Residency Interview Question #7: Why would you like to pursue this specialty?

Sample answer:

I decided to pursue anesthesiology because it demands a unique blend of technical skill and medical knowledge. Anesthesiologists need to be highly capable in a physical sense, but in a mental sense as well, as they must be able to endure high-pressure situations with a calm demeanor. They must recognize and respond to a problem very quickly, absorb the necessary information, make decisions, and follow through.

This type of fast-paced, demanding work is appealing to me, as it presents new challenges with every case, but at the same time, it allows me to exercise my strengths. Anesthesiology is humbling, too, in that I know I still have so much to learn about this specialty and can always improve my performance and my treatment of patients. It is a specialty that is often on the cutting edge of medical research, which is a great interest of mine, too, so it has been my first choice since I started my med school journey.

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