Careers in Medicine

Rush Medical College offers you two unique opportunities to explore and plan your future careers.

  • Careers in Medicine, or CiM, helps you pinpoint your desired specialty and prepare for residency matching.
  • Student specialty interest groups, or CiG’s (Career Interest Groups), provide ongoing opportunities to learn more about a specific field of medicine through lectures, small group panels and hands-on clinics.

Both programs are coordinated by the CiM Committee, which is made up of 12 medical student representatives — three from each class.

Questions about the CiM committee can be directed to Christine Corral, PhD, director of student professional development, at (312) 942-6915.

Careers in medicine program

The CiM program begins in your first year of medical school and continues through your fourth year. You will explore various career options, choose a specialty, select and apply to residency programs and make decisions regarding your career path.

  • M1 year: During the first year, we focus on career assessment and counseling, covering topics such as self assessment, career exploration, decision making and implementation. Our workshops work in conjunction with the AAMC’s CiM Website.
  • M2 year: In the second year, CiM focuses on career exploration and the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step I. We discuss how USMLE Step I scores match with particular specialty opportunities. We strongly encourage you to begin actively participating in shadowing experiences and to start conversations regarding Early Match specialties. In addition, we reiterate how important core rotations are in the career exploration phase; however, the sequence in which you complete these cores does not impact which specialty you may ultimately choose to pursue.
  • M3 year: The M3 year is focused on getting geared up for residency matching. During this year, CiM will help you finalize your career selection and begin discussing residency applications, matching, the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Late in the M3 year, we host a series of residency-focused sessions with attendings, residents, interns and recently matched four-year students. During these meetings, you will learn what a particular specialty is like and how competitive it might be and discover specifics regarding the application process.
  • M4 year: CiM culminates with the fourth year. During this year, CiM will focus on Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPEs), the timeline for the residency application process, ERAS and San Francisco Match (for early match specialties) and the NRMP.