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cardiologist vs oncologist

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by salmonella, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. salmonella

    salmonella Gram-Negative Rods 5+ Year Member

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    Which specialist is more well-respected from the lay public point of view: cardiologist or medical oncologist?
     
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  3. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

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    I'm not sure there is a difference in regards to respect, but I would venture that the public of more aware of cardiologists and what they do. Working in a cancer center, I find that there is a great deal of confusion about the differences between med onc, rad onc and surg onc from the general public and patient population.
     
  4. gutonc

    gutonc No Meat, No Treat Administrator Physician PhD 10+ Year Member

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    Which is why I like to break it down simply for my patients:

    Surg Onc - Cuts You
    Rad Onc - Burns You
    Med Onc - Poisons You

    They all get it when you put it that way.
     
  5. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

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    Ouch! Sometimes clarification isn't always the best thing! ;)
     
  6. DarksideAllstar

    DarksideAllstar you can pay me in bud 7+ Year Member

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    How do people come up with this sh!t?
     
  7. TxMed

    TxMed SpottieOttieDopalicious 5+ Year Member

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  8. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

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    Good pick up...then of course, the OP didn't ask which was "sexier": cards or oncology.

    I pick Cards as sexier...red blood, the heart. Cancer isn't very sexy.
     
  9. HDMTX

    HDMTX GU Med Onc 10+ Year Member

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    Oh contraire, oncology is verrrrrrrrry sexy. :)
     
  10. footcramp

    footcramp Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    I don't know about the lay public's view but among your peers, cardiology is universally hated and oncology is respected. Cardiologists are hated by radiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons, and maybe a few others. Cardiologists have also gotten a lot of bad press lately for doing a lot of unnecessary angioplasties. I think everyone knows it's difficult to get into cardiology and respect their accomplishments, but a lot of people think cardiologists are money grubbing cath jockeys too.
     
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    Well, of course to US (those practicing it), it is...but I don't think the lay public thinks it is.:)
     
  12. yaah

    yaah Boring Administrator Physician 10+ Year Member

    I think oncologists are more prestigious but cardiologists make more money. So they kind of cancel out when it comes to attracting women. Which do you want? Prestige or money? And what kind of woman do you want?

    :p

    Sometimes I really wonder if there are premeds (or the equivalent) out there trying to decide on what specialty is in their future by moronic comparisons like which is more prestigious or by arbitrary comparisons like who the general public prefers (and bear in mind, the general public likes American Idol, People magazine, and votes for politicians based on looks or simplistic statements). At times, I almost hope that such premeds exist if only for the sheer hope that I will encounter one in person someday and have to evaluate them. At least it's honest though.

    One thing is certain though, whichever one you pick (if you get into either or go into one by default because you couldn't get into the other) I have no doubt that one will become vastly more interesting, sexy, and prestigious. And everyone in the other field will be there for superficial reasons.
     
  13. hans19

    hans19 I'm back... Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

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    Hey, if you want to do cardiology, just do it. Who cares what the lay public thinks? Did you go into medicine to help people or to stroke your own ego? If the prestige bothers you so much, maybe you are in medicine for the wrong reasons.

    For that matter are you even a medical student?

    I will tell you this, cardiologists have made many enemies amongst other doctors, even amongst other internists.

    Salmonella, tell me: would you rather be respected by the man on the street, or despised by your peers?
     

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