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Discussion in 'Ophthalmology: Eye Physicians & Surgeons' started by daact, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. daact

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    Is it the people, the hours, an interest in eye disease....

    If you had to give a one word answer for choosing ophthalmology, what would it be?

    Thanks
     
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  3. diopter

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    Toys
     
  4. DOCTORSAIB

    DOCTORSAIB Ophtho or bust!
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    Quick results. Wait, that's 2 words...
     
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    I would have to say that it is a bit of all three, combined with working in the field and being as sure as I think a med student could be that it is a good fit for me. I would be lying if I were to say that the hours aren't part of it, however you will find that ophhto is not the BEST for hours, it is definately great, but when you think that you get to do great surgery that works, generally works quickly, and lastly is generally fairly predicatable I think that it is easily one of the best surgical subspecialties. I always liked clinics and HATED rounding so ophtho is almost a perfect fit for me. Some of my classmates hated clinic during third year and if that is you then you might want to rethink ophtho, just because most ophthos I know take about 4 out of their 5 days a week in clinic to cultivate their cases for one day in the OR. I am rotating on ortho right now and my attending says he spends about 2 days in clinic to generate 2 days worth of cases then fills the remaining day with call and cases he picks up on call. So clearly some subspecialties spend much more time in the OR than ophtho generally gets to.

    The simple words:
    Results, Cool Surgery, Lifestyle, No rounding = Hoping to Match
     
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    :laugh: millions, right?
     
  10. Seriously, apparently, lots of people on this forum are obsessed with the 200K cut off... ;)

    I'd say, VARIETY.
     
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    still laughing...that thread needs another bump

    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :horns:
     
  12. Andrew_Doan

    Andrew_Doan Doc, Author, Entrepreneur
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    Some of my reasons in this thread: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=95970

    1) Fight against vision threatening diseases: diabetes, cataracts, corneal degenerative diseases, macular degeneration, idiopathic and pathologic choroidal neovascular membranes, glaucoma, sarcoid, GCA, etc...

    2) Identify and treat diseases that detroy vision and life: retinoblastoma, melanoma, ocular tumors, collagen/vascular diseases, aneurysms, endophthalmitis, etc...

    3) Save vision by repairing ocular trauma: 10% of all trauma involve the eyes even though the eyes are less than 0.5% of the total body's surface area. Although we may not get called often, there are orbital traumas during the night. The local ophthalmologists in Iowa and attendings at the University see patients during the night.

    4) Opportunity to work with patients who are completely grateful for the care they receive. Unless you have experienced the possibility of losing vision or an eye, you'll likely not appreciate the medical care provided by ophthalmologists and optometry.
     
  13. kassie

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    impact

    on people's lives that is...it can change someone forever...
     
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    the ability to be an expert in a part of the human body that other specialties are afraid to touch.
     

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