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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine


Career Advising and Development Program

Classroom instruction

From the first days of enrollment, the Career Advising Program, housed within the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, will help medical students explore their passion for service and specialization within the field of medicine in accordance with our mission and goals:

…to train physicians to serve Washington’s underserved and rural communities by addressing health care challenges and inspiring people to help solve those challenges as a team…

Our Career Advising Program is intended to help each student create a rich and varied medical school experience while being kept abreast of the important guideposts toward their successful graduation, and beyond.

Program Goal

The goal of this program is to enhance the student’s professional development by providing personalized career-oriented support through individualized one-on-one and small group meetings with those faculty deemed critically important to their success, including the Deans of Outreach and Career Advising, Clinical Education, Admissions, Recruitment and Inclusion and Graduate Medical Education.

Learning Community

Each student will join a Learning Community upon admission to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine designed to provide opportunities for inter and intra-professional collaboration, collegiality, service learning, partnership and professionalism. These cohorts of on average fifteen students, are overseen by the Office of Student Affairs and assigned a team of Mentors to help foster these goals during the first two years. Upon transitioning to their distributed clinical campuses years three and four, additional Mentors will become on-site Clinical Career Advisors helping each student focus their specialty interests and prepare for application to residency. As they mesh within their Learning Community, the student will begin to highlight their own individual goals and values. The process will be supported and nurtured by their mentors, deans and community-based partners. Health care practitioners will further assist in this acculturation by serving as an invaluable resource pool for entwining the solid foundation in science obtained during years one and two, with their longitudinal integrated clerkship and clinical experiences during years three and four. The desired result will be to enhance self-directed learning with multiple varied bedside opportunities and assure a spirited desire to provide not only the very best expertise towards solving the healthcare needs of the entire population of our state, but to ensure the most compassionate.

The Career Advising Program is meant to assist and guide a student into a logical and comfortable specialty consistent with their skills and wishes, and then ultimately into the residency of their choice. Our carefully trained team will help provide enlightenment and holistic assessments during their early clinical campus Intersessions and later in their Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships, to create a template for current, timely and useful information surrounding the necessary requirements for graduation and successful post graduate studies. Linking students to faculty and community experts trained to provide the latest advising support information, the student–physician will feel completely supported in their quest, and benefit from the availability of an on-going data-base of resources for clinical, research and educational opportunities as they progress through their four-year journey at ESFCOM toward graduation.

Career advising resources:

For ESFCOM Internal Communications:

  • Slack Channel: #careeradvisingdev

For National Resources:


Steven David Grossman, M.D.
Clinical Professor – Assistant Dean
Outreach and Career Development


Chris Booker Sarwine
Administrative Assistant to
Dr. Steven Grossman, Assistant Dean for Outreach and Career Development