Tips to Success
Be honest with yourself
- Financial Literacy Resources
- What personal values match best with medical specialties you have experienced?
- Don’t rely on preconceived ideas of what you think a medical specialty is…
- What makes you happy and makes you feel impactful?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Is this consistent with the feedback you are receiving?
- Are you strengths applicable to the careers you are considering?
- Link to AAMC CIM Assessments
Get the right information and know the specialties
- Start early with specialty interest groups
- Speak with faculty in fields you are interested in
- Ask them how they made their decision to pursue their specialty
- Ask them what factored into their decision
- Ask them about attributes that make a “strong” candidate for the given specialty
- Talk to the residency director
- Know what specialties you may be interested in want from their candidates
- Pursue elective time in the field you are interested in
- Talk to your Advisory Dean
- Take time research specialties
Know the specialties
- Join interest groups
- Meet with Department Designated Advisors & Mentors
- Meet with faculty who work with resident education
- Take time to shadow various specialties
- Get more experience with elective time
- Get familiar with what specialties want from their students
Always be on the look out for faculty that share common values and have connections to future career