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Tue, Nov. 29th, 2005, 07:36 am
piknik: conflicted

How the heck am I supposed to choose a specialty??
Do I use personal experience as my springboard?
Do I do what I'm good at (I don't think I'm good at anything) or what I like the most (and by the way, what do I like the most?)?

I originally came to med school to be a Forensic Pathologist, but I can't bear the thought of spending 5 years looking into a microscope just so I can do autopsies. I would still do this if I were single, but I'm now a wife and a mom (still sounds weird) and my career choice has to take them into account.
Then I thought since my boys were preemies and spent a month in the NICU, I would try Neonatology. Haven't ruled that out because I haven't done a rotation in it yet.
Now I'm thinking about Reproductive Endocrinology, again based on my personal experience. I can do that rotation with my own doctor, who is very successful at it and is a nice person and very professional. I could learn many things from him. I don't want the money thing to be part of that decision, but I have to say that it is enticing to think I could pay off my school loans pretty easily.

Question: What are you going into and why?

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