In addition to the exam, as a future health worker, you will have to pass another difficult test: the choice of specialty. A decision that will determine your professional future. 

In this article, we will give you the keys to choosing correctly. Future doctors, pharmacists, nurses… aim!

The choice of health specialty is important at different levels since both personal satisfaction and professional performance are affected. It may be the case that a doctor, for example, feels dissatisfied with his choice of specialty and not with the profession itself. Let’s look at some issues to assess before deciding: 

  • Your personality fits better with one specialty than another. Explore all the possibilities and visualize yourself in that role. Do you want to maintain contact with the patient? Do you prefer to have challenges or a calmer role? 
  • Geographical location is a weighty issue in most cases. There are many things to assess: transportation, time, moving, the city of residence, etc. 
  • A big center or a small one? The volume of patients depends a lot on the context. A large number of patients can lead to greater autonomy in carrying out your duties, but it can also be frustrating for you. Ideally, you should visit both places, to feel what gives you the most satisfaction. 

Issues such as the prestige and “fame” of the center also come into play here. You may be interested in being on a reputable site above other things. 

  • Finally, it is very helpful to talk to people who have been through this process, to learn about their experiences and get an idea of ​​what to expect. You don’t have to live it the same way, in fact, you probably won’t walk the same path as that person, but it will help you form a criterion for your path. 

It is important to understand that these points will not guarantee the desired result, since many external factors can intervene, but, without a doubt, they will help you make the best possible decision.

The mental health of health workers after two years of the pandemic

At first, they were dealing with a virus they knew very little about. Subsequently, infections in health centers caused a large number of casualties, a situation that led to a health saturation. What have been the consequences for health professionals? 

The psychological deterioration suffered by health workers

The analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on society has focused on the mental health of health professionals and NPI Number of insurers. 

According to the “Covid19PS” study, carried out by the University Service for Research and Innovation in Physiotherapy (SURIF), 97% of the health workers surveyed suffer or have suffered burnout both physically and psychologically. 

The lack of resources, excessive working hours, and the level of pressure has caused truly negative consequences, both general and specific.  

The data confirms what was already expected. The effects of the pandemic have crossed the limits of the professional sphere and have reached the personal sphere to stay. This exceptional situation has lasted longer than we expected and, in the words of our Deputy Director-General and the CPR branch Raquel Murillo, “has put the resilience of all health professionals to the test.” With these words, she reaffirmed AMA’s support for health professionals through a webinar on “Resilience in times of pandemic”. 

In this context, much of society has become aware of the importance of mental health. Now, more than ever, it is essential to pay special attention to the care of healthcare personnel. And both psychological care and the improvement of working conditions will be key in the post-Covid era. 

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