Clinical and Research Experience
Using your clinical rotations to explore specialties
Clerkships are crucial for gathering information to make an informed specialty choice.
Obtaining clinical experience in the United States
Many international medical graduates struggle with obtaining clinical experience in the United States. Here's help to find these valuable experiences.
Strategies for getting clinical experience early in medical school
How can I get some exposure to the specialties I’m interested in before starting clerkships?
What to do during summer vacation
What kind of experiences should I seek and how can I explore specialties during my summer break after first year?
Is a career-related experience between first and second year necessary to match?
Is research, international, or service experience between first and second year necessary to match successfully?
Scheduling clinical rotations
Timing rotations with making a specialty decision and scheduling residency interviews can be tricky. Get the resources you’ll need to pull it off successfully.
Planning your third year
There are no hard-and-fast rules for determining the order of clerkships, but excessive scheming or wasting lots of time on this decision seems unwarranted..
Planning your fourth year
We asked an advisor about the most important things for you to do early in your fourth year.
The Coalition for Physician Accountability has updated (April 2021) their recommendations for medical student away rotations for the 2021-2022 academic year. Additionally, individual specialties have added their own recommendations.
Overview: Away electives
Audition electives are an opportunity to showcase your skills at programs where you’d like to match. Explore the benefits and drawbacks to this popular option.
Is it ever too early to ask for a letter of recommendation?
At this early stage in my medical education, is it premature to request a letter?
How important are the mixed comments from my first clerkship evaluation?
My first clerkship evaluation comments were mixed. When program directors review applications, how important are the comments from clerkship evaluations?