Advising and Career Development

Career and Professional Development is a major goal for medical students while at UCSF, consisting of collaborative teamwork, self-directed learning, and reflective practice.

Important Announcements

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  • The UCSF Occupational Health Program is holding its annual flu shot clinics. Free flu shots will be provided to all students, employees, and volunteers with UCSF identification at drop-in clinics at various locations from October 1 - 17, 2012.

  • ASSM Fall Elections are here! MS1s are invited to vote for their Class Representatives and Social Chairs. MS2, MS3, and MS4 classes have the opportunity to vote for a Co-President to share ASSM leadership responsibilities with Chelsea Young (MS3) who was elected in April 2012.

"My advisory college mentors have really gone out of their way to make our college into a community. Meeting with my mentor was great and made me feel like I had someone who was paying attention to me as an individual." - Medical Student

Who's On Your Advising Team?

FPC Competency Coaches - Starting in the first year, small group coaches work to help students understand UCSF's MD Competencies and guide their development to reach the established milestones.

Advisory College Mentors - The Advisory College Program is designed to provide mentoring and personalized academic advising, facilitate student communication among peers and faculty, and guide students through an array of educational resources, timelines, clinical care settings, and prospective career options.

Interest Groups - Getting involved with interest groups is a great way for students to learn more about various careers in medicine. Students learn more about career and professional options, career lifestyles, research and educational opportunities, shadowing opportunities, schedule planning, residency application tips/resources.

Medical Student Services Advising Team - Cha Viloria and Heather Peng advise students on the clinical curriculum and help ensure that all requirements are met while students also pursue personal areas of interest.

Career Advisors - Career Advisors are UCSF faculty who have been selected by their department to advise medical students through the specialty selection and residency application process.

UIM Mentors - The Underrepresented in Medicine (UIM) mentoring program provides targeted experiences for underrepresented medical students and facilitates mentorship from physicians at UCSF and throughout the Bay Area. These volunteers donate their time to invest in the next generation of medical professionals by sharing institutional knowledge, wisdom, and emotional support.

Associate Deans - Dr. Susan Masters, Associate Dean for Curriculum, and Dr. Maxine Papadakis, Associate Dean for Students, are always happy to meet with medical students to discuss their curricular progress, career planning, or general advising questions.