Regarding choosing a medical specialty

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I am currently a student in medical school in the Caribbean. I am also a USA citizen and wish to practice medicine in USA after I finish my studies. I know that it is fardh kifayah to study medicine. I wish to pursue neurosurgery in USA after 4 years of my medical school. In the United States, there is a great deal of shortage of doctors. Specialties such as family medicine, psychiatry, etc. are more in demand than neurosurgery in USA. However, the minimum required number of doctors practicing neurosurgery has not been met. Is there any kind of sin if I choose to become neurosurgeon and not pursue family medicine, psychiatry, etc? Please let me know.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 156/122/N=2/1439)


There is a shortage of neurosurgeon doctors where you reside in American, so after completing your medical education you may practice as a Neurosurgeon doctor as per need instead of pursuing family medicine and psychiatry etc, there is no harm in it according to Shariah.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.