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The TCOM Career Development Office works closely with medical students from matriculation through graduation. The TCOM Career Development Office meets with the TCOM Advisory Colleges during year one to present a high level look at the residency application process. They talk to the students in the fall / spring of year one. In addition, they will present (new!) a workshop on how to effectively utilize the AAMC Careers in Medicine website. Creating an account in year one allows you to access a number of self-assessment exercises that will help you tremendously when deciding on a medical specialty.
During year two, Dr. David Stone and Melva Landrum meets with the second year students for the Careers in Medicine Lunch series (beginning in September) to discuss a more detailed look at the residency process (*this is a required part of the TCOM curriculum.) Each student must attend one session. The lunches are designed to get you thinking about what career path might be best for you, and they allow you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
During year three, students participate in required residency counseling with the TCOM Career Development Office (on the UNTHSC campus) or Dr. Lisa R. Nash (at our remote sites) to discuss strategy, competitiveness, board scores, specialty selection, and programs of interest. During these meetings, students will learn which programs they are realistically competitive for and how they can best position themselves for success.
So, which specialties tend to be more competitive? The more competitive specialties include: Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Diagnostic Radiology, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Obstetrics + Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery, Radiation Oncology, and Urology. For more information about a variety of medical specialties, click here.
During year four, the TCOM Career Development Office and Dr. Nash are available to assist TCOM students with follow-up residency counseling right up to Match Day. We realize that some students may require several meetings, or have a change of heart about their chosen specialty, and are happy to assist!
Year round - the TCOM Career Development Office is available for CV and personal statement reviews. Additionally, the TCOM Career Development Office is available to meet with year one and year two students for pre-residency counseling...those who wish to discuss what they can do to be more competitive for specific specialties or those who have general concerns and are seeking professional advice.