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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Excelsius, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. Excelsius

    Excelsius Carpe Noctem 2+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2008

    This is an interesting test: 130 questions to match-make with your desired specialty. I got thoracic surgery as #1 but my 1st choice of neurosurgery was still within the top 15. I think this test more gauges your place within "patient-contact" or "academic" categories rather than precisely determining between neurology or neurosurgery.

    Some maybe surprised to find that family medicine is better fit for them. It was the last one on my list since I don't care much about patient interaction.

    Make sure to look at the scores on the left column. For example, even though I got NS to be ranked at #15, the score difference between thoracic surgery (50) and NS (45) was only five.

    From reading this forum within the last couple of months, I think people are divided into three categories about why they go into medicine, more or less:

    1. Wanting to help people (sometimes too vague)
    2. Money
    3. Interest in the science of medicine and the human body

    For me, number 3 is the biggest reason, followed by the rest. Think about your own motivations, but be honest, at least with yourself. It seems that #1 is becoming more and more remote in medicine due to the encroachment of MBAs and insurance companies on doctors' decision making process.
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  3. justapremed

    justapremed 2+ Year Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Haha, I remember I've seen that at one point. I think I didn't finish it then though. I'll bb with my results :p

    Hah - I think I remember why. I thought I kept on seeing questions that were very similar (or maybe even same), such as "enjoy working with others "can work with others" "will work with others," etc. So towards the end of the test, I ended up overthinking each statement as they came up repeatedly, and I felt like I kept on clicking on different answers each time :-D

    Anyway - I got #1 Occupational medicine (46) :laugh:
    #2 Physical med and rehabilitation (45). Wow, never would have guessed EITHER one... Hm.

    #3 Ophthalmology (42). Again, interesting - I always thought being an ophthalmologist would be boring :eek:

    Then comes all the surgery stuff followed by family med and psychiatry stuff at the bottom of the list. That I expected... intensive listening, long-term relationship oriented. :)
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2008
  4. MsJLewis

    MsJLewis Retired Pre-med 7+ Year Member

    Apr 17, 2007
    The top 5 from my results:

    1 - urology
    2 - radiology
    3 - gastroenterology
    4 - emergency med
    5 - dermatology

  5. justapremed

    justapremed 2+ Year Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    haha urology for me was #4 whereas emergency med was #31.
  6. ButImLETired

    ButImLETired Prodigal member Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    May 27, 2008
    the hospital
    hSDN Member
    1- Ophthalmology
    2- Urology
    3- OB/GYN
    4 - Pathology
    5 - Otolaryngology

    Wow, I think i'll skip on 2-4, but ophthalmology might be fun, and otolaryngology also sounds pretty cool....hmmmmmmmm
  7. ChubbyChaser

    ChubbyChaser Yummmy 2+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2007
    1) ortho
    2) derm
    3) urology
    4) EM

    weird...these 4 are all very different.
  8. Excelsius

    Excelsius Carpe Noctem 2+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2008
    Man, all of you guys have urology in your top 5 list. What do you do in your spare time? Hahahahahahahaha. j/k.
  9. onemoreyear

    onemoreyear 7+ Year Member

    Aug 14, 2007
    1 pediatrics
    2 family practice
    3 radiation oncology
    4 rheumatology
    5 nephrology

    I though I was interested in family med, but I've never seriously considered Peds... I also think emergency medicine looks cool, but based on it's position (#36 on my list)...

    Also, I was not aware of [SIZE=-1]aerospace medicine, but since it's apparently not for me...
  10. mike1618

    mike1618 New Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    I have a feeling that my results will change drastically depending on what mood I am in. I am going to test this out this week.
  11. justapremed

    justapremed 2+ Year Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Haha yeah. And when I realized there were going to be 130 Q's, I was like ok, I'm going to breeze through them all, so sometimes I gave answers I didn't quite mean without thinking. I'll try it again. I'm not sure that "occupational med" is for me. I didn't know that was a "specialty" :laugh:
  12. HumidBeing

    HumidBeing In Memory of Riley Jane Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 2+ Year Member

    :laugh: We have some ties here.

    nuclear medicine
    infectious disease
    aerospace medicine

    At the very bottom of the list (which is probably right where they belong)
    colon & rectal surgery
    family medicine
  13. punkindrublic

    punkindrublic calls shenanigans 7+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    Hm. 5 of my top 10 are surgical (ortho, thoracic, general, neuro, ENT).

    Think that says something about my people skills?
  14. jackson1

    jackson1 7+ Year Member

    May 28, 2008
    1. Pedatrics
    2. Family Practice
    3. Dermatology
    4. Rheumatology
    5. Physical med and rehabilitatoin

    Pediatrics is actually what I think I want to go in to, I've never considered #'s 3-5 on my list though!
  15. jzyu

    jzyu 5+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    1. pediatrics
    2. hematology
    3. dermatology
    4. radiation oncology
    5. anesthesiology

    hmm i feel like my top 5 aren't really that closely related to one
  16. 194342

    194342 Physician 7+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    General surgery and neurosurgery were my top two. I suspect this is as useful as the myers-briggs typology test (not very, I'm a intj by the way.)
  17. Nocturnius

    Nocturnius Resident Cynic 2+ Year Member

    Jun 30, 2006
    Somewhere sunny
    This should be interesting! Thank you.
  18. MacMD1334

    MacMD1334 The Someday Doctor 2+ Year Member

    May 20, 2008
    1. Neurosurgery
    2. Gastroenterology
    3. Emergency Med
    4. Radiology
    5. Pathology
  19. TehDoc

