MS2 Class Information – March 16, 2022


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 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.


Please consider offering feedback on a “gamified curriculum” work in progress

Please join a Center for Learning and Innovation in Medical Education (CLIME) Work in Progress on April 4, 2023. The presentation is at 11 a.m. AK, noon PT and 1 p.m. MT.

CLIME would like to invite medical students to give feedback on Tyler Bland, Ph.D.’s project Medimon: A monster-taming medical education curriculum.

 Abstract: The proliferation of e-learning resources in medical education has led to an increase in the use of mnemonic-based learning tools, such as SketchyMedical, which utilizes picture-based mnemonics to improve retention.

drawings of some of the Medimon monsters representing information about bloodWhile these resources have their benefits, they often lack opportunities for active learning. In an effort to combine the strengths of traditional and e-learning approaches, we are developing Medimon, a gamified curriculum that incorporates both mnemonic-based learning and active learning through video game play. In Medimon, monsters represent various cells, organ systems, and diseases, and are designed with visual mnemonics that highlight key characteristics and symptoms. By actively engaging with these monsters in a game-based setting, medical students can not only improve their retention of complex medical concepts but also enjoy playing a game with the aim of decreasing burnout.

View the current version of the Curriculum:

If you are not able to attend, but would like to give feedback on this project you can do so here:


Questions? Email

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

Career Advising Student Advisory Board Tip of the Month 

Once you’re done with Step 1, review the three short videos on Specialty Exploration & Residency Planning During Patient Care Phase that are also listed above: Video 1 (14 minutes), Video 2 (7 minutes) and Video 3 (4 minutes).

f you have follow-up questions about the PCP elective time and effectively leveraging your clerkships for specialty exploration and residency, you can come to Career Advising’s Office Hours via Zoom, M-Th, 11-12pm AK, 12-1pm PT, 12-1pm MT. 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!