The Office of Medical Education (OME) and the Office of Medical Curriculum (OMC) mentor students in formats that are tailored to their individual needs and levels.
First and Second Years
Students are placed in mentoring “families” that provide peer support and social interactions. These groups, which include fourth-year students from the Gold Humanism Honor Society, are formed and facilitated by the student-mentorship committee.
Twice a year, families come together to dine with community physicians, many of whom are UB medical school alumni. These gatherings provide students with an opportunity to explore career paths and receive support from physicians practicing in fields of interest to them.
In sessions provided by OME, students discover what their learning style is and are taught skills relevant to their style.
Student are also provided with individual guidance as requested or needed and may be referred to on-campus learning specialists or student-led tutoring groups.
Careers in medicine
Students are introduced to and guided in the use of the Careers in Medicine (CiM) tutorials of the Association of American Medical Colleges, https://www.aamc.org/cim/.
Individualized career planning
During their first year, students are offered the opportunity to meet individually with a dean in OME to:
- have their resume critiqued
- discuss potential summer opportunities
- request letters of recommendation for these opportunities.
After the first year, students can request individual meetings to discuss:
- general career plans
- year-out research options
- dual-degree programs
- other learning opportunities
In conjunction with Polity and the Medical Alumni Association, OME and OMC provide information to students about leadership roles for their personal and professional development.
Professional development and guidance
Clinical clerkships begin with a day-long orientation, followed by the Student Clinician Ceremony, which prepares students for the transition from classroom to the clinical setting.. Monthly class meetings address career planning and professional development.
During intersession, students learn to prepare their curriculum vitae (CV) and personal statements for residency program applications. They also meet in small groups with faculty and/or program directors to discuss the residency application process and to learn how to gauge their competitiveness and fit for the field they intend to pursue.
Individualized career planning
Each student will meet with a student affairs’ Dean to begin preparing the medical student performance evaluation (MSPE), or Dean’s letter, for their residency applications. This meeting combines the personalization of the MSPE with career choice, guidance and preparation of the application packet.
With the help of career advisors, students are individually coached in the preparation of their residency application, including the process of finding a specialty match that is aligned with their interests and academic performance. OME holds mock-interview nights to train students in group and individualized interviewing skills.
OME staff also will review students’ program lists as needed and monitor progress through the application and interview processes.
Association of American Medical Colleges – Roadmap to Residency 2015 http://members.aamc.org/eweb/upload/Roadmap_to_Residency.pdf
Careers in Medicine (CiM) tutorials of the Association of American Medical Colleges https://www.aamc.org/cim/.
National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) - Charting Outcomes in the Match 2016 http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Charting-Outcomes-US-Allopathic-Seniors-2016.pdf
National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) – Program Director’s Survey 2016 http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/NRMP-2016-Program-Director-Survey.pdf