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 Self Assessment Test

Available through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), self-assessment tools help you consider you interests, values, skills and personality as they relate to what specialties might be the right fit for you.

Careers in Medicine
A comprehensive career-planning program from the AAMC

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
This book received good reviews from readers on Amazon.com.

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Choosing a Specialty 

The MMS has a number of resources and aptitude tests to help medical students make the best decision for their professional futures.

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