Massachusetts Medical Society: Choosing a Specialty

Choosing a Specialty

Published studies suggest that as many as 20 percent of medical school graduates switch specialties before completing their first residency. And approximately 20 percent of practicing physicians claim to have ended up in unsatisfying specialties. Here are some resources that can help you make the best decision for you.

Medical Specialty Aptitude Test
This self-test helps you match your "tendencies" to those of physicians in each specialty. The book "How to Choose a Medical Specialty" is also offered for sale.

Careers in Medicine
A comprehensive career-planning program from the Association of American Medical Colleges

Choosing a Medical Specialty
Link to the AMA’s Resource Guide for choosing a medical specialty

Choosing a Specialty
Solid how-to information from Washington University School of Medicine

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Medical Specialty
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