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Which Specialties are you considering, if any, at this point?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Haemulon, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. Haemulon

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    Which specialties have you all thought about pursuing? I know it is very early and that rotations will give us the info we need to make those decisions, but are there any areas attractive to you already? As for me, I am initially interested in Med. Gen., IM (maybe critical care, general practice, or endocrinology sub spec.), and Diagnostic Rad., but am very open to exploring other options as well.
     
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    Primary Care 4-lyf!

    Probably peds :love: ... but there are certain things about family practice and general IM that are cool as well... I'll narrow it down later :thumbup:
     
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    Half of me is all het up about neurology or psychiatry (or both); the other half's interested in ID.

    My boss is convinced I'll end up in Emerg. Med., though.
     
  5. Haemulon

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    I like Peds as well, especially if I tie it in with Med. Gen. (there are a few double board residencies I think).
     
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    I'm also looking at pediatrics (my PS basically screams it), but I'm going to make sure I don't sound to definite during my interviews.
     
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    Definitely. You can totally mix and match residencies and fellowships to be whatever you want! (Depending on how long you can stand being in training...) I grew up in a tiny tiny town so I'm pretty committed to primary care, and I *heart* kids so peds just makes sense... but I'll keep my options open...
     
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    I started out totally into family practice but I'm starting to like internal medicine, maybe a hospitalist?

    (I like Endocrine too, Haemulon!)
     
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    Radiology, but surgery has always interested me. These are the only two fields I've had experiences with so I am a little bias. I will be open in med school during rotations to see if something else is a little more interesting. Nothing definite yet at all.
     
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    neurology, neuropathology, something surgical maybe, international medicine and ID (probably not, but there's a chance).
     
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    rad
     
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    ob/gyn... its half surgery, half primary care.
     
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    Orthopedic & Sports Medicine :thumbup:
     
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    cardiology.
     
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    OB/GYN or MFM (If I can stand the extra several years for fellowship!)
     
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    invasive cardiology for sure
     
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    General Surgery.
     
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    We need a poll!! And someone to keep this thread for a few years and see what the diff is between the "now" and the "match". :)

    I like family med, OB/GYN, ENT, and Emergency.
     
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    I'm surprised at the amount of primary care type people for some reason. That being said...I like doing cutting, and I love the technology involved with radiology...I am going to give everything a chance but IR or IN seems like a good fit for me as of now. The imaging stuff is so cool and I'd still get to do stuff besides staring at a computer monitor all day..which in retrospect is what I do already but still.
     
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    I'm with Robizzle, surgical docs for jocks
     
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    Either pediatric oncology or orthopaedics..... but friends seem to think i'll end up in emergency medicine..... we'll see.
     
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    I agree. I think anything heavily diagnostic, such as rad, is more for me. Thats why I also mentioned med gen and IM (especially with something like endocrinology). I like the troubleshooting, puzzle-solving type specialties. Of course, Rad is definitely procedure based, but also a lot of crticial thinking.

    Flamejacket disclaimer: I do not mean to suggest other specialties are not thinking or puzzle-solveng, just that some have a more "thinking/troubleshooting" and some a more "doing/procedure" emphasis.
     
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    Pure Ownage. I haven't decided yet. :rolleyes:
     
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    Nothing wrong with that at all. Heck, many of us may end up in something completely different than what we think right now.
     
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    Orthopedic surgery is my number one right now. I am sure it could change in the next 3-4 years.
     
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    At this point, I'm most interested in either neurology (or clinical neuroscience in some form) or orthopaedic surgery, just because that's what most of my experience is in. However, if I really enjoy the emergency medicine rotation, then I hope to pursue that. As counterintuitive as it may be, I've heard that emergency medicine is the most conducive speciality to having a family life.
     
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    Hospitalist would be an interesting choice. Would make one a very well rounded physician definitely. Get to track/manage all the medical inpatients.

    That brings up another interesting consideration as to whether some specialties are more suited to private practice versus contracts with hospitals and health care systems. Pluse for some lifestyle, pay, variety, etc ... are all considerations. Wow. So much to think about. I think the bottom line is to choose something that you will really love doing, and then factor in all the other considerations to help narrow down and make ultimate selections.
     
  30. Haemulon

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    Maybe not most conducive, but definitely more family friendly than many specialties. Something like Derm is pretty family friendly too.
     
  31. Looque

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    Ha, yeah, derm is pretty relaxed. I don't think I'd be happy doing that, though... "Pimple-popper MD" a la Seinfeld.
     
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    "Dermatology is greek for 'fake doctor' " ~ Dr. Cox
     
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    i have no freaking idea. and it especially bugs me when secondaries as me this question!
     
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    neonatal, MFM, peds... something around there...
     
  35. Sol Rosenberg

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    What a coincidence, because Derm is one of my top 3: (General) Surgery, Derm, and IM. Beyond that, I can see myself doing EM, an IM specialty, Urology, Anesthesiology, Neuro., and, depending upon how much schooling I want, a surgical specialty like Neurosurgery or Cardiothroacic Surgery. Specialties that I definitely don't think I would like are Path, Rads, OB/GYN (Path and Rads seem too much like my current job)

    Yeah, I've really narrowed it right down! :)
     
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    Anything that gets me into the OR more than on the wards. Really like what I've seen so far of ENT, but am definitely open to new experiences.
     
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    OB/GYN, Perinatology. That's pretty much it, but if I had to add two more they'd be Oncology or Cardiology.
     
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    You should consider Transplant. It's great.
     
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    im considering radiology
     
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    Gen surg 4 sure... I was born to slice... shoulda been a samurai :( :p
     
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    Its got to be a surgical field.
     
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    If looking for family friendly, I thought everyone knew about the "ROAD" to happiness.... Radiology, Opthomology, Anesthesiology, Dermatology..... all have great $$$ and hours..... good luck getting a residency though! :laugh:
     
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    Geripsych or just plain ol' Geriatrician

    Yup...all that schooling for that... :)
     
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    Someone needs to do it! I love my gma but don't want to deal with old people all the time.....plus it'll be weird when I'm the same age as most of them to me.
     
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    I want a family friendly specialty but who knows where I'll end up. Most likely I won't subspecialize because I wouldn't get out until I'm 40. But if I did it would probably be a sub-pediatrics field like neonatology, PICU, or anest, hem/onc would be awesome too.

    I'm really interested in ER and ID too. Maybe ER with fellowship in ID.
     
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    theres a part of me that wants to do an internal specialty or surgery, put in a lot of time in a hospital, climb the ranks, become chief then hospital director

    then theres a part of me that wants to do rad/optho and get my 400k for putting in 45hours/week
     
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    I'm older as well. Looking at 37/38 to be done with residency. Not counting sub spec. Guess i'll just see what happens :)
     
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    I hear ya. And 40 is if I get in the first time (which might be slim at this point). Its demanding on family life and its a decision we all have to face. :D It also depends on what type of residency you're looking at. So many factors.

    JUST LET US IN so we can find out :D
     
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    I'm thinking pulmonology/critical care, but I'm trying hard to stay open.

    ID, Cards, & EM are definitely on the radar scope. If I wind up wanting to go into a surgical specialty, I'll never make it because I will have died from shock.
     

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