Choosing a specialty: A primer for medical students

Choosing a medical specialty is one of the most important decisions that you’ll face in your medical career. Unfortunately, you might have to go through a lot of confusion, frustration, and uncertainty to get to that decision.

“You should go into pediatrics. You love kids!”

“Ophthalmologists make a good living, and they get to spend time with their family.”

“You have the hands of a surgeon. What’s there to think about?”

By now, you’ve probably heard a lot of “helpful” advice from family and friends. But ultimately, you need to be the one to decide what path you career will take. Finding a specialty that suits you is a process of assessing your strengths and weaknesses, and identifying the lifestyle, intellectual challenge, and research potential—among other factors—that agree with you. When you find a specialty that meets all these factors, you’ve found the perfect match.

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