Title: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Medical Specialty
Author: Brian Freeman, MD
Genre: Self-help ;-)
Summary: The one book medical students must read before they choose their specialty. Here is the first medical-specialty selection guide written by a resident for students. Readers will find an inside look at the issues surrounding medical specialty selection, blending firsthand knowledge with useful facts and statistics. The author includes invaluable insights from his personal experience, candid reports from current residents, and a wealth of research. This unique resource is divided into two sections, the first of which delves into the art of choosing the right specialty and covers personality assessment, considerations for women and couples who are matching, specialty overviews, and the ins and outs of the residency application and match process. The second section comprises 19 chapters, each written by a resident in a particular specialty. These chapters include “The Inside Scoop”—revealing specialty lifestyles, training requirements, and predominant personality types. (from Amazon)
Thoughts: Although I'm pretty much set on pediatrics as my specialty, I felt this would be a good read to set me up for third year. We get lots of choices for services to rotate on during our core rotations, so I thought that I should learn more about the different medical specialties before I had to pick. The book not only has in-depth sections describing each of the specialties one can match into, it also covers the sub-specialties within each specialty. Most importantly, each section is written by a recent resident of that specialty. There is also a lengthy section on how the application works and the special considerations different populations (women, couples) need to take to match successfully and happily. I'm definitely going to make sure that this book makes its way to my friends who are still undecided.