Choosing Your Specialty

November is the time of year when many of you will be going through specialty applications. Choosing your medical field is one of the most difficult decisions you may have to make in your career, but it’s vital to get it right, as it’ll impact your life for years to come. In this video we summarise some of the main points to think about and suggest a few resources that may be of help to you.


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For more guidance head to our Applications Guide collection and see our analysis of the 2018 GMC National Training Survey where we break down the data to look at overall satisfaction, workload and competitiveness of the different specialties at national and deanery levels. We’ll be focusing on the core training pathways over the next few weeks so stay tuned for more analysis.

Sign up to Messly to explore our Training Navigator and head deeper into the GMC survey to read about the variation in trainee experience at the department and hospital levels. It includes ratings for other important variables such as rota design, level of clinical supervision and quality of teaching, as well as up-to-date reviews from previous trainees. 

To understand what it’s actually like to work in the different specialties, our My Life as a Doctor  series has a huge range of interviews with doctors from different backgrounds, from Psychiatry trainees to the Chair of the RCGP.

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