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Have you ever considered a more concentrated specialty area rather than staying within the Family Practice realm?

1 of 30 Family Physician Interview Questions and Answers Written by Darby Faubion

Updated on December 4th, 2018 |
How to Answer

One of the great things about a career in healthcare is that there are so many options. Having ever considered a career shift into a specialty area is not something that will disqualify you from being hired as a family practice physician. This question really just creates an opportunity for the interviewer to explore what areas are of interest to you. If you have considered a more concentrated specialty, share that with the interviewer, but end your answer with why you have stayed with family practice so far.

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"I did consider a career as a pediatrician at one time. However, when I began to explore options, I felt like family practice would give me an opportunity to work with a more diverse group of people. The decision to focus on family medicine has been a great fit for me."

Entry Level
Answer example

"Actually, I considered several different specialty concentrations. I thought about obstetrics and urology. I also even considered cardiology. For me, though, I really felt like general practice was a good fit and that it would give me the opportunity to take care of a broader group of patients."

Answer example

"I never considered any other specialty than family medicine. I respect concentrated specialty areas and have some close friends who are specialist. It takes all of us to make a good healthcare network, and I'm happy to be a small part of it."

Written by:

Darby Faubion
Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice. She has assisted in developing curriculum for nursing programs and has instructed nursing students at both the community college and university levels. Darby's passion is nursing education. She has used that passion as her driving force to become a test-taking strategist and prep coach. She has coached nursing graduates across the United States as they have prepared to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In addition to her role as a healthcare educator, Darby also authors a blog that is devoted to helping victims of domestic violence learn how to recover and live a life free from abuse. She is also a contributing author to online sources of continuing education for nurses and healthcare associates.
First written on: 06/23/2013
Last modified on: 12/04/2018

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Have you ever considered a more concentrated specialty area rather than staying within the Family Practice realm?
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