Medical Students' Association

Career Planning

This section has been created to centralize the various career planning resources available to you.

Resource Guide

Career Planning

Future MD tool is great for information on all aspects of medical education in Canada. Questions regarding admissions, finances, residency and practice are addressed:

Look at the Careers in Medicine site for descriptions and data for specialities in the U.S. and Canada. Sign in with your AAMC login info and find information on speciality-specific patient profiles, salary, lifestyle information, prerequisites, CV examples and personality quizzes

American Medical Association (AMA) career resources for medical students:

Canadian Medical Association (CMA) career resources for medical students: Click on the Professional Development and

MD Physician Services website provides information to students about preparing for residency, managing debt, studying abroad, insurance and financial planning etc:

University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry Career Planning

Electives: Information on the pre-clerkship and clerkship elective requirements and how to apply for them:

Yearly schedule of all career planning talks: See what upcoming talks and information sessions are planned for your year by the Career Planning Committee:

Residency Information: Take a look at the different program brochures and speciality-specific FAQs below

Research Opportunities: Information on the various research opportunities available to the students

Visiting Elective Resources

The AFMC student portal is a new way of organizing electives throughout Canada. Information on Universities that are associated and that are not yet associated with the Portal can be found here:

Career/Training in the United States

Thinking about writing the USMLE this summer and want more information?

See what test dates and locations are available to write the USMLE

Applying to write the USMLE:

PowerPoint from March 19, 2014 Presentation on Residency Matching in the United States


CaRMS website:

CaRMS interview preparation:

Vodcast CaRMS 101 by Dr. Steblecki:

Entering the Workforce

Physician Workforce Speaker Series (February 2014): Physician Workforce Speaker Series.pptx

Learn more about the bylaws, standards of practice, registration and eligibility for independent practice and Locums:

Help for transition into your new practice including the business side, billing and more:

If you are interested in Rural Medicine, learn more about what it takes here:

Associated PowerPoints

Alberta Physician Workforce Planning 2014 (Dr. R. Nichol)
Career Planning Series (Dr. E. Wasylenko)
Information about various specialties (practice setting, income and satisfaction levels):

MD Physician Services physician information on starting a practice, moving a practice, managing your wealth, physician incorporation, funding your children’s education and much more:

If you would like to contact a career counselor or if you have any additional career related questions, please email:

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