3rd May 2016

Choosing A Specialty – A Doctor Guide

In the United Kingdom (UK), upon the graduation of medical school, junior doctors have to work in a variety of specialties before choosing one for further studies. Following with the foundation trainings immediately, junior doctor must choose a specialty in their second Foundation year i.e. 18 months of the end of your medical school.

Choosing a specialty that will satisfy your entire career is a hard task. Junior doctors might have a little idea about the specialty they want to choose or may have a clear idea of what they want to do. There are over 60 specialties and 30 subspecialties and varied detailed roadmaps for you to choose your specialties.

Any medical student and a junior doctor who are in a verge to choose a specialty must be clear about what doctors do. They must know the fact that a doctor acknowledge, measure and manage problems. Problems that they want to deal with over their careers.

As matter of fact, they actually need to recognise, assess and manage themselves. You can learn more about your motivations, personality and goals from a range of tests, counselling or coaching.

Choose over problems that you want to deal with

  • We recommend doctors choose problems that engage them on a personal and emotional level. If you do not find your empathy over the problems of a specialty and find it difficult to manage it then that specialty is not for you.
  • Medical faculty is an intellectual academic; it must not be the main criteria for you to choose a medical specialty. It should not only about intellectual but a whole range of other factors of a daily basis.
  • Medical students and doctors must have the personal and practical skills to manage their chosen problems. If you are not able to put needles into people, anaesthetic is not for you.
  • Medical students and doctors should choose problems that would make them happy to detect, evaluate and manage at all times. Specialties changes, new subspecialties are created within it particular interests could be developed and found over the time. Also, it will get more and more difficult to change specialties later on.

Recognise and assess the range of problems that specialty doctors manage.You will be exposed to many medical specialties as possible in your medical school. Your direct experience of working in the specialty at that is the major influence to your specialty choice. Visiting general practitioners’ surgeries, in outpatient clinics, radiology departments, operating theatres, laboratories and working as a locum foundation doctor or locum trainee may give you that experience.

For more information on doctor guidances and various specialty jobs, visit iSpecialist Medical Recruitment.