Choosing my specialty
Doctors are being forced to choose a specialty earlier in their careers than they previously were. They must decide the general direction of their career after about 18 months of postgraduate training in the United Kingdom—other countries have similar initiatives.
To make these decisions, doctors need to have spent time in different specialties and obtained information and advice from doctors who are specialists. Deciding on a specialty early in your career makes clinical experiences gained in medical school even more important.
Most students have some idea of which branch of medicine they want to pursue. I have always been interested in orthopaedic surgery. I was so excited the day I was due to start my orthopaedic rotation, but it didn't turn out the way I hoped. One of the two consultants was on holiday, and the other was dealing with administrative tasks. The registrars had little time for teaching. I