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Career Counseling

The Office of Student Affairs and Career Counseling provides comprehensive career choice advising to all Jefferson Medical College Students.

First Year

Students are provided with a general overview of the career choice process through a number of didactic sessions. They are introduced to the Careers in Medicine website, an interactive career planning tool produced by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). To augment their formal education in career choice, students have the opportunity to experience a variety of specialties first-hand, through direct observation sessions in their Introduction to Clinical Medicine-1 course and through participation in the Clinical Mentors Program (CMP). The CMP pairs students with specialists based upon the individual student's preference and allow the student to learn about a specialty in more detail. In the first year, students also learn about the role of research in a career and receive instruction on how to pursue it.

Second Year

Students continue to participate in the CMP and to use the Careers in Medicine website. They also attend Career Day where alumni from a variety of specialties return to Jefferson to share career-specific information through formal presentations and question-and-answer sessions.

Third Year

Students receive detailed information on the career choice and residency application process through a number of formal sessions. They also meet with their student affairs dean to construct an individualized career choice plan. These plans include the use of specialty-specific advisors. These advisors, chosen by the individual departments, provide specific advice and guidance to students considering careers in those specialties and optimize a student’s chances of matching successfully.

Fourth Year

Students receive detailed information on the mechanics of the residency application process. This includes instruction on the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), the National Residency Match Program, the use of elective clerkships, and letters of recommendation. They attend two sessions with a panel of residency program directors that cover the residency application and the interview process. To further prepare students for the interview process, clinical departments conduct sessions for students applying to their specialty. During this year, students continue to meet individually with their student affairs dean to further refine their career choice plan and assess progress in the residency application process.

Throughout all four years, students learn about the importance of research, community service, and other extracurricular activities as it relates to the different specialty choices. Students receive instruction (through didactic sessions and individual meetings with the deans in OSACC) on how to pursue opportunities that will assist in their career choice and their residency application.