During your third year you should be assessing whether you like working with kids and parents on each rotation you complete. Through this process you will figure out if working with kids as a pediatrician, medicine-pediatric physician or family physician is for you.
Some helpful questions:
Do I like talking to parents about their kidsí health and illnesses?
Am I comfortable talking to and examining kids?
Am I interested in the types of problems/issues children have?
Do I look forward to going to the clinic/hospital when I am taking care of kids?
If you are considering a career in Pediatrics or Medicine-Pediatrics you should talk to the clerkship site director about your interests. They can provide real world perspectives about what their career is like. Also, if you are working with residents, talk to them about how they made their decisions.
Formal career advising assignments will be made on a rolling basis in Winter/Spring of the third year. Contact Sherilyn Smith (email@example.com) and she can set you up with an appropriate career counselor. If you already know one of the career counselors please let her know.
You will need to schedule your electives mid-way through your 3rd year. Contact Sherilyn Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Curt Bennett (email@example.com) with specific questions about elective scheduling or applying to residency
One of the best ways to get practical hands on information about applying to residencies is through the Residency Selection Forum sponsored by Academic Affairs. It provides general information about applying to pediatric residencies or medicine-pediatric residencies and Dr. Bennett and Smith attend to answer your questions. The materials are available online for you as well.
You should also take a look at the timeline to help you get an idea of the bigger picture of the residency application process.