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Would you recommend a career in Internal Medicine?

I’m considering going into medicine, but I don’t know what specialty is right for me. I would like a career where I can tackle important problems and make people’s lives better. What do you guys think? Would this be the right specialty? I’m trying to figure out which one is right for me. #medicine #healthcare #career #doctor #career-choice

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Cynthia’s Answer

Shawn you have asked the same question in a million ways...if I understand you correctly...you are asking what medical speciality you should pursue.....if you pursue medicine. This question is a few years off and it's too specific. You first need to explore if you want to be a medical doctor and if you have the grades and personality and drive to pursue this course of education. THEN once you are in an undergrad program, you will probably want to do lots of internships and pre-health career activities (clubs, workshops, volunteering, summer enrichment programs) which will give you upclose and personal views of all these specialities. And you'll see how you and organic chemistry and all the other really difficult courses do. THEN...you'll have some information about yourself and the medical field...and you'll have access to many pre-health career advisors to help you sort this out.

But I'm thinking you are NOT yet in college? if that is true, then it's time to set up some volunteer experiences for yourself. Nothing but real time experience with real medical settings will help you figure this out. Working in a path lab is very different than performing repair surgery on burn victims...which one is 'best' is going to depend on things like...do you like lab work, do you need people contact, do you do well with crisis situations, do burns gross you out beyond belief or do you find them fascinating.....etc.

Now is not a great time to volunteer in a hospital, but maybe you could help at a blood donations center or with folks who are supporting the medical teams near where you live. See what the options are while keeping yourself and others near you safe from covid 19. Read online stories about medical careers, real bioraphies of folks who impacted health care. Take an anatomy and physiology or bio-chem class online. And talk to those whose opinions you value....family, friends, teachers, coaches.
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Rachel’s Answer

IM is a great career for practicing primary care. It is also a great pathway into challenging sub specialties like cardiology and gastroenterology. One of the benefits of IM is that you can often dictate your schedule as well as how much time you would like to spend in the hospital vs. an outpatient clinic.
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