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What specialty interests you most? This is probably the hardest question to answer during medical school. Even months of rotation to the major and minor departments, pitches from residents, and impressive rounds with consultants does not seemingly help in making a decision. For the minority who knew what fields they would like to explore, you are very lucky to not ponder about your chosen field. I always knew that I would go into either Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) or Orthopedic Surgery when I entered medical school. These two fields required exquisite mastery of a favorite subject - anatomy and would be related to my undergraduate degree. I always had PM&R at the back of my head but wanted to try my fit with orthopedics too. I was able to decide on what field to choose during my internship year as I took orthopedics for my elective rotation. During the middle of the rotation, I felt that it was not something I could do for the long haul; hence, I ended with my first choice - PM&R.
For the MIMS community, how did you choose your respective fields and courses? Did you go with your gut or follow sound advice from parents/guardians?