Help! Where do I start with CiM?
Careers in Medicine (CiM) Timeline
- The AAMC CiM and TCOM Career Development websites to the first year medical students; they are encouraged to establish an account on the AAMC CiM website during year one to better shape and define their interests and specialty of choice
- Begin exploring a variety of specialties; talk to upperclassmen, residents, and practicing physicians about their experiences
- Attend campus workshops, speaker events, and join specialty clubs of interest to better acquaint yourself with specific specialties, and network with like-minded individuals
- Begin self-assessment exercises to get a better idea of where your interests lie and what's important to you as an individual and to your long-term medical career
- Continue AAMC CiM self-assessment exercises
- Complete your self-assessments and compare results
- Review your Personal Profile with the TCOM Career Development Office
- Create a rough draft of your CV -- continue adding to it throughout years two and three
- Begin gathering basic information about specialties of interest through the CiM Specialty Pages, AOA Opportunities, ACGME, and other research
- Attend specialty interest groups and panels on campus
- Compare the information you gathered about yourself during your self-assessments to the information you have gathered about a variety of specialties
- Start planning your third-year schedule (consult with the Clinical Education Office if you have questions)
- Take COMLEX 1 (required); take USMLE Step 1 (optional) -- we will discuss individual needs during your residency counseling in year three
- Begin clinical rotations; record your reflections on the Clinical Rotation Evaluation
- Review Charting Outcomes in the Match to assess your qualifications and competitiveness for specialties
- Conduct informational interviews or participate in preceptorships and shadowing opportunities
- Attend a national conference to network and meet physicians in your chosen specialty
- Take the COMLEX-PE exam, ideally before the end of the spring semester
- Begin a rough draft of your personal statement...at least get something on paper!
- Request recommendation letters from physicians you have worked with
Choosing a Specialty
- Meet for residency counseling to discuss your top specialty preferences and those programs you're competitive for based on board scores and academic background
- Complete the Specialty Indecision Scale if you're having difficulty making a decision
- Complete the Choosing Your Specialty exercise
Getting into Residency
- Complete your personal statement EARLY in year four -- make sure you have it reviewed!
- Research residency training programs through AOA Opportunities, FREIDA and / or ACGME
- Rate your preferences using the Residency Preference Exercise
- Begin reviewing and comparing residency programs -- keep good notes!
- ERAS service opens for applications (July 1st) -- begin populating your file
- Register with the ERAS service and start preparing residency applications (i.e., CV, letters of recommendation, and personal statements)
- Register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for the Main Residency Match
- Begin applying to programs and transmitting applications through ERAS service (September 15th) -- for ACGME programs
- Take COMLEX Level 2 (required for graduation); take USMLE Step 2 (optional)
- Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) released (October 1st) -- also known as "the Dean's letter"
- Interview with residency programs
- Rate the programs using the Residency Preference Exercise
- Rank your selections for the NMS and / or NRMP Main Residency Match
- AOA Match Day is February 10th; ACGME Match Day is the third Friday in March