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i stutter, should I still be a doctor?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by IdoDrugs, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. I stutter when I speak. It is a condition that I can't really help all that much. My stuttering is not like it was when I was say in first grade. I am able to speak say 3-4 sentences without stuttering. Very rarely it is so bad that daily I have to carry a notepad with me to write things down in order to communicate.

    I am seriously concerned this may indirectly lead to interviewers rejecting me and I know patients won't like it either.

    Does anyone know of any stuttering physicians or stutters in medical school? Any thoughts, stories. What specialties might be good for a stutter? As of now I am not very interested in family practice. I find endocrinology very interesting...thats a tought...

    I will not apply to medical school until after I graduate.
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  3. Ashers

    Ashers Bacteria? Don't exist. Physician Faculty 10+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2006
    Land of Entrapment
    I'd think you'd be fine. We had a nephrologist come lecture who stuttered throughout the entire lecture. My only advice is don't lecture.
  4. DocOB

    DocOB 2+ Year Member

    Nov 19, 2006
    Gladwin, Michigan
    I wouldn't worry too much about it. Your stutter is something you can work on. Besides that, I don't know how many doctors I've seen that can barely speak english. It's just something else for you to overcome, and yes it may be problematic at times, but you can work through it.
  5. PenguinHead

    PenguinHead 5+ Year Member

    Nov 16, 2006
    Guy in my class has a stuttering problem. You can tell he has worked on it and if he speaks out in class or something he has to speak slowly or he'll start stuttering. It can be done.
  6. njbmd

    njbmd Guest Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    May 30, 2001
    Gone Walkabout!
    This is a Pre-Allopathic/Pre-med issue. Allopathic medical students can reply to thread in Pre-Allo.
  7. lord_jeebus

    lord_jeebus 和魂洋才 Moderator Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2003
  8. omegaxx

    omegaxx New Member 5+ Year Member

    May 20, 2006
    Boston, MA
    Didn't Demosthenes, the most famous of ancient orators, start with a stutter? I think you just need to work on it and address it directly in your interviews while focussing on what you have done to overcome the problem. It could be worked to your advantage.
  9. it was horrible when i was in elementary school. i hated also being bullied because i was in the "special ed" group. o well. i recieved speech therapy and still do sometimes (intensive during summers in high school) and it has gotten alot better.

    I have learned that stress will also affect it. Naturally, I may start to stutter more around mid terms/finals.

    Its good to know it is still possible.

    As I work on it, it is getting better. Certain speech excerises are very helpful

  10. lilnoelle

    lilnoelle Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2006
  11. Wanna_B_Scutty

    Wanna_B_Scutty MS1 2+ Year Member

    Mar 30, 2006
    ^^^Yes, seconding the link posted by lilnoelle as both helpful and insightful.

    But you know, IdoDrugs, your stuttering problem might ease if you lay off the hard stuff :laugh:
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  13. i really do not do drugs. :D

    i just work in a pharmacy (just during breaks now) and i find them interesting.
  14. lilnoelle

    lilnoelle Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    LMAO :laugh:
  15. ReachingTruth

    ReachingTruth My Future Rests on Hope 2+ Year Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    It might be a problem if you're running for President of USA, but as a doctor, I don't think it'll a be a problem.
  16. tigerfan2007

    tigerfan2007 tigerfan2007 2+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2007
    Baton Rouge
    Fellow stutterer here. I was also a lot worse when I was younger but I still struggle. My brother also stutters and both of us are starting med school in the fall. Speech therapy has helped me a lot. I had a lot of interviews when I was applying and my advice to you is to casually mention your stutter to the interviewer. It will show you are comfortable with your condition and make the interviewer more comfortable. It will also keep the interviewer from thinking that you are too nervous. They WILL NOT hold stuttering against you and it can only add to personality by showing you can overcome obstacles.
  17. Steve203

    Steve203 5+ Year Member

    Jan 26, 2006
    Bill Walton (for those of you who follow the NBA) had a huge stuttering he does commentary for ESPN and doesn't shutup
  18. HreComesTheSun

    HreComesTheSun 5+ Year Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    that's random, i also know a nephrologist who stutters...he was very successful as a med student and is currently in a great practice. op i think you should be fine
  19. naegleria brain

    naegleria brain 2+ Year Member

    Dec 24, 2006
    and if it does get worse, you still have fields like radiology, trauma surgery, pathology that require little communication that still save lives

    all three pay well too and are good fields that aren't above and beyond any students' potential
  20. pennybridge

    pennybridge Banned Banned

    Oct 13, 2006
    i can't believe nobody used this one yet:

  21. Green Pirate

    Green Pirate Neurotic Neuro Enthusiast 5+ Year Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    I'm assuming at this point you're well aware you're going straight to hell.
  22. pennybridge

    pennybridge Banned Banned

    Oct 13, 2006
    oh yeah, since about sixth grade.
  23. I think you'd be surprised how much speaking is involved in all of those fields- especially pathology and radiology where dictation is a big part of your job.
  24. FujiApple

    FujiApple Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 23, 2006
    One of my interviewers was a stutterer. He communicated just fine,and I think he's also a lecturer. I think his stutter inspired him to go into neuro.

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