Mission statement

The mission of Career Advising is to provide medical students with data-based advising and resources so students can make informed decisions when choosing a specialty and applying to residency. Career Advising is committed to helping students choose a career path that’s a mutually good fit, taking into consideration both the student’s career goals and the national/institutional data that predict match success. Career Advising hosts specialty and professional development sessions during all four years of medical school, including continuous support through the residency application process. We are available for appointments to set goals and evaluate obstacles, providing individualized guidance to every student. To help with this effort, students will be connected to mentors and advisors in their specialties of interest.

Career Advising supports students through the process illustrated by the AAMC Careers In Medicine Four Phase Model below. We provide students with resources, constant communication, advising events, and individual appointments depending on where they are in the process.

  1. Understand Yourself
    • Self exploration is essential to a satisfying specialty choice.
  2. Explore Options
    • Knowing about all career options that exist ensures well-informed decisions.
  3. Choose your Specialty
    • Making a career choice that makes you happy is harder than you think.
  4. Prepare for Residency
    • Much is involved in the transition from applying to arriving in residency.

Your Career Advising Team 
(Current EVMS students only)

Lanore Geter, M.Ed. | Career Advisor

Preclinical phase career advising services

  • Appointments (optional, but recommended for students with interest in highly competitive specialties or with questions about clinical years or the match process.)
  • Specialty mentors, by request
  • Connecting to shadowing experiences
  • CV reviews: Email as word doc with your name in the filename
  • Exploring the Match preclinical newsletter
  • Specialty talks and other preclinical phase events
  • Resources: Specialty Sheets, Run Up To Residency, etc.

Rebecca Hastings, M.S.Ed. | Director, Career Advising

Clinical and elective phase career advising services:

  •  Appointments (Specialty selection, application assistance, etc)
  • CV reviews: Email as word doc with your name in the filename
  • Preparing Your Match (clinical phase) and Making Your Match (elective phase) newsletters
  • Resources: Applying to Residency Reference Guide, etc.
  • Specialty advisors, required by Spring of clerkship year
  • Specialty group advising and ERAS town halls
  • Mock interviews

With the support of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs leadership:

  • Allison Knight, PhD - Vice Dean of Clinical Education
  • Brooke Hooper, MD -Vice Dean of Clinical Education
  • Ronald Flenner, MD - Vice Dean of Academic Affairs

What specialties are students applying to?

This can vary greatly by year. The following are the general numbers for MD25:

  • 30+ students: Internal Medicine
  • 10-15 students: Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Psychiatry
  • 5-9 students: Dermatology, Otolaryngology, Family Medicine, Neurology, Orthopedic Surgery, Radiology
  • Less than 5 students: Pathology, Child Neurology, Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, Ophthalmology, PM&R Plastic Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Urology, Vascular Surgery