The path to becoming a doctor is perhaps one of the most difficult one. You have to put in a lot of hard work and labor and yet sometimes you do not get the results. Going through a lot of emotional and mental stress is an integral part of becoming of doctor. Clearing the medical entrance exams is one of the most strenuous part of this journey. But even after clearing an entrance exam, this does not end. The next five and a half years of the course are equally arduous and demanding. Our friends and batch mates who chose different fields as their career usually complete their graduation and start earning, whereas we are still in college. Our lives get confined to books, lecture halls and the operation theatres . Everyday is a new challenge, a new test. But as it is often said that good things come to those who wait, the reward of facing all these gruelling situations is the title of a doctor. The two-letter title Dr. is a matter of pride and honour that only a few chosen people receive. Those five and a half years of struggle becomes trifling in front of the this title. Where we were once being taught by doctors, we now are the doctors. Very often a medical student comes up with a question whether or not he/she should opt for a speciality after graduation. The idea of once again going through the exacting time period of appearing for entrance exams and then studying for another three years seems very daunting. Why not get a job at some hospital or even better, start our own private practice .
After five and a half years of studying, we feel like it’s time to earn now. So is it really necessary to opt for a speciality and then maybe a super speciality? Do we really need an additional degree to become established doctors ? Before these questions get addressed, ask yourself this question, you went out on a trek with your friends where the place was full of trees and wild bushes. You suddenly develop an extremely painful and itchy rash on your arm which is not subsiding by basic anti-histamines (anti-allergic medications). You decide to visit a doctor. Are you going to visit a general physician who is a graduate doctor only or are you going to opt for a dermatologist ? A dermatologist is going to be your choice because skin diseases and allergies are their area of expertise. You opted for a doctor who specialises in treating such conditions. In today’s time people are more educated and much more aware as compared to ten years before. Most of the times before visiting a doctor, a patient has already researched about his symptoms and has five different types of diagnosis himself. People want the best possible doctors to treat them. They want the finest treatments for themselves. They have already researched about the doctor well beforehand while making an appointment. Before reading the name, they read about what all degrees the doctor holds and what are his or her areas of expertise. So yes, in today’s times in order to become a reputed and a successful physician or a surgeon, one needs and should definitely go for higher studies. Some of the reasons for choosing a speciality are :