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Career Focus


BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 03 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:s3
  1. Rhona MacDonald, Editor of Career Focus
  1. careerfocus{at} tel: + 44 (0)20 7387 4499

How do you decide which specialty is for you? The authors of this week's article on haematology (p 3), a specialist registrar and a consultant, have obviously made their career choice and seem happy with it: “Haematology is exceptional as haematologists are concerned with both the clinical management and the laboratory investigation of the patient.” But, in addition to reading their article, how else could you find out if haematology is for you?

There are a growing number of online resources that could help you to decide on a career choice. For example, the London Deanery career guide (, NHS careers (, the comprehensive American site careers in medicine (, and of course you can search the Career Focus archive by topic and keyword (

As most of us rely so much on the web for information, Career Focus will soon be introducing a new feature called What's on the web? These are reviews of what is available on the internet about a certain subject relevant to Career Focus, such as anything to do with doctors' careers, working lives, or professional and personal development. For example, how to choose or change your specialty; how to achieve a balance between work and life; or how to study for exams. If you want to send us a review you should select at least five sites and compare and contrast them, noting how easy they are to navigate, the information available, how useful they are, etc. The review should be no longer than 500 words.

Why not have a go at writing one or any other type of article? Please go to our guidelines to authors ( for more information about writing any sort of article for Career Focus. Don't put it off (p 6).

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