Careers in Medicine CiM Home / Choose Your Specialty / Factors Factors SHARE: Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email Favorite Add to Favorites Added Added to Favorites Removed from Favorites Removed Switching Specialties Switching specialties during residency How important is it to make the "right" specialty decision prior to med school graduation? How difficult is it to switch specialties during residency? The truth behind switching specialties during residency Here’s help for trying to find the right fit the first time and what to do if you don't. Getting It Right the Second Time: Interviews Dr. Sharon Gonzales: plastic surgery to radiology Dr. Charlie Goldberg: urology to internal medicine Dr. Michelle Au: pediatrics to anesthesiology Competitiveness Competitiveness While you are absolutely more than the sum of your residency application and candidacy, how your application and candidacy compares to other applicants who have come before you is one serious element of your specialty decision Learn More Financial The seemingly eternal debate around debt versus primary care I’ve always been drawn toward primary care but I have a large debt load. Will I be able to fulfill my financial obligations and meet my lifestyle needs? The minor role of debt in specialty choice Thorough review of the academic literature shows little to no connection between economic factors such as debt or income potential and specialty choice.