Considering future career options can be a daunting task for medical students, especially those who have yet to begin their clerkship training. There is also increased pressure to make career decisions early into their third-year clerkship to help best prepare for their future residency application. This past month, the SMP Office of Student Affairs hosted an inaugural ‘Careers Night’ event to offer students an opportunity to learn more about the different careers in medicine.
The event featured eleven physicians representing family medicine and numerous specialties. First, a panel discussion allotted time for each physician to speak about their type of practice and lifestyle. Second, a career ‘speed dating’ activity allowed students to choose several potential career options and meet with physicians during small group discussions. The response from students was exceedingly positive and they recommended the event be hosted annually. A special thanks to Dr. Connie Hull, Carri Folk, Lisa Roe and SMP students Hannah Duyvewaardt, Olivia Guerra, and Aaron Sobkowicz in helping organize this year’s event.