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Specialty Difficulty

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by Biscuit799, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. Biscuit799

    Biscuit799 7+ Year Member

    Oct 29, 2004
    This thread is devoted to sparking debate about the various qualifications and personality traits of various specialties. I've chosen to break them down by difficulty. This is meant to be humorous so nobody is allowed to get pissed...

    Specialties: Derm, Ophtho, RadOnc, Plastics, NeuroSurg, maybe Ortho
    Qualifications: 260+, H in everything, Daddy donates 1 mil to hospital
    Traits: A strong desire to give back to the population, at no more than 40 hrs/wk, and serve those in need of Benzoyl Peroxide and fake knockers. Unless you're doing Onc, in which case you're more noble than I am.

    Specialties: ENT, Urology, Radiology, Anesthesia
    Qualifications: 240+, more H's than P's, A peculiar interest in doing odd things to people.
    Traits: Obsession with gas, boogers, penises and/or catheters; or a desire to spend long amounts of time in a dark room, alone.

    Specialties: OB/GYN, GenSurg, EM, Path, IM subspecialty
    Qualifications: 210-220+, some H's
    Traits: it's not necessary but probably helpful to be kind of a dork and/or @ss (except for ER in which case you'd get your @ss kicked). A desire for weird hours and gross patients, particularly for Path.

    Specialties: FP, IM, PM&R, Peds
    Qualifications: Pass Step 1 at some point in life, graduate, golf handicap of 4, likes goofy ties.
    Traits: Enjoys chronic care, diverse patient populations, and low pay. Either that or hide in the realm of academia and tout your specialty as the most caring of all. Unless you're PM&R in which case I don't know why you'd ever leave private practice.
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  3. Ashers

    Ashers Bacteria? Don't exist. Physician Faculty 10+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2006
    Land of Entrapment
    Ortho's not that bad. You just need to have daddy write letters to his friends that are at different programs around the country for you. ;) Or get yourself known in the department at your school by injuring yourself and seeing as many different people as possible.
  4. sirus_virus

    sirus_virus nonsense poster 2+ Year Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    Why does PM&R always take a beating on these threads?
  5. DrBravesgirl

    DrBravesgirl Surgeon for a year 7+ Year Member

    Jun 4, 2002
    Where does Psych fit in?
  6. DarksideAllstar

    DarksideAllstar you can pay me in bud 7+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2001
    West of the Haight
    The same reason that people think pathologists do autopsies all day long. I think this thread is funny because its "supposed to spark" debate, but no one is allowed to get pissed, even though the OP uses sweeping generalizations about both the personalities and academic qualifications for each. Hey OP- have you done any rotations yet, seeing as though you are in the class of 2009?
  7. 45408

    45408 aw buddy 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    Actually, the average board score for the anesthesia match was under a 220.
  8. lilnoelle

    lilnoelle Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Yeah.... I was thinking that the Op's average board scores were high for most of the specialties listed. No doubt it would be best if a person had 260+ to get into certain competitive fields, but I think a lot of individuals manage to match into their field of choice with less than what the Op stated.
  9. Biscuit799

    Biscuit799 7+ Year Member

    Oct 29, 2004
    Okay, I'm sorry. This was supposed to poke fun at the stereotypes regarding specialties. I did so by making gross generalizations colored with sarcasm. The "spark debate" was meant to encourage more sarcasm, stereotypical comments, and other modes of humor. The "nobody is allowed to get pissed" was quite literal as I was hoping not to get flamed for making said sweeping generalizations. I tend to get a kick out of images such as the jock ortho or the nerdy pathologist, and I know several other people who do as well.

    As far as board scores, those were my perceptions. I don't know why they were universally high, maybe I'm just pessimistic.
  10. naegleria brain

    naegleria brain 2+ Year Member

    Dec 24, 2006
    haha okay then lets try this:

    derm: pimple-popper MD
    plastic surgeon: BOOBIESSSS
    GI: <fart sound>...pain in the ass, etc.
    ortho: uhhh? carotid? that's not next to the knee is it?
    vasc surgeon: motherfriggin interventional radiologist bastard ****heads!
    trauma surg: 3am, coffee in left hand, still is the best surgeon in the hospital

    those are off the top of my head

    btw - as far as board scores
    nsurg is mid 230s
    ortho is around the same
    derm is probably just under 240 as is integrated plastics.
    everything else is less.

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