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3 Signs You're Choosing The Wrong Specialty

Discussion in 'Medical Students Cafe' started by B. Logan, Aug 24, 2019.

  1. B. Logan

    B. Logan Young Member

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    There are so many different types of doctors. From cardiologists who handle the heart to urologists who handle urinary issues. You can be tempted to go after a doctor specialty that no one really goes for so you get all the business. All the money comes from the jobs no one else wants to do, right? I mean, who just wakes up and decides that they want to spend years in medical school to study someone's urine? Let's look at 3 signs that you're choosing to study the wrong specialty.

    1) You're Getting Physically Sick

    You might not be able to handle the nasty smell of pee. It isn't for everyone. While every doctor profession will have to handle people's waste or urine at some point (even sleep doctors, don't ask me how), if you're starting to get sick from the specialty that you're studying for, then you might want to think about switching.

    2) You Have A Weak Stomach

    This is different from getting sick because depending on your specialty, you're going to see some really nasty stuff. Podiatry sounds like a specialty that is high in demand, but you're in for a surprise to see your first diabetic foot. It smells and looks like an animal crawled into their leg and died. You might not be able to contain your stomach.

    3) You're Bored

    This is the biggest sign that you've chosen the wrong specialty. You thought it would be really fun to be a dermatologist, but there's only so many times you can look at someone's skin before getting bored. Maybe it's time to seek a new specialty to study? Just make sure it's not something you can't handle. Remember, there are people out there who spend years looking at someone's pee.


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