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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by choker, Feb 25, 2002.

  1. choker

    choker Senior Member
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    alright, i thought this would be an interesting thread. list the field you would like to match into after med school_ pick ONE. if you have no idea, put that down too.

    I'll start:

    surgery (inc. all types that are only accessible via 5 years gen surgery) (1)
     
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  3. Cambrian

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    cardiothoracic surgery
     
  4. choker

    choker Senior Member
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    let's compile.

    CT surgery is only accessible via gen surgery:

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  5. Papa Smurf

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    hmmm....i'm torn between Derm, Optho, Plastics, and ENT (Can anyone pick out the trend here?) <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    Ah, I'll go with Derm.
     
  6. choker

    choker Senior Member
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    come on guys, COMPILE a list:

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  7. Goku

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  8. Hallm_7

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    I'm gonna go with urology as being my first choice.

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  9. choker

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    fixing two posted at the same time (i really have to stop procrasturbating from my music paper...)

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  10. Mr. H

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    I have to go with surgery, I mean, how fun is it to come someone open?

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  11. Mr. H

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    sorry, forgot to add mine?!?! Here it is

    I have to go with surgery, I mean, how fun is it to come someone open?

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  12. MorningLight2100

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    You may want to compress this into a broader category, but what the heck...peds oncology....

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  13. brandonite

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    Adding a radiology... (Hey, I'm a Physics guy!)

    And alphabetizing...

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  14. brandonite

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    Whoops, missed a surgery... :(

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  15. dr.evil

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    This would have been a good poll. But anyway, I'm glad to see so many people interested in surgery (it really is the only way to go :) , but I may be a little biased). I'm a 4th year going into general surgery so I'll add me.

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  16. souljah1

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    ok, I am sure that my choice will not be heavily shared. Preventive Medicine (Preventive Cardiology).

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  17. kafka79

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    Have been interested in radiology lately...

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  18. Elysium

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    I agree, a better poll topic...

    Score one for OB/Gyn

    And how do you add to the list?

    Grrr.

    Can't make it happen!
     
  19. hosskp1

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    add 1 more for surgery
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  20. choker

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    you guys want to cut people open, yet you cant cut and paste a list:

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  21. choker

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    this is better than a poll because 1) it will be bumped to the top after every entry and 2) it shows who's interested in what.
     
  22. Cambrian

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    lol mrhdream81,

    Did u say "come" someone open? What kind of surgery is that? Non-invasive I'm sure. :)

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by mrhdream81:
    <strong>I have to go with surgery, I mean, how fun is it to come someone open?

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  23. irongirl

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    Neonatology for me!

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  24. Barin

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    Dermatology!!

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    i'm thinking about urology, derm, pro-life ob/gyn (yes there is demand for this, and a shortage)

    but since i get to pick only one, for now, derm

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  26. choker

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    im sorry, but could someone explain to me why a life of popping zits and prescribing creams for rashes is the most competitive field to get into?

    i mean, dont get me wrong_ i have a derm of my own and am very thankful for her services, but it just doesn't seem as exciting a field as any of the others.
    i know derms also deal with burns and skin cancer, but that's it.
    dont cite "quality of life," because you could have just a leisurely time doing any private primary care practice, but i want to know seriously why derm is so popular.
     
  27. brandonite

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    Nobody interested in family practice?

    I wonder if that rate will go up after four years of med school... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    BTW, what's the attraction with surgery? I've always avoided that area like the plauge... I'm thinking about radiology, oncology (including pediatric and radiation oncology), cardiology, or maybe even just general internist if I don't match into any of the above... So, as you can see, as far from surgery as I can get... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />
     
  28. brandonite

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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 choker:
    <strong>im sorry, but could someone explain to me why a life of popping zits and prescribing creams for rashes is the most competitive field to get into?

    i mean, dont get me wrong_ i have a derm of my own and am very thankful for her services, but it just doesn't seem as exciting a field as any of the others.
    i know derms also deal with burns and skin cancer, but that's it.
    dont cite "quality of life," because you could have just a leisurely time doing any private primary care practice, but i want to know seriously why derm is so popular.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"><img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> I can completely understand! I have a derm too, and I like him, but I could never see doing that for a career. Wouldn't it be just incredibly boring? I know it's not too terribly hard, and you make a lot of money, but c'mon! It's sooo boring!

    Maybe I'm missing something... I suppose, being a prospective radiologist, I shouldn't be talking too much anyway... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
  29. matthew0126

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    yup brandonite

    when i think radiology, i think i might fall asleep :D no offense

    different strokes for different folks

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by brandonite:
    <strong> </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by choker:
    <strong>im sorry, but could someone explain to me why a life of popping zits and prescribing creams for rashes is the most competitive field to get into?

    i mean, dont get me wrong_ i have a derm of my own and am very thankful for her services, but it just doesn't seem as exciting a field as any of the others.
    i know derms also deal with burns and skin cancer, but that's it.
    dont cite "quality of life," because you could have just a leisurely time doing any private primary care practice, but i want to know seriously why derm is so popular.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"><img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> I can completely understand! I have a derm too, and I like him, but I could never see doing that for a career. Wouldn't it be just incredibly boring? I know it's not too terribly hard, and you make a lot of money, but c'mon! It's sooo boring!

