Career Goal Advisors

Career Goal Advisors can give you a glimpse into their specialty. They can provide information about the lifestyle, personal characteristics, the type of patient encounters, characteristics of physicians in the specialty, training/residency requirements, salary and issues facing professionals in the field. They can also be instrumental in assisting you with networking and giving you information about annual meetings, seminars, associations and professional resources.

Do some research on your specialty of interest to gather as much information as possible. Then begin to narrow down your options. Be sure to access the AAMC Careers in Medicine website www.aamc.org/students/cim/ for specialty information then look at AMA FREIDA on-line at www.ama-assn.org to gather information about the training program, the length of training, program size, work and education environment and compensation.

Once you have done your own investigation and you still have questions, arrange a meeting with one of the Career Goal Advisors to provide you with additional information on the specialty you are considering.


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Dr. Wardrop is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and is currently the Program Director for the Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Richard also serves the School of Medicine as the President of the UNC Academy of Educators. Richard serves on a variety of roles nationally within the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. He practices both inpatient and outpatient general internal medicine and pediatrics. Most relevant to this morning’s talk, Richard serves the ACP nationally as a Wellness Champion having been trained through the ACP to serve as a regional and national ambassador and representative to the ACP’s Wellness Initiatives. He also serves on the national ACP Council of Early Career Physicians and Chair of the NC ACP Chapter’s Wellness Committee. He has been a champion for provider wellness and has spoken at a variety of regional and national venues on the topic.

Education and Training: Richard attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for his BS in Biology (’94) before graduating from the Ohio State University (MD, PhD, ’02). Richard completed his Residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (‘06) and Chief Residency (‘07) in Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Life: Richard, originally form Pittsburgh, PA, and his wife Sarah of 21+ years have three children Mary, Luke, and Anna. They live in Chapel Hill North Carolina. Richard is an avid road cyclist and also enjoys non-Nascar motorsports of all kinds as well as NFL, NHL, and MLB. The all enjoy hiking, kayaking, general outdoor pursuits and now aerial photography with his drone.