Overview of Careers in Medicine

Choosing a medical specialty is one of the most significant decisions a medical student will make. So the AAMC created Careers in Medicine® (CiM), a career-planning program to help medical students and those who advise them.

Careers in Medicine (CiM) is a comprehensive career-planning program that provides students with the skills, information, and resources to choose a specialty and residency program that meets their career goals. CiM offers tools for students to help guide them through self-assessment and research about specialty and practice options. The program is designed to be used in conjunction with faculty and staff advisors at their medical school who can provide personalized advice for students in navigating the process of planning their physician career. CiM also provides resources to medical school faculty and staff to help them implement career-planning and advising programs at their school as well as prepare them for working directly with students.

  • Identify career goals
  • Explore specialty and practice options
  • Choose a specialty
  • Select and apply to residency programs
  • Make well-informed career decisions
     

Medical students should approach these goals through the four-phase career planning process.