Career Planning Advice

First Year Self Reflection Exercise

As you progress through your career discernment process, goal-setting can be helpful in ensuring that you have the experiences you want and that will help you toward choosing your best specialty fit. At any point during the year, take a look at the Goals for Med1 list, and consider which of these suggested goals would be helpful to you.

Then, use this reflective tool to honestly judge for yourself whether you are pursuing these goals as actively as you wish. The answer may well be yes, and that's great! But occasionally you might find that you feel you could have done more on a specific task, and that's where the reflective exercise can be helpful in encouraging you to set down on paper what actions you plan to take to arrive at that goal.

For example: let's say one of your goals is to sit down with a physician who shares a specific passion you have and ask them all about how they balance their passion with their work, but you don't know anyone who fits that description. What specific actions could you think of to help you realize that goal? Write them out! And check in with yourself at a point in the future: hold yourself accountable for progress toward your career choice.

Here's the exercise: PDF icon Med1 Action Plan Reflective Exercise

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