Career Advisory Program

About CAP

From the first day of enrollment, the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), aided by a large group of specialty advisors and department chairs, assists students in beginning to mold your career as a physician. Whether the goal is to be a generalist or specialist, hospital or community-based, research or practice-oriented physician, the OSA provides support and guidance. Some students will have planned a career path before applying to medical school; most will have open minds as to what they want to do with their medical education; many may change direction based on their medical school experiences and the physicians they meet who become their role models. There are multiple people involved in the guidance of students as they choose from almost limitless electives available in the fourth year, both locally, nationally, and abroad.

Our Career Advising Program helps all students create a rich and varied experience with many guideposts along the way. The goal of this program is to enhance students' professional development by providing personal and career-oriented support through individual and small group meetings with the OSA Deans and participation in developmentally appropriate programs, events, and workshops.

The Career Advising Program is not meant to guide a student into a specific Residency. The OSA Deans and Faculty Advisors will, however, be expert resources regarding clinical, research, and educational opportunities available to students, in addition to providing information on support services guiding students with personal and career exploration.


Getting to know and understand yourself and exploring your options

  • CAP Lunch: During the second half of the first year small groups of students meet with two of the deans for student affairs. These lunches provide an opportunity for students to discuss approaches to making career choices and discuss the myriad opportunities for the summer break between first and second year.
  • Class Meetings: Town halls tailored to different steps and milestones through out the medical school journey.
    • Electives
    • Scheduling
    • Intro to 3rd and 4th year
    • Residency Application Overview
    • Interviews
    • Rank Order List/SOAP Townhall
  • AAMC Careers in Medicine Program: An interactive online tool for career self-assesment and unbiased medical specialty information. Use this site to begin career self-assesment.
    • Understand Yourself
    • Explore Options
  • Student Interest Groups: Medical and surgical specialty interest groups are student-run organizations, supervised by relevant faculty wherein students have the opportunity to explore aspects of various disciplines. For example, the surgery interest group holds "suturing nights", and the emergency medicine interest group hosts a "phlebotomy night." Students are encouraged to explore multiple interest groups.
  • Shadowing: Through shadowing students get to explore different specialties, nurture their interests, increase motivation and build relationships with physicians who become mentors and future colleagues.
  • Career Advisement Nights: Meet and interact with a Faculty Advisor in one of the following departments - Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Neurosurgery, OB/GYN, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Surgery and Urology.
  • Summer Research: Summer between years 1 and 2: Students can engage in research activities in areas they may be considering as career options. Others explore their interest in Global Health, and many combine research and Global Health. There is ample funding for these opportunities through the Office of Medical Student Research and the Global Health Office.
  • Inside the Doctors Studio: "Inside the Doctors Studio": a take-off on the television series, "Inside the Actors Studio," is a series led by students who invite prominent faculty members to discuss all aspects of their professional lives. These sessions are video-captured so those who are unable to attend can subsequently view them. This activity is held bi-monthly throughout the academic year. Annually, there is a session with alumni who are engaged in alternative careers in medicine.
  • Career Exploration Conference
  • Self-Exploration Workshop: An introduction to the AAMC CiM tool
  • Career Speed Networking: An opportunity to explore and interact with different specialties with Einstein Alumni
  • Infographics
  • Electives: Opportunities for students to take courses outside of the general required courses
  • The Undifferentiated Medical Student


Find guidance and support on your journey through medical school

  • OSA Deans
  • Peer Advisors
  • Einstein Connect
  • Departmental Advisors: Each clinical department has a designated Faculty Advisor to help you with career choices.
  • Career Speed Networking : Explore different specialties and career options in this event and find out everything you wanted to know about careers in medicine and research
  • Research Mentorship


Preparing you for applying to residency and your path beyond medical school

  • Roadmap to Residency-Designed by the aamc for students who wish to pursue a medical residency. This useful guide walks aspiring residents through the process, from understanding what a residency program is, to navigating the application process, to preparing for residency.
  • Specialty Dinners
  • Panels with recent graduates: Students hear from recent Einstein graduates on their experiences throughout the application process and their first year of residency
  • Program Director Q&A: An opportunity for 4th year students to learn more about a specialty and tips on interviewing as they prepare for residency interviews
  • Academius: prep for interviews via reviews from alumni, track your interview progress, and simulate your rank list.
  • FREIDA: The AMA Residency & Fellowship Database allows you to search for a residency or fellowship from more than 12,000 programs - all accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
  • Match Information: Information and data on previous matches of einstein students.
  • Mock Interviews: Opportunity to practice for residency interviews and receive feedback on interviewing skills.
  • Interview Stream-InterviewStream is a web-based mock interview program that allows users to record an interview and re-watch it or submit it to the website where a workforce advisor can view the video and provide feedback
  • Texas Star: is a nationwide survey and online tool administered by the UT Southwestern Medical School to help medical school deans, advisers, and fourth-year medical students navigate the match process more effectively.

Career Planning by Year

Preclinical (1st and 2nd Years)

  • CAP Lunch
  • AAMC Careers in Medicine Program
  • Mandatory Class Meetings
  • Student Interest Groups
  • Shadowing
  • CAP Nights
  • Dean Advising Meetings
3rd Year
  • Transition to Clerkship Course
  • 4th year planning meeting
  • Mandatory Class meetings
  • CAP Nights
4th Year
  • Mandatory Class Meetings
  • MSPE Meetings
  • Electives
  • Residency Bootcamp
  • Match Week