Calling all physiatrist, ER doctors and primary care physicians!
I'm debating on going into medicine and narrowed it down into three choices. Do you mind telling me what you do in your career? How are the people you work with? What was your pre-med degree and what was it like in med school? #doctor #medicine #medschool #medical-school #physician
For degree you may be any premed degree and go to medical school (I was a Psychology major and heard that some students were History majors- so much variety), you just need to take prerequisites like chemistry, biology, physics and math, to name a few. Without these and other prereqs. you cannot apply; as well as the MCAT exam. I would recommend to volunteer and shadow different physicians if you can- right now COVID may make this difficult but in the future this is definitely a good option. There are also virtual shadowing events where different physicians talk about their stories, some are on Youtube and some you sign up for and they also solve cases. A quick Google search will yield much results! In medical school you will also be rotating, as the previous answers also touched upon, therefore yes keep an open mind, because you might end up changing it as well. For example, my goal is to be a pediatrician but I am also keeping an open mind especially after being an ER volunteer which I really liked!
I wanted to offer these pieces of information from my own experience-please of course it isn't even close to being the same like an actual physician's answer therefore do take with a grain of salt!
Best of luck!
If you do have ideas of what you want to do, it’s important to try to get rotations in these fields in your clinical rotations. You’ll definitely do ER and primary care (those are required) but do sign up for a physiatry rotation.
I ended up subspecializing in a field I didn’t think I would because not only did I not enjoy the rotations I did in the fields I thought I wanted, my professors for the field I ended up in were so dynamic. Seeing the practice through their eyes made me fall in love with it.
Hope this helps.
TL;DR Basically, make sure you do rotations in whatever field you are interested in, but don’t be surprised if what you want to do ends up changing! Best of luck!