What specialty/sub-specialty do you want to practice?

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Of course I (we) understand that there is no REAL way to determine what we do until we do rotations, match, and such.

But, what do you WANT to do? and Why?
 

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General surgery in Global Health

I love the thought of directly healing patients and providing comfort to them during one of the scariest moments of their lives. Plus I shadowed both a vascular and general surgeon and just fell in love with OR environment and teamwork emphasis. I enjoy working with my hands (my research involves animal work) and perfecting my dexteric (sorry if that's not a word lol) skills such as injections, dissections, etc. I want to be general because I have a personality where I like knowing a lot about many things, plus this will provide more variation in my work (although i understand at times it will get repetitive with appendectomies and gallbladder removals).
 
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Neurology would be my first choice because I'm fascinated by the brain and how it creates the mind AND is the operator of the body. After taking human anatomy, I felt it really was what I was meant to do.

Psychiatry would be my second choice because, again, I'm interested in the brain.

Internal Med would be my third choice. If I couldn't be the above, I think it would be cool to treat patients in a much more general way.
 

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Like you said, it’s obviously too early to know what we definitely want to do, but we can still have preferences & ideas of what interests us. Ophthalmology is currently where my main interest lies. I’ve done ophtho lab work during my undergrad and really enjoyed it. The funny thing is, I originally sought out the lab looking to get involved with multiple sclerosis research since one of my parents has it. I had little interest in ophtho at the time, but as I read more and became engrossed in the research, I began to appreciate it. I’m actually currently working as an ophthalmic technician and love it. Working with patients that have visual problems and spending time learning about everything ophthalmology related (going to grand rounds, listening to guest lectures, asking co-workers questions, reading on my own) has given me a strong desire to continue working in the field, hopefully as a physician. I’d also love to find a balance between working with patients and conducting research (without going for a PhD though...that can work, right?).

Other potential paths may be Neurology, General Surgery or Internal medicine. Neurology in particular has always been a strong interest of mine. To be honest, I’m open to any path, as long as I’m a physician. It’s just what I see myself being the most happy in life doing. The first step for me is to actually get INTO med school. Once in, I plan on keeping a very open mind during all of my rotations, which won’t be hard since I have the kind of personality where I can become interested in random stuff very easily.
 

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Polo, I'm so with you on the General Surgery and Global Health. I think if I choose general surgery (or more importanting if I match) then I want to do medical mission trips like my professor aka mentor. Hopefully I can take a trip with him to Kenya next summer and get the experience first hand.

But I'm also interested in Neurology, Endocrinology, Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Surgery, or Neonatology.
 

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Im with you traitorman. After being a firefighter/ EMT and working in an ER now, its definitely EM. Although i am interested in EM/IM or EM/FM
 

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I am really interested in allergies and immunology. Besides that, I've been leaning towards pediatrics. I don't think I know anyone that has gone into the field that thought they would when they started med school so I'm trying not to form too many opens until I have more exposure.
 

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Orthopedics with an emphasis on either spine or replacements. I have always enjoyed watching knees, hips, and cervical disks getting replaced. Its cool to me that to do a disk replacement a surgeon must go through the throat. I dont know lots of things like that in ortho are interesting to me.
 

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EM. I love how the ED is so fast-paced and stressful, plus you get to see some pretty interesting patients come through your door :laugh:

The ROAD specialties would be pretty nice too
 

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Emergency Medicine for sure. I have shadowed ER doctors in Ecuador and actually got to stitch (i know, sketchy. It was amazing experience! On top of this, I have been a Ski Patroller for 2 years at a local mountain and I have seen a vast number of crazy injuries. Also I have been a medical responder at hockey games, concerts, etc.

All of my above experiences have only supported and fed my desire to pursue EM. I love the fast pace of it and the unpredictability. AND I have ZERO problem with blood, bones etc. (This might sound silly but I am always baffled at how some pre-meds are scared to death of blood, kind of ironic)
 

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Im such a non-trad, and I dont know if I'll ever make it to med school but if I do get in, then Ortho fo sure!

