During my 4-month rotation in diabetes and endocrinology as a foundation doctor, my interest was really captured. Contrary to what I had previously thought, diabetes was in fact a fast-growing specialty! With the explosion of numerous new drug and technology therapies for people with diabetes, it was an exciting time to join the specialty. During medical school I had little exposure to endocrinology, but I have since found it an exciting remit as it offers integration between basic biochemistry, human physiology and practical medicine.
This largely outpatient-based specialty also offers a different work environment to the daily inpatient ward rounds I was more familiar with. I also have the opportunity to work with various patient groups such as young adults, pregnant women and the elderly population. This meant my day to day job is always kept interesting as it can be so varied.