Careers in Medicine Program


The Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) CiM is a four-year program designed to assist in self-assessment, career exploration, and specialty and residency selection.

To access CiM, utilize the link:

Most medical schools incorporates AAMC’s Careers in Medicine program in their student advisement process.


What do health practitioners/mentors/career advisors need to know about CiM?

Advisors will benefit from understanding the four phases of CiM and career planning activities students participate in while making their specialty decision.

Four Phases of Careers in Medicine Program 1
Phase 1 Understanding Yourself (Year 1-2):

Provides student with assessment instruments and exercises to answer the questions:

"Who am I and what do I want to accomplish in my medical career?"
Assessments include:

  • Personal Influences

  • Interests

  • Values

  • Environmental Factors and Practice Needs

  • Personality Type

  • Skills

  • Educational Experiences

Phase 2 Exploring Options (Year 2-3)

Students refine their self-assessments and begin gathering information about medical specialties. CiM website includes information on over 100 specialty areas.

Networking and gathering real life information during clerkships and clinical experiences.


  • Nature of the work

  • Residency program requirements

  • Match data

  • Compensation

  • Personal characteristics of physicians practicing in these areas

Phase 3 Choosing a Specialty (Year 3-4)

Students incorporate what they have learned about themselves and specialty areas into the process of selecting specialty.

Advisors can use these tools as discussion points with student.

Students use decision-making matrix tools available on CiM website and from the PCCAMP material to assist in narrowing their primary specialties and selecting residency.

Phase 4 Getting into Residency (Year 4)

Student makes a decision on specialty by drawing on his or her experiences through Phases 1-3.

This phase is focused on applying and interviewing for residency programs, and completing the Match programs.

Adapted in January 2013 from Careers in Medicine Advising Students at