When thinking about a career and making a medical specialty decision, it is important to consider your own gifts and how you would like to use them when making this important decision. Don’t base the decision entirely on the faculty member you come to admire the most during clinical rotations.
You will be matching in March of your fourth year. By the start of your fourth year, hopefully you know where you will do your offsite rotations. Those electives should optimally be in the specialty of your choice to help you match. This means you will need to make some decisions in the midst of third year about a specialty.
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To borrow from Dickens, your first year of rotations will be the best of times and the worst of times in medical school. From the happy delivery of a newborn to the loss of a dear patient, you’ll experience emotionally charged situations. You will be challenged mentally and physically. There is no way you can pass through this educational experience without personal growth on some level. Over your years of medical school, there is no doubt that your … view full post »