The MD Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has a comprehensive Academic and Career Advising Program (ACAP) that helps medical students navigate a pathway to residency.

ACAP provides specialty, residency, and career information for students from matriculation to graduation. It also serves as the information hub for academic planning, elective scheduling and career information for students.

The program begins during the first year and extends throughout medical school, integrating a variety of resources and opportunities for exploration, advising and support:

  • Student services staff
  • ACAP faculty house mentors who meet one-on-one with students and provide longitudinal advising and support for academic and career decisions
  • Residency and clerkship directors, faculty and other department resources
  • Student specialty interest groups
  • Annual Career Advising Day and class-specific presentations beginning in the first year of medical school
  • AAMC Careers in Medicine website, with resources, self-assessments and informational databases designed to help students navigate their career choices
  • Specialty-specific web and print resources
  • National match data including Charting Outcomes in the Match and the NRMP Program Directors Survey

Career decision-making tasks

ACAP offers support on four major career decision-making tasks:


  • Clarifying personal interests, abilities and values relating to potential specialties
  • Exploring preferred work environment and practice characteristics

Exploring options

  • Information-gathering regarding career options including specialties and subspecialties, academic medicine, public health and other medical careers
  • Advising and counseling for career-related evaluation of clinical experiences
  • Information regarding summer experiences: clinical, research, volunteer, etc.
  • Referrals to clinical faculty in area(s) of interest

Choosing a specialty or advanced degree track  

  • Selecting a specialty or an advanced degree that complements your medical education (MPH, PhD, etc.)
  • Evaluating specific residency training programs
  • Advising and support for career decision-making

Getting into residency

  • Leveraging comparative residency match data, for both national and UW School of Medicine and Public Health applicants
  • Preparing a curriculum vitae, personal statement and application materials
  • Developing interviewing skills, including mock interviews
  • Using residency application services and navigating the match process