3 career steps to take during your last year of medical school

Published on: Nov 13, 2017


The last year of medical school is exciting - you finally get to work with patients and you're closer than ever to realizing your career goals. Now it's time to take steps to make those dreams a reality.

Here are three ways you can get started:

1. Define your career goals now

Perhaps it's always been your aspiration to become a physician, but now it's time to set concrete goals and realistic expectations. You may still be in school, but it's never too early to start researching what kind of organizations you'd like to work with. Is your goal to open your own practice? Or do you want to work for a larger hospital?

You should also consider the geographic locations you'd like to work in. If you have your heart set on a particular city, you may have to adjust your expectations. For instance, would you be willing to accept a lower salary if it means you get to stay close to home? If you want to branch out and move to another state, you will need additional certifications. Write down a list of your goals, prioritize them, and start taking steps toward their fulfillment as soon as possible.

Your final year of medical school is the perfect time to define your career goals.Your final year of medical school is the perfect time to define your career goals.

2. Find mentors and supporters

One of the best things about medical school is that you're constantly surrounded by people who can help you realize your goals, whether they be teachers, academic advisors, practicing physicians or classmates. Growing your professional network now means you'll have a bigger support group to fall back on when you're launching your career.

For instance, if you're on a rotation that you absolutely love, be sure to tell as many people as you can. Physician assistant Megan Tetlow noted that word travels fast within medical institutions, and sometimes all it takes is a little extra enthusiasm to get the right people interested in you.

3. Foster relationships with recruiters

During your last year of medical school, you may be approached by recruiters. Even if you're not interested in the specific role they are trying to fill, take the time to speak with these recruiters. Tell them about your aspirations and make him or her a part of your network. You never know when a new position might open up, and these professionals will think of you when something that fits your profile appears.

If you don't know where to start, consider perusing medical job boards such as myHealthTalent.com. You can research job listings, get a better idea of what employers are looking for and uniquely position yourself to meet their hiring needs.

Ready to take your next step? Sign up for automated job alerts at myHealthTalent.com today. The last year of medical school is exciting - you finally get to work with patients and you’re closer than ever to realizing your career dreams