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Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by desalmada, May 14, 2002.

  1. desalmada

    desalmada Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    does anyone know the website that has that 140 question quiz that tells you which specialty to go into?
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  3. trouta

    trouta Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 3, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    Here... but be careful how much stock you put in this. I took it multiple times and it was different each time.

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  4. analu

    analu Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2002
    Wow, just took the test, and it recommended "allergy/immunology!" Did anyone else take this test and what did you end up with?
  5. SMS

    SMS Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2002
    Philadelphia, PA
    Hi there--

    I took it and ended up with three closely-grouped top picks: 1) nuc med 2) plastics and 3) gen surg. Since I'm going into gen surg (with the distant hope of doing peds surg), I thought those results were pretty well on target.

    Are you *interested* in allergy/immunology?

  6. DrMom

    DrMom Official Mom of SDN Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    My top was radiology & dermatology, with pathology as a close 2nd.

    Wasn't considering any of those. The ones I am considering ranked 8 (OB/Gyn), 18 (IM), 21 (EM), and 33 (FP). Funny, my 1st choice came up last on this!
  7. Long Hair and a Beard

    Long Hair and a Beard Obsessionist 7+ Year Member

    Jan 10, 2002
    I got Gastroenterology, Radiology, and Emergency Medicine.

    I think this has more relevance in the Allopathic Students section, since we med students are the ones who have yet to decide about what specialty to take.
  8. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    hSDN Member
    We had a rather lengthy thread on this very topic months ago - too bad Search is still disabled. At any rate, it was pretty accurate when I took it - all Surgical specialties at the top, mostly lifestyle ones. :D
  9. ubiquitous

    ubiquitous Purple Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 29, 2002
    A better place...
    I've taken the test a few times over the last several months to see if the outcomes are the same. With one exception, pediatrics and ophthalmology are always at the top of my list. I don't know what to think about that, since I have NO idea what I want to do. At least I'm consistent. :D
  10. analu

    analu Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2002
    Hi SMS, no I'm not really interested in "allergy/immunology!" I was thinking more along the lines of family medicine, which ranked outside the top twenty! :rolleyes:

    Just goes to show you that when you think you know yourself don't! :p
  11. GreenEyedMonster

    GreenEyedMonster Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2002
    I just tried that quiz. I ended up with General Surgery, Optho, and GI as my top 3. The rest of the top 20 surprised me. I am actually considering Peds and OB/GYN; those were #20 and #21

    I am sure if I repeated the test later today the outcome would be different!! Oh, well!
  12. Harry Hood

    Harry Hood Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 15, 2002
    Washington, DC
    Here... but be careful how much stock you put in this. I took it multiple times and it was diffferent.

    Interesting...I had taken this quiz during my second year of med school. Pediatrics was number one on the list. I took it with a grain of salt. I am now at the end of my third year and I thought that taking the quiz produce different results. Well...Peds came up number one again. Surgery and subspecialties are consistently at the bottom of the list. Pediatrics was my favorite rotation during thrid year. Maybe that's a sign... :p
  13. Harry Hood

    Harry Hood Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 15, 2002
    Washington, DC
    Here... but be careful how much stock you put in this. I took it multiple times and it was diffferent.

    Interesting...I had taken this quiz during my second year of med school. Pediatrics was number one on the list. I took the results with a grain of salt. Presently, at the end of my third year, I thought that taking the quiz produce different results. Well...Peds came up number one again. Surgery and subspecialties are consistently at the bottom of the list. Pediatrics was my favorite rotation during thrid year. Maybe that's a sign... :p
  14. Dr. Mc Smile

    Dr. Mc Smile Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 12, 2002
    Portland, OR
    1. pediatrics (49)
    2. ob/gyn (48)
    3. tons of random subspecialties (47)

    okay so do i just ooze sensitivity or what...too much sugar yuck <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />

    (gulp...ewe straight salt is yucky. oh wait, was i suppose to through it over my shoulder or swallow it? oh well the grain of salt is now taken :p )
  15. Jim Picotte

    Jim Picotte Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    I don't really believe the results of these tests but I took it anyway and answered it as honestly as I could and here are my top 5 and bottom 2.

    1 radiology 46
    2 nuclear med 44
    3 pathology 40
    4 preventive med 40
    5 aerospace med 39
    35 general surgery 28
    36 orthopaedic surgery 26

    Well, I'm going into radiology and if I didn't get into radiology, I was seriously considering pathology as well so looks like it was pretty close for me. I did like surgery a lot though, but I just don't have the motivation or desire to work that hard.
  16. vhl

    vhl Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2000
    1. Occupational med 44
    1. neurology
    3. pathology 43
    3. Allergy/immunology
    3. endocrinology

    Endocrine or allergy are possibilities, but the others I haven't remotely considered!

    last 3
    oncology 35
    peds 34
    fp 34

    Not thinking of family practice, but peds is a possibility!

