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What kind of medicine do you want to practice?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by shimmer118, Jan 17, 2002.

  1. shimmer118

    shimmer118 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 30, 2001
    San Francisco
    What kind of medicine do you see yourselves practicing in the future? I'll start: I want to do aerospace medicine (treatment of pilots and astronauts...) Haven't met anyone else who wants to do that. Am I the only one? <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
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  3. Wednesday

    Wednesday Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 12, 2001
    Are you in the military?
  4. shimmer118

    shimmer118 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 30, 2001
    San Francisco
    No, I'm not....came VERY close to going to the Airforce Academy for undergrad, but decided against it. Now I'm toying with HPSP, but it's not necessary for what I want to do: there are civilian residencies in aerospace medicine at UT and Wright State. We shall see. :)
  5. mpp

    mpp SDN Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2001
    Portland, OR
    That interests me quite a bit as well as long as it is treating astronauts in space. Being an astronaut is still my ultimate goal beyond becoming a competent physician and this might be a step in that direction.

    Here is my long-range plan (although things could change anytime). Finish my pilot's license this summer before starting medical school. After medical schoool complete a family medicine residency (with an emphasis on rural medicine). Practice in Alaska for several years and then go do an Aerospace Medicine Residency, then apply to NASA. I may be 55 and dirt poor when this is all over but there certainly have been older astronauts than I.

    Do you think you will do immediate aerospace medicine (preventive medicine) or go for something else first? I don't think I could be "just" an aerospace doctor -- not enough children involved (although there are probably few terminal patients which could easily cut down on the stress level). Preventative medicine seems cool and all but somehow being able to make sick people healthy (rather than keeping healthy people healthy) is more interesting to me.

    Good luck however you decide to go. It is certainly a unique field...there are only four aerospace residency programs (Navy, Air Force, NASA, and Wright State).
  6. DarksideAllstar

    DarksideAllstar you can pay me in bud 7+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2001
    West of the Haight
    I think that ultimately I will end up in either pediatric oncology, because I want to work with children, or radiation oncology because of my love of the technology (read physics) aspect of the field . I had the opportunity to work with a pediatric oncologist for three years and it was a life changing experience, thats pretty much how I decide I would want to work in oncology to begin with I guess. :)
  7. brandonite

    brandonite Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Oct 19, 2001
    Manitoba, Canada
  8. BUmiken12

    BUmiken12 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2001
    Waco, TX
  9. Ceelo

    Ceelo Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    Emergency medicine. But first I have to get accepted to medical school. :D
  10. lamyers1

    lamyers1 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2002
    Mobile, AL
    I'm a path fan, however, I'm also interested in infectous diseases...I want to stay open-minded and see what I actually like in clinicals.
  11. Optimistic

    Optimistic Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2001
    Believe it or not ........Geriatrics :) Ofcourse after I make it to medschool.
  12. kutastha

    kutastha 2K Member Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jun 24, 2001
    Endocrinology or Anesthesiology, with a lab "on the side".

  13. THE instiGATOR

    THE instiGATOR Cow Tipper 7+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2001
    Cardiothoracic Surgery
  14. scottie

    scottie Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 26, 2001
    primary care--probably family practice
  15. AmateurChef

    AmateurChef Health policy consultant 7+ Year Member

    Dec 14, 2001
    Washington, DC
    Oncology and health care finance.
  16. irongirl

    irongirl Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2002
    Portland, Oregon
    I'm staying open minded, there are many fields I'm interested in... Emergency, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Family Practice (plus, I'm going to go to OHSU which has one of the best primary care programs), but if I had to choose today, I think I'd go with Neonatology. I have volunteered in the NICU for three years and absolutely love it.
  17. gatepig

    gatepig Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 13, 2002
    Right now I am the most interested in cardiology. I'm also interested in neurology, radiology, and pathology.
  18. Medic171

    Medic171 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    family medicine, or psychiatry.
  19. ROCKet_gurly

    ROCKet_gurly Member 7+ Year Member

    Pediatrics...and once I figure what really interests me I want to specialize in something like cardiology or oncology. :rolleyes:
  20. imtiaz

    imtiaz i cant translate stupid Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jul 26, 2000
    New York, NY
    Neuroradiology, radiology, something that will allow me to play with MRI's all day :) Everything is subject to change though, pending rotations.
  21. watto

    watto Sleek White Pantsuit 10+ Year Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Forensic and adolescent psych.
    (In addition to writing an irresponsible dieting book to make $$)
  22. Atlas

    Atlas Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2001
    Columbus, OH
    Assuming I get into a medical school, I'd hopefully like to pursue either Nephrology, PM&R, or Emergency Medicine. In other words, my options are open. :D In reality, I could care less...I JUST WANT TO GO TO MED SCHOOL!!!! Take care.
  23. Tweetie_bird

    Tweetie_bird 7+ Year Member

    Nov 20, 2001
    I am surprised nobody has said this yet--Obstetrics/Gynecology. I would like to work with high risk pregnancies, especially. (that's IF I get into med school)
  24. mvalento

    mvalento Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    chicago, IL
    infectious disease + lab research in AIDS, TB, malaria, something like that...

    i'd also like to teach at a med school...

