Oh, medical school. The pressure. The competition. The crazy hours and sleepless nights. But the one thing that I think is most unfair about medicine is the pressure that is put on you to choose a specialty in such a short amount of time. You can think you know what you want to do, but it is a whole other world actually working in the hospital as a third-year medical student. Shadowing, scribing, or working tech or nurse positions prior to medical school can give you a pretty good idea, but actually working one on one in the ‘physician’ position is totally different.
Once you start third-year, the countdown to choosing a specialty officially begins. But the thing is, third-year is also a time where you have to fit in all of your core rotations and actually learn this whole doctor thing. There is more emphasis put on doing internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, etc. than on super specialized rotations like interventional radiology or even other non-primary care specialties like anesthesiology. So you start in July, and by January or February, you need to know what you want to do because you need to start reaching out to residency programs and potentially setting up away rotations.
Luckily, I have found my passion in these 6 months of time. But, man. That is a really short time to decide what the rest of your career is going to look like.