Specialties and Case Studies

Discussion in 'Student Research and Publishing' started by TexPre-Med, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. TexPre-Med

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    Do certain specialists write a higher percentage of case studies?

    Surgeons? Although they would seem to have less time to do so.
    Derm? Some of the things they see are just plain scary/ugly
    Radiology? Sheer volume of reads
    Rad/onc? Those people just seem nerdier than other physicians
    Oncologists? They see such variety of growth and abnormalities

    What do you think?
  2. Circumflex

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    When you say case studies, do you mean papers published on an interesting patient or studies where you have case/control groups?

    There is no data to answer your question and there is no specialty that sticks out more than another. No matter what specialty, almost all academic physicians (working at a med school) have to publish something, so if they do not have a basic science lab or are not running clinical trials, then they will publish case studies.

    Case reports (on a single patient) are very easy to write and take less time to gather the data, so these are written more frequently by residents (who have limited time). Residents with more time might do a case-control study (reviewing charts of patient with a certain disease).

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