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    After a lot of work in the lab this year, I'd be interested in nephrology or vascular medicine


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    (Original post by Helenia)
    Neither of those are surgical specialties. :confused:

    I'm an anaesthetist, just coming up to halfway through specialty training. My ideal consultant job would involve some obstetrics, some emergencies and some teaching work.
    I guess what I meant was that those specialities include some sort of surgical procedure for instance, in radiology we've got interventional radiology as one of the sub sections.


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    Infectious disease - varied, opportunity for travel, lots of academia with obvious neglected areas which could actually impact millions of people.

    As I get older gerries, public health and palliative care are all becoming more attractive though.
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    (Original post by Democracy)
    Orthopaedics is a branch of surgery :yes:
    Oh wow, really? When I did work experience, I shadowed a non-surgical orthopaedician (is that the word?) XD
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    (Original post by qwerty123A)
    Yeah I was thinking that too and I didnt want to correct them in-case I was wrong lol.

    & Thats great, how are you finding the speciality training, is it difficult or anything like school lol?
    I love it. It is hard, and the professional exams for anaesthetists are notoriously tough, but it's interesting, varied and most of the time not too stressful. It's nothing like school or even really like uni - I'm working in theatre or ICU every day doing stuff both on my own and supervised by consultants, and getting paid! I have one afternoon a week of teaching in a seminar-ish setting, the rest is all practical.
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    I love it. It is hard, and the professional exams for anaesthetists are notoriously tough, but it's interesting, varied and most of the time not too stressful. It's nothing like school or even really like uni - I'm working in theatre or ICU every day doing stuff both on my own and supervised by consultants, and getting paid! I have one afternoon a week of teaching in a seminar-ish setting, the rest is all practical.


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    I heard a saying that without anaesthetists,surgery would kill you.Is this true?
    Also,may I ask you,what's all this fuss about the junior doctors pay row?
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    (Original post by Kadak)
    Also,may I ask you,what's all this fuss about the junior doctors pay row?
    Doctors receive additional pay for the amount of hours they're predicted to work out-of hours. The new contract extends the hours considered 'social', and reduces the number of hours considered 'anti-social'.

    Social hours currently are 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday which will be extended to 7am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, amounting to a paycut of up to 30% for some. They are are also intending on removing natural pay progression for years worked as well as the safeguards that require trusts to monitor hours worked.



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    (Original post by thechemistress)
    Oh wow, really? When I did work experience, I shadowed a non-surgical orthopaedician (is that the word?) XD
    Orthogeriatrician? Relatively new medical sub-specialty (2007? rings a bell), came out of geriatrics or care of the elderly, with the primary focus being on elderly inpatients with bone fractures, usually hip. They work alongside the orthopaedic surgeons (which is a surgical specialty), but provide medical, social etc. care.
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    I've applied for 2016 entry, at the moment I'd love to go into (forensic) pathology. It's just something that's always interested me, and I'd be able to deal with a range of different cases. The links to law also interest me (but I don't want to practice law). I'm open to change though, I really haven't had enough exposure to make a solid decision!
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    I heard a saying that without anaesthetists,surgery would kill you.Is this true?
    Also,may I ask you,what's all this fuss about the junior doctors pay row?
    Without anaesthetists, most modern surgery just wouldn't be possible. And yes, I suppose if they did attempt to do something without anaesthesia, the physiological stress would kill some people, but mostly you just wouldn't be able to attempt it.

    Junior doctor contract - reclassifying "antisocial hours" which would probably result in a pay cut for most people, especially those who already work a lot of evenings and weekends. Removing financial penalties for Trusts who force junior doctors to work longer than EWTD-mandated hours. Removing the rights of juniors to request hours monitoring to assess the legality of their rotas. Removal of pay protection for people taking time out for maternity and/or medical research. All with a healthy dose of scaremongering the public by misinterpreting statistics to make them scared and think nobody works out of hours and they'll die if they go into hospital on a weekend.
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    Cardiology. The organ we feel with. And I love balloons!! Especially water filled ones. And you get to do minor surgery, so I'll still be able to be in theatre #woo

    Paediatrics is also another field I'm considering. Kids are cool (not as cool as the elderly though! Sowwy kids) 😎

    Paediatric cardiology?
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    (Original post by frogs r everywhere)
    Cardiology. The organ we feel with. And I love balloons!! Especially water filled ones. And you get to do minor surgery, so I'll still be able to be in theatre #woo

    Paediatrics is also another field I'm considering. Kids are cool (not as cool as the elderly though! Sowwy kids) 😎

    Paediatric cardiology?


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    Yes so be a subspecialist in that field I guess?
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    (Original post by SimSembi)
    Paediatrics, to save the tiny humans
    Is that a grey's anatomy reference :P
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    (Original post by defnotthatgirl)
    Is that a grey's anatomy reference :P
    Hahahaha yes!
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    Without anaesthetists, most modern surgery just wouldn't be possible. And yes, I suppose if they did attempt to do something without anaesthesia, the physiological stress would kill some people, but mostly you just wouldn't be able to attempt it.

    Junior doctor contract - reclassifying "antisocial hours" which would probably result in a pay cut for most people, especially those who already work a lot of evenings and weekends. Removing financial penalties for Trusts who force junior doctors to work longer than EWTD-mandated hours. Removing the rights of juniors to request hours monitoring to assess the legality of their rotas. Removal of pay protection for people taking time out for maternity and/or medical research. All with a healthy dose of scaremongering the public by misinterpreting statistics to make them scared and think nobody works out of hours and they'll die if they go into hospital on a weekend.


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    Wow,I'm shocked.You'd think, especially with Cameron experiences with his disabled son and how grateful he was to NHS staff for the care provided,he wouldn't let something like this happen.Guess not.
    It's annoying politicians are using you guys as a political ball game.I wonder why politicians not ask doctors and nurses about their opinions on how to save the NHS,but it seems politicians think they know everything.
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    Surgery, gastroenterology or anaesthetics... But I'm open to anything

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    (Original post by Kadak)
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    .I wonder why politicians not ask doctors and nurses about their opinions on how to save the NHS,but it seems politicians think they know everything.
    They did, and 90% of the doctors asked about the new contract rejected it. They then said they were imposing the new terms anyway.
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    I find it amazing that some medical students in 2nd or 3rd year already know what they want to specialise in.

    I have no clue - haven't been exposed to everything yet.
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    (Original post by BlindingLight)
    I find it amazing that some medical students in 2nd or 3rd year already know what they want to specialise in.

    I have no clue - haven't been exposed to everything yet.


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    Just investigate,and remember you can change your mind.Nothing is fixed.There no need to know what you want to specialise in,the only thing to be certain about at this stage is that medicine is for you.
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    (Original post by BlindingLight)
    I find it amazing that some medical students in 2nd or 3rd year already know what they want to specialise in.

    I have no clue - haven't been exposed to everything yet.
    This isn't that weird - by 2nd/3rd year you do know what most specialties involve, even if you haven't done much exposure to them in a clinical setting. What I find more amazing are all the pre-meds that already know what they want to specialise in!

    Me personally - want to combine academia. Am attracted to some of the lab based specialties (histopath, clinical genetics, biochem) but I also like medicine. Guess haematology might be a good option somewhere in the middle? Idk time will tell.
 
 
 
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