Im taking my MCAT's in May, and then need to repeat four classes to get my gpa up to a 3.1/3.1. The kicker is I cant repeat these classes till the summer, because of job plus mcat prep. I am going to apply after Summer Session I, when I will have repeated two of my four classes. Hopefully, that should get me a few interviews while schools wait for my performance in the second summer session. Its crazy how right things have to go for me to get in class of 2016 -- and I havent even mentioned the stellar score that i need on my mcats (30+). FML
 

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I am really interested in allergies and immunology. Besides that, I've been leaning towards pediatrics. I don't think I know anyone that has gone into the field that thought they would when they started med school so I'm trying not to form too many opens until I have more exposure.
you can do an allergy/immunology fellowship after a peds residency, so you can do both!
 

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Pediatric Neurodevelopmental disorders- so diagnosing and treating kids with cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, developmental delays, etc...

I have been working with people with developmental disabilities since high school (so around 10 years) and love it. It's what I'm passionate about and doubt I will change my mind. I've wanted to be a doctor since I was 5 and everyone said I would probably change my mind, and I haven't. :D
 
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I'm definitely a peds person. I know for sure I want to work with kids, I just don't really know in what specialty yet. I have been thinking a lot about pediatric hem/onc lately...I like having long term relationships with patients....but I know that would be a kind've depressing specialty...
 
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I'm definitely a peds person. I know for sure I want to work with kids, I just don't really know in what specialty yet. I have been thinking a lot about pediatric hem/onc lately...I like having long term relationships with patients....but I know that would be a kind've depressing specialty...
aw that's a really depressing one
 

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Wow a lot of people interested in peds. Kids are cool, but the parents drive me insane. I'm definitely crossing out peds.

High interest: Rads or Path
Moderate interest: general IM/FM, ID, EM,
Low interest: surgery et al., psych, neuro, gas, most IM sub-specialties
Zero interest: peds, obgyn
Haven't really thought about derm, sleep, or rad onc
 

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Neurology, Psychiatry, Peds
 
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aw that's a really depressing one
Yeah, but I've also read that Oncologists have one of the highest job satisfaction rates...I don't remember where, or if it was a legitimate source, but I could definitely see why after shadowing one. Obviously I'll probably change my mind, but every time I think of a specialty I keep coming back to this one. Who knows :)
 

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anesthesiology! I am absolutely fascinated with drugs and what they do to the body, and learning everything I can about it! You would think i would be a drug addict by how much i am interested in this field, but drug free! haha

EM, peds are close 2nd!
 

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Yeah peds used to interest me, and it still does to a large degree, but alot of those interested in Peds don't realize how much of peds is actually dealing with the parents... lol.

It's pathology now, until tomorrow at least. :p
 
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I guess I'll throw myself in the mix. I want to do something that is general in nature (I've worked with some specialists who hate that they do the same things over and over again). I'm thinking EM, IM, or genSurg.
 

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IM subspecialty... strongly considering Nephrology and Endocrinology, but I'm also very interested in Hematology and Infectious Disease.

Another up-and-coming field in which I'm interested is Preventive Medicine. Most of the residencies are currently at top hospitals, and it would tie in really well with my background in Public Health.
 

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Derma-Plastic-Neurosurgical-Ophthalmo-anesthesio-surgery ... but only Mon - Fri. I plan to open a chain of free health clinics in a string of third-world countries and practice there (free of charge) Sat and Sun.
 

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Internal Medicine -> Maybe Cardiology -> Slight chance of Interventional Cardio or EP?
 

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Won't it be interesting to look back at this thread in a few years? :)

I think I will end up in a subspecialty of IM, maybe infectious disease, rheumatology, gastroenterology. Anesthesiology is a small possibility.
 

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Won't it be interesting to look back at this thread in a few years? :)

I think I will end up in a subspecialty of IM, maybe infectious disease, rheumatology, gastroenterology. Anesthesiology is a small possibility.

