Careers in Medicine

Career Advising

Operating as one arm of the Office of Professional Development at New Jersey Medical School, the Assistant Deans for Careers in Medicine follow the mission, vision and values of NJMS, with an understanding of the critical role the selection of a career path plays in each student's life and in shaping the future of medicine. 

We are dedicated to celebrating diversity in medicine, ensuring that no professional door is ever closed to any student because of culture, ethnicity, religion, gender or individual goals.  Further, our aim is to guide each student's career trajectory from arrival to graduation. We begin by helping students understand themselves and their goals, and then assist as they explore, select and match to the right field for them.  Our goal is that each student find the path that will maximize their own satisfaction as well as their capacity to contribute to the profession of medicine, thereby contributing to a healthier and more joyful world.

For NJMS students requiring immediate CIM consultation, please click here to make an appointment with Dr. Gonzales or Dr. Moffett

Sharon Gonzales, MD currently serves as an Assistant Dean for Careers in Medicine for Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She came to Rutgers NJMS in 2005 and joined the Department of Radiology, Division of Interventional Radiology when the institution was still known as UMDNJ.

Dr. Gonzales began working in the medical school at the Office for Special Programs in 2009, and in the Departments of Admissions and Student Affairs shortly thereafter. She has been involved in advising premedical students, medical students, and residents for over 12 years for Rutgers NJMS and GSBS (SGS).  She has been a teacher and mentor of the CIM/PCM learning communities since 2011 in Lykos House. She sits on the NJMS Admissions Committee and is involved in various committees and task forces in the medical school. She is proud to have been one of the recipients of the NJMS Golden Apple Award for Teaching.

Before NJMS, Dr Gonzales worked at Beth Israel/St Lukes-Roosevelt Medical Center in New York City.  She has worked as a teaching faculty and as a contract physician in a variety of small and large public and private teaching hospitals, outpatient centers and VA hospitals. This enhances her understanding of the diversity and breadth of careers in medicine, and thus her advising.   

Dr. Gonzales spent her undergraduate years at Rutgers College, New Brunswick, and then went on to Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, graduating in1995. She did two years of a diagnostic general surgical residency at Staten Island University Hospital before switching careers to a diagnostic radiology residency at Lennox Hill Hospital in 1997. After residency, she went on to a Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship in Long Island Jewish Medical Center until 2002.  Her research interests include readability of patient literature, radiology education, and radiation safety. She is married to a Rutgers environmental science professor and has two children.

Throughout her experiences, Dr. Gonzales has found advising and mentoring the most satisfying aspect of her career, and she looks forward to honing and implementing an efficacious and efficient student-centered Careers in Medicine program at Rutgers NJMS that will help students make their best choice of medical specialty.

Click here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gonzales

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Shannon Moffett, MD currently serves as an Assistant Dean for Careers in Medicine for Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, where she also serves as the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for the Department of Emergency Medicine. In that role, since 2017, she has advised emergency medicine-bound (and emergency-medicine-considering) students in their application for residency. 

Prior to coming to New Jersey, Dr. Moffett lived and worked in Shanghai, China, where she served as the founding director for the United Family Healthcare Emergency Medicine Training Program, a post-graduate fellowship modeled after a U.S-style EM residency. In that role, she was responsible for curriculum, conferences, introduction of the EM model to recruits and faculty, as well as faculty development and integration of trainees into clinical care.

Prior to that, Dr. Moffett completed an emergency medicine residency at Highland Emergency in Oakland, California, and medical school at the Stanford University School of Medicine.  She started intern year as the mom of 10-month-old twins, then after residency adopted their younger sibling from China, and now lives in North Jersey with the kids, their dad, two chickens, two rats and a bulldog.

Dr. Moffett's experience so far has cemented her commitment to first-rate medical education and the importance of evidence-based, holistic and well-integrated advising strategies.

Click here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Moffett