Understand Yourself

Sound vocational theory says you’re more likely to be satisfied in your professional life if your career matches your personal and environmental characteristics such as interests, values, personality, and skills. In medicine, these aspects of yourself can be reflected in your preferred practice setting(s), patient type(s), medical condition(s), colleagues, and tasks and activities. Finding your fit entails first exploring who you are and what you want for your life, then identifying those career options that will support those goals and in which you can thrive.

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  • Maze inside a brain

    “What do I like to do?” This is a critical question to contemplate when considering your career. In fact, it often kicks off the career exploration process — as it should. Addressing this question objectively and thoroughly can help you identify areas of medicine — and ultimately, specialties — that fit your interests and can lead you to a satisfying and productive career.

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    As you consider your specialty options, it is important to consider your interests, values, skills, and personality. Careers in Medicine self-assessments will help you better understand who you are and what you want in your career, and then will allow you to explore specialty options that might be the best fit for you.

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