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Hannah Coletti

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics

Lynn West

Coordinator, Pediatric Medical Student Education

Please also schedule a meeting with Dr. Raquel Reyes as she will write your Internal Medicine departmental letter.

FAQs / Additional Info

How do students get assigned a career goal advisor?
Once you have confirmed your intention to apply for residency in Med-Peds with Dr.
Coletti and Ms. West, we will assign you a specific Career Goal Advisor for guidance throughout the application process.

What should my Individualization Phase look like?
Try to split your AI, critical care, and electives between internal medicine, pediatrics, and other areas of interest.
Recommended Courses:

AI/Acting InternshipCC/Critical CareACS/Advanced Clinical SelectiveElectives
Med-Peds AI at UNC. Medicine AI at UNC or AHEC site. Pediatrics AI at AHEC site. Peds ED at UNCMICU or PICU are particularly helpful. NICU only if MICU/PICU unavailable, or for career explorationBroaden your knowledge base outside of medicine and pediatrics. Ex, learn from dermatologists and radiologists!As above, broaden knowledge base outside of medicine and pediatrics. Perhaps try to learn procedures with family medicine or anesthesia, or explore global health if that's an interest for you!

Do all my rotations need to be in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics?

Should I do an away rotation?  What in?
Away rotations are not required for Med-Peds. Only do an away if you are set on being at a particular program (i.e. due to specific geographical constraints/goals).

Do I need a rotation at UNC if I spent my time in Charlotte/Asheville/Wilmington?

When do I need to meet with my career goal advisor?  How do I prepare?
In the spring, arrange to meet with Dr. Coletti if you are considering Med-Peds among other specialties. If you solidify your plans to apply in Med-Peds, please inform both Dr. Coletti and Ms. West and you will be subsequently assigned a specific Career Goal Advisor. Plan to meet with that advisor in the early summer. We will send a pre-meeting worksheet to complete to help prepare for the initial meeting.

How many letters of recommendation do I need?  From whom should I get them?
You will get a departmental letter from Internal Medicine (Dr. Reyes) and Pediatrics (from your Career Goal Advisor). It is good to have two additional letters from people who know you well and can speak to your clinical strengths.

When do I ask for my letters?  What do they need?
Ask for letters by late summer. It is also okay to let attendings know you are hoping to get a letter from them at the start of a rotation. Send letter writers a copy of your CV.

How do I determine the best programs I should apply to?
Look at geographic areas you are interested in and other areas of interest like advocacy, global health, subspecialty options, etc. Your Career Goal Advisor will talk this through with you as well.

I just got this great piece of news…do I need to notify programs
You do not have to notify programs, but it can be a great way to keep ongoing dialogue open with programs you are really interested in.

My LORs aren’t in, and ERAS just opened!
It is okay to send a reminder email to your letter writers.

I am waitlisted for an interview at X and I’d really like to see that program.  What do I do?
Talk with your Career Goal Advisor. They may have contacts and can reach out on your
behalf to encourage a program offer an interview.

Should I send thank you letters to programs?
This is not required but can be a great way to stay connected with programs.

Should I send a letter to the program I am planning to rank #1?
You do not have to send a letter but are certainly welcome to do so. You just have to ensure you are only telling one program that you are ranking them number one!

How do I respond if a program reaches out to me after my interview?
You can respond if it feels appropriate to you but you do not have to.




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