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What factors are important when choosing a specialty?

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What factors are important to you when considering a residency program and your charting your career path in medicine?

The following is a list of things that often impact medical students when choosing their career focus.

1.The following is a list of things that often impact medical students when choosing their career focus. Which of these things are important to you?
lifestyle preferences
personal fit
expected income
prestige in society
prestige among colleagues
career advancement opportunities
longitudinal care
societal need
hours of practice
length of residency
on-call schedule
emulate a physician known to me/role model
flexibility at work
flexibility out of work
in-hospital care
urgent care
non-urgent care
community outreach
research opportunities
long-term relationships with patients
short-tern relationships with patients
variety of patient problems
demographics of patient population
short-term results
on-going treatments

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Consider the choices you made. Do you think these same choices are important to someone of different gender?

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How might a person's gender affect the importance of certain aspects of a speciality when choosing a focus in medicine? Go back to the original list and consider the impact of gender on professional and lifestyle choices in medical careers.