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July 1987

How to Choose a Medical Specialty

Arch Ophthalmol. 1987;105(7):902. doi:10.1001/archopht.1987.01060070038023

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To a medical school student, the process of choosing a specialty is often wrought with apprehension, uncertainty, and frustration, as he or she is expected to make a long-term career choice based on relatively little experience. How to Choose a Medical Specialty is a workbook designed to assist the third-year medical student in selecting a field most compatible with personal and career goals.

Taylor's book comprises two sections, the first of which concisely outlines each of the 36 board-certified specialties and subspecialties with respect to residency programs, board certification, physician supply, and projections of economic status and types of practice. Taylor assists the reader in obtaining further information by providing the name and address of each specialty society. Following this general overview is a profile of practitioners in each specialty based on the responses of 282 clinicians to a questionnaire designed by medical students. This composite sketch answers questions often

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