The Office of Student Affairs maintains a residency advisement program that includes counseling, referral to faculty, alumni and community resources and workshops on residency selection provided during the junior year. Recent graduates are surveyed periodically so that feedback from a number of residency programs of interest to graduates is kept as current as possible.
We have recently initiated the Careers in Medicine program. This program, developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges, helps students select careers in medicine, using a developmental approach. In the first year, the program, available on the Internet, administers questionnaires that allow a student to find areas of strength and interest. In the second year, students are encouraged to "try on different hats," by participating in various specialty interest groups. In the third year, students are given more specific information about specialties and may participate in workshops that focus on strategies for considering various clinical specialties. In the fourth year, the program is integrated with other activities in the school to help students solidify career choices.