So you have decided to work in the medical field, maybe have even begun working towards a degree – congratulations! With the number of medical professionals in the United States declining as baby boomers begin to retire and the number of chronic conditions increasing you’re needed more than ever.
As you continue down your path towards success as a medical physician, one important thing to begin considering is: which field of medicine are you the most interested in? Medicine in general is a vast area of study and your specific interests can play a significant role in which type of position you end up in.
Furthermore, your personality type may play a fundamental role in how happy you are in your position once you have finally completed all of the necessary schooling. Research has shown that anything from the organization of the office space to the way individuals communicate with each other in stressful situations can alter our workplace happiness.
The question is how can you evaluate your personality to determine which medical field is best for you?
For the Creative Problem Solver
Some people are able to look at problems from a variety of different angles and come up with solutions that are previously unheard of. In the medical realm, epidemiologists – those who study the spread and treatment of diseases – are just one group of those people. Epidemiologists are responsible for handling the development of protocols and treatments for outbreaks, such as Ebola, that occur all over the world.
Creative problem solving and analytical skills come together in this profession because epidemiologists often deal with unique problems that need have successful solutions quickly. Often times there are not related cases to use as a model in determining how outbreaks will be dealt with. The field is expected to grow and become increasingly in depth as the world becomes more and more connected through globalization.
For the Communicator
If one of your strongest skills is your ability to communicate information in a calm and professional manner, consider becoming a general practitioner. These medical professionals are on the front lines of patient care and often find themselves answering questions ranging from ‘does acetaminophen still work?’ to ‘how do I deal with my child eating (insert random object here)?’ and everything in between.
Furthermore, general practitioners get to deal with a little bit of every type of medical ailment out there. Their wide breadth of knowledge is essential in determining if and what type of specialized care is needed based upon an array of symptoms. Communication skills come in handy here, especially if delivering critical instructions or unfortunate news to patients.
For the High Stress Performer
Maybe you perform best when the stakes – and stress levels – are high. So do surgeons, especially heart surgeons. Becoming a surgeon requires extremely specialized skills in a specific realm of medicine because decisions that are made on the operating table will likely affect your patient for the rest of their life. Frequently, these decisions are made with limited information where you are required to rely upon your education.
In addition to being able to handle stress and make sound judgements, surgeons also need to be strong leaders. The surgical team depends on the surgeon to make the decisions in difficult situations. Without a calm demeanor under pressure mistakes can be made and the consequences severe.