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Choosing a Specialty – A Straightforward Approach for the Uncertain

Posted by medliorator on September 21, 2009

from Anne Vinsel, MS, MFA (Project Administrator, Graduate Medical Education, University of Utah Medical Center)

Research those specialties in your institution. Go to the departments and make friends with the residency program coordinators. If you haven’t already done so and haven’t rotated in the program, arrange to shadow a faculty member for a day. Talk with 1 or 2 residents and check out the pros and cons of the specialty. Finally, ask the program coordinator if your board scores would be in a competitive range. Most program coordinators won’t share their board score cut-off, but they likely would tell you if your scores are within range.

Twelve Steps for Choosing a Specialty [Medscape]

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