Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Education

Career Development Timeline

Throughout the Feinberg education program, students have many opportunities to explore and develop career interests in medicine through required meetings and activities, as well as experiences pursued during free time. The chart below outlines the opportunities (required and extracurricular) during each phase of the Feinberg curriculum. Hover over the category names and boxes below for definitions and dates.

Specialty Interest Groups (SIGs)

Visit Specialty Interest Groups for upcoming event and contact information.

Focused Clinical Experiences

Students can choose from a number of short, focused clinical experiences which bring them into the clinical environment to work with health care practitioners on real-world examples, ensuring that they can apply classroom knowledge.

Visit Focused Clinical Experiences for more information.

Class Meetings

These meetings are intended to cover career advising and exploration opportunities. Details will be e-mailed to students in advance of each class meeting.

Department Meetings

These are meetings for Phases 2 and 3 for students to learn about the residency application process for a specific department/specialty.

Career Fair

These sessions include general information about each specialty.

Portfolio Review

During portfolio review, for Personal Awareness and Self Care Standard 3, students should review the career pages to reflect on career options.

AAMC Careers in Medicine

Careers in Medicine offers key information and tools to help medical students make informed decisions around selecting a specialty and applying for residency.

Individual Career Counseling

Meet with one of the educational deans to discuss specialty options. Visit Career Development & Residency for more information.

Specialty Interest Groups (SIGs)

Visit Specialty Interest Groups for upcoming event and contact information.

Focused Clinical Experiences

Students can choose from a number of short, focused clinical experiences which bring them into the clinical environment to work with health care practitioners on real-world examples, ensuring that they can apply classroom knowledge.

Visit Focused Clinical Experiences for more information.

Class Meetings

These meetings are intended to cover career advising and exploration opportunities. Details will be e-mailed to students in advance of each class meeting.

Department Meetings

These are meetings for Phases 2 and 3 for students to learn about the residency application process for a specific department/specialty.

Career Fair

These sessions include general information about each specialty.

Portfolio Review

During portfolio review, for Personal Awareness and Self Care Standard 3, students should review the career pages to reflect on career options.

AAMC Careers in Medicine

Careers in Medicine offers key information and tools to help medical students make informed decisions around selecting a specialty and applying for residency.

Individual Career Counseling

Meet with one of the educational deans to discuss specialty options. Visit Career Development & Residency for more information.