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How to opt the best medical specialization..?

Medical graduates may usually have much confusion while taking a decision about their higher studies (medical specialism); really there is no specific guideline which can tells right option for you. So, how do you know which specialization is right option for you? Many medical students already have few ideas early during their graduation about which specialty they may want to pursue eventually. However, many times students change their mindset while studying their graduation. Here are few tips for choosing specialty: There are various important factors to consider further while thinking on the best specialty for the right career path.

  • Does the specialty interest you?
  • Is the lifestyle what you want for yourself?
  • Are you comfortable with the hours worked by physicians in this specialization?
  • Are you comfortable with the length of training for this specialization?
  • Are you comfortable with the intensity of residency training for this specialization?
  • Is this specialty going to change significantly within the near future?
  • Are you really competitive for the specialty?

Prestigious, Compensation

Believably the most crucial factor the above list is specialty interest. Make a point that you are really interested in the specialism. Don't choose a specialty simply that pays you more or for a reason of that most prestigious. Medical professionals who are full of misery in their specializations most often take decisions by considering these two factors, rather than concentrating on what they would have most loved to practice. Medical careers will most likely last for a long time and you don't want to be bound in a specialty that you dislike. Simultaneously, recognize that you can still move about specializations even if you have already started out, thus, it's never too late. However it's terrible to begin over again.

In addition, spending some time rotating in a specialty may give way a false impression, depending on where and who you move with. In many instances, your experience can be much fine or worse than it should have been and may determine your decision in the wrong path... (!)

Life-style, working hours

This is likely one of the most notable factors for many medical students besides the factor of liking the medical specialty itself. Usually, it is known that most of the time medical surgeons have longer work hours and more call than most other specialties.

As well, specialties such as dermatology, ophthalmology and a few other specialties are known as the "Cush medical specialties", simply name, very good compensation and comparatively normal work hours.

The surgical specializations are typically the most intense with the longest work hours, also the highest paid responsibilities and the most cachet roles. Lot of specialties with great work hours and little call are also often the ones which are less well paid and the less cachet. Sure, some specialties are exceedingly competitive and tough to get into since offer a favorable compromise among pay package (still fairly high), time spent and not very intense; such as: Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Radiology, (Radiation-Oncology), Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Pathology and these few medical specialties offer a comparatively decent life-style.

A principle of thumb for package is that the more procedures the doctors does, the more (they’re) paid and so, a medical specialty that just sees patients in the hospital (such as internal medicine, pediatrics), prescribing medications and is involved in thinking, etc. is not as well paid.

Self Exploration

Selecting anything can’t be easy as there are numerous influencing factors. These factors can present both (form our decisions & sometimes distract us) of what we really wish from our efforts and what we feel most fitted to us.

These factors can roam from faces of the job itself, (like: level of clinical environment to more personal things like work flexibility and preferred length of training needs). It can be helpful to pass through some time thinking over on what might be the vocational as well as personal factors which influencing your decision. You have to take further conclusions which of these elements are most vital for you.

Below are few (Vocational and Personal) influencing factors that you may want to reflect on:

  • Use of specific skills (clinical or non-clinical)
  • Extent of team working
  • Significant others (for e.g. family, friends and etc)
  • Need for control over working patterns

Finally, it can be very useful to have honest self-audited of what you see as your skills, interests, likes and interests. Think of, you may be skilled at many things, however enjoy only a few.

Decision making

Now you know about what you need, what is available for you and you are keen to take further decision. Whether you incline to take decisions rapidly or slowly, impart yourself some time to assess your choice from different angles. Think back to keep your influencing factors (Vocational and Personal) in linear perspective and evaluate whether the specialty will fit for your preferences. If not sure, you can take some career advices with your professor’s or seniors, and professional networking can help you further.

To sum-up, to take the best medical specialty for you, move through the following level: be self aware, explore your choices, take clear and comprehensive decisions, use any additional support available for you and approach or apply further effectively.


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