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What is the best branch of medicine for me to specialize in?

How do I choose classes if I am not sure what branch of medicine I want to enter? I haven't even decided on human or veterinary medicine and I am a junior, so I have a very short time to decide on which schools are best for which branches of medicine.

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Grace! Both areas of medicine are interesting but it really does depend on which on you like the most. If one pursues medicine to get an MD then they need to take certain classes like chemistry, biology, physics, etc. For veterinary medicine I am not too sure but I believe they could be similar with some differences that emphasize animal physiology. I would recommend to volunteer, maybe in a veterinary clinic/shelter or a hospital as well and shadow a physician in both aspects. This will give you more insight into what you prefer because it's really about how you feel working in this environment and which do you see yourself doing down the road in the future. In terms of specializing, you still have time because you complete different rotations in medical school to get a sense of different areas. So for now I would recommend making a a decision after some thought and experience and doing well in school and future exams required for entry to graduate school. One of them is the MCAT (medical college admissions test), you want to do well, 508+ to be considered a competitive applicant!

Best of luck!

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Vincent’s Answer

At your stage don't place too much emphasis on the specialty of medicine. That will likely change when you're in grad school. The big question is do you want to work with animals or humans! :)

Hi I think first of all you want to decide which field you like the most is it human medicine or vetenary ? Later you can decide which area you would like to specialize in. All the best Sruthi Bhat

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Ransi’s Answer

Only you can decide this one. Once you are in medical school, you will do rotations in all of the major specialties and have opportunities to rotate through smaller specialties. You’ll get a sense for what drives your passion and excites you once you get to your fourth year of med school. Choose what you’ll enjoy for the rest of your career. For example, some people love surgery because they love working with their hands. I chose cardiology because I got to do procedures using my hands and also liked the excitement of taking care of very sick patients.

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Richard’s Answer

Try to find opportunities to pursue research.
Volunteer at your local hospital or low-income clinic. Ask physicians, PAs or other clinical providers if you can shadow them.
Consider volunteering at an animal shelter or veterinary clinic.