best place to practice medecine/specialty

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by pj02007, Feb 8, 2002.

  1. Hey what do you all think is the best part of the country to practice medecine? and same question for the following specialties: ER, Orthopedic Surgeon (sports injuries), Dermatologist?

    as for my opinion:
    I'm from NYC and i absolutely hate this city and this state. I really loved LA. I think NY is a much better place money wise. As unproportionately many people here wear glasses and are fat and have pimples, as opposed to LA. Also, as you can see from my post, new yorkers are mean. and while i don't, many others have very bad manners and bad style, but that doesn't count.

    I consider MA, Maine, Vermont, Washinton State, and CA as best places to live.
    And obviously you won't go to some no name school in the east and try to establish private practice in the Beverly Hills.

    I noticed that schools like UCLA, U Washington are really cool, but they're only for the in-state or harvard undergrads.

    So any other opinions on the best places to practice medecine, the schools...?
    thanks
     
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  3. i'm very interested in Dartmouth, could somebody give more info about it that i won't find on their website?
    thanks
     
  4. Doctora Foxy

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by pj02007:
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    I'm from NYC and i absolutely hate this city and this state. I really loved LA. I think NY is a much better place money wise. As unproportionately many people here wear glasses and are fat and have pimples, as opposed to LA. Also, as you can see from my post, new yorkers are mean. and while i don't, many others have very bad manners and bad style, but that doesn't count.

    [QB]</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Can all SDNers please do me a favor and refrain from repsonding to this guy until he starts to act seriously. I can't believe this.

    Thanks,

    Dr. Foxy :mad:
     
  5. that's uncalled for. i only gave my view of ny. if you've been to ny and have something interesting to say about it, go ahead.
     
  6. dr foxy have you been to NY and to LA?? this is 100% true. and have you any information to offer?
     
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    Pj02007,

    I cannot believe your claims. I understand that they are your opinion, however some are completely unwarranted and if you feel this strongly about people, I don't believe that you should pursue a career in medicine. And, if you do, you should certainly learn how to spell medicine correctly. Unless you're almost done with your residency (and if you are why are you posting in this forum) - I don't believe that where you're going to practice medicine is going to be as important as to whether or not you can gain admittance to medical school.

    Best of luck.
    -Michelle-
     
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    People are superficial, it's not a crime it's human nature. Why all the backlash? If there's no information for him, then don't reply to his thread. I don't think his opinion warrants a visit from the PC police.
     
  9. Doctora Foxy

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    Michelle: ditto! When I saw your post I thought it was mine! (my real name is Michelle) <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />

    welcome to sdn :D

    schoolboy: anywhere else I wouldn't care, but it seems like pj is purposely trying to get us going. He's posting these thoughts on a pre-allopathic student forum. It can be disconcerting when we are trying hard to get into med school to help cure people (all types of people) and someone comes along and is not sincere. Imagine if this type of person was accepted to med school and you weren't, just because he put up a front. I think that's why this forum tends to be PC.

    mis dos centavos
     
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    Hey PJ,
    Way to go with those ignorant/superficial cracks on an entire state. Your well on your way to becoming a caring and compassionate physician. Come on. And by the way its medicine not "medecine". I would try researching your local community college before I would think about UCLA or UW med.
     
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    I prefer NYC to LA any day of the week adn twice on sunday!! Your absolutely right that people are more overweight, have more pimple, and definately have less manners in NYC but I love it that way. NYC city is a real city...LA is far too superficial for me. Everyone pretends to be someone else.
    Of course opening a family practice in Aspen, Colorado would be kind of nice too...

    PS. Lay off all you politically correct people.
     
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    I also have no problem with the original poster's words. He/she can post whatever he or she wants just as long as there is no profanity. Political correctness also BUGS me majorly.

    In general, Cali is a lot more health conscious than NYC. But of course, you will find all kinds of clienteles everywhere, so that's not the best way to decide where to practice. And the truth is Cali offers better lifestyle and weather but at the cost of lower income. you just need to decide for yourself. No place is perfect.
     
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    Doctor Foxy and Michelle -

    I have never been to NY so I can't say if pj02007 is correct in his observations. And I'm not writing this in support of his statements, but rather in support of his right to post. I would like to know what type of physician YOU think you can become by questioning anothers' motivations for a career in medicine...especially when his/her motivations were never given.

    Furthermore, Dr. Foxy, genetics would have nothing to do with a disproportionate number of over-weight or pimple bearing people within a given area, unless H-W null holds true in regards to migration. From a genetics class, you should have learned that disproportions such as this, in a society in which migration does occur, are a result of influences within the local environment...and it's the local environment pj02007 is complaining about. He just took a wierd, round-about way of stating it. And besides, if the food is half as good as I've heard it is in NY, I'd probably be overweight too.

    Maybe you should try to think before posting - I mean come on, you're averaging over 30 posts/day, and re-read YOUR genetics. I'm not flaming you...I'm sorry if it comes off that way. You have had A LOT of really good things to say over the past month, and I like your thread on whether or not admissions committees read this. Maybe you should just think twice about what might be perceived as a "holier than thou" attitude. Just my opinion...please don't hate me.

    To address the issue pj, Cali would be a great place to practice...WA is SOOOO beautiful, but man I don't know if I can handle the rain. I had to turn down my interview at VT but I would have really liked to see that state...I hear it's gorgeous so I would tend to agree with you on this one. Take care.
     
