Decisions To Be Made
Student-Centered Career-Advising Decisions To Be Made 1
NO IDEA AS TO SPECIALITY CHOICE:
- Affirm for student that uncertainty is all right (OR PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE) and is part of the decision making process.
- Identify if student lacks self-knowledge and decision-making commitment.
- Assess for difficulty with narrowing down options.
- Assess if student is attempting to please an authority figure.
- Encourage student to discuss what made them want to attend medical school. Reflect on this with student. What has changed since beginning medical school?
- 1st and 2nd Years: Talk with student about what they enjoyed and did not enjoy about Student Continuity Practice (SCP).
- 3rd and 4th Years: Talk with student about what they enjoyed and did not enjoy about clerkships.
- Direct student to Careers in Medicine (CiM) sections on self-assessment and career exploration.
DEBATING BETWEEN TWO OR THREE SPECIALITIES:
- Encourage students to explore each of the specialties and create a decision-making matrix to help rank aspects of each; schedule a time to discuss matrix with student.
- Suggest practitioners from each specialty who the student can contact for more detailed information.
- Suggest that the student attend specific departmental activities for each specialty area to gather more contacts and information.
- Meet with faculty (sub-specialty chairs) in all areas of interest with the goal of collaborating to assist student with counseling on career choice.
CERTAINTY OF CHOICE:
Clinicians are encouraged to use this list as a way to stimulate conversation and networking opportunities for students. Similar information can be found at other institutions.
To assist the student, the clinician needs to:
- Affirm student’s decision.
- Suggest practitioners who are in this specialty area with whom student can meet and discuss career path.
- Direct student to talk with residency director and other key faculty in specialty for guidance and advocacy in the application process; (discuss with student possible ways to gain experience in specialty area and help identify research opportunities in specialty area.