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CiM awards for excellence in medical student career advising

Since its inception in 1999, Careers in Medicine has supported the career decisions of medical students by working hand-in-hand with school liaisons who implement career development programs locally. Together, we have transformed medical student career development by formalizing programs, implementing innovative curricula, and training medical school advisors.

In a continuing effort to elevate the importance of effective career decisions and those who support students in this process, Careers in Medicine the Excellence in Medical Student Career Advising awards. This year three awards will be presented: A program award, an individual advisor award, and a support staff award.


Decision and awarding process


The CiM Advisory Committee selects the awardees during its regularly scheduled committee meeting in September. The chair of the Advisory Committee will present the award during Learn Serve Lead 2017: The AAMC Annual Meeting. Winners will receive a crystal award.


Program Award

The goal of offering career services is to assist students in developing, evaluating and implementing their individual career, education, and employment plans (CAS Standards and Guidelines, 2012). The Excellence in Medical Student Career Advising Program Award acknowledges the development and/or continued administration of a career development program for medical students that meets these goals. It recognizes that one or multiple individuals may be involved in this effort and that the program is effective within the context it is delivered.

Nominations may be submitted by a medical school dean, designee, Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) member, or other faculty member.

To be considered, the nomination must include:

  • A completed nomination form, including a 200-word overview of the program.
  • A 1-2 page description of the program which highlights its features and qualities according to the award criteria.
  • At least one (1), and no more than (3) supporting documents (these can include, but are not limited to, websites, evaluations, syllabi, handouts, brochures, photographs, and relevant articles/publications).

Advisor Award

The goal of career and academic advising is to assist students in assessing their interests and abilities, examining their educational and career goals, making decisions, and developing short-term and long-term plans to meet their objectives (CAS Standards and Guidelines, 2012). The Excellence in Medical Student Career Advising Individual Advisor Award recognizes the accomplishments and commitment of a career advisor dedicated to helping students succeed in fulfilling their career goals.

Nominations may be submitted by a medical school dean, designee, OSR representative, or other faculty member. Individuals may also nominate themselves.

To be considered, the nomination must include:

  • A completed nomination form, including a 200-word bio-sketch of the nominee.
  • At least one (1) and no more than three (3) supporting documents (these can include but are not limited to letters of support from advisees, colleagues, and administrators, evaluations, institutional-level awards, representative advising materials developed by the nominee, and relevant articles/publications).

Support Staff Award

The goal of career and academic advising is to assist students in assessing their interests and abilities, examining their educational and career goals, make decisions, and develop short- and long-term plans to help them meet their objectives (CAS Standards and Guidelines, 2012). The Excellence in Medical Student Career Advising Support Staff Award recognizes the accomplishments and commitment of a support staff member who provides programmatic or logistics support to the implementation of successful and effective career advising services.

To be considered, the nomination must include:

  • a completed nomination packet, including a 200-word bio-sketch of the nominee.
  • at least one (1) and no more than three (3) supporting documents (these can include but are not limited to letters of support from advisees, colleagues, and administrators, evaluations, institutional-level awards, representative advising materials developed by the nominee, and relevant articles/publications)