An interesting choice of specialties in question ... They are so polarizing and with a halo of mystery. To dispel the delights of my work, I really want to add a fly in the ointment :)
Just because you are a pathologist, you will not gain credibility. This can impress schoolchildren. Authority is your professional qualities and knowledge. Well, honesty. If you are a bad specialist, then you all have a pain in the ass.
And not always a pathologist - this is "wow, cool!" Among both doctors and ordinary people there is a stereotype that a pathologist is a failed surgeon. Or "what, I couldn't choose a better / cleaner specialty." And in general, a pathologist is such a "doctor" - he does not heal people, well, what is the use of him? The fact that 90% of the time you have to sit with glasses and a microscope does not bother anyone. The main thing is “oh my God, you are digging in stinking corpses!”
The judge and the prosecutor are only vaguely aware of your existence. If among all your final diagnoses something comes to court, then the maximum request will come from the prosecutor's office. In principle, they can summon to the meeting - but this is just a rarity, a rarity. (I remember that an investigator came to me once to talk. I almost fainted there, and all the shoals flashed through my head. It turned out that they were identifying someone there. The passport was perhaps fake ...)
Oh! There was a case when I broke the rules and after 100 meters fell into the hands of gallant traffic cops. They probably expected tears and plaintive begs from me "well, uncle, please let go!" I was sitting with a bulletproof face and a look, "Come on, write your papers." And when I said who I work, I immediately felt respect in the frozen face of the traffic cop :))
There is no feedback. In general, I was once told at the dawn of my career: “Oh, where are you going! There are no grateful patients there either. Which naturally caused me bewilderment, do they really go to medicine for this ... But let's just say, the inability to evaluate the result in the form of a cured patient sometimes makes me yearn for the senselessness of my work.
By the way, just like psychiatrists: harmful work , of course, with an additional payment for harm with additional leave. And if you want to receive well, then get ready to work 12 hours a day.
And yet, the pathologist is just a master of wording! Since everyone is expecting an accurate diagnosis from you, and sometimes you don’t have one, then “this and that cannot be ruled out,” “a benign tumor with signs of malignancy,” “signs of a chronic infection,” and other slippery wording begins.
Well, on the subject of the question: relax! For the first five years, you will just begin to form your own idea of all medical specialties. There and select.
I agree. Do it, and then decide in the course of your studies. There will be a lot of time to think - 6 years. Well, then you need to look at your abilities and interests. These are completely different specialties with their pros and cons.
Pathological anatomy. Pros: 1) Quiet work. Patients are all silent, no one gets on their nerves. There is no need to run headlong and treat someone - all patients lie quietly and await an autopsy. 2) Great authority. The last word is always with the pathologist. His diagnosis is considered the most correct. The judge, the prosecutor, the lawyer listens to him. All doctors want to be on good terms with the pathologist, because it can come in handy. 3) Relatively high wages. Cons: 1) A terrible stench and unsightly pictures every day (over time, the psyche gets used to it and it is perceived calmly). 2) Society is rather wary of pathologists. It is believed that potential maniacs, sadists go there, who thus satisfy their secret desires. Therefore, it may be difficult to build a personal life. 3) Someone may find this rather boring - all patients are silent, there is no response, gratitude.
Psychiatry. Pros: 1) Bright and interesting work. Every day you become a witness of a variety of ridiculous, exciting situations - comic, tragic, melodramatic, dramatic, criminal. There are a lot of interesting non-fictional stories about their patients in stock. And this stock is constantly replenished. Also, this work is associated with risk (violent patients), which gives a thrill. 2) Dust-free work. No need to cut, sew up, feel, listen to patients. It is enough to skillfully talk with them, listen and observe. 3) Comes in handy in life - you can easily calculate mentally ill people. Due to the large number of mental patients in life, the experience of a psychiatrist helps to communicate correctly with them. You begin to value and protect your mental health. 4) Vacation 63 days. 5) Additional payment for harm. Cons: 1) Wary attitude of society towards psychiatrists. People think that psychiatrists themselves are silly or very strange people. It is believed that we all diagnose and write crazy. They are afraid of psychiatrists. It is believed to be pseudoscience. 2) Real hazard in the workplace. 3) Delayed effect of treatment. The incurability of most mental illness.
I may surprise you, but there is no concept of "teaching at the department" in medical schools. So don't worry and just go to the medical or pediatric faculty. You will understand the specialization closer to release. And it is very likely that it will be something third
Profiles are completely different and the question seems to me incorrect, they would describe the views on medicine or ask about +/- the named specialties. And so you just pass the decision on to a stranger, without making even the slightest effort.
Throw a coin