    Maybe I'm missing something... I suppose, being a prospective radiologist, I shouldn't be talking too much anyway... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
     
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    I've always wanted derm, but now that I know it's so competitive, I have recently changed to family practice or primary care (is there a difference?). But I'll put myself down for derm cuz there's no point in giving up on my #1 interest this soon :)

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  31. SimulD

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    Definitely something pediatric ... The flavor of the week is allergies. In terms of lifestyle, why isn't allergies more popular? No call, 40 hours a week, 3 years peds + 2 year A/I, easy to get into, huge demand, not so hard work, and it's good money. Maybe I should just hope it stays that way. It seems to have all the perks of Derm, and it seems far more interesting to me.

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    i think the general attraction to derm is not only life style, but they get paid 3-4 times as much (and that's only on average) as family practice for the same amount or even less work. that said, i still think it can be quite boring :p
     
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    Well, chalk one up for Forensic Pathology. At least I won't have to worry about scheduling return visits!! :p

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    Funny, Michelle!

    Anyway, I just looked up about five physician salary surveys (all the ones I could find). Dermatologists made, on average, about $180-200k/year. Now, I agree that is an amazing amount of money (at least for me), but I compared it to other fields, and it was right around the middle. Obviously, the surgeons make the most and peds the least, but derm was nowhere near what I expected. GI, Cardiology, and other medicine specialties were higher (mid 200s). PM&R and Allergies were about the same as Derm, actually a little bit lower (170k to 190k). Family and Peds were 130 - 160. All these numbers were x # of years in practice, not straight out of residency.

    Strange ... there just must be something about that field. Well, if my grades go up a bit, and my Step 1s kick butt, I guess in a few years I'll at least take a Derm elective to see what the hype is about. It must be somewhat interesting to have the best and brightest going for it.

    Simul
     
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    Today, I'm thinking family practice. I like the diversity of patients/disease and the opportunity to do everything from deliver to treating that child's grandparents...

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    As of Feb. 25th, 2340 hours, I'm thinking just general pediatrics, but sometimes if I'm feeling sassy, I sometimes think pediatric hematology/oncology would be coolio. Neonatology used to be my "thing", but now I'm not too sure. So add one for just peds!

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    Add one more to CT surgery. :) I wanted to be one since I was 13.

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  38. choker

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    fixing and compiling all the peds (Go Surgery!!!):
    btw- is anyone else incredibly interested in transplant???

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  39. Dr. Dad

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    I won't be too specific in clinical or surgical pathology, I will just say general pathology.

    By the way, kudos to the pediatric oncology person. I saw a documentary on this a few months ago and throughout the whole thing everybody was crying...parents, nurses, even the host of the show started crying. Everyone except for the doctor who kept a straight emotionally strong face through the entire thing. I still can't figure out how she did. You have bigger jewels than I do. I couldn't do it. :D

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    you hear that katie? you have big jewels!!!
     
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    Well so far I've been thinking surgery (perhaps specializing in trauma surgery). It just seems like the biggest one, like a surgeon is making a difference in the world. When a surgeon goes to work he will be doing things that will result in another human being living or dying. Obviously pretty much all fields will be dealing with this at some point (saving or destroying a life) but it seems like surgeons would be dealing with this the most. And saving human life on a daily basis would just be so satisfying.

    On the flip side the more research I do into the life of a surgeon the more negative things that keep popping up... The one that scares me the most is the insane working hours a surgeon is faced with. Actually a surgeon quiting made a lot of noise around my area lately, was on the news. He talked about how he worked 80 hours/week 3/4 weeks. the fourth week he worked 100-120 hours (on call). I would like to have some semblance of a social life, and I'm not sure that surgeons are afforded that luxury. And then there is life as a surgery resident when you work 100+hrs/week for 5+ years... Well I'm just a lowly premed at the moment so lots of time before I have to make the decision on a specialty. And of course I won't truly decide until I've done some rotations at the end of med school and experienced it all first hand. I'm still devouring all the information I can get on the life of a surgeon/surgery resident so if anyone has any links to info on this stuff or the name of a good book I'd love to hear it.

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    I'll add one more to forensic pathology. <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> and i'll re-alphabetize...

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    Adding another for Forensic Pathology.
    I didn't realize it was so popular....
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    Since they grouped all the surgery specialties together, I guess I'll put my vote for interventional radiology in with the other rads votes.

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    Right now I would say Infectious Diseases.
    BTW- nearly every male premed I've ever met when I ask what specialty he wants to go into puffs up his chest and says "surgery". It's a little informal experiment I've been conducting over the last few years. I've never met a female who gave this answer (pediatrics and family practice are common.) We'll see what answers everyone give a few years into med school!
    That was cool that female that said forensic pathology!

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    Wow. Well I am adding Preventive Cardiology, non-invasive cardiology centered around comprehensive lifestyle changes, management of obesity/type2diabetes/syndromeX. I think it is a fascinating field, considering how much is known about the preventive approach to CVD and type 2 diabetes.

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    I am adding to surgery (cardiothoracic)

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    Actually, I think I would love to do forensic pathology since I think it would be very interesting to figure out why and how someone died. However, I just don't know if I could take it or not. I get really ticked off at the child abuse cases we get in the hospital because I just can not imagine someone hurting a child (or anyone else). I would probably be very upset over the murder cases and I think I would let it eventually get to me. So, for now, I am thinking about just general pediatrics.

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    yeah, i'd have to agree. surgery is a HUGE sacrifice. Once everyone gets settled into med school, these surgeon wanna-bes will be reconsidering. If someone wants to devote their life to cutting, that's great. But, i'll have to give a vote to internal medicine.
     

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