How To Choose The Best Medical Field For You

** In Collaboration**  Choosing a career in medicine is just the first step in becoming a doctor. The biggest decision that you will have to make in the career is selecting which field of medicine you will go into and specialise in. Whether it’s obstetrics, family medicine, gynaecology or even the biggy – neurosurgery alongside people like Dr Timothy Steel – there is a field out there perfectly suited for you. The problem is working out which one you want to do. It’s a decision that will affect the rest of your career, so it is important to make sure it is the right one. You need to consider many different factors, which we will look into in this article. The work environment Each speciality has a balance between inpatient (hospital) and outpatient (clinic) medicine. When thinking about the field of medicine you want to go into, it is important to consider whether you love the pressure and intensity of caring for critically ill patients, or whether you want to be part of their long term recovery in an outpatient clinic. Research and academic opportunities In pretty much every speciality, there is (or should be) the opportunity to advance your skills and knowledge and get involved in research. However, some areas have better chances than others at offering academic prestige and funding. Work-life balance Whatever field you go into, there’s going to be long hours and pressure. That’s the very […]

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‘Operation GTFO’- Tips to plan introduction chapters

While many PhD theses are different, depending on location and area of research, most require at least one introductory chapter. This introductory chapter sets the scene for the thesis by introducing the thesis area and discussing relevant previous research. My thesis is going to have two introduction chapters, the first providing background information about sharks, the conservation challenges shark species […]

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‘Operation GTFO’- Step 1.

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen one of my few references to ‘operation gtfo’. I have had a few questions asking what it is all about. Well, basically, I think that when you get to a particular stage in your PhD journey- just after ‘the rut’, the stage where you can kind of see the end, […]

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PhD update, November.

I am not sure if it is the fact that it is half-way through November, that I have a million and one things to do, that I had a whirlwind trip around the USA for a couple of weeks, or (my money is on this one) a combination of all the above. But, I am feeling slightly unmotivated and overwhelmed […]

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Suburban American Airbnb.

It has been just over a month since I stay in the last Airbnb (check it out here), and this time I stayed in an Airbnb in Fairfax Virginia, USA! Staying in the suburbs of Virginia (near Washington DC) was a really cool experience. It was much more ‘authentic’ and you get a feel for what it would be like […]

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Are You Healthy At Work?

** In Collaboration**  The idea of health is so interesting. It’s something that is so important in our lives, but it’s also incredibly unique. When it comes to health, despite there being very generalized suggestions in the world, there is no one-size fits all approach. If you want to be healthy, and you want to feel your best, you need […]

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