Academic Advising Four Year Guide & Timeline

 

UTRGV School of Medicine Academic Advising Four Year Guide & Timeline

Year 1

  • Orientation to Academic Advising
  • Connect with your advisor or mentor
  • Know your advisee/mentee responsibilities
  • Understand the role of your academic advisor
  • Attend scheduled meetings with your academic advisor and learning specialist
  • Attend all academic skills presentations
  • Get help early if you perceive a need
  • Begin to participate in tutoring, faculty help sessions, open lab hours, clinical skills sessions and study groups
  • Attend cim presentations and activities
  • Begin taking self-assessments to maximize your study skills and reading comprehension
  • Read all information regarding USMLE Step 1 Examination
  • Consider participating in a research or preceptorship if interested

Year 2

  • Continue to connect with your academic advisor
  • Begin to connect with a career mentor
  • Continue to participate in tutoring, faculty help sessions, open lab hours, clinical skills sessions and study groups
  • Get help and remediation as needed
  • Complete self-assessments in CIM
  • Review your assessment results with your advisor and career mentor
  • Begin gathering basic information about specialties of interest
  • Attend specialty interest groups and panels at your school
  • Attend clerkship related presentations
  • Participate in site selections
  • Conduct informational interviews or participate in preceptorships
  • Compare your assessment results to the information you’ve gathered about specialties
  • Plan your third-year schedule
  • Prepare for the USMLE Step 1 using high yield resources
  • Take the USMLE Step 1

 

Year 3

  • Connect with your clerkship director
  • Continue to participate in group discussions
  • Periodically, connect with your academic advisor as needed
  • Get help and remediation as needed
  • Read all about professionalism
  • Begin clinical rotations; record your reflections on the Clinical Rotation Evaluation
  • Review competitiveness data to assess your qualifications
  • Join appropriate specialty associations and organizations
  • Meet with your advisor and clerkship director to discuss your top specialty preferences
  • Complete the Specialty Indecision Scale if you're having difficulty making a specialty decision
  • Monitor when ERAS opens for applicants
  • Register with ERAS and begin preparing residency application materials
  • Request letters of recommendation from faculty in your chosen specialty

 

Year 4

  • Periodically, connect with your academic advisor as needed
  • Get help and remediation as needed
  • Look into various Residency training programs. You can do this through the AMA’s FREIDA Online
  • Determine your preferences using the Residency Preference Exercise
  • Register with the National Resident Matching Program® for the Main Residency Match
  • Register for early Match programs, if applicable
  • Begin applying to programs and transmitting applications through ERAS
  • Take USMLE Step 2
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) released
  • Interview with residency programs
  • Rate programs using the Residency Preference Exercise
  • Early Match deadline
  • Rank your selections for the NRMP Main Residency Match
  • Match D