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You've completed the Careers in Medicine assessments, researched specialty options, and narrowed your choices. It's time to bring it all together and make your decision. With all the information at your disposal, you'll need to devise strategies to prioritize your values, interests, and skills.

Competitiveness can also influence specialty choice, and some say education debt and potential salary influence your decision. Here's how to consider these other influences in choosing your specialty.

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    As you're going through the specialty selection and residency application process, you'll need to take into consideration how competitive you'll be. Find out how to make yourself stand out in the crowd.

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    Student loan debt is a concern for any medical student or resident, but just how much should it affect your decision?

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    If you realize during residency that you’re truly unhappy with your specialty choice, it's possible to switch and you should try to do so because you deserve to be happy in your career.