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Medical or Surgical? Generalist or Subspecialist? How to Choose a Specialty

Some students arrive at medical school already knowing what residency they want to pursue, but for many students, exposure to the many different specialties throughout the clinical years can trigger a professional identity crisis. You always knew you wanted to be a doctor, but what kind? NEJM Resident 360 is here to help. Medical student advisors and residency program directors will answer questions about choosing a specialty. Some questions we may address include:

  • What are the factors I should consider when choosing my specialty?
  • How do I schedule electives, sub-internships, and away rotations to help me decide on my specialty?
  • Who should I talk to for advice about specialty choice?