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Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by Sevo, May 16, 2002.

  1. Sevo

    Sevo Senior Member Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    In the recent neurology topic, Kimberli Cox wrote:

    "My point was not whether they are respected by the general public (who tend to respect most specialties) but that among medical professionals they are not seen as glamorous."

    Which leads me to this question -- what medical fields are NOT held in high regard by the general public?

    Two off the top of my head: derm & anesthesiology

    Kinda funny since I'm going to be a gasman myself...
     
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  3. Winged Scapula

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

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    Oh how could you forget Psychiatry? Lack of prestige both IN and OUT of medicine.

    I would also add PM&R to the list.

    OTOH, I once read a literature review of the popular opinion about various medical specialties - seems everyone wanted to party with the Pediatricians but Surgeons were at the bottom of the list with regard to social desirability (but at the top for prestige). :D
     
  4. DrMom

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

    I'd include Occupational Medicine. Don't know how this works elsewhere, but here they are usually able to avoid credentialing so the Drs that have been in trouble often move to occ med. The bad thing is that there are some really great occ med specialists that end up being associated with the creeps. :mad:
     
  5. Stormreaver

    Stormreaver The Blade of Tyshalle 7+ Year Member

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    Over here, doctors tend to be VERY highly respected. Most fields (especially the surgical specialties and cardiology) get tremendous respect. One notable exception: Psych. There is a distinct stigma assoicated wiht being a psychiatrist or going to one.
     
  6. arthur v

    arthur v Member 7+ Year Member

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    I don't know who you've been talking to, but the dermatologists I've worked with bask in the glow of the love of the majority of their patients. Not that the patients are thrilled to have skin disease, but boy howdy are they grateful when it clears up. I am, of course, painfully aware of the perception of dermatologists by other physicians.

    AV
     
  7. LoneSEAL

    LoneSEAL Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Ditto pathology
     
  8. Whisker Barrel Cortex

    Whisker Barrel Cortex 1K Member 10+ Year Member

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    I was thinking of adding radiology to the list but most non-medical people don't even know what a radiologist does! :D Doesn't matter to me, I love it anyway.
     
  9. Sevo

    Sevo Senior Member Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Kimberli Cox:
    <strong>Oh how could you forget Psychiatry? Lack of prestige both IN and OUT of medicine.
    :D </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">That's right. Psych is a medical field, isn't it?

    &lt;ducking&gt;

    :D
     
  10. Dr Redcross

    Dr Redcross Junior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Don't forget Aerospace Medicine...and what about Legal medicine....(you know the guys who go to med school with you, already having a J.D., then turn around and made a living suing you. Or worse yet the ones who practice medicine but there main bread and butter is testifying against other docs. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
     
  11. Guitarzan the Jungle Man

    Guitarzan the Jungle Man Member 7+ Year Member

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    Don't radiologist determine what type of music best promotes healing... :D
     
  12. Dr. MAXY

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    I will vote Psychiatry. Most people don't even know that's a medical speciality. Most Lovable are Peditricians.
     
  13. doughboy

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    Rheumatologists? I don't think they get much respect. At least people know what a psychiatrist is to not give them any love.
     
  14. Long Hair and a Beard

    Long Hair and a Beard Obsessionist 7+ Year Member

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    What about Preventive and Social Medicine aka Community Medicine?

    People here seem to resent that they get the plush WHO projects while not being a 'specialist' in any field.
     
  15. halothane

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    Hmmmm Anesthesiology, when people hear that they do not seem to express low opinion but a smirk and then they say good $$. Thats the idea most people have about anesthesia , they think good$$ and easy life. Well where I went to med school the top guy in my class went into anesthesia. There we have no CRNAs and anesthesia guys control the surgery scene...throughout my training I would see all surgeons deal in the most respectful and modest manner with the anesth guys. Anesth along with ortho was one of the most competitive fields( the other one being peds!!! cos of high birth rate). Well I guess its cos CRNAs do the same job that Anesth. is not so repected here in the US ( at least among other docs.)
     
  16. ether

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    I don't agree with the comment about anesth. not being respected by the general public.

    I think u get A LOT of respect from the common layman, considering, to them they have SERIOUS apprhensions about being knocked unconcious during a surgery and being dependent on this guy to carry them through and wake them up after. That apprhension I think is why the common layman gives good respect to an anesthologist/anesthetist.

    NOW as for the medical community I think the respect level is VERY LOW!!

    As for general public I think rads, pysch, and PMR has to be the least respected fields. To the common layman they are considered as: a tech, pyschologist, and physiotherapist, respectively.
     
  17. Winged Scapula

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

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    Suprises me that people would think that Anesthesiology isn't well respected. Last I knew the lay public had no idea about doctor's hours or their pay (or the inverse relationship between them for Anesth). If you ask me, WHO my ANESTHESIOLOGIST is almost MORE IMPORTANT to me than WHO my SURGEON is.
     

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