Year 1 & 2

​​​​​​Year 1

  • Register for an AAMC account to access Careers in Medicine, a great resource as you move through 4 years of preparing for a career.
  • Look into joining a SOM student organization specialty interest group.
  • Each medical student is assigned a mentor to act as his or her advisor and advocate throughout their four years of medical school. In the first and second year, the focus is academic counseling. The focus shifts toward career counseling in the third and fourth years. Mentors are an important source of general information and guidance concerning careers in medicine. Some students have a clear idea of what fields they are interested in, but many students do not. Your mentor's role is to help you explore your interests, be a sounding board for ideas, and direct you to appropriate resources. Your mentor will not provide in-depth detailed information about applying to residencies.
  • Arrange a preceptorship. Preceptors are practicing physicians who volunteer to give personal instruction, training, and supervision to a medical student. A preceptorship experience during the first two years of medical school is a mentoring experience.
Departmental preceptorship coordinators
Preceptorships for first and second year students

Year 2

The Step 1 exam is taken after your second year in medical school. Step I is considered an indicator of your basic science knowledge, and many residency programs use it as a cut off score, below which applicants are unlikely to get an interview. This exam is important, even 'less competitive' specialties value a strong Step 1 score.

NBME - National Board of Medical Examiners
Step 1 - All about Step 1 from USMLE - US Medical Licensing Exam
Taking the Step 1 exam at UW
Preparing for Step 1