Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Advising and Career Planning

Upon matriculation, all students are assigned an Advisory Dean with whom they will meet at least once per semester to discuss academic and personal progress. This important program serves to foster a mentoring relationship between faculty and students throughout their time at Penn Med.

The Career Counseling Program at the Perelman Schol of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania begins in the first year with Career Seminars and Specialty Open Houses. These programs are held throughout the year and are focused toward introducing students to various specialties as well as providing shadowing and mentoring opportunities for the pre-clinical years. During their third year, students are assigned to a faculty Career Counselor, from each specialty in which they have an interest, to provide advice on how to prepare for the residency application process and match.

Students at every level are encouraged to participate in the Student Specialty Societies to gain more information regarding individual specialties. These societies sponsor educational events and mentoring programs. An annual Career Night is held for third year students in March. This is an opportunity for the graduating students to give their advice to the next class on the residency application process. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs, faculty advisors, career counselors, and staff members in the Offices of Student Affairs and the Registrar meet with students to provide curriculum/clinical elective advice throughout the specialty selection and residency application process.

Page Updated: 11-Sep-2013