Deciding where to live when you start practicing medicine can be a tough feat, but we’re here to help! If you live in or around Los Angeles, or you plan to move to that area, this list was made for you! We’ve created a list of the 6 most popular specialties in Los Angeles based on the most-viewed residency programs. We’ve also listed some information about each specialty so that you can view the job duties of each one.

6 Most Popular Specialties in Los Angeles

As the first point of medical contact for a child, you will provide general medical care, monitor growth and development, and track and administer immunization for infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Healthcare professionals practicing pediatrics are also responsible for prescribing medications and treatment for illnesses, medical conditions, and injuries.

While working as a physician in Anesthesiology, you will be responsible for safely administering pain relief before, during, and after medical procedures, monitoring patients’ vital signs during procedures, approving general, sedative, regional, or local anesthetics and more. As an Anesthesiologist, you will also lead the Anesthesia Care Team to ensure optimal patient care and safety.

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
Duties of physicians in Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology differ a bit. As an Anatomic Pathologist, you will be examining samples from tissues and organs that are commonly acquired through surgery. You will also be investigating the effects that disease has on the human body via autopsy and microscopic examination of cells, tissues, and other specimens. These duties are different from those of a Clinical Pathologist, who is responsible for testing bodily fluids such as urine, blood, and saliva.

Orthopedic Surgery
While you are practicing medicine in Orthopedic Surgery, you can expect to treat patients by performing surgeries on those with disorders, malformations, diseases, and injuries to their musculoskeletal system.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
As a physician practicing medicine in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation field, you will be examining patients to assess their strength, communication abilities, thinking, or movements. As a result of your findings, you will create a treatment plan and manage care for each of your patients.

Doctors in this specialty are often called ear, nose, and throat doctors, or ENT for short. In this specialty, you will focus on diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the ear, nose, upper pharynx, larynx, and oral cavity, among other head and neck structures. You will use equipment such as x-ray machines, fluoroscopes, nasoscopes, prisms, audiometers and microscopes.


And there you have it – the 6 most popular medical residencies in Los Angeles, CA. If there’s anything else you’d like to share with us, whether it’s about the residency program you’re in, residency programs you’re looking at, or a topic you think we should research and write about, let us know! You can reach us at We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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