Choosing your specialty
Most of us find choosing a specialty in which we will spend the rest of our lives a daunting task. Every specialty has an attractive side, and choosing among four or five fascinating areas can be difficult.
Mentors, older peers, and books have always been useful, but now the internet may help. The medical specialty aptitude test (www.med-ed.virginia.edu/specialties) asks you to rate your attributes and preferences and compares them with those of doctors in each specialty. The test then uses your answers to generate a ranked list of the specialties that match your personal qualities.
With the result of the test, you need to know more about your prospective career. A few websites offer the essential background information about each specialty. The first sections of www.londondeanery.ac.uk/CareerGuide provide a brief description of each specialty, aspects which make it attractive as a career option, challenges facing those considering entering it, and its