The Longitudinal Career Development component of the Transition Course will assist medical students in developing the knowledge and skills to make a thoughtful specialty and residency choice.  Full implementation of this longitudinal course begins in 2014. During the initial implementation of this course, students will be  given 1 week credit for their career development work to date and for meeting the M4 year requirements listed above.


At the end of this course, each student should be able to:

1. Demonstrate they have had exposure to various medical specialty career options
2. Develop a strategic plan for the residency Match as evidenced by making a decision on the specialty to which the student will apply, and to complete and discuss the Match Advising Worksheet with the OSA Advisor.
3. Complete the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) documents – curriculum vitae, personal statement, ERAS Common Application, secure 3 or 4 letters of recommendation – in a timely manner.
4. Match to a residency training position or have other post-graduation plans.
5.Unique course requirements for students not interested in pursuing residency training will be resolved by discussion with the course director or Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.


Final Pass/Fail grade given during M4 year.

Note: It is required that students receive midpoint feedback regarding their progress.


1. Participate in discussions during Team-Based Advising sessions held in M1 and M2 years; sessions are facilitated by a clinical faculty advisor and an advisor from the Office of Student Affairs.

2. Complete online Careers in Medicine (CIM) modules.

3. Participate in a minimum number of experiential, career-related activities such as shadowing a clinician, partipation in the College’s Mentors Program, completing a research project, and/or attending panel discussions, specialty interest group meetings, departmental presentations, professional meetings, and skills sessions.

4. Meet with OSA Advisor for post-M2 year specialty decision discussion and feedback and to discuss USMLE Step 1 score as related to the specialty choice.

5. Do Careers in Medicine’s Clinical Rotation Evaluation forms that involve reflective writing upon completion of the core clinical rotations of the third year.

6. Meet with OSA Advisor during M3 year/beginning of M4 year to discuss M4 schedule lottery strategies, the M4 Match Advising Worksheet, USMLE Step 2 scheduling strategies, and the ERAS application, including a discussion on securing letters of recommendation.


Program Number: CLER 670
 UI Health
Course Director: Trevonne M. Thompson, MD
Email: tthomps@uic.edu 
Telephone: 312-355-0445
Duration:  4 years, longitudinal
Night Call:  No
Weekends:  No
Students Accepted:  All students, M1 thru M4 years
Housestaff Used as Faculty: No
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 
Laboratory/Independent Study:
Outpatient:  N/A
Inpatient:  N/A
Total Hours/Week:  Varies

Reporting Instructions: Students will be emailed in advance of the start date with specfic instrucitons for the first day.

Updated:  6/17/16