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Choosing a Medical Specialty 101
Student Interest Video Stresses Critical Thinking About Career Choice
By News Staff
Kozakowski told AAFP News Now that the video represents an organizational shift in how the AAFP approaches student interest in the specialty. "The video builds on the Academy's efforts to directly communicate with students about the multitude of factors that influence their decision-making," said Kozakowski. "The entire process should take place through the lens of critical assessment."
The video, which can be viewed below, was made public on March 15, the same day that the National Resident Matching Program released the 2013 results of its annual event known as the Match. The Match sets newly minted physicians on their chosen career course by aligning them with residency training programs in a particular medical specialty.
Serious though the topic may be, the animated video is creative and fast-paced to capture the interest of its intended youthful audience. The video narrator asks medical students to step back and ask themselves if they are relying on facts or myths to guide them in their specialty choices.
The video spells out six specific categories -- people, programs, payment, policy, perception and personal characteristics -- that should be considered in every student's decision-making process.
For example, medical students need to factor into their analysis of various specialty choices their own unique experiences -- those that really stand apart in medical school memories -- focusing on the
- people (be they peers, parents or faculty) who were most influential;
- mentors whose qualities they especially admired;
- programs in which they voluntarily chose to participate; and
- clerkships and clinical encounters they found most enjoyable.
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