Diabetes and endocrinology is a varied and interesting specialty combining a mix of complex specialist problems with general internal medicine. In any week you can face various clinical challenges such as acute presentations of diabetic ketoacidosis, engaging with teenagers with type 1 diabetes or helping someone with an endocrine condition through pregnancy. Problem-solving skills and an open, enquiring mind are essential. You can also be quite inquisitive during consultations.
The balance of patients and conditions means that you get to know some patients on a long-term basis. It can be really satisfying to see them doing well when they come back. When dealing with longer-term conditions you often get the luxury of time to consider or discuss treatment options with the patient. Other specialties often struggle to find this time with the pressure of a general medical on-call.
As the number of patients with diabetes increases, the role of the diabetes physician will inevitably change. I see this as an exciting time to be entering the speciality.