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Career Services

You want to be a doctor. And starting your journey at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville is a great start. But how do you get from here to where you want to be? Our dedicated career counselors and advisors can help you plan your career path.

Career Counselors

Career Counselors are trained clinical faculty members that advise our students about their medical career options and appropriate pathways to reaching their career goals. In addition to sharing their personal knowledge and wisdom, they will guide our students along this journey using the Careers in Medicine tools provided by the AAMC


Careers in Medicine Timeline

The Careers in Medicine (CIM) timeline provides a year-by-year plan to help you reach your career goals.

  • Orientation to Careers in Medicine (CiM)
  • Connect with your Career Counselor

Understand Yourself

  • CompleteCiM self-assessments
  • Review your assessment results with your Career Counselor

Explore Your Options

  • Begin gathering basic information about specialties of interest
  • Attend specialty interest groups and information panels
  • Compare your assessment results to the information you’ve gathered about specialties
  • Meet with Career Counselor to plan your third-year schedule
  • Take USMLE® Step 1
  • Keep notes on reflections after each clinical rotation
  • Join appropriate specialty associations and organizations

Choose a Specialty

  • Meet with your Career Counselor & Specialty Advisor to discuss your top specialty preferences & competitiveness
  • Meet with Career Counselor to plan fourth-year schedule
  • Complete clinical rotations according to specialty map
  • Submit requests for Visiting Rotations at other institutions (if applicable)

Prepare for Residency

  • Register with ERAS and begin preparing residency application materials
  • Request letters of recommendation from faculty in your chosen specialty(ies)
  • Begin reviewing and comparing residency programs
  • Register for Residency Match programs
  • Take USMLE Step 2
  • Meet with Career Counselors to review residency application materials
  • Submit residency applications
  • Interview with residency programs
  • Rank your selections for the NRMP Main Residency Match
  • Match Day !!!!


Specialty Advisors

The Specialty Advisor is a clinical faculty member who is responsible for providing advice to students interested in learning more about the specialty or who have made the decision to apply for residency training in that specialty.

Specialty Advisors:

  • Meet with interested students to answer questions related to their field of expertise
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the current MATCH process, as related to their specialty
  • Advise students about specific residency programs and assist students throughout the application, interview and rank-order listing process
  • Attend annual orientation/training sessions for specialty advisors

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