Career Guidance & The Match
Getting into medical school is an amazing accomplishment, but we all know that the education of a physician does not end here (and really never does end).
Students should be continuously preparing for the day they move to the next stage of their medical education careers. This preparation includes:
- understanding your interests and organizing your medical school accomplishments,
- learning about the specialties by meeting with experts and other students in fields you are interested in, and
- using match data and guides to prepare you for matching and to gauge your competitiveness for particular specialties.
The Office of Students Affairs is here to help and provide you with resources, information, and the knowledge to make great career and Match choices.
Organizing and Understanding Yourself
Use this template to keep your accomplishments and experiences organized. The template follows along closely and includes the fields that are included in the application for residency training. Your CV is also a great resource to provide individuals as you network and learn more about the specialties.
The AAMC CiM tool is a career planning tool designed to help you assess your interests, values and personality, show you details and data on various specialties, and help you become a more competitive applicant. Log-in is easy; you already have an account just by being a medical student. Just log-in using your AAMC username and password you used for MCAT. If you do not remember your information, please email Scott Davenport at firstname.lastname@example.org and he can provide you with a registration access code. Check out the AAMC’s video or our own video and related PowerPoint for a quick intro to the program and its features.
Learning About Your Options
Individuals in a specialty are a student's number one resource to learn more. A great place to start is with our local Residency Directors. Their doors are always open, and all students are encouraged to make appointments to meet with any Director in a specialty they may be interested in. In addition to Directors we have Specialty Experts. These are volunteers within each specialty who are there to help students learn more about, and make connections in individual fields. Specialty Experts and Residency Directors provide specialty-specific informal networking, student advocacy, and share their insights about their specialty and residency programs in Minnesota and the country.
A yearly introductory lecture series for second year students hosted by residency directors and residents of the various specialties. The goal of the Specialty Series is to provide second year medical students with basic information that they need to help them make a well-informed decision about their career choice. In addition to our series and meeting with local Directors and experts in the various fields, the AAMCs Careers in Medicine tool has great resources to learn more about each specialty.
Specialty Interest Groups
Student-led specialty interest groups are a great resource to get involved with a specialty or to learn more about a specialty. Groups cover various specialties and host informational sessions, guest lectures, and special opportunities to gain experience, contacts, and insight into a specialty.
Preparing to Match
The Matching process kicks-off during the later stages of your third year and culminates in Match Day in March of your fourth year. But you are not alone in the process. The Office of Student Affairs will walk you through the process and guide you along the way, ensuring you understand the process fully, and meet all deadlines and requirements.
Match lists and statistics from previous UMN Medical School Matches.
The National Residency Matching Program and the UMN Med School compile various data and research reports to assist applicants. These are great tools to learn what residencies are looking for in applicants and to judge your competitiveness for various specialties.
The Match process can be complicated and long. Various internal and external guides will help break down the process and help you manage so you are prepared to meet deadlines and requirements.