How to Choose a Medical Specialty

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The New Edition of the popular "Red Book" provides medical and pre-medical students with the information they need to select the specialties and practice settings that will best suit their interests, abilities, and personalities. Self-assessment questionnaires help them to pinpoint their talents, goals, and temperaments. "Summary Physician Profiles" for every specialty and sub-specialty approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties let students compare their responses to those reported by practicing ...

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Overview

The New Edition of the popular "Red Book" provides medical and pre-medical students with the information they need to select the specialties and practice settings that will best suit their interests, abilities, and personalities. Self-assessment questionnaires help them to pinpoint their talents, goals, and temperaments. "Summary Physician Profiles" for every specialty and sub-specialty approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties let students compare their responses to those reported by practicing clinicians. Readers will also find · handy timetables for planning applications · tables on residency competitiveness · changing specialties during and after residency · websites for major specialty associations · and many more sources for additional information.

• Design features 2-color page layout to enhance text.

• "Fast Facts" boxes at the beginning of each specialty chapter summarize for the reader key facts about that specialty that are helpful in making informed decisions about career choices.

• Information based on latest student and practitioner questionnaires

• Describes every specialty and sub-specialty approved by the American Board of Medical Specialists

• Includes newer specialties like medical genetics and hospice and palliative medicine

• Provides questionnaires to help readers assess what is important to them in a career in medicine

• Includes information on applying to osteopathic as well as allopathic residency programs

• Special section on careers in military medicine

• Lists Websites for major specialty associations and other resources

• 4-color cover

• New 2-color internal design

• New "FAST FACTS" boxes

• All Specialty data completely updated

• Web resources completely updated

• New chapter based on information derived from Student and Practitioner surveys

The book contains no figures.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Robert M. Vanecko, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book is a self-help guide for career selection among the many specialty fields in medicine.
Purpose: The book's goal is to briefly describe the current milieu and future trends within each medical specialty and to outline for the student an organized, methodical approach to career decision making.
Audience: In addition to the primary audience of medical students, others involved in the resident selection process, e.g., program directors or academic counselors, might find this interesting. The author suggests that it might also be of interest to college students contemplating medical school matriculation.
Features: The introductory chapters are intended to help students focus on individual personality traits, life situations, and perceptions that should be considered in the decision-making process. Chapters follow on each of the specialties recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialists. Pertinent information is provided about training requirements, prerequisites for board certification, manpower projections, and economic factors. A composite personality profile of the typical individualpracticing the speci alty is included. Suggestions on where to obtain additional information are provided. Each chapter concludes with an inventory enabling one to compare a self-assessment of his or her own values and characteristics with those of a summary profile of physicians currently practicing in the specialty. New to this edition is information on careers in addiction medicine, administrative medicine, adolescent medicine, geriatric medicine, sports medicine, and women's health .
Assessment: This should serve as a useful guide for the numerous students who are uncertain of what specialty is best for them and who are comforted by a structured approach to decision making. It should also prove interesting to those fortunate individuals who intuitively know where they are headed.
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721643755
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 287

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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