What WIll I Be?

What kind of doctor will I be when I grow up??? Match Day is tomorrow and as my fellow classmates find out where there will be training I can't help but wonder what I will be matching into in just two short years from now.

SGU's office of career guidance website hosts a Pathway Evaluator, so I took a few minutes and filled out the questions and came up with this list of my top 10:

Internal Medicine
Geriatric Medicine
Child Neurology
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Medical Oncology

The thing is, if you asked me today, what I wanted to do I would tell you pediatric neurology (and it shows up on the list above as #3, for what it is worth...) And I do think I could do that and be happy. But there is so much to medicine that I have never experienced and who is to say there isn't something else I would like better or be better suited to.

I know (or at least I think at this moment) that I want to work with children. Soon I will start clinicals and I'll get my six weeks of pediatrics to confirm my intent. But I have to wait until fourth year to do a sub-I so if I am interested in pediatric oncology or child-neuro or genetics it will be at least a year before I am experiencing them first hand, so that means that for the moment I'm stuck waiting. I've been thinking of trying to find an SGU alumni in the area to shadow. What it really comes down to is that I'm getting impatient. I want to be on the floors yesterday. And I really just want my Step 1 score to arrive in the mail so I can stop thinking about it.


  1. Hi- I am currently in term 5 and preparing to take the boards in July. Since you took the boards recently, would you please tell me what study methods you used? I am doing the UWORlD questions right now and I am not getting anywhere. I can't also decide if I should stay on the island and take a Kaplan class or study on my own. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

  2. I will post my study methods and materials just as soon as I get my scores, it should be soon, stay tuned. Also, I wouldn't worry too much about UWorld q-bank questions right now. I mean it is good to do them but in my experience the scores don't really go up until you've put 4-6 solid weeks of studying in and are doing at least a block or two of questions per day. Just concentrate and pharm for now.