Originally Posted by napoleondynamite
Don't be brainwashed that choosing a specialty is anything more than choosing a job. It is an important job. You need to be a good match for what you choose. But the JOB is not the only consideration. Don't choose a specialty just because you like it the most. See the entire picture..it's nearly impossible to do if you are 26, single and have lived a largely self-absorbed life focused on nothing other than your career. But if you foresee that changing in your future, well, you need to consider that. Find people who are 10 years ahead of where you are in the specialty you are choosing..find people who are living the life that you envision for yourself within that specialty..then get their advice and perspective.
Why are people so insecure by the fact that some people go into medicine because they don't just see it as their job? Listen, no one will knock you for doing it for the cash and lifestyle. Some people think of it more than their job. Does that mean working 100 hours a week? Maybe not, but it's really lame to come out and say "it's just a job." To many of us, it isn't just a job, and some people just will never understand that.