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  • How often do students enter Med School with just 1 specific specialty in mind?

     Erina M updated 4 months ago 2 Members · 5 Posts
  • Erina M

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    March 23, 2021 at 8:43 pm
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    -How many students start Med School with the pure intention of going into one specific specialty? Do they really end up pursuing that field?

    -I assume most students have preferences when starting school, but only decide after clinical rotations or residency.

    -Are there disadvantages in deciding on one major from the beginning? Such as lack of interest/motivation to study other fields.

    *Reason I am asking is because there is just one field I aspire to major, and would probably not consider others. I am a Med School applicant.

  • Gabriel Baluyut

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    March 23, 2021 at 10:17 pm
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    Before Med/PA school: I had huge interest in Paeds and Surgery.

    During Med/PA school: I solidified my interest in Paeds, realised I did not want to work in Surgery, found that Psychiatry was difficult to work in for me, and found new love for Family Med and Emergency Med.

    Post Med/PA school: I have a job offer at Family Medicine with Paeds specialisation. However, I do want to gain more experience in Emergency Med in the future.

    There is definitely no disadvantage in having 1 interests in medicine (in my pov). Every specialty is quite interesting, and you’ll always find yourself with some boring topics, but thats the same with every thing in life. The best way to go, is to enter med school with an interest, but also with an open mind.😇

  • Erina M

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    March 24, 2021 at 4:31 pm
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    Hey Gabz!

    Sounds like you’re a curious soul, bursting with interests 🧡 Surgery, Family Med, Emergency Med are quite different, but you’re still with Paeds…wonder if there’s a reason why this stuck throughout the years… You’re so right that what matters most is to have an open mind. Learning about anything within the human body is worthwhile, it’s all connected. 😊

    Maybe the lack of exposure is one reason some are adamant about one specialty in the beginning. Then people discover different dimensions within medicine and become infatuated with a completely different field.

    In my case, I do feel that I will stick to my plan, but this is because I have precise, personal and deep-rooted reasons for my interest, reasons that will probably never change. Plus, I’m older and like to think I have a clear idea of my purpose, more so than most 18 year olds, at least.

    Also, thank you so much for the responses, not just for this question but multiple others as well. I truly value your insight as someone with first hand experience. Will get back to you soon for the other ones💙

  • Gabriel Baluyut

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    April 2, 2021 at 4:03 am
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    Hey!!! Yes, that’s me hahahaha – interested in a lot of things. I think that’s the best attitude to have in life. That’s why I always search for new adventures, travels, and experiences.🤣

    Why I stuck in paeds? There’s this quote in Grey’s Anatomy that really summarises my love for Paeds:

    “These are tiny humans. These are children. They believe in magic. They play pretend. There is fairy dust in their IV bags. They hope and they cross their fingers and they make wishes. And that’s what makes them more resilient than adults. They recover fast, survive worse, they believe. In Paeds, we have miracles and magic. In Paeds, anything is possible.”

    I have always had that innate skill to interact and cope with children – and I know this may sound weird, but I have always gotten along with kids naturally throughout my life. People think of Paeds as just toddlers, but Paeds start from when they were born and throughout their teenage life, and those years are the most crucial part of a human life. I believe it’s also because I know I’m making a huge impact in a child’s life, not only through saving their life, but also becoming a huge influence/role model for them. 👶🏻

    That’s a fair point really. The most important thing is doing what’s best for you, and if you’ve got a specific interest and purpose, then you have to value it.

    And of course, no worries! It’s been fun answering your questions, and hopefully others will do the same too.💙

    • Erina M

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      Interestingly enough, it’s not the first time I have heard from Paeds specialists/aspirants that they somehow have a special way to understand children, like it’s almost a natural ability to resonate with them. That’s a beautiful quote from Grey’s and I feel happy that you’re in a field that you truly enjoy 😉

      I do think there are specialties that are just a natural fit to us; not just something we have strong interest in, but that we have a natural ability to be good at.

      On top of that, it matters whether the industry as a whole aligns with our core life values like ethical standards.

      And of course, practical matters are important too like whether work hours/compensation suffice to support your personal life such as hobbies, or spouse/children if you have any. 😉

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