Careers in Medicine (CiM) is a career planning program designed to help our medical students manage their career, explore options, choose a specialty, select and apply to residency programs and make decisions regarding their career path. This program begins in the first year of medical school and continues through the fourth year.
In the M1 year, the focus of CiM is getting started. During this year, we focus on career assessment and counseling which includes such topics as: self assessment, career exploration, decision making and implementation. Our workshops work in conjunction with the CiM Web site through the AAMC -- http://www.aamc.org/students/cim/start.htm
In addition, the student specialty interest groups, such as the Emergency Medicine Interest Group, Student Interest Group in Neurology, and the Family Medicine Interest Group, to name a few, provide ongoing opportunities for students to learn more about a specific field of medicine through lectures, small group panels and hands-on clinics.
During the M2 year, CiM focuses on career exploration and USMLE Step I. We discuss how USMLE Step I scores match with particular specialty opportunities, strongly encourage students to begin actively participating in shadowing experiences and begin conversations regarding Early Match specialties. In addition we reiterate how important core rotations are in the career exploration phase, and how the sequence of these cores does not impact which specialty one may ultimately choose to pursue.
The M3 year is focused on getting geared up for the Match. During this year, CiM will help students finalize their career selection and begin discussing residency applications, the Match, ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) and the NRMP.
Late in the third year, we host a series of residency-focused sessions with attendings, residents, interns and recently matched four year students. During these meetings, first and second year students will learn what a particular specialty is like and how competitive it might be, while third year students will discover specifics regarding the application process.
CiM culminates with the fourth year: The Match.
During this year, CiM will focus on MSPEs (Medical Student Performance Evaluations), the timeline for the residency application process, ERAS and San Francisco Match (for early match specialties) and the NRMP.