Modeled after the AAMC Careers in Medicine Program, Harvard Medical School (HMS) has a longitudinal, phase-based career advising plan aimed at providing students with:
- Exposure to specialties during the Preclerkship (Pre-PCE) phase
- Opportunities to explore within specialties during the PCE (Principal Clinical Experience)
- Specialty selection during the Post-PCE phase of the curriculum and the Road to Residency
Coinciding with all of these opportunities is an advising relationship developed with the Society Advisors throughout students’ tenure at HMS and with the PCE and Post-PCE specialty advisors during the clinical portion of the curriculum.
Students are encouraged to begin their career assessment through the AAMC Careers in Medicine online program. Students need a log-in ID number to participate, which will be given at the beginning of their first academic year.
Spanning all years, faculty and staff support HMS students through mentorship and enrichment opportunities in both individual and group settings.
Every student attends formal one-on-one advisory sessions during each phase of the curriculum (Preclerkship, PCE and Post-PCE) for a combination of academic, career and life advising. In addition to the formal, required advising sessions, students are encouraged to schedule informal advising sessions as well.
Students take advantage of the resources available to them throughout their training at HMS to help them shape their individual medical career experience.