Three Medical Specialties to Consider

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If the television shows we watch are an indication of what society thinks, then the abundant medical drama shows only mean that a significant chunk of society aspire to don that white lab gown and become a doctor. While some individuals have dreamed of taking that oft-talked about Hippocratic Oath since they were toddlers, most have only opened themselves to the idea of being a physician later in college. If you are one of these confused souls, then here are some of the specialties waiting for you to explore once the letters M.D. are finally attached at the end of your name.

Family Medicine

If you decide to become a primary care physician, family medicine is one of the fields that you can go into. A family medicine physician is able to see patients regardless of age which means that the field encapsulates pediatrics all the way to geriatrics, and family medicine physicians based in small towns can even practice obstetrics unlike physicians that specialize in internal medicine. These physicians are often seen in clinics while they can also do hospital rounds (if a medical facility does not have a hospitalist) and do nursing home visits. What’s great about being a family medicine physician is the more predictable work schedule which allows these individuals to juggle more efficiently work with their personal lives.


Internal Medicine

Still in charge of providing primary are, internists are more hospital-based than family medicine physicians and normally treat only patients aged 18 and above. While you shouldn’t expect a 9-to-5 kind of life if you specialize in internal medicine, this field is a jumping point for sub-specialties which is why most doctors decide to follow the internal medicine route.

Hospitalist

Internists that do not want to pursue a sub-specialty but do not want to see patients in a clinic-based setting will find the life of a hospitalist more to their liking. These physicians see only hospital patients and have erratic work schedules. In fact, it’s common for hospitalists to work 10 to 12 hours per day and in five to seven days in a row since block scheduling makes it easy for them to handle cases. The up side of working for a consecutive number of days at a time is that hospitalists get to also enjoy a number of days off at a time as well. And unlike other physicians, hospitalists have no call requirements during their off time.

This is guest post.  Sarah Rawson is an avid blogger interested in variety of topics as travel, politics, master of science in nursing and medical jobs.

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