MD Career Advising

Medical Student Year 2: Exploring Options

  • Complete and review portfolio
  • Complete self-assessment exercises
  • Begin gathering basic information about specialties or interest through CiM Specialty Pages, other Web sites, and library research
  • Attend specialty panel and information group sessions
  • Compare your self assessment information to the information you've gathered about specialties; Narrow your interests to 3–4 top choices
  • Plan your third-year schedule
  • Prepare and take USMLE Step 1
  • Conduct informational interviews or participate in preceptorships
  • Contact associations and specialty organizations