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.

To find upcoming SIG events/meetings, see the Upcoming Career Information Sessions.

To find upcoming SIG events/meetings, see the Upcoming Career Information Sessions.

To find upcoming SIG events/meetings, see the Upcoming Career Information Sessions.

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.

Provide brief experiences in a wide variety of specialty environments.

Visit Focused Clinical Experiences for more information.

Provide brief experiences in a wide variety of specialty environments.

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.

August
Overview of Feinberg career development
(College Meetings)

December 12
Hughes Auditorium

April 20
Hughes Auditorium

July 25
Daniel Hale Williams Auditorium

October 3
Daniel Hale Williams Auditorium

November 28
Daniel Hale Williams Auditorium
January 9
Daniel Hale Williams Auditorium

June 17
Overview/Timeline of the M3 Year 

August 24
The MSPE and AOA

November 11
Exploring Specialties and CVs
Prentice L

April 24
Unique Characteristics and Personal Statements

July 13
Early Match Overview
Baldwin

July 19
Match Overview
Daniel Hale Williams Auditorium

September 14
Residency Interviewing
Hughes Auditorium

January 18
Rank Order Lists and Matching Strategies
Hughes Auditorium

February 8
Rank Order Lists and Matching Strategies
Hughes Auditorium

Department Meetings

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

Evening sessions introduce students to details about residency selection in each specialty(Available November). For schedules, please see Information Sessions.

Evening sessions introduce students to details about residency selection in each specialty(Available November). For schedules, please see Information Sessions.

Career Fair

These sessions include general information about each specialty.

October 7th, Prentice

October 7th, Prentice

October 7th, Prentice

October 7th, Prentice

Portfolio Review

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

January/February
Formative Review with your college mentor of progress toward your learning goals, including discussion of career aspirations. 

September/October
Formative Review with your college mentor of progress toward your learning goals, including discussion of career aspirations.

February/March
Summative Review

November/December
Formative Review with your college mentor of progress toward your learning goals, including discussion of career aspirations.

May
Summative Review

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.

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

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

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

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