Gwen C McIntosh,University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health,Madison,WI; David Levine,Morehouse School of Medicine,,; Kirstin Nackers,University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health,,; Sandra Sanguino,Northwestern University,,; Bob Drucker,Duke University,,; Patricia McBurney,Medical University of South Carolina,,


The residency match is an increasingly competitive process whose landscape has changed substantially in recent years. There is a growing need for career advisors to be knowledgeable about current match data and to understand the factors associated with match risk. This workshop will enhance a clerkship director's career advising skills to better serve students hoping to match into a pediatric residency.

This workshop seeks to increase pediatric educators’ knowledge and skills as career advisors through a highly interactive review of current match data and an introduction of tools and resources to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of career advising. Workshop leaders include current clerkship directors, former residency program directors, and current student affairs deans to provide different perspectives on this complex issue. Particpants will practice with case-based career advising vignettes.  The workshop will conclude with the development of strategies to promote career advising skills among other faculty at participants’ home institutions.

  1. Describe the landscape of the current pediatric residency match
  2. Identify the factors associated with the risk of a poor match outcome
  3. Utilize tools and data sources to improve your career advising skills
  4. Develop strategies to further build the career advising skills of the faculty at your institution

Methods and Content:

The workshop will begin with a facilitated large group discussion on the current landscape of the pediatric residency match highlighting national match data and trends (Objective 1). We will then transition to small group brainstorm on the risk factors associated with poor match outcome and review of match risk assessment tools including a data driven debrief on match risk factors (Objective 2). In a large group activity, we will introduce data resources to enhance career advising skills followed by a small group problem solving session on challenging career advising cases (Objective 3). We will conclude with a dyad activity in which participants will develop an action plan to further build the career advising skills of the faculty at their home institutions (Objective 4).

Proposed Timeline:

Min 0-10: Welcome, leader & participant introductions including current role in career advising.

Min 10-30: Objective 1 activity.

Min 30-60: Objective 2 activities.

Min 60-70: Objective 3 large group activity: introduction of Careers in Medicine, NRMP Charting Outcome of the Match, NRMP Program Directors Survey.

Min 70-95: Objective 3 small group activity followed by large group report on usefulness of resources in providing solutions.

Min 95-110: Objective 4 paired activity.

Min 110-120: Large group report out on next steps to further build the career advising skills at home; wrap up highlighting tools & resources.