From medical student to junior doctor: Working outside the box
What less mainstream specialities are available to medical graduates? Richard Beasley and colleagues give an overview, in the ninth article of the series.
- By: Sarah Aldington, Richard Beasley, Geoffrey Robinson
While some people are lucky enough to realise when they are five years old that they want to be a paediatric surgeon, most graduates are still wondering what they want to do with the rest of their lives. One common misconception is that the choice is between clinical medicine in a hospital and general practice. Numerous other opportunities for anyone with a medical degree exists, and it is important to know what the options are, what training is required, and what the careers entail. For general careers advice we recommend documents such as “Signposting medical careers for doctors” produced by the BMA.1
While most consultants teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and do some clinical research as part of their routine practice, it is possible to have primary employment in this field. Usually within a university or research unit, these jobs entail varying amounts of research, teaching, administration, and