April 6, 2007

Eryn Loney
Eryn Loney talks with Pauline Bui, TCOM Class of 2009, about the Careers in Medicine Program.

Eryn Loney
Helping students succeed

One of the things we can all take pride in is the success of our graduates. An early  indicator of success for our medical school graduates is the quality of their residency placements. For proof, check out the TCOM Class of 2007 Residency Matches, released just last month. They’re entering many of the best and most competitive residency programs in Texas and around the nation.

A number of faculty, staff and alumni are dedicated to helping our students explore their many medical specialty options, choose the one that’s the best match for them, and then compete for the residency program they want most. One of those Health Science Center staffers is Eryn Loney, MLA, who recently moved from the Office of Academic Support Services to take on the new position of director of program development and Careers in Medicine leader in TCOM’s Office of Educational Programs.

The one-of-a-kind Careers in Medicine (CiM) program was developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges in 1999. TCOM adopted the career-planning tool in 2006.

With the array of medical career options rapidly expanding, truly comprehensive career counseling services are in demand. Also, published studies have shown that as many as 20 percent of medical school graduates switch specialties before completing their first residency. Another 15 percent or so change specialties after completing residencies.  Some 20 percent of practicing physicians claim to have ended up in specialties in which they are not satisfied.

The CiM program comprises a four-stage process that our students can begin using as early as their first year. Loney has created a CiM Web Site that walks students through the process, and puts at their fingertips, literally, a variety of resources such as self-assessment exercises, personality tests, suggested reading, career overviews and a timeline to keep them on track during their four years at TCOM. She also critiques and edits the students’ personal statements and resumes so they can submit the most competitive residency applications possible. This particular service has earned Loney a considerable collection of kudos from grateful students who readily admit that writing is not among their strong points.

Loney updates the CiM site monthly. For April she’s posted features about Meera Patel, TCOM Class of 2008, careers in family medicine, the 7th Annual TCOM Alumni Association Career Round Table, the TCOM chapter of the American Association of Osteopathic Women Physicians, residency resources and specialty resources.

Loney has also adapted the CiM program and launched a Web site for our Physician Assistant Studies students. UNT HSC Logo

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