A student practicing his skills at a laparoscopy workshop.

Medical interest groups provide a sneak peek into a variety of specialties. Joining interest groups is a great way to network with future colleagues, listen to passionate doctors speak about their specialties, find opportunities to shadow, and grab some free food. The time commitment is minimal, but it’s easy to become more involved. You could organize a “Family Medicine Week” or find a guest speaker for a lunch talk. If you don’t see an interest group you’d like, start a new one! Demonstrating interest in a particular field, especially with a greater level of involvement, looks great on future residency applications.

— Dan W., M1