Career Development

Career development resources help students explore and define their own individual career interests, goals and aspirations.

Research opportunities for all MD students

In addition, all medical students have access to comprehensive research opportunities, through the guidance of the Office of Medical Student Research and Scholarship.

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Advising and career development

Students entering prior to 2020

All medical students benefit from formal and informal advising and career counseling provided by an accessible and engaged teaching faculty.

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Students entering 2020 and beyond

Starting with the entering class of 2020, the Gateway Curriculum’s Explore component introduces a formalized approach to career development. Explore provides a structure in which students purposefully reflect on their values, explore and define their individual career interests and aspirations, pursue those interests and gain exposure to various academic careers. Through this learning process, students develop a thoughtful and secure professional identity.

Students choose a track—an area of interest—and then move sequentially through three stages of training to thoroughly explore their track.


Students pursue interests in one or more of the following tracks


Learn how scientific discovery takes place and influences the way we practice medicine.

Faculty Lead
Koong-Nah Chung, PhD
Associate Dean for Medical Student Research and Scholarship
Director, Office of Medical Student Research
Instructor, Cell Biology and Physiology
Washington University School of Medicine
Office of Medical Student Research and Scholarship
410 Becker Medical School Library


Experience how ideation, valuation, and implementation pair with excellent clinical skills to create advances in medicine such as developing a product or changing a system.

Faculty Lead
Patrick Aguilar, MD
Director, Medical Critical Care
Innovation Curriculum Lead
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine
John T. Milliken Department of Medicine

Medical Education

Gain knowledge, skills and experience in curriculum design, program evaluation, assessment, and teaching and facilitation skills.

Faculty Lead
Amber Deptola, MD
Associate Program Director, IM Residency
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of General Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine

Advocacy/Global Health

Learn first-hand how to provide health care in developing nations and explore the challenges of addressing health disparities in the United States and globally.

Faculty Co-Lead
Caline Mattar, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Internal Medicine


Within each track, students move through three stages of exploration that build one upon the other, culminating in a thorough grounding within the student’s area of choice.

  1. Core: Objectives and competencies embedded in the core curriculum that every medical student must complete, regardless of Track choice.
  2. Explore: Learning opportunities—including background knowledge, experiential learning, and skill development—needed to develop a scholarly project or begin preparation for a possible career in the track of choice
  3. Deep Dive: Scholarly project or meaningful work that builds on the Core and Explore Phases.