THE BOOK ALL MEDICAL STUDENTS SHOULD READ BEFORE THEY CHOOSE A MEDICAL SPECIALTY! A true "must read" for medical students who have not yet selected a specialty, this acclaimed resource delivers a well-researched insider's look into the complex issues surrounding this important decision. Supported by first-hand knowledge, useful facts and statistics - plus the author's personal experience and gut-level reports from current students - this unique guide provides everything necessary to compare specialties and make a confident decision. The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Medical Specialty, Fourth Edition is divided into two sections: Part 1 Planning Your Medical Career, delves into the main issues surrounding the choice of your medical specialty. These 12 chapters provide everything you need to begin making this major decision - from how to research each specialty to how to apply for residency. Part 2 Specialty Profiles, features chapters devoted to the 21 major specialties, and provides important information such as salary, employment data, and match statistics. FEATURES: *An "insider's look" into different areas of medicine-with specialty chapters written by physicians just out of residency training *Profiles of the major medical specialties, including those to which medical students may receive little exposure, such as radiation oncology *A concise up-to-date guide to the residency application and matching process*A special chapter with explicit advice to help medical students maximize their success in obtaining a residency position in each field*Special inserts-"Vital Signs" and "The Inside Scoop"-provide easy-to-read factoids like salary information and match statistics.