A career in...
A career in respiratory medicine
The heart of the general medical service, respiratory medicine, has a breadth of pathology from acute to chronic and good opportunities for those who enjoy procedures
- By: Richard Lee, Eui-Sik Suh
Respiratory medicine is the engine of the general medical take, and chest physicians are often popular figures around the hospital—they tend to be light hearted and quick to help out with common sources of on-call angst, from the unusual chest radiograph to the tricky pleural tap. The specialty offers many hands-on opportunities in bronchoscopy and pleural interventional lists, and respiratory cases are a good mix of the acute and chronic. It is a flexible specialty that encourages the pursuit of subspecialist interests, and the training pathway is accommodating to trainees who want to take a year out of training or opt for less than full time training. If you’re organised you should usually be able to leave the hospital by the end of your shift, though respiratory physicians commonly put in additional hours for the many educational opportunities that respiratory medicine offers and to ensure good patient care. This can