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Decisions To Be Made

Student-Centered Career-Advising Decisions To Be Made 1

Student has…


  • Career Decisions to Be MadeAffirm 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.


  • 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.


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.

Primary Care Career Advising and Mentoring Program
263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06030
Phone: 860-679-7969

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