George Tkalych – Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Medical Specialty

Posted: May 4, 2016 in Health care
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Although he no longer practices medicine, George Tkalych understands how challenging it can be choosing a medical specialty. The former ear, nose, and throat specialist ran a successful practice for 32 years in Columbus, Georgia. Almost right out of medical school, he knew which area of medicine he wanted to practice and went on to live out his dream.

For many medical students, one of the hardest decisions is choosing which specialty to focus on. With over 60 specialties to choose from, it can be a tough choice. Consider asking yourself the following questions to help make the selection process a bit easier.

Am I a people person?

Unless you are going exclusively into research, you are going to be in contact with patients on varying levels. Some specialties involve more contact than others, for example, family care or psychiatry. If you want minimal patient involvement, think pathology or radiology.

How much time are you willing to spend learning?

Since you’ve taken the path to becoming a doctor, you probably don’t mind the four years of college and additional four of medical school. But after this, you have to consider residency, which varies according to specialty. If you plan to become a surgeon, that can mean an additional six years of training.

What’s your interest?

Doctors have different interests. Some like to work with elderly patients while others are more drawn to children. If you have a strong interest in a particular population, it may make the selection easier.

George Tkalych is happy to have lived his dream job of being a doctor to both children and adults.

 

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