    Maybe i should take the test again in a different mood...
  17. aldo16

    aldo16 Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 15, 2002
    the quiz told me I am most qualified to be a ---


    funny, b/c nowhere in the whole test did I remember a question that read

    "I especially enjoy the finer things and life and find the concept of taking call absolutely crazy".

    haha...interestingly enough, "Colon and Rectal Surgery" was number 2 on my list. If there's any sort of similarity between this and derm, i'd like someone to enlighten me...
  18. ApacheIndian

    ApacheIndian philomath 10+ Year Member

    Apr 3, 2002
    I got...

    1 ER
    2 Rads ( :cool: )
    3 Thoracic Surgery (wtf!?)

    And if I had to pick my top 3 they'd be...

    1 Rads
    2 Anesthesia
    3 Path

    I certainly hope know one uses this quiz to actually choose their specialty...
  19. Weil-Felix

    Weil-Felix Super Flying Squirrel 7+ Year Member

    Apr 17, 2002
    I took it and got:

    1) allergy and immunology 48 (a little surprising)
    2) infectious disease 43
    3) hematology 43

    I am just about to start my 3rd year, so I will still have ample opportunity to fine tune my choices, but I would say that infectious disease is definitely at the top of my list so far, with hematology running a close second. Although I don't put much stock into these types of quizzes, it was neat to see that these were among the top 3.
  20. I must have answered some questions with my eyes closed. My top 3:
    1. Aerospace Med (46)
    2. Occupational Med (45)
    3. Nephrology (45)

    I'm not even considering them. Luckily, colon & rectal surgery was at the bottom of my list-- I can't say it ever crossed my mind to enter that field. I'm leaning towards EM or Trauma Surgery which showed up in the middle of the list...interesting, though.
  21. RLMD

    RLMD blah 7+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2002
    Anyone know why they ask you the same question multiple times. Sorry, i get confused easily and probably put a different answer each time.
  22. jmor702

    jmor702 Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 6, 1998
    Sapulpa, OK , USA
    I got 1.Physical Medicine & Rehab
    2. Neurology
    3. Rheumatology

    I have thought about going into PM&R since I first heard about the specialty. I took the test previously, and PM&R was in at the top of the list then also.
  23. titan

    titan Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 1, 2001
    1) physical med & rehabilitation
    2) pediatrics
    3) aerospace medicine

    I want to go into medical oncology, which was ranked number 5 on my results.....

    Still, I'm not sure I'd put too much weight in this test.
  24. 2003doc

    2003doc Member 7+ Year Member

    May 25, 2002
    Very cool- surgery and ortho were my #1 and #2 (I want to do general surgery), and pediatrics, my least favorite 3rd year rotation, was the very last!
  25. zpdoc

    zpdoc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 30, 2002
    before i took the quiz i was thinking about radiology and plastic surg (not too seriously, just toying with different ideas). I've taken the quiz twice and radiology, urology, and plastic surg. have been in the top 4 both times. of course, i'm not sure what it means though..
  26. jwouden1

    jwouden1 New Member

    Apr 30, 2002
    I am planning to go into radiology, which was ranked #1 on my quiz! Nice to have a confirmation, for whatever it means.
  27. barb

    barb Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 19, 2001
    Los Angeles
    I took it twice on two different days and got neurosurgery both times.
  28. CardioKing

    CardioKing New Member

    Apr 22, 2002
    Just took the test:

    1. PM&R ( am considering)
    2. ER (
    3.Rad. onc

    7. Peds ( My #1 choice as of now)

    35. Cardio
    36. Gen surgery

    2 out of my top ten I am actually considering.
  29. neutropeniaboy

    neutropeniaboy Blasted ENT Attending 10+ Year Member

    Feb 10, 2002
    Thoracic surgery

  30. Hercules

    Hercules Son of Zeus 10+ Year Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Mobile, AL
    1 obstetrics/gynecology 48
    2 obstetrics/gynecology 48
    3 pediatrics 46
    4 pediatrics 46
    5 physical med & rehabilitation 45
    6 physical med & rehabilitation 45
    7 occupational med 45
    8 occupational med 45
    9 aerospace med 44
    10 aerospace med 44

    Why did it double up on me like that? Did that happen to anyone else? Well ob/gyn is what I want to do right now, so I guess it's comforting that it's both my #1 and #2. Aerospace med, that would be cool, but I think there are only like 3 or 4 residencies in the country aren't there?
  31. Smoke This

