Career Counseling

The Office of Student Affairs offers a variety of career counseling opportunities designed to address the needs and concerns with regard to the following issues:

Careers in Medicine

Careers in Medicine is a four phase course that is designed to assist you in understanding your options for choosing a specialty and selecting and applying to a residency program to meet your career objectives. Careers in Medicine can be used as both a self-managed course and/or combined with career/specialty guidance programs provided by your medical school.

Careers in Medicine uses a career development model that is widely accepted throughout higher education. In this model, career planning and development is a four stage process, that includes:

UTHSC launches new Careers in Medicine website!
  • Self-assessment
  • Career exploration
  • Decision making
  • Implementation

Careers in Medicine Site

Visit the new Careers in Medicine website here at UTHSC! The Careers in Medicine Program is a student-led group that is sponsored by the College of Medicine's Office of Student Affairs. The focus of this group’s activities is this website, where you will find information about Specialty Interest Groups and their events, resources on campus, volunteer and employment opportunities as well as links to on-line sites for careers in medicine information.

For more information about Careers in Medicine sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), please visit the AAMC's Careers in Medicine (CiM) web site.

Notes to First Time Users

  • Follow the Careers in Medicine "web site" link located in the middle of the main CiM web page
  • Click "New User" link
  • Enter your Access Code: ******** (Forgot your code?)
  • Click "Submit" button
  • Follow the instructions to complete your CiM profile

Notes for Returning Users

  • Click on the "Login" tab located on the left side of the Careers in Medine web page
  • Enter Username and Password
  • Click "Login" button
  • Navigate the site using the links located on the left navigational sidebar

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Residency Application Process

The residency application process actually begins in April with the Strolling Through the Match (STTM) Workshop . As explained below, this workshop is designed to introduce third year medical students to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), and provide insight into the various specialties.

Students should follow the timeline below to ensure the smoothest process possible. Questions regarding residency and/or the residency application process should be directed to Debbey Hester in the Office of Student Affairs.

Application Timeline

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  • M3 Career Connections: Residency Exploration Day: January
  • Request registration materials for AUA Match (Urology): Early June-Mid December
    Note: Uses ERAS
  • Request registration materials for SFMatch (Ophthalmology): June 1st-December
  • M3 Career Connections: Preparing Your Credentials / M4 Panel
  • M3 Career Connections: Strolling Through the Match Workshop
  • MSPE appointments: Mid June - Mid September
  • Applicant ERAS Electronic Tokens Issued: July 1st
  • Complete MyERAS application: July 1st-October 1st
  • NRPM On-line Applicant Registration begins: August 15-Late December
  • ERAS Post Office Opens: September 1 - Mid January
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (Fall selection process): Early September
  • MSPE release date: October 1st
  • Interviewing: August - January
  • SFMatch results faxed to Student Affairs: Early January
  • Urology Match: Mid January
  • NRMP ROLIC (Ranking): Mid January - Mid February
  • Complete AAMC Graduation Questionnaire Mid January - Mid March
  • NRMP SOAP (unmatched applicants): Wednesday-Friday, Match week
  • NRMP Match Day: 3rd Friday in March

Tips on choosing a specialty:

Get more detailed information specific to residency at the Residency Application Process page.

Strolling Through the Match (STTM)

Strolling Through the Match is a half-day workshop held in the April and designed to orient junior medical students on the residency application process involving the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). STTM follows the "Career Day Workshop," a workshop which provides students with an opportunity to meet faculty and residents in various specialties concerning their career choices (i.e., competitiveness, credentials, etc.). By attending both workshops, students are better able to obtain a complete overview of the entire residency process from beginning to end.

For more information regarding Strolling Through the Match or Career Day workshops, contact: Debbey Hester, 448-5531.

Review STTM Slide Presentations


CareerMD This online successor to Career Insights, MD offering users an array of powerful services and features free of charge, including:

  • ResidencyFind & FellowshipFind (search engines which provide detailed contact information for every residency program in the country)
  • Program Statements (on-line location where program directors publish extensive descriptions of their residency programs)
  • House Staff Profiles (current residents provide students with candid insider's perspectives of life at their programs)

For more information about CareerMD, please visit their website

To obtain user access information CareerMD online, contact Debbey Hester, (901) 448-5531.


FREIDA Online is a database with over 7,800 graduate medical education programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, as well as over 200 combined specialty programs.

Besides searching for specialty and subspecialty programs, you can also search for training institutions, medical schools, aggregate training statistics by specialty, and career plans of recent graduates.

  • Residency/Fellowship Training Program Search View information about residency and fellowship programs, provided by program directors and updated continuously, as well as information about affiliated teaching institutions.
  • Training Statistics
    Compare specialties on length of training, program size, number of faculty, work and education environment, and compensation.
  • Graduates' Career Plans Statistics
    Obtain information reported on the career plans of graduates from various specialties, as reported by their program directors.

For more information about FREIDA Online visit the AMA FREIDA Online website.

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Phone: (901) 448-5684
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Associate Dean:
Susan C. Brewer, MD

Scott E. Strome, MD
Robert Kaplan Executive Dean,
Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs
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