Career Advising Program

New Jersey Medical School recognizes that making decisions about career paths is a critical task as student progress through medical school.  In addition to the House advisement system delineated above we provide a number of activities each year of medical school to help students with this process.  Some of these are required activities and some are voluntary.  Your faculty mentor can assist you in choosing voluntary activities that might best address your specific needs.   

Formal (Required) Activities
First Year Medical Students

  1. Information Session: Introduction to The CIM Website And Tools – Students are introduced to the AAMC's Careers-in-Medicine  website and some of the assessment tools that it contains so that they can use these to examine their own values and preferences.  They are assigned the task of completing these instruments and meeting with their faculty mentors in the spring of first year to review the results. 
  2. Information Session: What To Do With Your Summer?  - Various activities that are available to students during the summer break of first year are presented and students receive advice on making choices among these opportunities.
  3. "Speed Dating a Specialist" - An evening function designed for quick focused interactions with residents from all specialties that allows for rapid questions / answers to expose students to a variety possible career paths.

Second Year Medical Students

  1. Career Nights - NJMS alumni are invited to attend two evening dinner functions with second year medical students to allow more thorough discussions with attendings from various specialties.  Alumni are divided into specialty-specific tables and students interact with individuals representing more than 30 different specialties.  In depth discussions are held on topics such as training requirements, practice opportunities, lifestyle and compensation, etc.
  2. Information Session: Preparing To Use Third Year Effectively To Explore Career Options - A discussion is held with second year medical students on how to best utilize third year clerkships to explore various career paths.  The AAMC Careers-in-Medicine  website is again re-introduced to the students, guiding them through the specialty pages where they have access to detailed information on each specialty.


 Third Year Medical Students

  1. Transition 2 – During the orientation week for third year students are advised by faculty, faculty mentors and peer mentors about how to utilize third year clerkships for effective career exploration.
  2. Information Session:  Assessing and Understanding Your Competitiveness For Various Specialties – Students are advised on how to think about factors like their USMLE Step 1 scores and quintiles in assessing their competitiveness for various specialties.
  3. Match Process Information Sessions – Beginning in the third year and running through fourth year, five sessions are provided to the entire class that cover critical topics to applying for residencies including writing CVs and personal statements, and the ranking process.
  4.  Career-Specific Advisors - A team of faculty members from all the specialties are identified and students are expected to meet individually with advisors in their chosen field to assess their competitiveness and to assist with specialty specific application needs.  These faculty members also provide advice regarding elective and externship choices in fourth year. 


Fourth Year Medical Students

  1. Interview workshop - A panel discussion on the residency interviewing process is facilitated by the Assistant Dean for Careers-in-Medicine .  Panelists include faculty representing various specialties.  A slide presentation is utilized to cover all topics relating to the interview, such as appropriate dress, behavior, non-verbal communication, preparation prior to the interview, and common questions.


Informal (Voluntary) Activities

  1. Physician Shadowing Elective - A shadowing elective is offered beginning in the spring to first year medical students and the fall and spring to 2nd year medical students.  The intent is to offer students an opportunity to observe clinicians practicing various specialties.  Students are offered this course very early in their careers to afford them a glimpse of potential specialties.
  2. Departmental Residency Information Sessions – Each of our internal residency program directors offer residency information sessions.  The application process, specific specialty residency training requirements, and potential sub specializations are all covered in these sessions.
  3.  Post Match Panel Discussions – Following the match each year there are panel discussions by specialty with recently matched 4th year students discussing the process and their experiences.  These are organized by the students and directed primarily to third year students.
  4. Mock Interviews - These individual sessions are arranged with Associate Dean for Student Affairs and/or Assistant Dean for Careers-in-Medicine. Mock interviews are conducted and students are offered constructive criticism and provided techniques to improve interview performance.