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The goal of career and academic advising is to assist students in assessing their interests and abilities, examining their educational and career goals, making decisions, and developing short- and long-term plans to help them meet their objectives (CAS Standards and Guidelines, 2012).

The Excellence in Medical Student Career Advising Faculty Advisor Award recognizes the accomplishments and commitment of a faculty member, clerkship director, or specialty advisor who is dedicated to helping students succeed in fulfilling their career goals by way of “choosing elective courses, evaluating career options, and applying to residency programs” (LCME Standard 11.2).


  1. Individuals serving as a faculty member, clerkship director, or specialty advisor at AAMC- and AACOM-member medical schools or at non-U.S. medical schools that maintain a subscription to Careers in Medicine during the entire award cycle.

    The nominee can be
    1. a faculty member whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of career advising services to students,
    2. an individual whose primary responsibility is teaching and who spends a portion of their time providing career advising services to students,
    3. an individual who is a clinical faculty member providing specialty-specific career advising services to students, or
    4. an individual whose primary role is overseeing career advising activities at the participating institution.
  2. Programs at schools with faculty or staff serving as members of the Careers in Medicine Advisory Committee during the award cycle are eligible for consideration for this award, but the Advisory Committee member affiliated with the nominee shall recuse themselves from the review of that individual.
  3. Previous award winners are ineligible.


Evidence of the following qualities will be used to evaluate nominations:

  1. Ability to establish relationships with students, faculty, and staff through

    1. strong interpersonal skills

    2. frequent contact with advisees

    3. a caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty, and staff

  2. Excellence in the utilization of evidence-based career advising resources such as the AAMC’s Careers in Medicine® program, ERAS data, Residency Explorer, specialty profiles, advising articles, checklists, and training resources to provide students with high quality career advising.

  3. Strong career advising skills by
    1.  participating in and supporting proactive developmental advising to build strong relationships with advisees
    2.  monitoring student progress toward career goals
    3.  seeking and providing helpful support and advice to colleagues on particularly challenging student advising issues