College of Medicine and Life Sciences - Office of Student Affairs (OSA)

Medical Student Career Advising

students-peer advisingThe Office of Student Affairs at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences (UTCOMLS) is your hub for career and residency advising!

We are responsible for small- and large-group career planning programming as well as individual, one-on-one counseling. UTCOMLS' systematic approach to career advising and residency counseling spans all four years of medical school. Programming begins with M1 orientation and lasts through graduation, tailored to critical junctures and transitions over the course of your medical school career.

Career Advising Peer Leaders, 2023-2024

A student leadership panel that was created to provide career advising expertise from a peer perspective to fellow students.

Ganiru Anunike

Ganiru Anunike

Email Ganiru

Audrey Ballard

Audrey Ballard

Email Audrey

Madison Feeley

Madison Feeley

Email Madison

Victoria Smith

Victoria Smith

Email Victoria

Access to Big Interview 

Exciting News! The Office of Student Affairs is pleased to offer you a free training system that features a new and innovative way to help you prepare more effectively for a residency interview.

Big Interview is an online system that combines training AND practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence.

Big Interview Medical offers a variety of tools including:

  • Challenging, virtual mock interviews for all experience levels
  • A database of thousands of interview questions with tips on how to answer them
  • The ability to rate and share your interview answers for feedback
  • A comprehensive video training curriculum covering all aspects of Residency Interviews
  • A step-by-step interview Answer Builder for crafting answers to behavioral questions

How to Register

Here’s how to set up your Big Interview Medical account:

  1. Go to and click "Register."
  2. Enter your UToledo school email address, name, and password, and click "Create my Account."
  3. Log in and start using Big Interview.

For any troubleshooting, visit the User Registration page.

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Choosing a Specialty Tool:  Created by Devon Shannon, Class of 2021

Match Results and Data

Starting in year one, medical students will attend a 1:1 career advising appointment with student affairs to review their Career Action Plan, which is a roadmap for their medical school career. Students bring in a completed plan, along with their current Curriculum Vitae (CV) and discuss possible career pathways as well as opportunities at UToledo that will help them reach their long-term career goals.

Throughout a student's time in medical school there will be a multitude of career advising resources and opportunities offered; all based on the needs of each class. The Office of Student Affairs is committed to designing career advising programming that helps students in building their roadmap to residency.

Career Exploration & Advising

  • Career Advising and Exploration Course:  August - May
  • Mandatory PATH Sessions:  August - April 
  • M1 Mandatory CV Review appointments:  October - December 
  • 4th-Year Student Perspective on Match (Post-Match):  March
  • AMA Specialty Dating

  • PATH Sessions:  August - December
  • Optional CV Reviews:  October - November
  • Step One Orientation: October
  • 4th-Year Student Perspective on Match (Post-Match):  March

  • Career Advising Program/Advisor Sign-up:  May - June
  • Residency Application Process (RAP) - Lite/Fourth-Year Orientation:  November
  • Career Action Plan:  January - April
  • 1:1 Optional CV Review with OSA:  January - April
  • 1:1 Mandatory Career Advising Session:  January - April
  • 4th-Year Student Perspective on Match (Post-Match):  March

  • Residency Application Process (RAP) Session:  July
  • Interview Workshop:  August
  • Etiquette Dinner:  September
  • Mock Interviews:  September - October

Last Updated: 5/26/23