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Phase I: Understand Yourself

The schedule for Phase I covers your time as an MS1 at Penn State College of Medicine.


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July Expand answer
  • Introduction to AAMCs and PSCOM’s Careers in Medicine Programs
  • Complete Personality Type Inventory on AAMCs CiM Website
  • Student Panel to discuss career resources
August Expand answer
September Expand answer


October Expand answer
November Expand answer
  • Start emailing physicians about MSR research interests
  • Attend Fall Career Fair
  • Attend specialty lunch lectures sponsored by the Student External Medical Society (SEMS)
December Expand answer
  • Meet with your advisor per FPCC schedule


February Expand answer
  • Apply for Leadership Positions in Student Organizations/Student Interest Groups
  • Consider taking advantage of individual career counseling sessions offered throughout the year (society heads, Student Affairs)
  • Continue to consider shadowing opportunities with physicians in field of interest (at least two) using the Early Career Exploration Program.
March Expand answer
  • Finalize plans for MSR Project
  • Meet with your advisor per FPCC schedule


April Expand answer
  • Attend Spring Career Fair
June Expand answer
  • Global Health Program
  • MSR
  • Meet with your advisor per FPCC schedule