Which specialty should I choose?
- By: Caroline Elton
Last weekend I was coming back from a conference in Oxford and rushed in to Marks & Spencer to grab some lunch. Faced with a huge array of sandwiches, wraps, and salads, I felt a growing annoyance that too much choice made the decision harder. Of course, choosing a specialty is a rather more weighty decision than sandwich selection—but the general principle still holds that breadth of choice can make a decision feel unmanageable. And you might see this principle in action among your final year classmates; colleagues who only enjoy surgery, or know that they really want to work in the community, may well have an easier time choosing a specialty than someone such as yourself who enjoys all specialties and contexts.
It’s also important to consider at what point you should be making this decision. Over the years I have counselled many junior doctors who left medical school