How to Choose a Specialty

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How to Choose a Specialty

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Students often arrive in medical school already knowing what specialty to pursue, but for many, exposure to the different specialties throughout the clinical years can trigger a professional identity crisis. How do you decide what specialty to pursue for a lifetime? When should you begin thinking about specialties in medical school? NEJM Resident 360 is here to help, along with medical students, residents and residency program directors, to answer questions about choosing a specialty.

Some questions we may address include:

  • What are the factors to 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?