I will most definitely look for this thread in a few years after I match.:D
 

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Derma-Plastic-Neurosurgical-Ophthalmo-anesthesio-surgery ... but only Mon - Fri. I plan to open a chain of free health clinics in a string of third-world countries and practice there (free of charge) Sat and Sun.
:laugh:

I honestly have no idea what I want to do. Ortho Surg (Sports med), Neurology, Derm, Anesthesiology, Radiology, EM are the ones that interest me currently. I'd only do IM if I was going into a subspecialty. Definitely not FP.
 
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Derma-Plastic-Neurosurgical-Ophthalmo-anesthesio-surgery ... but only Mon - Fri. I plan to open a chain of free health clinics in a string of third-world countries and practice there (free of charge) Sat and Sun.
That's an awesome idea. Actually, can we start a practice together? I'll get board certified in EM, IM, and Peds and between us we can just start our own hospital but its only open mon-fri. That way on the weekends i can go spelunking.
 

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That's an awesome idea. Actually, can we start a practice together? I'll get board certified in EM, IM, and Peds and between us we can just start our own hospital but its only open mon-fri. That way on the weekends i can go spelunking.

????:confused:
 

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AKA Caving. Obviously not from the west :)
Caving?? What exactly do you do in this caving activity???
No, I'm not from here but I do live...I guess I should know these things.
 

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Spelunking is definitely not on my to-do list...ever see the movie Descent???? Scary stuff!

Side note on Descent - didn't realize evolution worked that fast... :rolleyes:
 

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What a weird and crazy hobby.....I think I want to try it.
 

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Family Medicine + Public Health/Community Health/Preventive Medicine

As an undergrad I had an enfatuation with global health. After doing a volunteer medical mission and global health course at the University of Peru, I saw that A) We all cannot be like Paul Farmer. Flying across the globe every other week while pursuing a domestic career is very challenging if you want a family life. B) most NGOs are not as effective as ones like Partners in Health for example. It seems that the majority have microscopic impacts upon the vast disparities in health.

I am only pointing out my motivations for public health in our own communities, and I don't mean to burst anyone's bubble. I have a lot of admiration for global health & aid. The take home for me was that WE HAVE SO MANY PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES RIGHT HERE!!! While there is a greater need in many places abroad, it seems easier, to make a difference domestically.
 

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Neurology for sure. Its the only reason I decided to pursue medicine. The brain makes me feel all tingly inside. And it's what I am really passionate about.
 
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Proctology with an emphasis on T.R.S. (Taint Reconstructive Surgery).

Sorry....I had to be the first-I can't believe it took over 40 posts for the first joke to be made.
 

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So I'll represent the few who are heading towards OB!!!!!! (Specifically Maternal-Fetal Medicine)

And yes I'm a man...I have a lot of clinical experience in this area, and every day am more and more amazed about the power of the human body!!! :D
 

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Rural FP....


No, really.


It offers a little bit of everything and for the most part I can determine where and how I practice. My family comes first no matter what career path I choose. Also in a rural setting there are less referals and more doing.
 

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rural fp....


No, really.


It offers a little bit of everything and for the most part i can determine where and how i practice. My family comes first no matter what career path i choose. also in a rural setting there are less referals and more doing.
yup, i would love to do rural, fp. You get to do everything
 
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While I'm not completely dead-set on anything I have found that EM with a wilderness fellowship would be my top choice based on my strengths and my passions. I am an extremely outdoors kind of guy (trail run, camp, hike, grew up in the mountains, etc..) so I am familiar with that population. I also really enjoy the cases that the ED sees (yes, even the stuffy noses) as well as the fact that it is a safety net (although it can get stressful at times). As an osteopathic physician I will be better trained to rely less on tests and imaging and focus on the available information I can gather at that moment. Plus, I would ultimately want to practice in a rural area so that will put me in closer proximity then anyone else to "wilderness" areas (also one of the reasons I chose to attend a school in a rural area near an area where there is a lot of outdoor activities). That is particularly true here in the northwest where there is some of the lowest population density in the country and a lot of people that that take part in outdoor endeavors (and subsequently get hurt). There are a ton of other reasons as well, like practicing some Mcguyver medicine (how cool would it be to make a defibrillator out of a Gerber, two sticks, and some peanut butter!), but those would be the main ones.