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What do you want to specialize in?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by Muscles00GT, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. Muscles00GT

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    Just wanted to see what everyone wants to specialize in? For me, I've always wanted to go into sports medicine.
     
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    Critical Care Medicine. Can't decide if I want to go the gas route or IM route however. I have heard pros and cons to both.
     
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    Penn Stater here too :) Did you enjoy State Patty's Day!?

    Anyhoo, thinking neurology or pediatrics... or if I'm ambitious Pediatric Neurology :p Probably something nonsurgical with high amounts of patient contact. I could never be a radiologist...
     
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    I am interested in Endocrinology or Oncology as of now, but I have heard most people change their minds on rotations, however I know several docs who went with one goal in mind and stuck to it as well, so who knows, but for either I would go IM as a resident and specialize from there on. Lately I have been reading about pediatric oncology which sounds very interesting as well.
     
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    Ped onc is a possibility for myself as well. Lots of losing battles with the deaths of children on your conscience...but worth it, imho.
     
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    i am also thinking along the lines of peds. peds emergency or critical care going the peds route and doing a fellowship. not really sure yet but most likely peds.
     
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    ORTHO!!! Although, I have always liked Cardio, plus, all my research is in cardio, but 7yrs residency for Interventional Cardiology. Whoa! maybe if they fast tracks Cardio someday. However, alltime funnest, most interesting field of medicine to me..........is definetely orthopedics!!:thumbup:
     
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    haha yeah state patty's day was a blast. glad to see another penn state student on here :cool:
     
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    I've always loved kids, so I believe i'll go into Pediatrics.
     
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    :love: Yeah, yeah, Blazae....Blazae, it's all about UF, Gator Nation!Baby!!!LOL!
     
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    I don't know how it is everywhere else, but we REALLY need pediatric neurologists in upstate NY. It is really bad! There really aren't any. That would be a good field to go into. My father is a neurologist and for years I thought I wanted to go into neurology. I love neurology although it is very depressing at times when you have patients come in with Alzheimer's or Huntington's. But, events in the last few years have changed my mind and now I am 100% that I want to do rural FM. I know almost everyone on this site knows that by now, :rolleyes: but I just thought I would add to the thread.:D
     
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    definitely peds. recently have been considering pediatric endocrinology.
     
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    I was thinking along the lines of an IM/Peds dual residency because I am genuinely interested in family practice and working at an outpatient primary care clinic and at a hospital. I don't like the standard 3 yr FP residency, however. I think IM/Peds is far more flexible, has greater inpatient care exposure, and offers more options for future endeavors. That's my guess anyway, based on my current set of experiences. IM/EM seems pretty cool, too, given that I enjoyed my EMT-B experiences and the joy of being able to be involved in making interventions that have more immediate results. It's tough to say what could happen, however. I'll let you know for sure after my rotations, when I've gathered more experience and have more clinical exposure.
     
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    IM then a cool fellowship (though I don't know what yet; maybe CC or Onco)
     
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    I want to do Pediatrics Emergency Medicine. I was told by the physician I shadowed that I may want to do a dual residency in FM/EM or IM/EM then Ped fellowship so I'll be more marektable and make a little more. Sounds like a lot. I heard a lot of students change their minds to so I"m open to change.
     
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  17. bravotwozero

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    Mostly IM subspecialties. Either of:

    - Cardiology
    - Endocrinology
    - Sports Medicine

    But as someone mentioned above, I don't believe I'll have a clearer picture of what I really want to do, until I go through rotations.
     
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    i'm interested in EM and anesthesiology. i like the idea of change, and in emergency medicine, you never know what you're going to get that night. i also like anesth, because you can practice in many different fields, since all facets of surgery need someone to put their patients to sleep! :)

    but i'm definitly open, those are just my choices right now.
     
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    Rural FM, like DoctorMom.
     
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    Internal Medicine all the way!
     
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    EM.. but the burnout rate scares me.. Maybe Family med or an IM-fellowship
     
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    I'm a little torn, psych is what got me onto the med school path in the first place and I absolutely love it, as well as neurology, but I absolutely love kids, so I might want to do peds. Or maybe child psych...we'll see!
     
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    Woot!!! :clap: You can join my practice in Appalachia when you finish at DCOM!:D :thumbup:
     
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    nice variety we have here! :cool:
     
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    Psychiatry; maybe with a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine or in neuropsychiatry.
     
