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Ok, im totally confused, but here goes...
I am a fairly smart person, who is rather inquisitive, and love problem solving, however, I am fairly lazy, and I get really bored with routine, mundane tasks. with that said, which specialty would you suggest?
 

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Ok, im totally confused, but here goes...
I am a fairly smart person, who is rather inquisitive, and love problem solving, however, I am fairly lazy, and I get really bored with routine, mundane tasks. with that said, which specialty would you suggest?

I really hope your status isn't pre-med. (Way too early to be thinking about it).
 

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Ok, im totally confused, but here goes...
I am a fairly smart person, who is rather inquisitive, and love problem solving, however, I am fairly lazy, and I get really bored with routine, mundane tasks. with that said, which specialty would you suggest?

This might be a problem with any specialty.
 
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no im actually a med student now..i need to change this.
 

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You'll get a good idea of what fits well for you during third and fourth year. That doesn't mean you can't have preferences prior to those years. The best thing to do is to do your best during preclinical years, on the boards, and during clinical years, (and participate in research) to maximize your options. So by the time you have to apply to residencies, if your preferences change as a function of experience, you'll still have the option of matching into the specialty you like.
 

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Yeah, just wait until you do your rotations. You'll see where you fit in then.
There may very possibly be a specialty where you don't mind the mundane aspects of the job and don't mind working hard because you like it.
 

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Go to these websites- its an array of questions that help you determine what specialty you are suited for in ranking order.

http://www.smbs.buffalo.edu/RESIDENT/CareerCounseling/main_menu.htm

(no registration needed)

http://www.med-ed.virginia.edu/specialties/

(no registration needed)

and

AAMC's Careers in Medicine Page (You will need a code from your school for this, and register an account so ask your dean- it's probably the best career website out of the ones listed)

https://services.aamc.org/careersinmedicine/
 

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In 1st and 2nd year, individuals tend to gravitate toward anatomy/pathology vs. physiology/pharmacology.

In 3rd and 4th year, individuals tend to be "doers" vs. "thinkers". Those preferences lead people to choose surgical vs. medical specialties.

Some superhuman individuals want to be involved in the total care of the patient/pathology and choose a specialty that covers the medical and surgical management of the disease, such as ENT, urology, ob/gyn, or derm.

Some individuals dont like clinical medicine, and choose radiology, pathology, nuclear med.

Some individuals like to play with toys, and choose ENT, rad-onc, nuclear med, orthopedics.

Some individuals have a prior experience in a particular field and choose EM, pathology, oncology, A/I

What drives people to pick a specialty is different for each individual.

Check this out:
http://www.med-ed.virginia.edu/specialties/
 
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