· Choose Your Specialty
Find Your Fit
During the Phase of self assessment, your goal should be to achieve a better understanding of yourself, and to ask “What do I want to do in my medical career?”.
With the online AAMC Careers in Medicine resources and self-evaluation tools, you’ll ask yourself “Who am I?” “What do I like to do?” “What’s important in my work and life?”.
The OPDCG offers a yearly workshop in the Fall Semester to introduce Careers in Medicine and the process of Self Assessment.
- Careers in Medicine
· MS1 Careers in Medicine Introduction, 11.14.17
- Summer Options
· What Are You Doing This Summer? Freshmen workshop, 1.29.2018
· What Are You Doing This Summer? Freshmen workshop, 1.29.2018 PPT Slides
· What Are You Doing This Summer? Freshmen workshop, 1.19.2017
· What Are You Doing This Summer? Freshmen workshop, 1.19.2017 PPT Slides
Other Year One activities include:
Some of the key organizations that enhance student exposure to different specialties are the Interest Groups. Over the past few years there has been tremendous growth in both the number and activity of these interest groups. Faculty advisors and other interested faculty within specialties also actively participate, and are able to provide students yet another venue through which they can interact directly with these important mentors. The interest groups hold meetings, seminars related to topics within their specialty, and they often help recruit students to attend local and national specialty conferences.
During this Phase, online AAMC Careers in Medicine tools are available to help students explore the variety of medical specialties and other medical career options.
Online Specialty Pages provide information for over 100 medical specialties with details about nature of the work, personal characteristics, residency requirements, match data, workforce data, salary, and links to other resources. The OPDCG continues to provide ongoing guidance to students seeking clinical shadowing opportunities, and other opportunities for professional development:
- Advanced Clinical Experience (ACE) Program
This program, originated by a UMMSM medical student, has been revitalized and expanded. Students have the opportunity to work side-by-side with faculty physicians in a clinical area of interest. Faculty have been selected by peers and their respective Chairmen to participate, given their interest in teaching and their clinical expertise. Many of these faculty also participate in the Specialty Interest Groups.
- Faculty Mentors
- Alumni Mentors
Members of the UMMSM Medical Alumni Association are available to serve as mentors to medical students. Select Alumni are chosen via their involvement with the Annual Career Advising Dinner. Many Alumni who actively participate in that event, and other alumni events throughout the year, offer to have students work with them in their clinical environments. They are also available to offer advice, answer questions, and provide encouragement to students seeking career guidance. The alumni are utilized to enhance the students’ clinical experiences by exposing them to clinical opportunities often more indicative of careers outside the academic institution in the community-based setting. These experiences broaden their exposure within any given specialty to the realm of medicine outside of their experiences provided on campus within the UM/JMH system.
At the end of the sophomore year, the OPDCG Director also leads an exercise with students helping them create a “Personal-Professional Development Plan.”
The purpose of the Personal-Professional Development Plan (PPDP) is to help students further develop habits of self-reflection that will help guide them in their long-term personal and career decisions.
At the core of professional development is the ability to take the initiative in diagnosing their needs, formulating their goals, identifying resources, and evaluating outcomes. This workshop reinforces these ideas, and students spend part of the week creating their own plan. Students review their progress with their Faculty Mentor.
Transition to Residency
This phase usually corresponds to ongoing career exploration leading into the Junior year of medical school. During the junior year, the OPDCG holds several programs aimed at providing a more in-depth look at certain specialties.
The annual Residency Program Directors Meeting: The Residency Program Directors from University of Miami/(JMH) meet with junior students in small group settings and provide general information about their specialty programs, the residency application process, and how applicants are evaluated in each particular specialty. Program directors discuss specific information about their programs at JMH.
The annual Career Advising Dinner: Community physicians and mostly alumni are invited to meet with junior students in a social setting to discuss their career experiences. Tables are arranged by clinical specialty to provide students with an opportunity to ask specialty-specific questions. Physicians representing over 20 specialties attend. Students are encouraged to and often continue to visit with these community alumni physicians in their community-based practices, enhancing their clinical exposure to a varied environment.
Senior Student Panel – Tips for a Successful Match: This program is intended to provide junior students with peer suggestions for a successful match process. The panel is comprised of senior students who have just completed their residency match process, and are offering advice regarding the process in different specialties.This program is led in conjunction with the junior class leaders.