Optimism and surgeonsBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6939.1305 (Published 14 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1305
- T Smith
What determines the choice of specialty for young doctors? Some ask advice from their seniors, but mostly people seem to make up their own minds and have a go at their first choice. We've all come across examples of men or women students of apparently average ability but a great personal ambition and high self esteem who have singlemindedly pressed on to become consultants in prestige disciplines - or the contrast, the clever students who seem unwilling to challenge themselves and risk failure and so have opted for a quiet career in a noncompetitive backwater (such as journalism).
Nowadays, however, …