Sci45 Speciality Choice Inventory
The Open University has produced an interactive CD Rom package that uses psychometric testing to help medical students and junior doctors select a specialty that best fits with their own attitudes, aspirations, and personal characteristics. Aimed particularly at preregistration house officers and senior house officers, but suitable for all those in the final years of their medical training, Sci45 Speciality Choice Inventory is meant to augment any existing careers advice available to young doctors. As the program points out, most doctors have an approach that is very oriented to the present and give little consideration to what it would be like to work at the higher levels of their chosen specialty. Also, many training systems require selection of a career path at an early stage, with relatively little chance to reconsider at a later date. So, barring a Harry Potter-esque sorting hat, the more informed your choice the better.