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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Different ways of staying organised

Arguably one of the most important skills when completing a PhD (or any other degree for that matter) is organisation. There are always a million tasks to complete, and when you throw work, having a social life, and sleeping into the mix it can get overwhelming. Although, there is often no way of being less busy- there are a few […]

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