How to Choose a Medical Specialty: A Guide for Medical Students

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This updated and revised 3rd Edition offers information on the process of selecting a specialty and introduces the important questions the reader must ask him/herself when making the choice. It describes all specialties and subspecialties approved by the American Board of Specialties and includes worksheets that aid the reader in self-assessment, along with new information on characteristics of primary, secondary, tertiary and supportive care specialties. This edition features a new section on the changing job ...

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Overview

This updated and revised 3rd Edition offers information on the process of selecting a specialty and introduces the important questions the reader must ask him/herself when making the choice. It describes all specialties and subspecialties approved by the American Board of Specialties and includes worksheets that aid the reader in self-assessment, along with new information on characteristics of primary, secondary, tertiary and supportive care specialties. This edition features a new section on the changing job market and new chapters on military residencies, the couple match and shared schedule residencies.

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Cathy L. Gresham
This book is a brief description of each of the approved specialties of the American Board of Medical Specialties, as well as emerging specialty areas. Integrated self-assessment tests for selection of a specialty as a career choice are also presented. Practice options and issues related to the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) are presented. In the section on workforce projections and the effect of managed care on career issues, the editor and contributors address concerns of students; they also acknowledge the unpredictability of organized medicine. This book represents a useful consolidation of information about choosing a medical specialty, including the reader's need to identify likes and dislikes in a general sense, which may aid in making a career choice. Medical students are the primary audience. Similar information regarding medical specialties and self-assessment is presented in a different format in Pathway Evaluation Program for Medical Professionals: Specialty Profiles (Glaxo Wellcome, 1996), with over 2500 physician contributors who participated in the Glaxo Wellcome Medical Specialties Survey, as compared to the more than 350 contributors to this book. It should be noted however, that an earlier edition of this book is cited as a reference at the end of each specialty section in the Glaxo publication. Another resource with similar information is the MedCareers program developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The content is complementary to other available materials and resources for students considering these issues and/or participating in the NMRP, but should not be viewed as the only source of information to be utilized inthis process. This edition contains new sections relevant to the changing climate in medicine, both with respect to managed care and the inclusion of the most recently approved medical specialty, medical genetics.
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Reviewer: Cathy L. Gresham, MD (University of Alabama School of Medicine)
Description: This book is a brief description of each of the approved specialties of the American Board of Medical Specialties, as well as emerging specialty areas. Integrated self-assessment tests for selection of a specialty as a career choice are also presented. Practice options and issues related to the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) are presented. In the section on workforce projections and the effect of managed care on career issues, the editor and contributors address concerns of students; they also acknowledge the unpredictability of organized medicine.
Purpose: This book represents a useful consolidation of information about choosing a medical specialty, including the reader's need to identify likes and dislikes in a general sense, which may aid in making a career choice.
Audience: Medical students are the primary audience.
Features: Similar information regarding medical specialties and self-assessment is presented in a different format in Pathway Evaluation Program for Medical Professionals: Specialty Profiles (Glaxo Wellcome, 1996), with over 2500 physician contributors who participated in the Glaxo Wellcome Medical Specialties Survey, as compared to the more than 350 contributors to this book. It should be noted however, that an earlier edition of this book is cited as a reference at the end of each specialty section in the Glaxo publication. Another resource with similar information is the MedCareers program developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Assessment: The content is complementary to other available materials and resources for students considering these issues and/or participating in the NMRP, but should not be viewed as the only source of information to be utilized in this process. This edition contains new sections relevant to the changing climate in medicine, both with respect to managed care and the inclusion of the most recently approved medical specialty, medical genetics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721615479
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 3/1/1986
  • Pages: 222

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book 1
Pt. 1 The Challenge of Specialty Choice 9
Planning Your Specialty Choice 11
Finding a Specialty That Is Right for You 23
Considering Your Options 32
Deciding on a Specialty In an Uncertain World 37
Pt. 2 The Specialties and Subspecialties 45
Allergy and Immunology 47
Anesthesiology 53
Colon and Rectal Surgery 60
Dermatology 65
Emergency Medicine 70
Family Practice 77
Internal Medicine 84
Medical Genetics 130
Neurological Surgery 135
Neurology 141
Nuclear Medicine 147
Obstetrics and Gynecology 152
Ophthalmology 158
Orthopaedic Surgery 163
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 169
Pathology 175
Pediatrics 181
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 187
Plastic Surgery 193
Preventive Medicine 198
Psychiatry 217
Radiology 223
Surgery, General 233
Thoracic Surgery 239
Urology 244
Pt. 3 Emerging Specialty Areas 249
Emerging Specialty Areas 251
Addiction Medicine 253
Administrative Medicine 256
Adolescent Medicine 260
Critical Care Medicine 264
Geriatrics 267
Hospice and Palliative Care 271
Sports Medicine 274
Women's Health 278
Pt. 4 Practice Options 281
Practice Options 283
Pt. 5 After you have Chosen a Specialty 295
Planning for Residency Choice 297
Military Programs 308
The Couples Match 312
What Happens If You Don't Match? 317
Changing Specialties During Residency and Afterwards 321
Appendix 327
Approved ABMS Specialty Boards and Certificate Categories 328
Questionnaire 331
First-Year Postgraduate Positions Offered Through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) 333
Summary Profile Scores 334
Selected Web Sites 335
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