Office of Professional Development and Career Guidance
The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recognizes the importance that professional development and career guidance have in assisting our future physicians to achieve their goals of becoming competent, skillful, and compassionate practitioners who are well-suited for their chosen field. The Department of Medical Education and the Office of Student Affairs remain committed to enhancing the professional development of our medical students by providing each student with the knowledge and resources necessary to make well-informed career choices.
UMMSM Professional Development and Career Counseling Program
1. To assist each student in becoming well informed about the career decision-making process and the transition to residency training.
- To encourage students to be proactive about their professional development and career selection.
- To guide students to utilize resources made available by the medical school and the medical community.
- To provide students with access to faculty members, community physicians, and other allied health professionals skilled in mentoring and guiding those who are interested in their particular field of specialization.
- To guide students through the transition process from medical school to residency training, including preparation for licensing examinations, selection of externships, and participation in the Match.
2. To help each student identify those specialties for which he/she is well-suited.
- To help students understand their values, interests, skills, and other critical factors that influence choice of specialization.
- To provide students with information about specialties of interest and those that can best suit their goals.
- To encourage students to participate in areas of interest, either through required courses, electives, or extra-curricular activities.
3. To help each student maximize his/her opportunity to obtain a position in the desired area of specialization.
- To help students achieve their academic potential, as measured by grades and USMLE scores.
- To encourage students to participate in extra-curricular activities designed to enhance their professional growth and development while supplementing their formal medical education.
- To provide students with access to the people and programs that can help them achieve their goals.