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AAMC Careers in Medicine (CiM)

Choosing a medical specialty is one of the most significant decisions a medical student will make. So the AAMC created Careers in Medicine® (CiM), a career-planning program to help medical students:

  • Identify career goals
  • Explore specialty and practice options
  • Choose a specialty
  • Select and apply to residency programs
  • Make good career decisions

Medical students should approach these goals through a four-step career planning process:

  • Understand yourself
  • Explore options
  • Choose a specialty
  • Land a residency

The major CiM tools that support this process:

  • Self assessments
  • Specialty information
  • Residency program search
  • Choices newsletter (published quarterly featuring specialty information, advice about career-planning and applying to U.S. residency programs)

To be used in conjunction with medical schools'

  • Faculty mentoring/advising program
  • Career-related courses, workshops, and activities
  • Specialty panels