Why Internal Medicine?

Updated: Apr 25, 2019

Trying to figure out what kind of doctor you should become? Wondering what specialty you should choose? Then SheMD's Why Specialty Series is perfect for you! We're bringing you female physicians sharing WHY they chose their specialty. Today's post is on why Dr. Collier chose the field of Internal Medicine and why Internal Medicine is a great field for women.

Someone once told me that you know you’ve found the right career in medicine if the career sparks in you a curiosity for lifelong learning in the field and enables you to connect in a way that you find meaningful with your patients, colleagues and family.

I clearly remember the first day of my internal medicine rotation. I was a third year medical student at the University of Michigan and had already completed required clerkships in obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics. Entering my third year, I had envisioned a career in OB/GYN because of my interest in women’s health. I enjoyed my rotation with the group, but missed seeing male patients and wanted to take care of a broader scope of medical issues than I saw addressed in the rotation. Pediatrics was also great. I enjoyed the way that patients’ problems were addressed in a systematic way that inco