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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

College of Medicine

Career Advising

Choosing career goals including a specialty is one of the most important decisions that every medical student must make. The SUNY Downstate College of Medicine Office of Career Advising is dedicated to supporting our medical students throughout all of their years in exploring medical careers, fostering mentorship relationships with faculty, pursuing dual degrees and navigating through the residency application process. 

The Office of Career Advising is a centralized service available to all students in the College of Medicine. The office develops and manages the four-year calendar of events targeted for each phase of the student’s career development. Events include class seminars, specialty informational meetings, and peer guidance workshops. The Career Advising office oversees the assignment of early career advisors, clinical advisory deans and departmental specialty advisors. They are responsible for providing guidance in the Foundations and clinical years as well as providing support throughout the residency application process including assistance with the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), personal statement review and organizing mock residency interviews.

 

Contact Us

Jason Lazar, MD, MPH
Vice Dean for Education

Sophie Christoforou, M.S.Ed.
Associate Dean for Student and Curricular Affairs

Dawn Froome, M.S.Ed.
Director of Career Services

Email us at CareerAdvisingCOM@downstate.edu

 

Downstate Career Planning By Year

Year 1

  • Career Advisor meetings once per semester
  • Introduction to Careers in Medicine
  • Faculty Specialty Forum
  • Faculty Seminars on Student Research Opportunities
  • Student Specialty Organization Presentations
  • Introduction to The Brooklyn Free Clinic
  • Start creating your medical student curricula vitae
  • Meet individually with specialty advisor; obtain referral from Director of Career Services

Year 2

  • Career Advisor meetings once per semester.
  • Faculty Specialty Forum
  • Student Specialty Organization Presentations
  • Faculty panel on USMLE Step 1 and what residency program directors look for in medical student residency applicants
  • Class Meeting on Third Year Scheduling
  • Career considerations to factor when submitting preferences for Core Clerkship schedule 
  • Meet individually with specialty advisor; obtain referral from Director of Career Services

Year 3

  • Individual Meetings with Clinical Advisory Dean meetings 
    • Submit CV and biographical form
    • Reflect on Core Clerkship progress
    • Discuss and sign-off on Advanced Clinical Year Schedule – including home and visiting electives
  • Class Meeting on Senior Scheduling
  • Criteria for creating the senior schedule session
  • Clinical Department Residency Information Meetings
    • Career considerations to factor when planning Advanced Clinical Year schedule 
    • Overview of residency application approach for specific specialty
  • Student-to-Student Residency Forum
  • Seminar: Nuts and Bolts of Residency Application Process
  • ERAS, the Match, Letters of Recommendation Information Session
  • Meet individually with specialty advisor; obtain referral from Director of Career Services 

Year 4

  • Question and Answer Session on ERAS Completion
  • Individual Meetings with Clinical Advisory Dean
    • Review of ERAS application and Personal Statement
    • Review of residency application program list
    • Monitoring of incoming interviews and review of Rank Order List
  • Seminar: Do’s and Don’ts of Residency Interviewing
  • Mock interviews by student request
  • Departmental residency program directors’ presentations on interview protocol and strategy
  • Rank Order List Information Session
    • How the match works and considerations when compiling the residency rank list.
  • Meet individually with specialty advisor; obtain referral from Director of Career Services