Career Connections

M1 Career Connections: Understanding Yourself

Exercises on the Careers in Medicine® (CiM®) website and discussion with your faculty advisor are the first steps.


Class Year Timeline Activities and Tasks Suggestions for Career Planning
Year 1   Throughout the Year
July / August
(Before school starts)
Register for AAMC Careers in Medicine; complete the following exercises
(available 1 August): (Remember to print the results and bring them with you to your first faculty/peer mentor meeting!)
  • Use your community preceptor for additional advise;
  • Go to Student Interest Group sessions;
  • Shadow physicians when given the opportunity (ask your Faculty Mentor for assistance);
  • Visit COM Student Affairs Website:
  • Take advantage of Alumni Panels.
NSO Week
Introduction to Faculty Mentor and peer group; schedule first session time with faculty/peer mentor group.  
September / October First Faculty Mentor Session;
Review profiles and discuss
Mid October Match 101 Session with Dean of Student Affairs -Overview of residency application and match process
  Summer Between M1/M2 Year
Late October Speed-dating session held by Memphis Medical Society -
Discuss specialty specifics with Memphis area physicians
  • Use wisely if considering a competitive specialty;
  • Research opportunities
    (visit COM Student Research page)
  • Work/Shadow/Volunteer;
  • International Service;
  • No reason why you shouldn't just kick-back and enjoy yourself. You deserve it. But, recognize that nation-wide students at UT and elsewhere are working to improve their profile for residency application.
January Match 102 Session with Dean of Student Affairs - Your professional profile
February / March Second Faculty Mentor Session;
Discuss career thoughts, preceptor experiences & summer plans
March Alternative Career Session with non-traditional medical fields

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Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5684
Fax: (901) 448-7085

Associate Dean

Owen P. Phillips, M.D.

Executive Dean:
David M. Stern, M.D.