MS2 Class Information – March 9, 2023

FOR: Medical students early in their specialty exploration.

COST: Free!

PARTICIPATING SPECIALTIES: Allergy and immunology, anesthesiology, colon and rectal surgery, emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, infectious disease, internal medicine, internal medicine-pediatrics, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, plastic surgery, preventive medicine, psychiatry, radiology and urology.

SPECIALTY REPRESENTATIVES: Program directors, residents, specialty society representatives, practicing physicians, and others.

EVENT DESCRIPTION: This annual event hosted by the Careers in Medicine® program works to provide equitable access to specialty exposure, where medical students can view resources, chat with specialty representatives and AAMC staff, as well as attend a live presentation with residents about their specialty choice.
Note: Information and recordings will be archived and accessible to students who are unable to attend during the scheduled time.

Please direct questions to

Short videos can help you with specialty exploration and residency planning in Patient Care Phase clerkships

In preparation for the start of clerkships, your career advisors have developed a short video series called Specialty Exploration and Residency Planning in Patient Care Phase Clerkships. It is important for MS2s to watch these videos prior to starting their first clerkship in order to:

  • understand the specialty exploration approach, key planning strategies and timelines
  • lay the groundwork for residency application

All three videos are found in the Early Career Planning Career Advising Media Site Library:

  • Video 1: Evaluating Specialty Fit and Understanding Applicant Characteristics (14 minutes)
  • Video 2: Career Planning Timeline & Career Advising Support Team (7 minutes)
  • Video 3: Planning for Your Elective Block (4 minutes)

If you have questions about your elective block after watching the video, please come to Career Advising’s Office Hours via Zoom.

Office Hours resume on Monday, March 20, and take place for an hour Monday through Thursday, starting at 11 a.m. AK, noon PT and 1 p.m. MT.

Career advisors are happy to talk this through with you so you have a solid plan.

Career Advising Student Advisory Board Tip of the Month 

This is the final stretch for many of you about to take Step 1! You got it!! Once you’re done, review the three short videos listed above.

If you have follow-up questions about the PCP elective time and effectively leveraging your clerkships for specialty exploration and residency, you can do what’s suggested above, come to Career Advising’s Office Hours on Zoom. The career advisors will be there to help you. 

  • Reviewed by Career Advising Student Advisory BIPOC board member L’Oreal Kennedy. Originally written by BIPOC alum Shanelle Briggs.

In case you missed it, here is the previous newsletter for MS2s.

Have a great week!