neuroguy91

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For a more lighthearted thread, I was wondering what stereotypes within the medical community people may have noticed toward ophtho. We've all heard the silly stereotypes for ortho or OB, and many more, but I feel like I've only heard maybe one or two for ophtho, and I'm curious what people may have encountered, whether in a serious capacity or (hopefully more likely) a joking one. Thanks!
 

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A bit on the spectrum re: the eye.

Also that ophthos are lifestyle-oriented chillers.
 

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Outside of ophthalmology: I think that we're thought of as myopic nerds who are fascinated by some small, "useless" organ; glorified optometrists; people who can't handle "real" surgery; introverts.

Within ophthalmology: Within anterior segment, there seem to be two main camps (to me, anyway): 1) the academicians and the private guys who are mainly interested in "true" pathology, and 2) the flashy, type A, premium IOL/refractive guys.
 
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Outside of ophthalmology: I think that we're thought of as myopic nerds who are fascinated by some small, "useless" organ; glorified optometrists; people who can't handle "real" surgery; introverts.

Within ophthalmology: Within anterior segment, there seem to be two main camps (to me, anyway): 1) the academicians and the private guys who are mainly interested in "true" pathology, and 2) the flashy, type A, premium IOL/refractive guys.
What about retina, then?
 
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stereotype only, not really true.....

One of the specialities of dentistry. Ophthalmology = eye dentist. Gastroenterology = a s s dentist
 

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I definitely try to make my notes (at least assessment and plan portion) understandable and minimize abbreviations/acronyms when I do inpatient consults. My internal medicine friends often ask me to interpret ophtho notes for them, and sometimes even I have trouble understanding some strings of letters.
 
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