Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home
Hostname: page-component-99c86f546-cxxrm Total loading time: 0.444 Render date: 2021-12-03T20:32:39.863Z Has data issue: true Feature Flags: { "shouldUseShareProductTool": true, "shouldUseHypothesis": true, "isUnsiloEnabled": true, "metricsAbstractViews": false, "figures": true, "newCiteModal": false, "newCitedByModal": true, "newEcommerce": true, "newUsageEvents": true }

PART ONE - SELECTING A SPECIALTY

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 August 2009

Saul Wischnitzer
Affiliation:
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
Edith Wischnitzer
Affiliation:
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
Get access

Summary

If you ask college students taking the required premedical science courses and studying for the MCAT exam why they are doing so, the obvious answer that they will give is, “I want to become a physician.” The focus of these students' efforts, justifiably, is on getting into medical school, preferably the one of their choice. They quite naturally must defer the issue of what specialty they wish to work in as physicians for an appropriate later time. Once they are enrolled in medical school, this major issue comes to the foreground all too soon.

Making the selection of an area for postgraduate training is a key life decision that requires very careful consideration. It is a complex task, for it involves (a) candid self-assessment of your interests, abilities, and lifestyle needs; (b) becoming knowledgeable as to the many specialty options available; and (c) careful execution of the varied components of the timetable relative to securing a residency. (See front matter, Message To the Reader section.)

Professional activities associated with the practice of medicine are extremely diverse, medicine being a composite of many areas of specialization. Also, there is a wide disparity between specialty activities of, for example, an allergist and a urologist in their approach, skills, and practice (although though they have had a common educational core of knowledge and experience). Complicating the choosing of a specialty is the fact that the exposure of students to specialties and subspecialties during medical school is very brief and limited in scope.

Type
Chapter
Information
Wischnitzer's Residency Manual
Selecting, Securing, Surviving, Succeeding
, pp. 1 - 2
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2006

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)

Send book to Kindle

To send this book to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

  • SELECTING A SPECIALTY
  • Saul Wischnitzer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, Edith Wischnitzer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
  • Book: Wischnitzer's Residency Manual
  • Online publication: 08 August 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511547188.003
Available formats
×

Send book to Dropbox

To send content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

  • SELECTING A SPECIALTY
  • Saul Wischnitzer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, Edith Wischnitzer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
  • Book: Wischnitzer's Residency Manual
  • Online publication: 08 August 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511547188.003
Available formats
×

Send book to Google Drive

To send content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

  • SELECTING A SPECIALTY
  • Saul Wischnitzer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, Edith Wischnitzer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
  • Book: Wischnitzer's Residency Manual
  • Online publication: 08 August 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511547188.003
Available formats
×