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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by UrSexyLatinDr, May 17, 2002.

  1. UrSexyLatinDr

    UrSexyLatinDr Single and looking =o)~

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    WOuld you like to know what kind of aptitude towards a specialty you might have? Well, I found this site that offers a:
    Medical Specialty Aptitude Test, have fun! :D

    <a href="http://www.med-ed.virginia.edu/specialties/Home.html" target="_blank">Medical Speacialty Aptitude Test</a>

    Eduardo
     
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  3. Hero

    Hero Senior Member

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    I'll take it later b/c:

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">This test should take approximately 15 minutes. There are 130 questions. Don't panic! For each question, you will be asked to rank a statement: "I tend to&#8230; (like treating very ill patients)" on a scale from least true (1) to most true (5). At the end of the session, if you have completed all 130 questions, a rank order list of specialties will be generated from your responses. . .

    </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Also they ask for your email... Use junk email account just to be safe <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
  4. Joe Joe on da Radio

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    my top 3 were:

    1) Nephrology
    2) Infectious Disease
    3) Oncology

    hmmm...i want to be a surgeon.
     
  5. CalBear

    CalBear Senior Member

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    mine were:

    1. urology (what the heck?)
    33. pediatrics
    47. medical oncology

    i wanna go into pediatric oncology. Hmm.....
     
  6. CANES2006

    CANES2006 Miami chica

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    My top three were:
    1) urology
    2) opthamology
    3) neurology
    followed by every kind of surgery

    This is bogus. I am not even remotely interested in these specialties. I want Emergency Medicine.
     
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    1) opthalmology
    2) colon and rectal surgery

    29) emergency

    Damn! I really wanted EM!
     
  8. UrSexyLatinDr

    UrSexyLatinDr Single and looking =o)~

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    My top three were:

    -Urology
    -psychiatry
    -Pediatrics

    WHats up with that? MNy top three interest are:

    General Internal medicine
    Neurology
    Emergency Medicine

    Eduardo
     
  9. Taty

    Taty Senior Member

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    Mine are:
    1 physical med & rehabilitation 48
    2 rheumatology 48
    3 med oncology 48
    4 hematology 48

    I want med oncology and hematology!!!
     
  10. analu

    analu Senior Member

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    My top three:

    1) Allergy & Immunology
    2) Pulmonology
    3) Nuclear Medicine

    I'm kind of interested in Family Medicine, not even in the top twenty! :confused:
     
  11. Jessica

    Jessica Senior Member

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    I got:
    1) nuclear medicine
    2) neurosurgery (umm... not a good option, I get the shakes when I am nervous :p ... anyone wanna let me operate on their brain?? hehe)
    3) thoracic surgery
    ....
    a whole bunch of surgical sub-specialties
    ....
    13) neurology (which I am actually interested in)
    17) plastics (reconstruction would be awesome, I shadowed a guy who did burn reconstruction and the transformations were amazing)
    19) peds (neonatology would be cool)
     
  12. Legend

    Legend Super Senior Member

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    Mine are

    1 physical med & rehabilitation 50 (what da hell?)
    2 pathology 50
    3 infectious disease 50
    4 hematology 50
    5 plastic surgery 49
    6 med oncology 49
    7 pulmonology 49
    8 endocrinology 49
    9 cardiology 49
    10 nuclear med 49
     
  13. owen_osh

    owen_osh Senior Member

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    1 nuclear med 48
    2 neurosurgery 47
    3 pathology 46
    4 psychiatry 45
    5 infectious disease 45
    6 pulmonology 44
    7 allergy & immunology 44
    8 thoracic surgery 44
    9 radiology 43
    10 aerospace med 43

    I've been thinking about neurosurgery.
     
  14. WaitingImpatiently

    WaitingImpatiently Long Member

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    Is it just me, or has anybody else noticed that the test repeats certian questions over and over? Is that supposed to test how good our memory is?
     
  15. FrostWeasel

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    For Grins, here too are mine:

    1. Nuclear Med
    2. Neurosurgery
    3. Emergency Med

    Hmmm...Anyone have a good (read: concise) definition of 'Nuclear Medicine?'
     
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  17. WaitingImpatiently

    WaitingImpatiently Long Member

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    1 psychiatry 41
    2 radiology 40
    3 urology 37
    4 pediatrics 37
    5 preventive med 36
    6 physical med & rehabilitation 36
    7 aerospace med 36
    8 occupational med 35
    9 thoracic surgery 33
    10 plastic surgery 33
    11 general surgery 31

    Wow! While I still don't think this is a very good test, I have wanted to go into psychiatry for about 3 years now. I was VERY surprised to see psychiatry at the top of the list, considering that I generally like to see results quickly. However, I do have a lot of other traits that are good for that specialty.

    I have NO interest in radiology, urology, and most of the others listed. I wouldn't mind doing general surgery, though.
     
  18. Ripley

    Ripley Dr. Wannabe

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    I got: urology (???)
    thoracic surgery - which I am very interested in but am unwilling to go through that torturous residency

    What I really want to do: radiology or forensic pathology. Hmm, never thought about urology.

    I noticed that too about the question repeating themselves or being asked a different way. What gives??
     
  19. Dr. Don

    Dr. Don Senior Member

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    mine were:
    1. Occupational Medicine...what the hell is occupational medicine?
    2. Anesthesiology
    3. Pediatrics..YEAH!!! That's what I'm leaning towards...but really people what is occupational medicine...is it being an administrator/professor/dean at a school of medicine or what?
     
