Skip to main content Skip to navigation
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Student Affairs

Career Advising Program (CAP)

Classroom instruction
From the first year onward, our Career Advising Program, housed within the Office of Admissions, Student Affairs, and Inclusion, helps 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 explore the various medical specialties during their medical school experience while being kept abreast of the important guideposts toward applying to and matching to residency in their chosen specialty.

Students receive career advising through one-on-one meetings with faculty and administration as well as workshops and presentations. An introductory overview begins in the fall of the MS1 year by connecting each student with the Career Advising Roadmap and the AAMC Careers in Medicine resources. Following this introductory overview, students schedule one-on-one meetings to review the Careers in Medicine self-assessments and discuss their evolving career aspirations through each year.

CONTACT:

Office of Admissions, Student Affairs, and Inclusion
careeradvising.medicine.wsu.edu

Table of Activities

Career Advising Activity/Info Sessions for First-year Students (MS1)
Fall: Information Email about the Career Advising Program
Year-Round: Optional career advising session with faculty or administrator
Spring: Habits of Successfully Matched Students Workshop (MS1, MS2, and MS3 together)
Ongoing: “A Day in the Life” online videos
EFlo Career Advising site and resource bank
Career Advising Activity/Info Sessions for Second-year Students (MS2)
Year-round: One required one-on-one meeting with CAP faculty/administrators
Spring: Habits of Successfully Matched Students workshop (MS1, MS2, and MS3 together)
Ongoing: “A Day in the Life” On-line Videos
January - May: One-on-one follow-up meetings as needed
EFlo Career Advising site and resource bank
EFlo Career Advising site and resource bank
Career Advising Activity/Info Sessions for Third-year Students (MS3)
Year round: One required one-on-one meeting with CAP faculty/administrators
Fall: Specialty Survey
Fall: Residency Preparation Part 1 – overview of the residency application process
February: Habits of Successfully Matched Students workshop (MSI, MSII, and MSIII together)
Spring: Residency Preparation Part 2 – Personal statements, CVs, and letters of recommendation
TBD: Residency Program Director Presentations
Spring: Habits of Successfully Matched Students workshop (MSI, MSII, and MSIII together)Ongoing: “A Day in the Life” online videos
January - May: One-on-one follow-up meetings as needed
EFlo Career Advising site and resource bank
Career Advising Activity/Info Sessions for Fourth-year Students (MS4)
Match Week Overview including SOAP Process
Introduction to Residency Session
Ongoing: “A Day in the Life” online videos
EFlo Career Advising site and resource bank

Required Components

During the second and third years, students are required to meet, at a minimum, once per academic year with designated faculty. The purpose of the mandatory session is to review student’s thoughts, concerns and questions regarding career advising and specialty choice interests. The meeting is also a chance to discuss the career advising calendar of programs and other issues students may have in the areas of residency matching and competitiveness. Subsequent one-on-one meetings are determined based on student need.

Recommended Components

During the first and fourth years, students may request meetings to explore career interests (Year 1) and follow-up on career choice (Year 4). They may also schedule more than the required meeting in Years 2 and 3 as needed. Additionally, they will have many resources at their fingertips through the MD program’s EFlo Career Advising website as well as workshops that will be provided throughout all four years.

Attendance for every event is tracked to ensure that appropriate information is relayed to each student and that additional support can be identified and provided. Students receive regular communication from the Career Advising Program.

SUMMARY

The Career Advising Program is meant to assist and guide students to identify a specialty consistent with their skills and wishes and help identify relevant residency programs. They will be provided with current, timely, and useful information necessary for specialty selection. Linking them to faculty and administration who can provide the latest advising support information, they will be supported by the availability of an on-going database of resources for specialty choices.

Career advising resources:

 

Career advising resources:

Career Advising Program Roadmap

 

For College of Medicine internal communications:

  • Slack Channel: #careeradvisingdev
  • EFlo Career Advising Program community

For national resources: