Choosing My Medical Specialty

A few weeks ago, I took one of those medical specialty aptitude tests just for fun. This one was from University of Virginia School of Medicine, so it seemed pretty legit to me. The test was 130 questions, and you had to rank your responses with strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree, and strongly disagree. The questions were repetitive and somewhat dull, but the results were fairly accurate for me! It gives you a huge list of your results and specialties, but I narrowed it down to my top 10 to share here. If you want to take the test to see your own results, click here.


I’m not too sure why my first result was physical medicine/rehabilitation. I have definitely never considered this option before, never really had an interest in it – but hey – I don’t know what the future holds! Maybe it’d be worth doing a rotation or shadowing a physician in this field at some point. However, gastroenterology being my second is VERY understandable. I take a huge interest in all things gastro – whether it be in pathology, anatomy, pharmacology — you name it, I’m interested! As of right now, that is my top choice for specialty. I’d love to go into private practice with that someday. My least compatible specialties were a variety of surgical positions and emergency medicine. This makes a lot of sense because I am a very stable person who likes a routine and set work hours.

I still have quite a long way to go to officially decide on a medical specialty, but it’s never too early to figure out what your interested in! I’m constantly discovering new interests that I have, so I’m going to keep an open mind when I get to clinical rotations. What are some specialties that you’re considering someday? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below.




  1. I took this test too and the results were pretty accurate for me, with pediatrics and psychiatry being high on the list. Not surprisingly, my interests in children and mental health have remained, even though I am not a med student–I’m hoping to pursue a social work degree.


  2. Hey Ash! I got nuclear med followed by physical med, thoracic surgery and peds. I came to SJSM thinking I wanted to do pediatric and adult cardio but I’ve grown to love neuro (for now) and definitely love peds, especially neonatal med. We’ll see where I end up! Thanks for this post!


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