Careers in Medicine@VCU: Find your fit!
Welcome to Careers in Medicine@VCU: Find your fit!
Course and Program Descriptions
VCU School of Medicine developed Project H.E.A.R.T. (Healing with Empathy, Acceptance, Respect and inTegrity) to foster humanistic and compassionate patient care and to provide mentorship for professional development of medical students. Students are divided into groups of eight mentored by a volunteer faculty member. The groups meet at regular intervals during the first three years of medical school. The goal is to maintain humanistic qualities as a developing physician. Please visit the web page for more information on Project H.E.A.R.T.
Careers in Medicine (CiM) Program
- M2 CiM Courses
The CiM course in which all second-year students participate, covers The Match process, qualities that Residency Program Directors look for in their residents, financial considerations and writing effective CVs and Personal Statements. The end product is writing and submitting a CV for which faculty review and give constructive feedback.
Students may continue their personal career development with a six-session spring elective that explores various career topics in a more in-depth way.
- Career Development Workshops
Selected topics are offered during M1, M3 and M4 to address specific needs of medical student career development. The goal is assist students with self-assessment, exploring options and making and implementing effective career decisions. Current workshops include the MBTI, Effective Decision-Making and Match 101/Summer Experience.
Also, in a new two-part program to develop Residency Interviewing skills, a faculty member from the University Career Center presents the nuts and bolts of employment interviewing. Then students are offered hands-on practice through face-to-face interviews or by recording an on-line interview using InterviewStream.
- Individual Career Advising
During M1 and M2, Project HEART mentors serve as students’ advisors. During M3, the students are assigned a specialty advisor for the M4 year, who assists them with planning their M4 schedule and assessing their career interests, along with their perceived strengths and weaknesses in the residency application.
All students, and especially rising M4s, are invited to discuss their career plans and applications for The Match with the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. He discusses qualifications and competitiveness for the various residency programs students are considering.
- Curriculum Vita and Personal Statement Review
Student Affairs staff are always available to review students’ CV’s and personal statements at any point during their time in the School of Medicine. Students may submit their materials via email to Janet Mundie or Dr. Chris Woleben.
- Career Fairs and Residency Information Sessions
During Workshop Week, rising M4s are invited to attend specialty information sessions with residency program directors. The Alumni Career Fair, sponsored jointly with the VCU SOM Development Office, provides students the opportunity to talk with alumni and residency program directors to gain insight about specialties and practice options.