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Career Advisors

Career Advisors

Career advising at the Texas A&M College of Medicine starts at the beginning of your first year. Multiple teams and mentors are instrumental in helping every medical student develop and understand the decision-making process it takes to find the right choices for your future career. At the College of Medicine, you have frequent opportunities to meet with advisors and career counselors. They will guide you through many valuable perspectives on careers in medicine.

Assistant Dean for Career Advising

The Assistant Dean for Medical Student Career Advising leads the AAMC Careers in Medicine program starting in the first year, as well as workshops and programs like Doc Talks, to help you explore specialty options. You can meet one-on-one to discuss your career goals and the medical specialties you are considering. 

Student affairs Deans

In addition to the assistant dean for career advising, there are five Student Affairs Deans dedicated to career advising and counseling services in the Office of Student Affairs. Each campus has a dedicated Student Affairs dean to provide counseling throughout the four years of medical school.

Academic Navigators

Your Academic Navigator, assigned on your first day of medical school, is an important initial career advisor. During individual meetings, your Academic Navigator may direct you to valuable resources and individuals who cater to your interests.

Core Advisors

Core Advisors for all specialties are available to discuss any questions you may have about a specialty you are interested in or any other specialty you are considering.

The specific duties of a core advisor are:

  • Serve as a resource to answer questions about getting into that specific specialty
  • From M1-M3’s from any campus
  • Most communications will be via email. A phone call or in-person visit may be arranged if the advisor wishes.
  • Second opinion source for M3’s and M4’s regarding their specialty
  • Field questions from specialty-specific advisors regarding difficult or unusual situations.
  • Some core advisors may elect to serve as a specialty-specific advisor as well. In about February of year 3, students will be assigned a personal specialty-specific advisor based on their specialty of choice.

At any time during medical school, if a student has questions about a specific specialty, questions may be directed to campus Student Affairs Deans or email questions to one of the Core Advisors.

Specialty Advisors

Specialty Advisors work in specific medical specialties and provide guidance to students interested in that field. You will choose a specialty and be assigned an appropriate Specialty Advisor in Year 3. Specialty Advisors can advise on individual programs in their field; review/edit your CV, personal statement, and other residency application materials; and provide letters of recommendation. They are familiar with the application process within their specialty.