Sci-59 is a 130-part questionnaire that, once completed, will provide you with 59 specialties/subspecialties that are ranked in accordance to their suitability to you based upon your answers.
Before you get started with Sci-59 it is important that you know what it is and what it is not.
- A tool that will help to open your mind to the choices out there
- A means by which you will ask yourself important career-decision-making questions
- A method by which you are given an outside view about yourself that you can reflect upon
It is not:
- A prescriptive or diagnostic tool for your career decisions
- Necessarily accurate – the answers you give may be dynamic depending on your mood and current situation
- A method through which you can blindly discount specialties – massive variability is present within specialties regarding roles and subspecialties, there may be a niche within the 59th ranked specialty that is perfect for you
Once you have completed the Sci-59 questions there are four formats in which the results are given:
- Full listing – lists all specialties from 1-59 with 1 being that most suited to you and 59 being the least suited
- Comparative – lists the top 10 specialties most suited to you with the three traits that defines this specialty
- Results – lists the top 10 and bottom 10 specialties most and least suited to you respectively
- Graph – provides you with information on your strengths and weaknesses based on the answers given. The score of 50 is the average of the population, a score less than 50 indicates this may be a weakness of you, a score more than 50 indicates a strength
As this is not a diagnostic career tool it may be most helpful to look at the graph first. This will allow you to see what your strengths and weaknesses are, based on your responses. But do not take these as being gospel. Reflect on the traits it has given you as your strengths and weaknesses.
- Are these fair, accurate or true?
- Why do you think your traits were demonstrated as shown?
- Can you think of an example for each of these traits that you have demonstrated during your experiences so far?
Once you have had a good think about your potential strengths and weaknesses have a look at the comparative results.
- Which specialties are listed as your top 10?
- Are you surprised by any of the answers? Have a look at why these are listed as your top 10 based on your traits
Next have a look at the “results” – the top 10 and the bottom 10
- Why do you think the bottom 10 are listed as such?
- Are any of the bottom 10 careers you were previously considering? If yes, think carefully about why this is in your bottom ten listing. Seek advice if you cannot explain this.
Finally, look at the “full listing”
- If you had an idea about what you wanted to do in the future, look to see where this is ranked.
- Reflect upon why the specialties are ranked where they are.
- Have you been realistic when deciding on potential specialties?
- Are there aspects of the specialty you have not considered?
- Do you know enough about the specialties to make an informed decision? Get more information on a career in the specialties mentioned here
How can I try it?
Access to Sci-59 is password protected. BMA members have been given free access Sci-59 through the link here. Passwords have also been sold to many institutions and organisations. If you would like to try Sci-59, ask your supervisors, medical school, deanery or trust to find out if they have purchased any passwords.
Once you have a password, or if you just want more information, you can access Sci-59 at http://sci59.open.ac.uk