As a resident physician working in a large academic medical centre, I am in frequent contact with medical students, many of whom feel apprehensive about choosing their future medical specialty. Students complain that they need balanced career guidance extending beyond “my specialty is the best” expressed by many doctors. Inspired by my interactions with residents training in all major specialties, I have created an algorithm to guide students’ choice of specialty on the basis of their personality characteristics. The algorithm has been well received at my institution by students and residents alike, many of whom exclaim: “That is so true.”
Boris Veysman, resident, Yale School of Medicine
There’s more than a grain of truth to this.