How to Choose a Medical Specialty

How to Choose a Medical Specialty

by Anita D. Taylor
     
 
This guide for medical students describes every specialty and sub- specialty approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties and discusses the range of practice options in both clinical and non- clinical settings. Each chapter gives factual information about a particular specialty and draws a composite picture of its practitioners. Questionnaires help students

Overview

This guide for medical students describes every specialty and sub- specialty approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties and discusses the range of practice options in both clinical and non- clinical settings. Each chapter gives factual information about a particular specialty and draws a composite picture of its practitioners. Questionnaires help students to identify their preferences and assess their aptitudes for various specialties. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
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.
3 Stars from Doody
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780721643755
Publisher:
Elsevier Health Sciences
Publication date:
09/28/1992
Pages:
287
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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