Career Connections

M2 Career Connections: Exploring Your Options

The goal of career exploration is to discover the qualities and qualifications of various specialties, how they match your personal characteristics, and the training paths and possible practice settings available. This is through Student Interest Groups, Interactive sessions and Clerkships.


Class Year Timeline Activities and Tasks Suggestions for Career Planning
Year 2   Throughout the Year
Late October Speed-dating session held by Memphis Medical Society -
Discuss specialty specifics with Memphis area physicians
  • Volunteer as a Peer Mentor and choose to work with a different faculty member, one who has similar career interests;
  • Use your community preceptor for additional advice;
  • Go to Student Interest Group sessions;
  • Shadow physicians when given the opportunity. Ask your Faculty Mentor for advice;
  • Visit COM Student Affairs Website:
  • Take advantage of Alumni Panels.
Mid February M2 Orientation to Clerkships

Match 201 Session with Dean of Student Affairs -Update on the Match Process
Late October Alternative Career Session with non-traditional medical fields
  Step 1 USMLE
  Schedule and take early. The score matters greatly; however, delaying to study more does not pay off. The best scores are from students who take the exam as soon as they can after the end of the second year and after usually only a month of review. The scores correlate to grades, therefore it seems that no one can drastically improve their score over what their baseline of knowledge allows.

Office of Student Affairs

910 Madison Ave, #1043
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5684
Fax: (901) 448-7085

Associate Dean

Owen P. Phillips, M.D.

Executive Dean:
David M. Stern, M.D.