Career Advising

Our career advisors are happy to provide individualized help with your decision-making. These advisors are excellent resources and will meet with you at various points throughout the long application process.

With your initiative, your advisor will become acquainted with you and your record, and will be able to provide you with individual feedback to help you with these important decisions.

The current Department of Pediatrics faculty members who serve as advisors for aspiring pediatricians (and medicine-pediatric physicians):

Career Advising Coordinator:

Dr. Sherilyn Smith:


Dr. Jimmy Beck:
Dr. Rebekah Burns:
Dr. Mollie Grow:
**Dr. Abena Knight:
Dr. Emily Myers:
Dr. Jordan Symons:
Dr. Glen Tamura:
Dr. Michelle Terry:


Dr. Susan Hunt:
**a member of the UW pediatric departmental residency selection committee

Questions to Ask your Career Advisor

We have created a series of questions to help you make the most of your career advisor’s time (and your time too!). These questions provide structure to help you get the information you need and the help that is most appropriate for your situation.

Before you meet with your career advisor, think about and be prepared to discuss:

  1. Your academic record–note any fails, problems passing/taking boards, problems in clerkships. Know the distribution of grades in clerkships.
  2. What part of the country you want to live in for the next few years (this shapes where most people apply to).
  3. Specific questions about programs you already are interested in.
  4. The application timeline and your schedule

Questions to ask:

  1. How competitive is my record?
  2. How many programs should I apply to in order to get 12 interviews?
  3. Can you suggest other programs for me to apply to?
  4. Have I left enough time in my schedule for interviewing?
  5. Will you be able to look at my personal statement?
  6. Can you think of other people that I should talk to?

In addition, make sure you clarify any part of the application process you are not sure about (letters of recommendation, personal statement, ERAS–you will have a session about this with Academic Affairs).

Make sure you are completely transparent about your academic record (any fails, problems with boards, expansions, etc.) and specific issues that will help shape where you apply (e.g. family/partner in one city, specific interests, etc.).

Let us know if you are applying to more than one specialty.

Plan a follow up with your advisor (by email/phone or in person).

We are happy to answer additional questions, look at programs you are thinking about and read your personal statement.

It is OK to talk to more than one person! You should talk to faculty and residents as you do your rotations, other career advisors who you know... all the information should be reinforcing and the more information you have the better off you will be!

Our job is to help you get a residency program you are happy with!