As a medical student pondering your future as a physician, there are many key considerations in choosing a medical specialty to pursue. The most obvious move—particularly considering the $100,000-plus loan debts most medical students accumulate—may be to go straight to a list of the highest-paid medical specialties and proceed from there. Yet a physician’s day-to-day existence is shaped by factors that extend well beyond compensation.
As a physician, you will work to improve the health and well-being of individual patients. In the era of big data, however, there are new career options that allow for transformative care on an even broader scale.