    Smoke This Sweet cuppin' cakes! 10+ Year Member

    Here's the latest results:

    1 thoracic surgery 49
    2 obstetrics/gynecology 49
    3 colon & rectal surgery 49
    4 dermatology 48
    5 infectious disease 48
    31 urology 42
    32 aerospace med 41
    33 preventive med 41
    34 cardiology 41
    35 general internal med 40
    36 family practice 35

    I have taken it 4 times over a span of many months. Thoracic surgery is always #1 (??) although the rest fluctuate a bit. I don't really want to be a thoracic surgeon, but perhaps I should reconsider.
  32. A-Phi-A

    A-Phi-A Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 12, 2002
    My resuls are

    1 radiology 46
    2 radiology 46
    3 urology 40
    4 urology 40
    5 thoracic surgery 37
    6 thoracic surgery 37
    7 general surgery 34
    8 general surgery

    I'll have to take this test again in my third year to see if my scores hold up.
  33. Hornet871

    Hornet871 Senior Member 15+ Year Member

    May 22, 2002
    Um, sorry, dude, but they were called The Fat Boys. The Phat Boys is, admittedly, a cooler name, but those dudes were large and in charge and not afraid to plaster it all over their 1980s rappin' selves.

    David Green
  34. nychick

    nychick Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 24, 2002
    Rank Specialty Score
    1 dermatology 46
    2 rheumatology 44
    3 pediatrics 44

    34 general surgery 33
    35 family practice 30
    36 emergency med 30

    Derm? And I hate Rheum? WTF? Happy to see peds at no. 3, though, since that's what I'm going into! The bottom 3 also make some sense.
  35. munchi

    munchi New Member

    Aug 20, 2002
    you guys should be careful when using this quiz. I think it is pretty out dated since it is based on Anita Taylor's book. While the most recent edition was pubished in 1999, her data was originally compiled in 1986.

    I had a lot of anguish before I realized this.

    Also realize that there are a lot of variations in personalities within larger fields, For example Surgical Oncologists or Transplant surgeons are more inclined toward complex problems and "IM type" issues than your classical general surgeon.
    Interventional radiologists are completely different from mammographers and body radiologists. Even within GI, there are hepatologists who may never do procedures.

    So just be careful when making checklists, since choosing a career in medicine is never as black and white as perhaps it was in the past.

  36. womansurg

    womansurg it's a hard life... 7+ Year Member

    Aug 19, 2002
    Usually these quizzes are put together by first giving the test to a bunch of people already practicing in that field, recording their responses, and then seeing how closely your responses match theirs.

    Since I strive NOT to be anything like most general surgeons I've met, the test becomes meaningless. Unfortunately, I scored pretty much like a general surgeon anyway :laugh: .
  37. BenHoganFan

    BenHoganFan Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 19, 2002
    I guess I chose the right field after all:

    Rank Specialty Score
    1 radiology 49
    2 nuclear med 49
    3 thoracic surgery 47
    4 plastic surgery 45
    5 anesthesiology 45
    6 emergency med 44
    7 dermatology 44
    8 infectious disease 43
    9 neurosurgery 42
    10 pathology 42
    11 urology 42
    12 ophthalmology 41
    13 nephrology 41
    14 colon & rectal surgery 41
    15 allergy & immunology 40
    16 gastroenterology 40
    17 pulmonology 40
    18 occupational med 40
    19 aerospace med 39
    20 otolaryngology 39
  38. Apollyon

    Apollyon Screw the GST Physician Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    It's for reliability - if you have the question "Do you like people?", and you put 1 once, then 5, then 3, then 4, then it's not reliable; this is to help make sure it's not totally BS.
  39. save10

    save10 Doctors do it better 7+ Year Member

    Nov 13, 2002
    Well according to this test I'm supposed to be 1) park ranger 2) dog walker 3) newstand attended. I like the test that picks you ideal celebrity match.....i got britney spears....hell yeah!
  40. San_Juan_Sun

    San_Juan_Sun Professor of Life 7+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 2002
    Here's mine:

    1 thoracic surgery 46
    2 emergency med 45
    3 general surgery 44
    4 urology 44
    5 occupational med 44
    6 otolaryngology 44
    7 orthopaedic surgery 44
    8 obstetrics/gynecology 43
    9 nuclear med 42
    10 neurosurgery 42
    11 plastic surgery 42
    31 psychiatry 34
    32 general internal med 34
    33 family practice 34

    Noticw the abscence of colon and rectal surgery in/near my top 10? There go my dreams of being like Santos L. Halper, Butt Doctor. Oh well....

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