There is a lot of disinformation regarding the choice of medical specialities

There is a lot of disinformation regarding the choice of medical specialities. No doubt, doing medical specialities like cardiology, gastroenterology or neurology take years to complete but that is why these are sub-specialties. Only a few of my friends have opted for general practice or psychiatry out of interest. The rest of the lot do it because they think it is easy. This is despite their interest in the medical specialties. At the end of the day a job is a job. An ST7 medical speciality registrar goes through same stress as a new general practitioner who is trying to establish himself/ herself. And things gradually do become easier for both. If you get goosebumps on seeing complex angioplasty being done, nothing should stop you from doing cardiology. If on the other hand you get goosebumps on seeing suicidal patient make a turnaround and deciding to live, you should do psychiatry. If you feel fascinated by the fact that you can know your patients and families for decades and become a big part of society as a whole ,do GP. All specialities make similar money at the end of the day if you’re a hard-working money minded person. All specialties have options of private practice. Stop looking at it as if it’s a rat race and instead of counting the number of years as torture in training, enjoy the journey. Moreover, there is a big misconception that the length of training is too long in medical specialities in the UK. To become an interventional cardiologist in India, for example, would roughly take 8 years after mbbs. In UK it takes similar time to dual accredit. At the end of the day life is unpredictable. It would not make a massive difference if you die as an ST7 gastro registrar or a GP practitioner. What would matter is if you have made any difference in anyone’s life, even if that life is yours. Sorry for the rant but I’m put off by by people who choose specialities based on number of years in training. Become a GP, no objections, but only when you think you have aptitude and attitude towards the job. Otherwise, you will end up ringing the poor medical registrar on call dozens of times in a day seeking advice for frivolous things that a even medical student can handle.