The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Medical Specialty

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The one book medical students must readbefore they choose their specialty

Here is the first medical-specialty selection guidewritten by a resident for students. Readers willfind an inside look at the issues surrounding medicalspecialty selection, blending firsthand knowledge withuseful facts and statistics. The author includes invaluableinsights from his personal experience, candidreports from current residents, and a wealth ofresearch.

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Overview

The one book medical students must readbefore they choose their specialty

Here is the first medical-specialty selection guidewritten by a resident for students. Readers willfind an inside look at the issues surrounding medicalspecialty selection, blending firsthand knowledge withuseful facts and statistics. The author includes invaluableinsights from his personal experience, candidreports from current residents, and a wealth ofresearch.

This unique resource is divided into two sections, thefirst of which delves into the art of choosing the rightspecialty and covers personality assessment, considerationsfor women and couples who are matching,specialty overviews, and the ins and outs of the residencyapplication and match process. The secondsection comprises 19 chapters, each written by a residentin a particular specialty. These chapters include“The Inside Scoop”—revealing specialty lifestyles,training requirements, and predominant personalitytypes.

Brian Freeman, M.D. is in his last yearof residency for anesthesiology and critical care at theUniversity of Chicago.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071410526
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/19/2003
  • Pages: 474
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman, M.D. is in his last yearof residency for anesthesiology and critical care at theUniversity of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Planning your medical career
1 Choosing a specialty : the most difficult decision of your career 3
2 The specialization of medicine 13
3 Ten factors to consider in specialty selection 23
4 Personality assessment : are you my type? 35
5 Finding the perfect specialty 45
6 Special considerations for women 59
7 Combined residency programs 71
8 Options for the undecided medical student 81
9 Applying for residency : an overview of the match process 87
10 Love and medicine : the couples match 109
11 Top secret! : the ultimate guide to a successful match 119
12 Your medical career beyond residency 137
Pt. 2 Specialty profiles
13 Anesthesiology 151
14 Dermatology 169
15 Emergency medicine 181
16 Family practice 199
17 General surgery 213
18 Internal medicine 229
19 Neurology 251
20 Neurosurgery 267
21 Obstetrics & gynecology 281
22 Ophthalmology 295
23 Orthopedic surgery 309
24 Otolaryngology 321
25 Pathology 333
26 Pediatrics 349
27 Physical medicine & rehabilitation 367
28 Plastic surgery 383
29 Psychiatry 397
30 Radiation oncology 413
31 Radiology 429
32 Urology 443
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2005

    Very Helpful to an undecided 3rd year student

    This book is fairly helpful in describing the matching process and the 'gameplaying'...which I thought I was done with I got married...in any case, I found this book to be helpful, and while it is true that a lot of the info in the book can be found online (ie at careers in medicine), it is much more efficient to pick up a copy of this book. I would recommend it for any undecided student, if you already know what you want to do, you could read that section in any bookstore in a few minutes. The content includes measures of competitiveness of each field as well as general guidelines to applying to certain programs (ie board score around this number, don't mention this in your personal statement, etc.) Each section of the book is written by a different specialist, which makes the format not as easy for comparing, but you get the information from someone in that field, so all in all its probably a good trade off.

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