  14. thanks for the help.
    and i apologiize for talking about new yorkers, should've just said i don't like ny. also i understand you're all applying to med schools now, and i'll only do it a few years from now. good luck!

    so i'm interested how much would an orthopedist make in Wa, CA, VT, Aspen, CO, and NY?
    and i believe it matters where you go to med school, since patients from NY like it when you go to NYU (a local school) or if you go to a big name school like harvard.

    so i'm very interested in admissions process at Dartmouth or at USC?
    if i get the interview, what % of the decision will it have? meaning, will it depend mostly on how i do on the interview?
    A
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">by the way, isn't it rewarding to fix anna kournikova's leg from a tennis injury as an orthopedic surgeon? i'm sure she doesn't need to go to a dentist. also people who go to orthopedic surgeons, just tend to have accidents, like car accident or sports injury... but people who go to a dentist or to a regular physician or cardiologist, just tend to be generally unhealthy. and i don't like such people.
    </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">This is the kind of idiotic stuff pj writes, so I say lets ignore him until his says something rational...pj: with your kind of attitude and ignorance, I would put my money on you not becoming a doctor, or anything respectable for that matter. :mad:
     
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  17. Mr. Furious

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    LOL!! Dr. Foxy, are you trying to compete with me for the most furious person around? I wouldn't advise it, after all I am a ticking time bomb of fury. :mad:

    Anyway, about this PJ dude, I think his post is really funny. Who knows, maybe he wants to be a plastic surgeon (shades of Bruce Campbell in Escape from L.A.) with the mission to make the world more beautiful and the people more like the cast of Starship Troopers. I sure wouldn't discourage him from pursuing a career in medicine, provided he learns how to spell it by then.

    Mr. :mad:
     
  18. sim, why do you comment that previous post, in my new post i asked about admissions to certain schools. you're going through the process so was looking for the insights.
    and that post that you commented on, shows why i like the job of an orthopedist better than a cardiologist or a plastic surgeon. doesn't mean i don't respect them, just would prefer a different specialty. and you should also know i'm enlisting in pararescue this summer. i may have to jump from an airplane into some 3rd world jungles warzone to give aid to the wounded and to kill the enemy. (of course this is not likely unless we have another vietnam, but in peace time pararescuemen also do crazy stuff, like jump from an airplane to a sinking vessel to rescue sailors or to climb up the alaskan mountains to rescue alpinists...).

    anyway, i'll probably start a new thread at some point, because this one went way off topic. and the reason i'm ignorant, well, it's going to be a few years before i actually go to any med school. so i must get some knowledge out of you guys.
     
  19. Medical123

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    pj02007,

    There are websites that you can search to see what the salary range is for certain medical specialities in certain parts of the country. I don't know what they are right off hand, but you could probably find them by looking on one of the search engines.

    By the way, I would not choose a specialty just based on salary. Choose a specialty that coincides with your likes and dislikes. You will most likely choose what you want to do after your clinical rotations, but just remember, you will spend most of your professional life in whatever specialty that you choose. Pick something that you will enjoy doing for the rest of your life.
     
  20. thanks medical, i actually want orthopedics now because i think their job is cool, as well as money. but of course i'll probably change my mind in the wrong run, or not get accepted even to a med school..

    i'd be interested to hear what specialties you all want to do and why. and what med schools you all want to go to and why. thanks again
     
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    pj02007,

    I found the website. It is <a href="http://www.salary.com." target="_blank">www.salary.com.</a> You can do salary comparisons for about any career and even choose the metro area that you are interested in working. It is a pretty good site. You are right, the orthopedic guys do make pretty good money.

    I am in the process of applying to medical schools and since I don't have any acceptances yet, I am kind of reluctant to say which school I most want to attend. I think I want to be a pediatrician or perhaps a pediatric specialist of some sort. I will have to wait and see on that one though. I just really enjoy working with children and think that is what I want to do with my life.

    I think you are doing the right thing pj02007. It looks to me like you are exploring your career options and trying to see what would be the best choice for you. Good luck.
     
  22. thanks med, you're very helpful
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">but people who go to a dentist or to a regular physician or cardiologist, just tend to be generally unhealthy. </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Have you ever heard of prevention, moron? Maybe they go so they can STAY healthy...and why the hell would you assume that Anna Kournikova (sic?) wouldn't go to the dentist?! :rolleyes: It seems like you MAY have your heart in the right place, but you are very confused about all of it...I would do some research about all of these professions before you start making claims. Oh, and when I mean research, I mean what they do, NOT just what they make.
     
  24. look i've visited some doctors. like once when i had serious flu, was redirected to ER, another time i needed stitches for my back, so i went to the same ER doc. another time i had shin splints went to orthopedist (i first just went to my coach and he gave me correct solution, but my mom made me go to a regular dr who bull****ted me, so the orthopedist told the same thing as my coach). now, the only reason for someone like me to go to a family doctor or any other doctor is if i need a physical for school. and i usually forge their signatures anyway.
    and i noticed that ER and orthopedists have cooler jobs and cooler patients! like perhaps a motorcycle accident victim would visit both!
     
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    Ok, I'm gonna stop myself from replying to this moron from now on. Oh, and the forging the signatures thing, I think that's great...it'll definitely help your chances of becoming a doctor...I mean, you'll have the signature thing down, right?
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by pj02007:
    <strong>look i've visited some doctors.
    </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Yeah it really shows. I suggest you continue visiting them until you get well.

    Mr. :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
    :mad: :mad:
     
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