn AAMC CiM residency program resources and developing CV/personal statement
  • Residency Days: Learn the process of residency application (i.e., Clinical advisor program, Away electives, ERAS, etc.)

M3 Career Search/Preparation

  • Obtaining letters of recommendation 
  • Career development programs: Application materials and interview skills 
  • Mock interviews: Receives feedback and improves interview skills 
  • Evaluating or alternating M4 elective experiences to prepare for specific residency training programs
  • Continued professional skills development with clinical focus

Download MCW Career in Medicine (CiM) - Three Year Program (PDF)

Career Services Resources

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Career Services Course in Brightspace

Course includes:

MCW Career in Medicine
Review year by year information to help you prepare for choosing a medical specialty.

Career Tips from Specialty Faculty Interview Videos
Watch videos that provide an insightful perspective on the wide variety of career opportunities available to medical students. In 5 to 10 minute videos, MCW faculty and physicians share how they chose their field, what their daily work looks like, an impactful experience, what contributes to a competitive application, and advice geared towards helping students explore their career in medicine and pursue their goals.

Undifferentiated Medical Student
The Undifferentiated Medical Student is doing interviews with one physician from each of the 120+ specialties and subspecialties to champion these overwhelmed medical students and to empower them to start thinking about their future on their own.

Residency Application Preparation (e.g., Match timeline, Match data, application checklist, etc.)
Review information such as the Match timeline, Match data, application checklist, residency application resources, etc.

How to Write CV/Personal Statement and Samples
Explore tips on enhancing your CV/Personal Statement as well as examples.

MCW Big Interview
Access the free online training system that combines training and practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence.

Interview Skills Webcasts
Tips on interviewing for residency positions, after interview, attire and interview/dinner/social etiquette, etc.

Vault
Vault provides great online career tips and resources, career Q&A videos (i.e. physician or health care expert interviews), research companies, etc.

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AAMC Careers in Medicine® Liaison

This career planning program is designed to help you choose a medical specialty and select and apply to residency programs. Developed and sponsored by the AAMC, the program consists of an extensive website, printed student manuals, workshops and presentations. This four-phase process guides you through the elements of career planning, including self-understanding, exploring of medical careers, and choosing a specialty to meet career objectives.

Clinical Advising Program

MCW’s required Residency Advising Program provides an opportunity for rising Milwaukee M3 students and rising Green Bay/Central Wisconsin M2 students to work closely with a clinical faculty member to individualize their senior schedule, build a solid and cohesive residency application, and develop a professional identity under the guidance of a faculty role model. In addition to scheduling, Residency Advisors and their mentees are encouraged to discuss various topics related to medical student success and specialty preparedness.

Resources

The process:

  1. Network with potential faculty members or check the past residency advisor list you feel would be a good fit.
  2. Initiate contact with faculty members to serve as an advisor.
  3. Schedule a meeting with the faculty member to establish a relationship, confirm whether they are willing to be your advisor, and discuss expectations.
  4. Complete the Residency Advisor Selection Form by January 31.
  5. Notify MCW Career Services of any changes to your advisor(s).

Program Information

Considerations for Medical Students while selecting an advisor:

  • 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?
  • Are they knowledgeable in your specialty interest area?

Medical Students should be prepared to:

  • Schedule regular meetings with your residency advisor
  • Discuss electives and away rotations relevant to your specialty of interest
  • Identify resources to support specialty decision making
  • Discuss Step 2CK goals and timeline
  • Review clinical rotation performance, CV, and personal statement
  • Discuss residency program selection and application strategies
  • Discuss letters of recommendation
  • Cultivate continued professional identity development and professional networking skills
  • Report the number of interviews granted; discuss any concerns regarding being matched
  • Review and discuss your rank list

Residency Advisors should be prepared to:

M3 Year

  • Help students reflect on their experiences and begin to select a specialty
  • Help students network with professionals in their specialties of interest

M4 Year

  • Review student qualifications for their specialty of choice
  • Help undecided students identify the source of their indecision
  • Present current, relevant match outcomes data to aid in decision making
  • Help brainstorm alternative and backup plans as appropriate
  • Review CV and personal statement and provide guidance for revision
  • Practice tough interview questions to prepare the advisee for interviews
  • Check in periodically throughout the application and interview process to ensure sufficient interviews are scheduled
  • Review the rank list to help ensure a successful match
  • Monitor advisee’s overall well-being regularly and refer the student to resources that support their wellness

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact Career Counselor, Dr. Nai-Fen Su

Nai-Fen Su, PhD

Career Counselor

(414) 955-4977