Medical Specialty Aptitude Test

This morning I took the Medical Specialty Aptitude Test from Virginia University Medical School. It’s a 130 question test that helps guide you in terms of which specialties might best fit you. It’s open to anyone, so if you are just curious what kind of a doctor you might be if you followed that path, give it a try.

I am actually quite impressed with how close it is to specialties I am currently considering: general surgery and anesthesia (both of which came out in my top 7). Colorectal surgery is a fellowship after general surgery, so those really don’t sit independently. Nuclear medicine is a fellowship after Radiology. Urology is a surgical subspecialty. Dermatology is its own subspecialty, which precludes the need for a 3 year internal medicine residency.

Also impressive is that the bottom choices are also what I consider to be my bottom choices through personal reflection. Psychiatry, neurology, internal medicine and family medicine are all important fields, but I do not fit into them at all.

I am amused by the fact that aerospace medicine (whatever that is) lies so low on the list considering that I am married to an aerospace engineer.

Rank Specialty Score
1 colon & rectal surgery 47
2 nuclear med 46
3 urology 45
4 general surgery 45
5 dermatology 44
6 radiation oncology 44
7 anesthesiology 43
8 emergency med 43
9 nephrology 43
10 pathology 43
11 occupational med 42
12 radiology 41
13 thoracic surgery 41
14 obstetrics/gynecology 41
15 gastroenterology 41
16 hematology 40
17 ophthalmology 40
18 plastic surgery 40
19 otolaryngology 39
20 orthopaedic surgery 39
21 pulmonology 39
22 infectious disease 39
23 med oncology 38
24 neurosurgery 37
25 rheumatology 37
26 cardiology 37
27 allergy & immunology 36
28 endocrinology 36
29 preventive med 36
30 pediatrics 36
31 aerospace med 35
32 psychiatry 34
33 neurology 34
34 physical med & rehabilitation 30
35 general internal med 30
36 family practice 29
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