Careers in Medicine CiM Home / Explore Options / Gather Information Gather Information SHARE: Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email Favorite Add to Favorites Added Added to Favorites Removed from Favorites Removed How to research and evaluate specialties Here are seven steps you can take to learn about, evaluate, and validate your options. Finding the right specialty There is at least one specialty that will fit you well. But with myriad options and little exposure, your fit can be difficult to find. We can help. The role of advisors, mentors, and others Networking Networking is the gathering and sharing of information to help each party meet their professional (and educational) goals. Informational interviews Conducting informational interviews is a networking strategy to help you obtain more detailed and nuanced specialty and residency information. Informational interview questions Use this list of questions to learn more about specialties, residencies, and physician careers as you conduct informational interviews. Team mentoring: A new approach for the 21st century Finding the right mentor-mentee match continues to be critical, yet the traditional one-on-one model often is no longer ideal. How to manage your mentor or advisor With a little effort and foresight and adherence to a few simple guidelines, a student can maximize the opportunities with their advisor.