Specialty Spotlights

Welcome to my favorite section of ShortWhiteCoats.com!  The Specialty Spotlights section provides information about each specialty in medicine from the primary source: the specialists themselves.  I have interviewed numerous residents, fellows, and attending physicians with a list of questions that touches on the most pertinent information students need when making specialty decisions. Interviews have been conducted with doctors of every specialty from all over the country, see the list below for a small sample:

Each specialty page contains surveys completed by doctors that answer two sets of questions: Why should a person choose this specialty, and how to match in this specialty. In addition, I will soon post match results and data for each specialty. Click any specialty below to go to the specialty page.  



Diagnostic Radiology

Emergency Medicine

Family Medicine

General Surgery

Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics (MedPeds)



Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN)


Orthopedic Surgery

Otolaryngology (ENT)



Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R)

Plastic Surgery


Radiation Oncology

Transitional Year




Alternatively, you can browse the information for all specialties at the same time.



7 pings

Skip to comment form

  1. Anonymous

    What about cardio 

  2. Ha

    I love your Specialty Spotlight interviews. They are so informative. Please update for more specialties if you have a chance. Great job!!! Looking forward to more posts on ENT, Cardio, and GI

    1. Andrew

      Hi there,

      Thanks for the comment, we have recently had many more spotlight interviews loaded onto our site. Check them out! 


  3. -


    Could you name some of undergraduate medicine program textbooks?

    1. Andrew

      Hi, there are literally thousands of medical school textbooks so it would be very difficult to give you a list of something that general. In what topic are you interested in specifically?

  4. Brian Lee

    Any chance of getting a "Why did you choose…" and/or "How to match in…" some of the IM subspecialties (e.g. hematology/oncology)? Thanks! 🙂

    1. Andrew

      Thanks Brian. I LOVE this idea. I am going to get started on finding some internal medicine subspecialists to interview. It should be very informative.  Thanks

  5. Katie

    Hi Andrew,

    Thank you so much for these! Looking forward to reading something on Peds in the future! 

    1. Andrew

      Thanks! I will get something up there soon.

  1. Spotlight Interview: How to Match in ENT » ShortWhiteCoats.com

    […] Specialty Spotlights […]

  2. Interview: Why choose neurosurgery | ShortWhiteCoats.com

    […] Specialty Spotlights […]

  3. Interview: Why did you choose ENT? | ShortWhiteCoats.com

    […] Specialty Spotlights […]

  4. How to match well in neurosurgery | ShortWhiteCoats.com

    […] Specialty Spotlights […]

  5. Why I Chose to Become a Physiatrist | ShortWhiteCoats.com

    […] Specialty Spotlights […]

  6. Interview: How to match well in PM&R | ShortWhiteCoats.com

    […] Specialty Spotlights […]

  7. The ins and outs of radiation oncology | ShortWhiteCoats.com

    […] Specialty Spotlights […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>