Now, their solution is serving as a national model. We had been experiencing student dissatisfaction with career planning, said Dr. Ken Olive, executive associate dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs. curriculum vitaeWe assigned advisors from day one, but the students werent going to see them. We started looking at what motivates medical students, and in the first two years, it is grades. With that in mind, Olive and Dr. Tom Kwasigroch, associate dean for Student Affairs at the medical school, proposed a curriculum change that made career exploration mandatory for all Quillen students via a three-year course called the Career Explorations Program. The course involves self-assessments that help individuals determine what type of doctors they might be best suited to become. It also includes a variety of requirements to better prepare students to make these significant career decisions. In that first year, physicians from different specialties come do panel discussions, the students learn how to prepare a curriculum vitae, they commit to looking at specialties and they meet one-on-one with a faculty advisor for exploration of interests and abilities, Olive said. In the second and third years, there are more panels, they update their CVs and they meet with the advisor again.
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