Saturday, December 26, 2009

Medical specialty?

Future medical specialty?

Was browsing through a friend's profile page on fb and stumbled across this - a medical specialty aptitude test. Its a 130 question (bout 15 min tes) that is free by the uni of Virginia. I agree that many of the questions are pretty repetitive. But it kinda corresponds to things I'm interested in. Some of it at least.

And the results :

RankSpecialty Score
1emergency med45
2infectious disease44
3hematology44
4radiology44
5physical med & rehabilitation43
6occupational med43
7aerospace med43
8general surgery43
9nephrology43
10dermatology43
11colon & rectal surgery42
12radiation oncology42
13med oncology42
14endocrinology42
15pediatrics42
16urology42
17thoracic surgery42
18pathology41
19plastic surgery41
20orthopaedic surgery41
21ophthalmology41
22obstetrics/gynecology41
23rheumatology41
24pulmonology40
25allergy & immunology40
26general internal med40
27anesthesiology39
28cardiology39
29neurosurgery39
30otolaryngology39
31psychiatry38
32preventive med38
33nuclear med38
34neurology38
35gastroenterology37
36family practice37

Haha. Emergency med is something that I'm interested in, but we shall see. Even infectious med. But must think of the big picture - family, own capability etc. Aerospace med?(whats that??) and physical med and rehab doesnt sound like my cup of tea... I see alot of "surgery" and "gy's" (radioloGY, hematoloGY etc) in there...

but I think I can only really decide after I've experienced the postings for myself. For now...I'm entering sem 5, the last of my phase 1 medical studies. After that its off to posting, or clinical studies... Not sure if I'm entirely ready, but I guess I will have to be...

3 comments:

Esther said...

i did this too!

1. emergency med
2.pediatrics (this is what i'm aiming for)
3. ophthalmology
4. urology (=.= nooo i don't even wanna see this)
5. radiology (i did consider this once!)
6. dermatology zzzz
7. anesthesiology (good pay but i don't hv interest in this also...)
8. physical med & rehab.. err??
9. gastroenterology.. hmmm?
10. family practice (right.. and while i'm trying to run away from my gp posting, this is in my top 10.. hehe..)

this is my second time taking this test.. back in sem 3, i had a more likely interest in the top 10 specialties.. now, feels like many things changed.. i'm getting lazier! hahaha...

Rachel said...

eh...interesting! =D
is it quite accurate though? hehe i guess interests change over time...and yes there are other factors to be taken in to account as well.

Joanne Lee said...

haha, i guess ultimately need to wait for the real time to come before i decide :P there are other factors...in the end maybe its just balancing out?

esther ...all the best! i know u'll reach yr goal :)