Note: you must log in to use the resources. Careers in Medicine is a program of the AAMC. It is a career planning program designed to help you choose a medical specialty and select and apply to a residency program. View all specialties
This site is designed to help medical students choose a medical specialty. You will be asked to rate your tendencies compared to the tendencies of physicians in each specialty. The higher your score for a given specialty, the more similar you are to the physicians in that specialty. This material was originally published in the book "How to Choose a Medical Specialty", by Anita Taylor.
The Pathway Evaluation Program for Medical Professionals is a career-planning program designed to help medical students make informed specialty decisions. To this end, the Specialty Profiles included in this program were revised in 2003 to provide students with current information about 42 specialties. Information is based on aggregate data compiled from surveys completed by 2,407 practicing physicians.
A report by the AAMC Center for Workforce Studies projects future supply and demand for physicians and concludes that a national shortage is likely driven by such factors as U.S. population growth, aging population and doctors, and increased physician visits, the demand for doctors will outstrip the supply through at least 2025. (PDF, 94 Pages - 741.2 KB)