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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Choosing a Specialty

There are many things one must consider when choosing a specialty and while it is good to think big, it is also important to be realistic. If you want to pursue an extremely competitive residency it is essential to start gaining experience and exposure to this specialty as soon as you make this decision. For example, if you know you want to be a dermatologist or an otolaryngologist, it is wise to start setting up rotations, doing research and joining a national organization in the specialty so you are prepared to submit a strong appiclication and letters of reference. Applicants sometimes underestimate the competitiveness of some specialites and the time that is needed to prepare an excellent residency application. Those who are unprepared or procrastinate may undermine their success (and well being).

I am an advocate of optimistic thinking but, it is also important to be objective about your chances.

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