How do you know what specialty is right for you? Most medical students decide during their 3rd and 4th year clinical rotations which specialty training to pursue. Students have to start applying to residency programs early 4th year and go on interviews during 4th year.

your personality may be suited for certain specialties more than others. If you are someone who enjoys being part of a fast-paced environment and caring for patients with critical conditions, working as a trauma doctor may be a good fit.

In addition to personality and interests, you may also want to consider what specialties are in demand. Entering a specialty in which there is a demand may make obtaining a residency easier. It may also mean more employment opportunities when you complete your training.

Entering a specialty in which there is a demand may make obtaining a residency easier. It may also mean more employment opportunities when you complete your training. Depending on the specialty and where you practice, you may also be able to obtain loan forgiveness. Below are a few specialties that are in short supply.

Although it is difficult to state the exact cause of a shortage of physicians, it could be a combination of different factors. In general, the aging population has created more of a demand for medical care. Changing healthcare laws have also affected the need for medical services.

 Below are a few specialties that are in short supply.

Family Practice

Family practice doctors, also called primary care doctors, are in demand all over the United States. Family practice physicians care for patients of all ages. A primary care doctor often coordinates the patient’s medical care. They may treat people with all types of conditions from minor problems, such as the flu to serious conditions, such as heart disease. According to research by the Annals of Family Medicine, it is predicted that there will be a shortage of over 50,000 family medicine doctors by the year 2025.

Oncology

Although primary care is often mentioned, it is not the only specialty where there is a shortage. Experts predict there will also be a shortage of oncologists, which will develop in the coming years. Medical oncologists care for people who have cancer. Some oncologists specialize in treating a certain type of cancer while others treat a variety of cancers. The shortage is expected to be primary for general oncologists.

Ophthalmology

Ophthalmologists care for people who have a variety of conditions that affect the eyes. For example, they may diagnose and treat people with conditions, such as glaucoma and detached retinas. Statistics from the Federal Heath Resources and Service Administration indicate that fewer doctors are choosing ophthalmology as their specialty, and a demand is growing.

General Surgery

As many doctors choose to narrow their focus down, a shortage of general surgeons is developing throughout the United States. Researchers predict that the number of general surgeon in practice will fall from about 40,000 to about 30,000 by 2020. General surgeons perform all type of operations usually involving the abdominal organs. Some general surgeons also treat people with diseases of the skin and thyroid gland.

Washington Medical Science Institute

Washington Medical Science Institute (WMSI) is an international Medical School, recognized and listed with ECFMG and World Health Organization.

WMSl is offering fully accredited formal medical programmes since 2010, WMSl also working with its partners and developed WMSl International Health Science Research Centres, the main objective of the WMSI IHSRC is to deliver American standard locally accredited programs through its centres in different countries.

WMSI offers quality Dual Degree Programs in

B.S-MD (Bachelor in Biomedical Sciences – Doctor of Medicine )
B.S-M.D/M.P.H (Bachelor in Biomedical Sciences – Doctor of Medicine / Masters in Public Health)
M.D / M.P.H (Doctor of Medicine / Masters in Public Health)
Post MD/M.P.H (Post – Doctor of Medicine / Masters in Public Health)

Washington Medical Science Institute Campuses

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WMSI, SAINT LUCIA

ARTICULATION AGREEMENT FOR DUAL PROGRAM

MONROE COLLEGE, NEW YORK
WASHINGTON ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY, TAKOMA PARK – MARYLAND
PERDANA UNIVERSITY, MALAYSIA
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WMSI PROGRAM @ ICON COLLEGE, IRELAND
WMSI PROGRAM @ GHANA, AFRICA
WMSI PROGRAM @ SHARJAH, UAE

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