Career Counseling & Residency Planning

Timeline

On this page, you will find a general timeline for career/residency planning activities that may be associated with each semester of the four, standard years at RWJMS.

Click Here to view the First Year Semester
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to view the Second Year Semester
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to view the Third Year Semester
Click Here to view the Fourth Year Semester

First Year Fall Semester

Orientation to Careers in Medicineā„¢ (CiM)- Orientation Week
Receipt of CiM access codes and Student Guides; Orient to site
Assignment of PCM Faculty Advisors

Consider/Plan activities for upcoming summer (see Research and Other Enrichment Opportunities sections of Student Affairs website)
Consider participating in Student Interest Groups
Watch for Career Counseling/Residency Planning Upcoming Events section of this website:

Class Meeting: Residency Planning is a 4-Year Process
Class Meeting: Planning Your Summer Experience
Class Meeting: Year Off Research Scholarships

First Year Spring Semester

Begin CiM Phase I (Understanding Yourself)

Finalize plans for upcoming summer (see Research and Other Enrichment Opportunities sections of Student Affairs website)

Watch Career Counseling/Residency Planning Events section of this website for the following:

    Career Night (Alumni Association)
    Family Medicine summer programs meeting
    AMSA Residency Fair
    Interest group meetings

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Second Year Fall Semester

Complete CiM Phase I (Understanding Yourself)
Begin CiM Phase II (Exploring Options)
Watch Career Counseling/Residency Planning Events section of this website for the following:

    Class Meeting: Overview of the Clinical Years
    Class Meeting: USMLE Registration Process
    Interest group meetings

Second Year Spring Semester

Continue CiM Phase II (Exploring Options)
Pick Third Year schedule (individual scheduling days assigned by lottery)
Take USMLE Step 1 (after completion of First Year)
Watch Career/Residency Planning Events section of this website for the following:

    Class Meeting: Introduction to 3rd Year
    Interest group meetings
    Career Night (Alumni Association)
    AMSA Residency Fair

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Third Year Summer & Fall Semesters

Continue CiM Phase II (Exploring Options)
Begin to obtain letters of recommendation for residency (use ERAS cover sheet)
Watch Career Counseling/Residency Planning Events section of this website for the following:

    Class Meeting: Elective Meeting

Third Year Spring Semester

Complete CiM Phase II (Exploring Options)
Begin CiM Phase III (Decision Making)
Continue to obtain letters of recommendation for residency (use ERAS cover sheet)
Narrow specialty choices and/or choose specialty
Begin to work on CV and Personal Statement(s)
Arrange Fourth Year schedule and MSPE appointment (individual scheduling days assigned by lottery)
Watch Career Counseling/Residency Planning Events section of this website for the following:

    Class Meeting: Interviewing & Internships Meeting

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Fourth Year Summer & Fall Semesters

Register for Step 2-CS (this exam can be taken in the Fall. EVERYONE SHOULD BE REGISTERED BY THE SUMMER (AT THE START OF THEIR FOURTH YEAR)

Complete CiM Phase III (Decision Making)
Begin CiM Phase IV: (Getting into Residency)
Continue to obtain letters of recommendation for residency (use ERAS cover sheet)
Complete CV and Personal Statement(s)
Register with MyERAS (EVERYONE) and, if applicable, CAS and complete ERAS application and, if applicable, CAS and/or other applications
Register with NRMP (EVERYONE) and, if applicable, other matches (e.g., San Francisco Match, Urology Match, Military Match)
Attend MSPE meeting

Take/Pass USMLE Step 2-CK (in relatively rare instances, this may be delayed; consult a Student Affairs Dean if you are considering delaying Step 2-CK)

Interview with residency programs

 

Fourth Year Spring Semester

Continue interviews with residency programs
Take/Pass Step 2-CK and take Step 2-CS, if not already done
Watch Career Counseling/Residency Planning Events section of this website for the following:

    Class Meeting: R3 (registration, ranking, and results) Meeting
    Submit and CERTIFY rank order lists
    MATCH...CELEBRATE!!!
    Class Meeting: 4th Year Feedback

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