  25. eagle26

    eagle26 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Psychiatry or pediatric hematology/oncology...I think there was an earlier thread on this but I can't remember when or where....
  26. aldo16

    aldo16 Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 15, 2002
    good 'ol general surgery right here.....i know it's a crazy life and i'll make like 1/5 the money of a "pimple doctor"'s just too irresistable to if money/lifestyle was all i wanted, i would stay in the business world, (where i am now)

    (of course i'm not saying that I wouldn't consider a fellowship in plastics or peds in a couple years!!)
  27. andi11

    andi11 Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 20, 2001
    I am really interested in cardiology, but I also love children. So I am thinking pediatric cardiology. Neonatology is also a possibility. Of course, theres the little thing of getting into med school first.
  28. leorl

    leorl Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2001
    Sports medicine!!!! Interested in paths that can get me there, especially PM&R (I like musculoskeletal med anyway) & ER. Maybe orthopedic surgery, but probably unlikely. I dunno, there are so many fields out there!
  29. Mr. Eastern Medicine

    Mr. Eastern Medicine Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    I would really like to practice Internal Medicine with the acupuncture and herbal medicine.
    But I am also considering in Orthopaedic or Rehabilitation medicine, because I just think that the acupuncture would be a great addition to ortho or rehabs.
    I was also thinking of going to the Chiropractic school, but realized that the Chiropractic practices are so limited.
  30. UCMonkey

    UCMonkey Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 26, 2001
    Cincinnati, OH
    Once I get into med school, I'm thinking Emergency Medicine or Surgery (possibly trauma or general surg), quite possibly in a military setting. All is subject to change pending rotations though.
  31. Jedi In Training

    Jedi In Training Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Emergency Medicine
  32. Smoke This

    Smoke This Sweet cuppin' cakes! 10+ Year Member

    My naive thought is thoracic surgery. If I decide against that after rotations or something, it would probably be due to lifestyle, in which case I would want to do something less time-intensive like ER or family practice.
  33. Jamier2

    Jamier2 SDN Hillbilly Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2001
    My favorites are at different ends of the spectrum (much like my two favorite types of music, bluegrass and heavy metal). I love the idea of Family Practice or Orthopaedics. :)
  34. Kadyra

    Kadyra Will drive for music. 7+ Year Member

    Nov 22, 2001
    Glendale, AZ
    I'm interested in almost everything I hear about. The top things on my list are (so far):

    orthopaedic surgery
    infectious diseases
  35. rohitbest

    rohitbest Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 23, 2001
    Aerospace Medicine
    Emergency Medicine

    or maybe


    but prob wont' be able to do all 3
  36. jargon124

    jargon124 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 2, 2001
    I'm interested in:

    Neuroradiology (only bad thing about this is that it takes 5 yrs residency + 2 yrs fellowship - that's a long time!)
    Neurological Surgery (seriously long hours in residency, but talk about cutting edge science/medicine)
    Plastics (just sounds cool :) plus did you hear they are putting in breast implants laparoscopically through the belly button these days?)

    Of course, gotta get into a school first...and even then I'm sure I will change my mind hundreds of times as I move along.
  37. megkudos

    megkudos Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 18, 2001
    New Jersey
    I like the quote --

    "You can't get thiamine from a bottle of gin." - My biochem prof

    Isn't that cuz the government wanted to fortify hard liquor with vitamins in order to prevent alcoholics from getting certain deseases? And they decided against it cuz they thought it would send the wrong message or something.

    I am pretty sure that my biochem prof told us this and it might have nothing at all to do with your quote but hey--I thought it was pretty interesting....
  38. coop

    coop Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 4, 2001
    i'm interested in neurology, orthopedics/sports medicine, as well as pathology and molecular medicine... to be sorted out in the next 3 years :)
  39. riotgurl

    riotgurl Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 30, 2001
    I'm open to anything at this point. I really have my heart set on surgery, but I'm really worried about the lifestyle that goes along with it. EM is an option, as are ob/gyn, pediatrics, maybe even psychiatry. Decisions, decisions.....

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