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Decision Making Strategies

There are many variables to consider in a decision as significant as choosing a medical specialty. It's no wonder the process can be daunting. For some it inspires a host of fears and expectations that may hinder their ability to make a good decision. Conversely, others seem to breeze through the decision, never looking back..

Regardless of your approach to making decisions, understanding the variables and how they relate in such a significant decision is essential. And if you're overwhelmed by the specialty choice process, we offer sound strategies for breaking this significant decision into more manageable pieces to ultimately make a confident specialty choice and plan for applying to residency.

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    The Specialty Indecision Scale (SIS), 2nd Edition, is a quick and reliable means for identifying areas of career indecision.

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    The Specialty Indecision Scale (SIS) (currently in its second edition) uses 35 statements to gauge your concerns and conflicts in choosing your specialty.  The SIS can help you determine where and how to start the process of choosing a specialty and, more importantly, learn how to overcome some of the difficulties you may be experiencing in making your choice later on.

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  • List of Pros and Cons

    Get decision-making strategies and learn the ideal time to make your specialty choice.

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    Choosing a specialty is an important decision. Use the five thinking hats to help you consider all aspects of your choice.

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  • Two parallel roads

    Because an increasing number of medical students are competing for a stagnant number of residency positions, you may need to create a parallel plan to help ensure you match.

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