One of the most popular questions I get from people is, “What kind of doctor do you want to be?” This is a broad question because, at this point, I am not 100% sure what I want to specialize in. Medicine is SUCH a huge field – and there are hundreds of possibilities on what I could choose. Currently, as of right now, I am interested in the field of gastroenterology. Learning about GI in class fascinated me, don’t know why, but it’s something that has really sparked an interest in me. I’ve done countless hours of research on learning about the pathologies and the anatomy behind it – and it’s something that really interests me!
Choosing a specialty is not an easy task. Many of my friends have no idea what they want to specialize in, and that’s okay! I highly recommend waiting until clinical rotations to make an official decision because that will give you the best exposure to “real-life” medicine in that field. You can also explore fields of medicine that you might not think you’d enjoy–but those are the ones that surprise you the most. Although I have a general idea of what I’d like to specialize in, I’m waiting until I start clinicals to really make a decision about it. I’ve spoken to many physicians about how they chose their specialties, and they all told me they fell in love with one rotation during clinicals, and everything just fell into place after that. Apparently, it’s just one of those things that, when you know, you really KNOW that you’ve found the field for you. As I mentioned before, medicine is such a huge field with many specialties, so explore them all and learn as much as you can before making a decision!