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For those out there who'll be starting med school this fall, do you know what specialty you want to go into or are people waiting until 3rd and 4th year to decide?
 

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Originally posted by Jordan 1
For those out there who'll be starting med school this fall, do you know what specialty you want to go into or are people waiting until 3rd and 4th year to decide?

Not set on it, but OB/GYN so far. I may find another love 3rd and 4th year. Who knows...:confused:
 
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Surgery. At this point, one of the specialties from general surgery (i.e., I want to be trained as a general surgeon).

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Proctology

LOL.........as for me, I have an interest in surgery, but it is by far NOT my definative path in life........just an interest :horns:
 

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General Surg, CT surg, or maybe emergency med but I am open to the possibilities
 

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I will be really looking forward to my surgery rotation during 3rd and 4th yr. I also like neurology and Emergency medicine.
 

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I'm leaning towards primary care, but I want to learn as much as I can about integrative medicine. I also want to do a geriatrics rotation, see if I like that.
 

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I have no idea. I think that I'll figure it out when I get there. Here are a few of the possibilities as they exist now:
-ER
-General Surgery
-Derm
-Radiology
-Endocrine
-Cardio

I don't want to go in with too many pre-conceived notions about the specialties. I think that whatever is best will "fit" when I get to it.
 

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Originally posted by BaseballFan
Proctology

I think they call them Colo Rectal surgeons now. Sounds much more impressive. ;)

With all the colon cancer out there they are pretty busy.
 
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I have many interests but right now EM tops the list. Having a variety of patients and not focusing on one organ the rest of my life sounds interesting. I also don't mind the large volume of primary care cases with emergencies mixed in. Plus flexibility in sheduling shifts.

In the clinical rotations forum there is a thread about Wilderness rescue rotations in central america. How cool is that!?!:clap:
 

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yeah.....at this point I'm also leaning towards ortho.....it's 5yrs which is a bit shorter than most other surgical specialties and it offers a wide range of subspecialties (spine, sports medicine, trauma, ect.) if you want to do a fellowship.
 

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Orthopedic surgery seems like a really, really interesting specialty. I don't know a lot about it other than watching a few examples of T.V. shows, but it does seem like something I'd like to learn more about.
 

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I'm headed for integrative medicine. It's a field of medicine that is growing with leaps and bounds. During my undergraduate degree, my major was health Science with a concentration on integrative medicine. So, I was able to see both sides of the world and learn how each can work together to complement each other.

First I'll have to do a IM residency then I'll do a fellowship at U of Arizona (about 4yrs total). I've also been accepted into a dual major MD/NMD program where I'll be able to study fully both allopathic medicine and Naturopathic medicine.

Well there ya have it.....My dream career.
 

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I am interested in gastroenterology, Peds, endocrinology.... ophthalmo as well!
 

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I'd actually like to go to underserved areas overseas to help. With that in mind, I'd like primary or ER (I think Emergency Medicine is just like primary but on steroids + paramedic skills)
 

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I don't want any surgery residencies. I'm too old and feeble for that! ;) I wonder if I will miss the patient contact if I go into Gas or Rads?
 
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I'm definitely going into medical school with an open mind, but so far:

neurology, forensic pathology (as if my username weren't a dead give away), and emergency medicine.


I don't think I would enjoy surgical pathology, but forensic pathology is definitely a intriguing career.



BTW, did you catch the pun above? It was definitely intended.
 

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Originally posted by DMO
I'd actually like to go to underserved areas overseas to help. With that in mind, I'd like primary or ER (I think Emergency Medicine is just like primary but on steroids + paramedic skills)

My sentiments exactly!! I'm definetely set on EM (I think that general medicine is too dull, too slow...), but I absolutely want a specialty that will give me the greatest possible breadth of knowledge for international medicine.

Btw, are you in the military or just a recreational diver? I've been open water certified since I was 16... I LOVE diving! :) :)
 

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I'm using medical school as a stepping stone to get into the cadaver black market business.

SHOW ME SOME LOVE UCLA!!!!!!
 

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I am not starting Med School until Fall 2005 (hopefully, cross fingers) but I would like to go into Emergency Medicine.
 
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How do people decide to go into proctology...when the time comes for residency do they just end up choosing proctology because its their best option?...I'm just wondering because I have never met a pre-med who genuinely wanted proctology.

Proctology, or as it's normally called now, Colon and Rectal Surgery, is a popular subspecialty of surgery. I direct you to these threads:
A thread about colorectal surgery
Another thread
 

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I would want to specialize in surgery particularly on sharks. Since they probably don't get paid as much, I'll settle for doing surgery on humans.
 

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Originally posted by BaseballFan
Proctology

So your the Ass Man......giddy up:thumbup:

I change my mind about every 3 months cause I love everything, but i am pretty sure I want to be in surgery. I am not sure if I am willing to sacrifice the hours to be a General or specialist thereof.
 

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Originally posted by rogersce
I'm using medical school as a stepping stone to get into the cadaver black market business.

SHOW ME SOME LOVE UCLA!!!!!!

Hahaha, is that a high paying specialty?
 

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Same as Reddy

Gas, Surgery, or Radiology
Concerning surgery, I'm biased toward CT
 

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Originally posted by rogersce
I'm using medical school as a stepping stone to get into the cadaver black market business.

SHOW ME SOME LOVE UCLA!!!!!!

:laugh:

Now that UCLA has shut down their cadaver "activities", you are out of luck.
 

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Orthopedic surgery is pretty tight, but I don't know if I will like the lifestyle of a surgeon. I also think EM is great because you don't really have to follow up with the patients, they come in you do what you can and either they go home or another department. For some reason that sounds nice. I guess surgery is the same. I am drawn to ortho because it is mainly elective and people come to you and you can generally have a positive impact. 5 years is about as much time as I am willing to spend in a residency, I'm going to get tired of the highly trained low pay situation.
 
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