Deciding on a medical specialty

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deciding on a medical specialty

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Medical Specialty by Brian S. Freeman

Here is the first medical-specialty selection guide written by a resident for students. Readers will find an inside look at the issues surrounding medical specialty selection, blending firsthand knowledge with useful facts and statistics. The author includes invaluable insights from his personal experience, candid reports from current residents, and a wealth of research. This unique resource is divided into two sections, the first of which delves into the art of choosing the right specialty and covers personality assessment, considerations for women and couples who are matching, specialty overviews, and the ins and outs of the residency application and match process. The second section comprises 19 chapters, each written by a resident in a particular specialty. These chapters include: The Inside Scoop revealing specialty lifestyles, training requirements, and predominant personality types.
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How Choosing A Medical Specialty Affects Your Personality Your Life...

Choosing a career in medicine is just the first step in becoming a DO. One of the biggest decisions every physician makes in their career is selecting a specialty. The DO has created a short personality quiz to suggest the specialty that may fit well with your outlook.
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Deciding Factors: Choosing Your Specialty in Medical School

He has a sweet practice. These are some bad reasons why medical students choose a specialty. Most medical students decide what specialty to pursue when they are in their mid to late 20s. Let us discuss how to choose medical specialty. Most medical students have loans and therefore have a practical reason for a high-paying specialty choice. I had one student who was eager to have a big home, take fancy vacations, and generally live a life of luxury. After doing his research and seeing all of the glossy ads in local magazines for cosmetic surgeons, he realized this would be a great choice to reach his goals.

For some students, they know exactly what type of doctor they want to become even before applying to med school. For others, their path becomes clear once they are in medical school and completing their clinical rotations. But for some people, the decision on which specialty to choose is not an easy one. Consider asking yourself some of the following questions to help you narrow down your focus. Most doctors have some contact with patients unless they are involved exclusively in research, and even then they may deal with patients.

Luckily we lived in San Diego, so it was still warm out when I dragged my girlfriend on a late night stroll. Most couples out at that hour were enjoying the balmy summer evening by hitting the bars, grabbing ice cream before the shops closed, or hoping to see the green flash as the sun dropped below the horizon. We, on the other hand, had a much more important goal: to figure out what specialty I wanted to pursue after medical school. I had talked to professors, completed fourth-year rotations in both specialties I was considering pediatrics and psychiatry , and talked to residents in both fields. Yet I was still no closer to making a final decision than when I started the process. With residency applications rapidly approaching, I only had one option left: to continuously walk around my neighborhood until I could make a final decision. Looking back now, three years after deciding to apply to residency in psychiatry with absolutely no regrets , I still believe that deciding my specialty was one of the most difficult parts of medical school.


How does a career in the OR sound? Feel like dermatology would suit you better?, I know you will have questions. I also recommend our career profile series.


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