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Skills

By now you may have begun to narrow your specialty options based on your interests and values, but the process does not end there. Throughout medical school, you have gained knowledge and developed skills that you will need throughout your career, and it is important to consider these as you explore specialty options. Whether it's manual dexterity, problem-solving, emotional intelligence, or any number of other abilities, every physician has a unique skill set. This section will help you find out whether your particular strengths are in line with your specialty of choice.

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    The Physician Skills Inventory helps you understand your skills in selected areas important to the work of a physician and identifies those areas where you can improve. This self-assessment uses 47 skill statements and descriptions to measure your strengths and weaknesses in three major transferrable skill areas: psychomotor, problem solving, and counseling skills. In addition to increasing your self-awareness, the results will improve your knowledge and understanding of the basic skills necessary for practicing medicine and helps you identify areas for further development. You can also compare your skills to those of specialty groups as you consider specialty and practice options.

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    So you’re beginning to think you’ve found a specialty you’re interested in and now you’re wondering if you have the skills to do the work. Or maybe you know you have really strong problem solving skills and want to know if these skills are important in a technical specialty, like radiology. As a medical student, one of your goals during medical school is to select a medical specialty that fits your own personal desires, needs, and skills. The closer your characteristics fit with a specialty, the more likely you’ll be productive and feel satisfied.

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