Medical Students: 4 Major Considerations Before Choosing Your Specialty

As a medical student, choosing your medical specialty is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. While there are lots of things to consider before making this decision, here are 4 major considerations to take into account:

Medical Students1. Flexibility. Choosing a medical specialty is a decision that many med students agonize over. Although it may seem like a daunting choice at first, keep in mind that a medical degree is far more flexible than nearly any other graduate degree. This leaves plenty of room for trial and error. If you find that the first specialty you choose is not a perfect fit, your degree enables you to explore another area of your field.

2. Look at the numbers. There is a good chance that you will leave medical school with a significant amount of debt. Although it may take a while, all of your hard work will eventually pay off. No matter which specialty you choose, chances are that you will be well-compensated. To get an idea of what type of salary you can expect, try doing some research on physician compensation for your desired specialty, location and practice setting.

3. Find a mentor. Try to find a mentor in your desired specialty area. For example, if you are thinking about pursuing internal medicine, consider reaching out to a specialist at High Lakes Healthcare. Similarly, if your goal is to pursue a career in oncology, consider reaching out to a physician with experience in that area. Draft a list of questions that will help you understand why they chose their specific path and what, if anything, they might do differently if given the chance. This can help you gain valuable insight into what to expect from this career path.

4. Consider work-life balance. No matter which specialty you choose, you are going to spend a huge amount of time at work. This is more true for some specialty areas than it is for others. Take some time to think about the lifestyle you want. This may include time for pets, hobbies or an expanding family. As you explore various options, think about how they align with what you want for yourself. Some jobs may require more time than others, making it impossible to achieve the lifestyle you want. In those cases, it may be necessary to evaluate how important those things are to you.

Choosing a medical career path can be unnerving, but it does not have to be. These 4 considerations will allow you to enter your field of choice with a clear and open mind, knowing exactly what to expect.

Second Year Medical School is OVER!

Saving the best for last, as said, SURGERY 1, it was.

Our last examination in second year medical school has just set and done. Finally, the academic year is over. Second Year Medical School, definitely, is OVER!

Seems like time flies real fast for me. It was just yesterday, or the other day, might be, that I and some classmates from Silliman University Medical School were still working for our transfer of school but now, it’s already over.

However, I still can’t understand what am I feeling now. I am still bothered with my grades. My study schedules, routines were very much affected with my vertigo. I can’t concentrate on studying. Every time I read, like my head is a bit tilted looking downwards with the books, in less than 20 minutes, the letters that I am reading at seems like twirling and moving away from me, fading in an instance. One time, I almost to fall from where I was sitting while taking the exam. It’s really not good for me suffering vertigo where most of the time, migraine coincides. Both are like twins in my head, always having a duet when singing and dancing. I am just hoping to have good results in all of my subjects this school year.

Asking me about how my second year in general? It’s not good. A lot of physical, health sufferings I had. Not to mention, the very recent was just last night. I slid in the comfort room having me bruises and minimal open wound in my right forearm.

Only in my second year in medical school I experienced migraine attacks after migraine attacks, almost unending. Medicines here and there. Fever, flu, and more. At least, I enjoyed and still made my year productive as I could!



Hell Week comes before Holy Week

Yesterday, Wednesday, March 9, 2011, was the first day of Lenten Season, the Ash Wednesday, especially for those Christians, Roman Catholic believer.As part of the tradition which I grew up, Lenten season is the days of being away from vices and join with the Creator’s lament. True enough, being a medical student, we’re really feeling more than laments because of the flooding exams which were scheduled during the Lenten season. Our fourth bi-monthly exam has just started, in some of our major subjects, though the scheduled will yet to start this coming Monday, next week. The week after next week, final examination, will follow.

Fourth Bi-monthly Exams Schedule

Final Exams Schedule

Hell yeah, it seems!

Just because of the above examination schedules, I guess I can’t make it to drop, blog and do online thingy more than the usual. I need to work harder for my academic stuff so I could still be a regular third year medical student by the next academic school year. Aside from that, I was asking mum also for a reward, I need a cash for gold, Smiley if I made good now and I am getting much excited for the reward I was asking for! Smiley That, absolutely, a gold! LOL!

M & I after the afternoon mass on Ash Wednesday 2011 Smiley
With regards to the usual Lenten season must-dos, I cannot do fasting because of my health status and I am still taking medicines now.