Mentoring and Career Counseling


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’. Learn about Preceptorships to explore during your first and second year of Medical School.

College Mentors:

With the Colleges Program at UW School of Medicine, 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 or specific guidance on pursuing fields of medicine different from their own.

Career Advisor:

Our Director of Career Advising, Dr. Mark Wicks, at UW School of Medicine is available throughout your four years of  medical school to answer questions and concerns regarding career decision-making. He can help you decide which specialties to consider for residency training and direct you to the appropriate departmental career counselors (PDF)​.  He can assist you in preparing your personal statements and preparing to interview for residency programs.

Departmental Counselor/Advisors:

Every specialty within UWSOM has identified departmental career counselors (PDF)​. These are the faculty physicians to contact as you reach your third year. They can answer questions their specialties, the likelihood of you having a successful match, the rotations they recommend for your fourth year, and residencies to consider applying to. Each student has the opportunity to be assigned an individual departmental counselor in the spring of 3rd year.

Contact Us:

  • Dr. Mark Wicks, Director of Medical Student Career Advising is available to discuss, advise and help direct you in choosing a career path in medicine that is right for you. Mark's office is: T-557, Email: or phone: 206.221.3855.
  • Michelle Fleming, Interim Director, Student Affairs Operations, is available to help with your specific questions and direct you through the application to residency process via ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service), MSPE, and the various Match programs. Michelle is located in A-300. Stop by any time-appointments are not necessary. Email or call 206.543.0922.
  • Dr. Ellen Cosgrove, the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, located in A-300 is always available to guide you and answer questions you may have. Email