I often get asked about how many specialty areas there are within medicine, and to find out more information on specialty training pathways to help people make decisions.

There are alot of things to consider when thinking of your specialty choice – how long is the training? How much does it cost? What are the pre-requisites?

The below 3 websites are on high rotation on my reading list as they are so comprehensive and provide alot of information about different specialty areas.  They do not cover every single pathway that a doctor may choose to take but provides information about the training pathways.









Medical Career Planning (MCP) is very excited to announce a new partnership with Medical Education Experts (MEE). MCP will be working with Dr Rebecca Stewart and the team at MEE to mentor, counsel and support doctors who require some assistance in this area. Medical Education Experts have multiple other areas they can assist doctors in – Remediation support, Examination preparation and Support and Resilience coaching just to name a few!

To see the full range of services MEE can offer you have a look at the following website.


The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) has said that the area of addiction medicine is in desperate need of more doctors to train and practice in this area. Apparently there are currently 230 Fellows of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine in Australia and New Zealand (AChAM). The average age of these fellows is 58 years, and there are currently just 23 trainees across the two countries.

Dr Matthew Frei, president of the AChAM believes that empathy and a streak of altruism are essential, and that it is very rewarding then you see a patient stabilise. Dr Ingrid van Beek AM, who is the current director of the Kirketon Road Centre was interviewed by the MJA. She regularly speaks to medical students about the difference they can make if they go into this area.

However, Dr van Beek said that there are three factors that discourage doctors in training from going into addiction medicine:

Read More: https://www.myhealthcareer.com.au/medicine/undersupply-of-vocational-training-places

According to new projections released by the Department of Health, unless there is an increase in the number of post-medical school training positions available, around one in six students entering medical school in 2015 will not be able to complete their medical training and go on to become a fully qualified doctor.

Why is this the case?
There is a mismatch between the number of domestic medical graduates and the availability of vocational training opportunities required to become a fully qualified doctor:

  • Medical student commencements and completions have more than doubled since 2000
  • There has been a 43% increase in the number of vocational training positions between 2008 and 2012

Read More: https://www.myhealthcareer.com.au/medicine/undersupply-of-vocational-training-places

Thinking about studying medicine and want to know what medical specialties are out there?

Let’s start at the beginning…..The Australian Medical Association has a page on their websitethat outlines the pathways to medical school and to become a doctor.

For a list of medical specialties that are acknowledged by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, click here and open the document “List of specialties, fields and related titles Registration Standard.”

After completing a medical degree, internship and residency, you will need to complete the vocational training in your chosen medical specialty. Following is a list of some of the specialist medical colleges where you can apply for a training position. Please note that entry into a vocational training program is often very competitive:


Read More: https://www.myhealthcareer.com.au/medicine/medical-specialties

Few of you would disagree that the quality of clinical diagnosis relates to how well you have taken a patient’s history, done a clinical examination, and requested appropriate further investigations. This has parallels with the way in which you are more likely to reach a robust career decision if it is based on thorough self assessment followed by sufficient research to obtain accurate information about different career options.

But life doesn’t always match these ideals. In many parts of the world accurate diagnosis is impeded by lack of appropriate diagnostic technology. And those of you who have not managed to secure an appointment might feel that doing accurate career research in the current climate is a similarly impossible task.


Read More :http://careers.bmj.com/careers/advice/view-article.html?id=2444

Title: Career decision making in an age of uncertainty.

Authors: Joan Reid

7 Tips for successful interview answers

Do you want to stand out as an excellent candidate from the sea of good ones? Do you need help answering tricky consultant interview questions? This article below list 7 Tips for successful interview answers along with some great model answers.

medical-563427_1920Candidates need to demonstrate that they are up to speed on management and politics. Some questions and types of questions come up regularly so it is important that candidates have some set answers prepared. Get answers to tricky interview questions here

Grewal, P. 2015, Great answers to tricky consultant interview questions



(Summation: This article provides advice on answering interview questions, and some example responses.)

Alternative Medical Career

Does the thought of a non clinical career interest you?
Are you considering leaving medicine?

If you’re thinking of quitting clinical medicine, or finding an alternative medical career, you are not alone. Many doctors choose to drop out of patient care and go on to find a nonclinical job.

“Doctors who decide to stop seeing patients are usually glad they did — and in many cases, they’re earning as much money as they did in clinical medicine” – Steve Babitsky.

We recommend you give the switch, to a new career, careful consideration. We work with you, understanding and assisting you to clarify your career goals and find the best solutions fast.

“Finding a new career is a big decision that requires a lot of soul-searching” – Heather Fork, MD

Who Switches, and Why?

UnsureNo one has pinpointed which specialties change careers the most, but we do know which specialties report the most burnout, which is a factor in career changes.

The transition into a new career can be very difficult. We understand you have spent much of your career practicing medicine and haven’t had many opportunities to be developing other skill sets. It may be a challenge to convince a prospective employer that you have more to offer besides being a clinician.

Despite the risks, however, plenty of doctors still decide to make the leap. Are you ready to consider something new? If so, Medical Career Planning can help. We explore your personal skillsets and strengths and help you find the best solution. Below is an article that is a great starting point.

Check out ‘I’ve Had It With Medicine!’ 16 Options for Second Careers. Continue Reading

Page, L.2014, ‘I’ve Had It With Medicine!’ 16 Options for Second Careers


Mary G Harris, Paul H Gavel and Jeannette R Young, Factors influencing the choice of specialty of Australian medical graduates, MJA • Volume 183 Number 6 • 19 September 2005, p 295 – 300

Ghosh, R. Green, M. 2012, Succeeding at consultant interview: how to stand out from the crowd for the right reasons,


Although this is an article published in the British Medical Journal and focuses on the NHS, it does have some valid and useful tips for interviews.