  20. analu

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    My thoughts on the repetitive nature of the specialty quiz: it tries to determine the consistency of your responses due to the EXTREMELY SUBJECTIVE nature of these questions. Also, I wonder if the higher a particular score next to the suggested specialty, the better the match for the personality traits identified by your responses, i.e. if you scored a 50 for EM, your responses were found to be very well suited for that specialty, whereas if your number one was EM, but your score was 41, perhaps there may be some uncertainty with that recommendation.
     
  21. Aria111

    Aria111 Senior Member

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    Here are mine:

    Rank Specialty Score
    1 urology 41
    2 radiology 39
    3 psychiatry 34
    4 thoracic surgery 30
    5 general surgery 28

    ...but i'm leaning towards ob/gyn, women's health and adolescent care...hmmm...
     
  22. otter

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    I got these (I'm not so sure about this :rolleyes: ):

    1 endocrinology 41
    2 rheumatology 40
    3 ophthalmology 40
    4 allergy & immunology 39
    5 physical med & rehabilitation 38
     
  23. UCSFallthway

    UCSFallthway Junior Member

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    hehe, mine said

    Radiology 45
    psychiatry 43
    prevent med 41

    interesting, because radiology is one of my interests...and possibly opthamology...
     
  24. leorl

    Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved

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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 WaitingImpatiently:
    <strong>Is it just me, or has anybody else noticed that the test repeats certian questions over and over? Is that supposed to test how good our memory is?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Hee hee psychometrically, in order for a test to be more accurate, valid, and have the capability of correlating with another quality, they must repeat questions, worded in different ways, to get a more consistency and narrower range of what an answer could really incorporate. All psychometric tests do this, from IQ tests, WISC, GHQ, MMPI, WAIS-R (man, that test is boring), etc.
     
  25. strangeattractor

    strangeattractor ucla permanent fixture

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    this test is interesting, but as far as the repetitive nature of some of the questions...i agree with leorl, as by rewording or even restating questions they could get a more precise score by averaging all your responses -- they'd be on a decimal scale rather than just integral and serve to provide a broader scale on key qualities.

    also, it's kinda interesting to see some of the similar specializations pop up...probably because next to no one is going to answer a "1" on "are you logical?", etc...

    that being said my tying 5 top ones were (48):
    ~psychiatry (uh, ok...)
    ~aerospace med (SWEETA**!...i took some aerospace engineering classes...hahah...do you think i'd also have to design the aircraft?)
    ~nuclear med (uhh ok i catch the general drift. they wanna stick me in the dungeon of the hospital even though i kept giving 5's for liking to be around people.)
    ~neurosurgery (even better, i can deal with the patients, but only after they're anesthetized!)
    ~nephrology (??HUH??...i'll spare you guys any scatological references...)

    and honorable mention goes to one of my 47's -- infectious disease...as i do research in that :0)

    it would be interesting if we all kept a copy of our scores and posted years later to see if it's really true...
     
  26. Sparky

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    Rank Specialty Score
    1 pediatrics 48
    2 obstetrics/gynecology 48
    3 general surgery 46
    4 hematology 46
    5 family practice 46
    6 nephrology 45
    7 med oncology 45
    8 orthopaedic surgery 45
    9 physical med & rehabilitation 45
    10 colon & rectal surgery 44

    and at 12 I had emergency medicine...
    that's kinda neat...
     
  27. Nanon

    Nanon An urban myth.

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    1 general surgery 47
    2 urology (???)
    3 radiology 42
    4 thoracic surgery 39
    5 occupational med 39
    6 psychiatry 37
    7 preventive med 36

    OK, um... no. EM? absolutly. OBGYN? A little hard on the family life, but I would love it. THEN maybe general surgery. But I would lose my mind in urology and especially radiology, and thoracic surgery is too much residency.

    Nanon
     
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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 Dr. Don:
    <strong>Occupational Medicine...what the hell is occupational medicine?
    but really people what is occupational medicine...is it being an administrator/professor/dean at a school of medicine or what?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Occ Med docs do pre-employment physicals, drug tests, etc. They also do workman's comp cases (people injured on the job). Some occ med docs work directly for companies and others work independently or in occ med groups.

    I remember reading a list of hours/week in residency and occ med was averaging under 40!!!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> They also tend to have a truly 8-5 weekdays only job.
     
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    1 urology 37
    2 thoracic surgery 36
    3 general surgery 34
     
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    mine's were....

    1 psychiatry 43
    2 nuclear med 43
    3 pulmonology 41
    4 gastroenterology 41
    5 cardiology 40
    6 general internal med 40
    7 allergy & immunology 40
    8 neurology 40
    9 pathology 40
    10 neurosurgery 39
    11 preventive med 39
    12 radiology

    ..but radiology is my top choice!! why is it all the way down at #12? i hope this test is bogus!
     
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    I've been interested in general internal med and/or endocrinology for a little while. These were numbers 1 and 7 on mine, with a score of 47 and 45 each. I think the big thing about me is that I DON'T want to do the same thing everyday - I want a variety of cases, I like to think things through, and I enjoy solving problems, so all the surgery specialities were at the bottom, haha. I think it's a good test in some ways, but what I thought was weird were the repeating questions. Was this just to give them more weight in the calculation?
     

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