is optho better fit for a "medicine" guy or a "surgery" guy

Discussion in 'Ophthalmology: Eye Physicians & Surgeons' started by chef, Mar 21, 2003.

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  1. chef

    chef Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 5, 2001
    certain specialties attract certain personalities and from early on people figure out if they're a "medicine" doc or a "surgery" doc.

    optho seems like one of those very few fields that have both significant surgery AND medicine components.. so which character does it attract more?
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  3. TheRetinator

    TheRetinator Junior Member

    Feb 24, 2003
    One of the great things about Ophthalmology is that it DOES attract people from both medicine and surgery. I'm caught in the middle. I like both.

    I'll be doing a medicine internship next year, so I guess "officially" I'm a medicine guy. Ophthalmologists tend not to operate as much as those in other surgical subspecialties; therefore, if you hate clinic, ophthalmology is not the specialty for you. Quite frankly, I like the operating room, but I don't want to spend all of my time there.

    Does anyone else agree?
  4. Eyeluvu

    Eyeluvu Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 21, 2002
    The best thing about operating as an ophthalmologist is that you operate sitting down. You can't beat that!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

    Medicine internship? C'mon, transitional is the way to go. Just my 2 cents.
  5. MPS

    MPS Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2002
    Cambridge UK
    Some people might think that this is facetious, but you're right. I spent most of Thursday night watching a colo-rectal surgeon take a large portion of some poor girl's intestines out: he (and I) stood the whole time.
  6. TheRetinator

    TheRetinator Junior Member

    Feb 24, 2003
    I agree that transitional is probably the way to go; however, I chose medicine prelim at my institution because our particular program is very similar to a transitional year. Tons of elective time, including time in ophthalmology. Very reasonable call schedule. No MICU. I guess the negative thing about a transitional year is that it reminds me of the third year of medical school. Just as you become comfortable with one rotation, you switch to another. My 2 cents.

    I agree. Operating while sitting is very appealing. One really bad burn case on general surgery, and I was sold on ophthalmology :)

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