    TehDoc What a pain... 2+ Year Member

    Jan 5, 2008
    1. orthopedic surgery
    2. colon and rectal surgery
    3. urology
    4. neurosurgery
    5. anesthesiology
  20. DoctorDreamer

    DoctorDreamer In a far away land... 2+ Year Member

    Dec 10, 2007

    My results:

    1. Neurosurgery
    2. Endocrinology
    3. Gastroenterology
    4. Allergy & Immunology
    5. Physical Med & Rehabilitation

    Some others of my interest are:

    7. Neurology
    9. Plastic Surgery
    10. Cardiology
    11. Emergenvy Med
    12. Infectious Disease
    17. General Surgery
    19. Thoracic Surgery
    21. Otolaryngology
    22. Orthopaedic Surgery
    25. Internal Med

    They are all really close in score, though. Most that I have been very interested are on there decently high (They're all in my top 25, and within 7 points of each other.) Neurosurgery has been my thought for a while, though, so that's not a big surprise.
  21. slicknick5k

    slicknick5k 7+ Year Member

    Jun 28, 2007
    1. Radiology-Yea, I kinda expected this one.
    2. Allergy and Immunology ?????? Can't see myself doing this
    3. Pulmonology :confused:
    4. Pathology-Hell yes:smuggrin:
    5. otolaryngology:confused:

    I stressed independence, specialty, working with my hands, problem solving, low work hours
  22. MilkmanAl

    MilkmanAl Al the Ass Mod Physician 7+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Kansas City, MO
    hSDN Alumni
    1. dermatology
    2. pathology
    3. nuclear medicine
    4. rehab
    5. radiology

    The two specialties I'm most interested in, anesthesiology and neurology, were 13 and 14.
  23. frikarika

    frikarika RADIOHEAD 5+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2006
    Planet Telex
    1 pediatrics
    2 dermatology :thumbup:
    3 med oncology
    4 rheumatology
    5 hematology

  24. PokerDoc

    PokerDoc 2+ Year Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    hey this thing is pretty accurate

    1) Occupational Medicine (wrong here but..)
    2) Medical Oncology :thumbup:
    3) Rad Oncology :thumbup:
  25. Squiddie

    Squiddie Watch out for the cactus 2+ Year Member

    May 21, 2008
    My results were:
    1. Dermatology
    2. Gastroenterology
    3. Emergency Med
    4. Pediatrics
    5. Orthopaedic Surgery

    I'll skip 1&2, though I've always been interested in 3-5, between spending many days in the peds department of the ER myself (though as a patient...I was that kid who was always getting stitches or breaking bones), and I just think Orthopaedics is really cool. I think I could live with any of those, though I don't think I really have the attention span for ANY kind of surgery (orthopaedics was the only surgery in my top 20).
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2008
  26. SiddharthaMonk

    SiddharthaMonk Junior Bacon Cheeseburger 7+ Year Member

    Sep 5, 2007
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2013
  27. iampremed

    iampremed 2+ Year Member

    Nov 30, 2007

    1. radiology (48)
    2. nuclear med (46)
    3. EM (45)
    4. D[SIZE=-1]ermatology, [/SIZE][SIZE=-1]allergy & immunology, [/SIZE][SIZE=-1]obstetrics/gynecology, [/SIZE][SIZE=-1]psychiatry, & [/SIZE][SIZE=-1]urology (44)[/SIZE]
  28. TupacalipseT96

    TupacalipseT96 R U Still Down? 7+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2008
    1 radiology 47
    2 nuclear med 47
    3 thoracic surgery 46
    4 pulmonology 46
    5 anesthesiology 46
    6 radiation oncology 46

    Tied for #1 I have radiology/nucl. med.
    Tied for #2 I have RadOnc...which is actually something I'm interested in

    Orthopedic surgery was way at the bottom of the list while thoracic is at the top? I wonder why that is...I said I didn't like long hours and uncontrollable schedules >.<
  29. dEterm1ned

    dEterm1ned Accepted! 7+ Year Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    My top three tied too!

    [​IMG][SIZE=-1]nuclear med[/SIZE]
  30. 194342

    194342 Physician 7+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Uncontrollable hours is pretty much the definition of an orthopod... I can still recall my dad getting back from a trauma at 5 in the morning and having to go back in at 7... Harsh.
  31. chad5871

    chad5871 Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    Portland, OR
    I took this test a few years ago, and my number one (by a lot) was aerospace medicine. I thought to myself, I don't even know what that is!
  32. TexanGirl

    TexanGirl runs away from trees 5+ Year Member

    1) Physical Med & Rehabilitation (Tied)
    2) Pediatrics (Tied)
    3) Psychiatry (Tied)
    4) Rheumatology
    5) Med Oncology

    Interesting, although I admittedly don't know enough about each specialty to say if all these specialties are on par with my actual interests. PM & R has never even crossed my mind. Pediatrics, psychiatry, and rheumatology would probably all be good fits.
  33. EspereUneMinute


    Feb 1, 2008
    1 gastroenterology 42
    2 endocrinology 42
    3 infectious disease 41
    4 radiology 41

    Kind of fits I guess, although I want to be an ob/gyn (scored 38 on that one)

    My last-place finish was Family Medicine...I find that hilarious for some reason.
  34. HumidBeing

    HumidBeing In Memory of Riley Jane Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 2+ Year Member

    I was just scrolling through to see if that had come up at the top for anyone else.

    That was my same reaction when I saw it.

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