*Registration Required; Login available beginning on 3/31 @ 1 p.m. ET

Event Highlights

The Virtual Specialty Forum is a free event that enables medical students to explore numerous specialties and provides direct access to specialty representatives in a convenient virtual format. This event is open to all medical students while designed especially for those in their first and second year as they begin their medical school career and specialty exploration.

Medical students attending the Virtual Specialty Forum will be able to:

Participating specialties
  • anesthesiology
  • emergency medicine
  • family medicine
  • general surgery
  • infectious disease
  • internal medicine
  • ophthalmology
  • orthopaedic surgery
  • otolaryngology
  • pathology
  • pediatrics
  • preventive medicine
  • psychiatry
  • radiology
  • urology

This event is provided by the AAMC as a free service to the medical student community to help ensure all medical students have equitable access to specialty information.

Event Logistics

Registration/Event Access

Registration is required. The event platform will open when the live event begins on Thursday, March 31 at 1pm ET.
To access the Virtual Specialty Forum platform, sign in with the email address you used to register.
The live portions of the Virtual Specialty Forum — including live sessions and live chat with specialty representatives — will occur on Thursday, March 31 from 1‒ 4 p.m. ET.

All booths and their content such as written materials, videos, chat transcripts, and session recordings will be available in the Virtual Specialty Forum platform for viewing from Thursday, March 31 at 1 p.m. ET through April 30, 2022. As such, if you’re only able to attend part of the event live, you have 30 days to access the event platform at your convenience.



The event is best experienced on a computer or tablet but is also mobile-friendly.
Here are a few details about two popular features:
Chat. The chat feature in each booth is a text-based chat. Simply type your questions or comments into the text box and submit.
Favorites.You can save content in your own personal digital “Swag Bag” to access later.

What to Know Before You “Go”

Reminders, Tips, and Best Practices for Before, During, and After the Virtual Specialty Forum


March 31, 2022 01:00 pm

Resident Panel: Finding Your Specialty Fit

There are many routes to choosing your specialty. And there may be several specialties that will provide you career satisfaction and success. So how do you identify the one or more specialties that best fit you?  
In this session, you’ll hear from a panel of current and recently graduated medical residents, representing a variety of specialties, discussing their specialty choice, the factors and considerations they grappled with, and how they ultimately decided the path they would pursue.

Kelly K. Stazyk
Lead Writer/Editor, Careers in Medicine, AAMC

Evelyn Qin, MD, MPH
PGY3, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington

Jennifer Chevinsky, MD, MPH
Deputy Public Health Officer, Riverside University Health System – Public Health, Riverside County Department of Public Health

Luis Seija, MD
Resident physician in combined internal medicine-pediatrics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

March 31, 2022 02:30 pm

How AAMC Services and Resources Can Support Your Career Exploration and Planning

This session will highlight the AAMC services and resources available during your medical school career to help you explore specialties, practice settings, common and unique career options, as well as residency programs that will fulfill your educational and career goals. AAMC services and resources featured in this session include Careers in Medicine® (CiM ®), FIRST for Medical Education, Visiting Student Learning Opportunities® (VSLO ®), the Residency Explorer™ tool, and the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®).


Kelly K. Stazyk
Lead Writer/Editor, Careers in Medicine, AAMC

Helen Gineris
Program Specialist, Careers in Medicine, AAMC

Julie Fresne
Senior Director, Student Financial & Career Advising Service, AAMC

Shanaz Sulejmanovic
VSLO Program & Operations Manager, AAMC

Richard Peng
ERAS Program Relations Specialist, Lead, AAMC

Sample Questions or Topics to Ask Specialty Representatives

The work of the specialty
  • What systems, diseases, and patient types do these physicians treat?
  • What, if any, procedures do they perform?
  • What is the doctor-patient relationship like?
  • In what settings is this specialty practiced?
  • Do physicians work with a variety of common medical problems or with singular, specialized problems?
  • With whom do these physicians most often work (e.g., other specialists and health care team members)?
  • What drew you to this specialty? What do you wake up excited about each day?
  • What attributes does this specialty share with similar specialties? What differentiates this specialty from similar specialties?
Characteristics of physicians
  • What values, interests, skills, and personality types are common among physicians in this specialty?
  • Can you describe the culture of this specialty?
  • What is the typical schedule like in this specialty (e.g., number of hours worked per week, on-call requirements)?
  • Where is there flexibility in this specialty to pursue personal and professional interests?
Issues facing professionals in the field
  • What are the current issues facing physicians in this specialty?
  • What research questions are being studied, and what research opportunities are available?
  • Is the demand for physicians in this specialty expected to grow or decline?