Faculty Advisory Program

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Faculty Advisory Program website. Choosing a medical specialty is one of the most significant decisions you will make in your lifetime and with the increasing competition to enter a residency program, we make every effort that all medical students are assigned a career advisor. Throughout your medical schooling, you are assigned a career advisor to help you with your career planning and development.

For more information, please contact: Norma A Perez Raifaisen, MD, DrPH at noaperez@utmb.edu

MissionAdvising Program

The Career Advising Program is committed to supporting students in achieving their career goals through advising, discipline specific mentorship, coaching, and providing resources and experiences. We aim to establish authentic connections between faculty and students that inspire students to thrive as they grow into their values, voice, and purpose in medicine and in life.

Each student is assigned a Faculty Career Advisor throughout all four years at UTMB. We also offer several resources, advice panels hosted by upperclassman, residents and faculty as well as informational sessions. In addition, Assistant Deans are available to meet with during the year at any time.

As a first-year medical student, your Faculty Career Advisor will assist you in identifying your interests, values, personality and skills for the purpose of narrowing down a career specialty you are interested in pursuing. Road 2 Residency Lunch & Learn sessions are held throughout the year.

As a second-year medical student, your Faculty Career Advisor will meet with you to help you to solidify your interests and build your experience to deepen your understanding of practicing medicine within the specialties you are considering. Road 2 Residency Lunch & Learn sessions are held throughout the year.

As a third-year medical student, you will attend a Match Kick-off, complete a "Match Scorecard" and your advisor will advise you and help you to successfully enter the residency match competitively in the following year.

As a fourth-year medical student, you will complete Mock Interviews, receive feedback on your personal statement, receive counseling and advice during interview season and help you through your rank list so that you will match into your preferred specialty of choice!