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Medical Culture: Stereotypes

Discussion in 'Clinicians [ RN / NP / PA ]' started by NipponMD, Aug 4, 2006.

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  1. NipponMD

    NipponMD Junior Member
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    I'm interested in knowing about your opinions about the "stereotypical" doctor of different specialties since I'm not to aware of what stereotypes are out there. What is the stereotypical doctor lwho is a:

    Surgeon:

    Pediatrician:

    Family Physician:

    Internist:

    Cardiologist:

    Neurologist:

    Psychiatrist:

    Ob/Gyn:

    Feel free to add others.
     
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  3. flyingbridge

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    Surgeon: Crazed egomaniacal God-wannabe-think-they-ares

    Pediatrician: Child molester in disguise

    Family Physician: Too dumb/lazy to become a specialist

    Internist: Like the family physician only even less focused.

    Cardiologist: Ghoulish adrenaline-rush freak who has a thing for ambulances and likes to watch the souls drift off

    Neurologist: Mad scientist, through and through. Gives one the chills just to be standing next to them. Either that or they're closet existentialists who actually tried to find "the answer" via science and are now pi$$ed as Hell that they didn't.

    Psychiatrist: Snake oil salesman

    Ob/Gyn: Like the pediatrician only he/she has a thing for both women and children.

    OK, here goes:

    Proctologist: Need I even comment?

    Oncologist: Like the cardiologist only can't stand ERs and likes to watch things progress slowly. In another time and place, this person would have been in charge of the torture chamber in the king's dungeon.

    Blood oncologist: A cross between the neurologist and oncologist. Ickiest of all the spcialities, and weirdest. Even other MDs stay away from them at parties and conventions.

    Radiologist: After becoming an MD this person decided they really didn't want to be around people and probably couldn't stand medicine. They figured this was a good way of keeping the title without dealing with all the gunky stuff.

    Anesthetist: A hippie in scrubs. Great fun at parties, everyone's fave. Can't go wrong here.

    What else, gang?
     
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    That's funny. I have a friend who is doing IM rotations right now. He says he has developed much greater respect for internists, that they are some of the smartest people he's met. The dumbest? The orthopedic surgeons.
     
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    They know what they don't know, and consult for everything 'not' musculoskeletal......Thereby decreasing their workload and liability. Not to mention it's one of the highest paid specialties. Those actions make them smart (Less medical work for more money). I'd say the IM Docs /intensivists who slave away for far le$$ are dumb :laugh:
     
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    It's all relative to what one values anyway. You obviously value $$$.
     
  7. Since when is being business savvy a bad thing? Orthopods in private practice don't get paid the same whether they see 1 patient or 10; they get more if they see 10, less if they see 1 (obviously). This being the case, and knowing that they probably aren't the best people to be dealing with non-orthopedic issues, they send the patient to someone more appropriate and, at the same time, free themselves to see another patient/do another procedure/etc. That seems pretty smart to me.
     
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    I think the orthopod stereotype of being dumb comes from the stereotype that they all forgot their medicine and are the carpenters of the human body.
     
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    orthopaedics is one of the hardest residencies to get into...and yes, this is partly b/c of the income...however, think about it. They are able to pick the best and the brightest students (more people wanting to do it allows them to be more selective). so no, I would not say that they are the dumbest. quite the contrary.
     
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    Essentially a duplicate thread, so closing.

    Stereotypes are ugly. Let's not go out of our way to propagate them. :)
     
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