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    Orthopaedic Surgery or Emergency Med...both fields excite me.:thumbup:
     
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    I'll throw mine in here even though I haven't been a pre-med for awhile now...

    Gen. Surg for me. Used to want Ortho, but don't really like how little medicine they practice (some brag about it) & absolutely love G. Surg cases.
     
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  29. fabu1ous

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    Not sure if you have little ones, but having my 2 have absolutely made up my mind that peds is NOT for me-- yes, my daughter is a screamer (even to check her ears) and I pity her physician :D ... although I still love kids :love:

    I am interested in perinatology or reproductive endocrinology/fertility medicine-- hey, I'll get'em made and born and refer them to you!!... now if I can just get off this waitlist :rolleyes:
     
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    Well, ortho is my first interest as of now, but it is also what I have had a significant amount of exposure to, and what my mentor does. Honestly, I've been interested in every specialty that I've been exposed to!
    In the end, I will choose whatever I am really excited about doing, and whatever I am really good at (hopefully they will be one and the same!) :D and I suspect it will involve the OR....but I want to keep an open mind about it for now.
     
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    PM&R
    Neuropsychiatry or Psychoneurology (take your pick)
    Endocrinology

    All will be used in conjunction with my Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine training. I'm treating many of these patients now as well, just want to expand my scope.
     
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    Leaning towards EM or Rads. Lord knows that I will probably change my mind numerous times during rotations.
     
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  34. I've changed my mind a million times already, but something with surgery. I really like chest and spine, but I really don't like general surgery very much, so probably ortho-->spine.

    Not that anyone cares, but I'm officially pre-osteo now. Yay. I was going to go abroad for school, but I figured I've wanted to go DO for like 3-4 years now, so I might as well not settle. I'm probably going to apply either next year or the year after.
     
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    I want to graduate, is it over yet?
     
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    Wow, it has changed over the years, and I may change again...

    In High school (long time ago) I wanted to be a peds neurosurgeon, don't think that is so realistic for me now. So, I'm currently leaning towards OB/Perinatology/RE, though I also may end up gen surgery. But then again, my Endo has a great practice, and the ENT makes great money with great hours. And plastics would just be fun I think.

    But, I can say that after working in Ortho and Oncology for many years that those two are definately not for me!
     
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    Man, a lot of people on here are going to have to kill both COMLEX and USMLE..
     
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    I have interests in a number of fields. These are the ones that I have considered most recently:

    Pediatric Critcal Care
    Neonatalogy Critical Care
    Anesthesiology
    Sports Medicine
    Family Medicine
     
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    Ha...Dream killer :smuggrin:
     
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    Electrophyisology or Orthopedics.
     
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    Trauma or Transplant Surgery....:)
     
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    Yea...but I am sure we all kill both allo and osteo boards :)!!!
     
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    Not sure yet, but it'll be more of a hands-on specialty.
     
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    Another vote for EM here.......man, why does everyone want to do EM all of a sudden?! Apparently only 6 allo EM spots went unfilled in this year's Match (26 Osteo)....Looks like I'm going to have to study like mad:(
     
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    OBGYN!

    Am I the only one interested in OBGYN? It seems pretty hated (or maybe just the residents are!) on the boards.
     
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    No, it's not that; the specialty isn't hated, and they are not hated by other doctors, I don't think. It's just that they get sued... a lot...
     
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    Just curious what a physician in electrophysiology would do? I walk by this department at the hospital I work at just about every day and have always wondered what goes on behind the doors. I know what an electrophysiologist does in the research relm, since I work for one, but what about the medical field?
     
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    I have been interested in neurosurgery since high school and wanted to sub-specialize in either skull-base or stereotactic/functional ns. Not sure if I really like the life-style though. So maybe end up with FM with sports.
     
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    first i wanted to do plastic surgery since i am very artistic-manual, but then i really would love to do sports or family medicine too (especially that it would be cool to use OMM which is absolutely fascinating and i think pretty manual too...maybe even artistic if you really look at it LOL).
    So either of these. I am also not excluding rads. But it is kinda a hard choice to make especially before you really try it. Observing is one thing but doing it yourself is another.
    And ofcourse as any woman in her late 20's i do not want to go into uber competetive field which will leave nada time for having a family:oops: I just want to choose something that i will love doing for some 40 years of my life without making my future husband miserable and whitout having my kids call "mama" on a babysitter. I will leave the choice of speciality till the time in med school. I first need to GET in:laugh: :scared:
     
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    Mostly ablations, IPG/ICD implants, and follow-ups
     
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