Career Advising

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Welcome to the
Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program
CUNY School of Medicine
Career Advising Site


At the CUNY School of Medicine, your growth will be supported by the Medical Student Advisors, who are eager to work with you at every step of your education. The Medical Student Advisors are dedicated to helping you succeed academically, develop professionally, and identify the right specialty based on your goals and interests. Through class sessions, peer workshops,  residency panels, individual meetings with your advisor, and much more, Career Advising at the CUNY School of Medicine will provide you with the tools needed to advance to the next stage of your career.

Medical Student Advisors for M1-M4 students: 

Dr. Dani McBeth,
Dr. Lily Lam,  
Dr. Sandy Saintonge,  

Career Advising Site

    This website contains materials, resources, and links to help you:
    •    Identify opportunities
    •    Consider your career options
    •    Apply for residency programs


    M1 Career Advising

    In the M1 year, students begin meeting with their Medical Student Advisor and get introduced to  specialty selection and  professional development. You will be introduced to faculty, alumni, specialty interest groups, and general resources that will help you begin exploring your specialty interests. You will have opportunities to extend your learning and experience beyond the CUNY School of Medicine curriculum by engaging in extracurricular activities or summer fellowships.  At this stage, the Career Advising sessions below are designed to help provide  a foundation 
    •    Orientation to Career Advising Program and Process 
    •    Building & Addressing Gaps in Your CV 
    •    Understanding Yourself and Demonstration of AAMC Careers in Medicine Website 
    •    Introduction to the MSPE Letter 
    •    Applying for research and summer opportunities
    •    M2 panel tips for succeeding in your second year of medical school

    M2 Career Advising Sessions Overview

    In the M2 Year, you will continue to meet with your Medical Student Advisor to craft your individual plan to secure opportunities and experiences to complement your medical education. You will continue to be encouraged to become involved in leadership, extracurricular, volunteer, and research activities, that help support your professional development before starting the rigorous third-year clerkships when your time becomes limited. Career Advising sessions will continue to be foundational  and will include:
    •    Utilizing the AAMC Careers in Medicine
    •    Addressing Gaps in Your CV 
    •    Review of the MSPE Letter 
    •    Overview of 3rd-year Career Advising Program and Residency Application Elements 
    •    Maximizing Your Clerkship Experience and Clerkship Success 
    •    M3 panel tips for succeeding in your third year of medical school

    M3 Career Advising Sessions Overview

    Welcome to the M3 year! At this point in your education, you will start to seriously consider your specialty and career interest as you utilize the knowledge gained during the preclinical years to participate in direct patient care during your clerkships. Though exciting, it can also be a challenging time for any medical student, so support from your Medical Student Advisor becomes even more important. We are committed to demystifying the residency application process so that you feel confident and prepared while focusing on excelling in your clinical clerkships. Some of the Career Advising sessions will include:

    •    Overview of Residency Application Elements and Introduction to 4th Year Electives
    •    4th Year Schedule Planning and Selection of Core Rotations
    •    Choosing Electives & Utilizing the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities Service
    •    Preparing the Personal Statement and Noteworthy Characteristics 
    •    Residency Application Strategy and Utilization of Applications and Tools
    •    Utilizing ERAS and Introduction to the Match and Specialty Matches
    •    M4 panel: Maximizing your electives, Tips and Tricks for Residency Application Season

    M4 Career Advising Sessions Overview

    At this stage, you will finalize your specialty choice,  engage in complementary elective experiences, identify extramural opportunities at residency programs that you are interested in, complete your residency applications and apply to residency!  Career Advising at this stage is focused on helping your craft a polished application, select residency programs that are aligned with your goals, and ultimately match your desired specialty. In addition to virtual sessions where you can get tips and advice from program directors in different specialties, the Career Advising Sessions will include:

    •    Residency Selection Strategy and Review of ERAS application
    •    Residency Interview Preparation Video 
    •    Review of MSPE Letter
    •    Mock Interviews and Feedback on Interview Performance 
    •    Ranking of programs and the match process 
    •    Navigating the SOAP Process and Q&A

    Specialty Interest Groups

    Students at the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program/CUNY School of Medicine organize and maintain a number of specialty interest groups (SIG) to more fully expose their peers to specific areas in medicine. These school-sponsored groups offer lectures, workshops, clinical experiences and mentoring. Through participation in the groups, students can become more knowledgeable about a particular specialty to assist in their career decisions. Please email the  SIG directly to learn more.

    Below is a list of the current groups and their contact information:

    Group Name  Contact Information 
    Academic Medicine
    Emergency Medicine
    ENT (Otorhinolaryngology)
    Family Medicine
    Internal Medicine
    Orthopedic Surgery
    Plastic Surgery
    Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Public Health



    External Opportunities

    This section has many opportunities available outside of Sophie Davis/CUNY SoM for you to explore.  If you have questions about an opportunity including application release dates or deadlines, reach out to the contact person listed on their website to obtain more information. Some of the listed opportunities may have been cancelled for this year or postponed; please check back regularly on those sites for updates.

    If any of the links are broken or incorrect, please send an email with the details to Dr. Saintonge:

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    Last Updated: 03/09/2023 11:07