How to Choose a Medical Specialty

How to Choose a Medical Specialty with Author Anita Taylor

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How to choose a medical specialty

As part of our Match Smarter series with Doximity, we invited author, Anita Taylor, to discuss the latest edition of her book: How to Choose a Medical Specialty


This episode is a little different. No question dissections today. We wanted to focus the content on offering advice to medical students (and premeds) on how to make the all important decision on how choose a specialty.

Our Guest

Anita D. Taylor, M.A. Ed. received her A.B. degree from Bryn Mawr College and her graduate degree in education and counseling from Wake Forest University. She has been working with medical students since 1978, first at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and for over 28 years at the Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) School of Medicine. She now serves as Associate Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. At OHSU, she served as the medical school’s Director of Career Advising and liaison to the Association of American Medical College’s Careers in Medicine program. She is an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the recipient of the Excellence in Education Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and received both the Excellence in Education and Faculty Mentor Awards from the OHSU School Of Medicine.

This Episode’s Freebie(s)

You can get the Kindle edition of of How to Choose a Medical Specialty today. The hard copy is slated for release December 15, 2016 and we’re giving away a few copies to the audience.

Leave a review of the show on iTunes or your favorite podcatcher and then send a screenshot to or share this episode on Twitter and tag @StudentDoctor and you’ll be entered to win (we’ll announce the winners around December 15th, 2016).

Plus, don’t forget you can also win a $100 Amazon gift card by completing your Doximity profile as part of our Match Smarter series. Make sure to do so by December 30th.

Finally, if you want some help with your residency or med school interviews. Check out MedSchoolCoach and mention InsideTheBoards for a discount on their mock interview preparation services.

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Music for this episode is brought to you by Hopeless Records. The song is The Dangerous Summer’s Parachute off the album War Paint. TDS completed their run as a band in 2013. But you can check out frontman, AJ Perdomo, on Twitter. He’s still making music that’s well worth listening to.

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