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    I would do cardiothoracic surgery...
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    Medical Ophthalmology appeals to me on so many levels. Failing that, maybe something like Acute Internal Medicine? I'm fairly set on medicine, but general practice also has its appeal. I'm quite against the idea of surgery, however, my experiences of which so far have bored me.

    I've just complete a two weeks paediatrics placement, and that was great fun.
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    (Original post by liam__)
    Not a medical student yet, but I've always liked the idea of EM. I'm sure my preferences will change as I go through medical school gain more exposure though.
    Pretty much my standpoint atm too. Although areas of orthopaedics seem quite interesting too.
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    Prospective Medical Student hoping to go into GP or Cardiothoracic Surgery. GP because it's more laid back than other specialties and Cardiothoracic surgery because I find the heart and the mechanisms and heart surgery interesting. Both are kind of opposite ends of the "how chilled your specialty is" scale though!
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    (Original post by Marathi)
    Pretty much my standpoint atm too. Although areas of orthopaedics seem quite interesting too.
    I start as a HCA in an ortho department next week. Surgery does interest me, but I'm put off by the apparent work-life imbalance. I'm sure I'll find out soon how much of a life the surgeons actually have!
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    (Original post by liam__)
    I start as a HCA in an ortho department next week. Surgery does interest me, but I'm put off by the apparent work-life imbalance. I'm sure I'll find out soon how much of a life the surgeons actually have!
    Hehe, we send plenty of patients your way! I work as a HCA on a Surgical Assessment Ward (SAU) so we deal with GP/clinic/A+E referrals, then send them on to more specialised wards.

    Unfortunately the ward is closing at the end of the year and I've got to decide where to go from:
    Vascular (interesting to me medically, but a lot of dementia)
    Urology (quick turnaround similar to what I experience now, and probably where all the ?appendix will get sent to)
    Upper GI
    Colo-rectal (a definite no-no due to staff)

    Orthopaedics has some nice variety, but unfortunately you'll get the dementia patients who will want to walk home despite having a NOF fracture, or something similar. It's all a great learning experience for the future. I'm going to try and get my band 3 soon (hopefully when we move), but only been on the job 6 months.

    I assume you're going in as band 2?
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    Why are there so few number of people wanting to be a psychiatrist?
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    to focused/scared of the 6 years of med school to even start considering specialities!

    i lie...Paediatrics...or maybe join the Navy as a Doctor!
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    (Original post by navarre)
    Medical Ophthalmology appeals to me on so many levels. Failing that, maybe something like Acute Internal Medicine? I'm fairly set on medicine, but general practice also has its appeal. I'm quite against the idea of surgery, however, my experiences of which so far have bored me.

    I've just complete a two weeks paediatrics placement, and that was great fun.
    Are you a medical student btw?
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    (Original post by tania<3)
    So much variety, people will come to you with all kinds of different issues, you really build up rapport over time with families, you stay put in one place rather than running around all over the place as you would in a hospital, and I just like the idea of being a "gatekeeper" to the NHS
    Don't you worry about how GP's seem to be 'responsible' for everything? At least that is the impression I always receive.
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    paediatrics because I actually like working with children.
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    Emergency Medicine because it's what first got me into medicine.
    or neurology and defiantly some kind of research.
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    (Original post by Marathi)
    Hehe, we send plenty of patients your way! I work as a HCA on a Surgical Assessment Ward (SAU) so we deal with GP/clinic/A+E referrals, then send them on to more specialised wards.

    Unfortunately the ward is closing at the end of the year and I've got to decide where to go from:
    Vascular (interesting to me medically, but a lot of dementia)
    Urology (quick turnaround similar to what I experience now, and probably where all the ?appendix will get sent to)
    Upper GI
    Colo-rectal (a definite no-no due to staff)

    Orthopaedics has some nice variety, but unfortunately you'll get the dementia patients who will want to walk home despite having a NOF fracture, or something similar. It's all a great learning experience for the future. I'm going to try and get my band 3 soon (hopefully when we move), but only been on the job 6 months.

    I assume you're going in as band 2?
    Yup band 2.

    I did some shadowing on a GI ward; it's a strange mix of alcoholics and yellow people! Seriously though, it was very interesting and there was lots of procedures to see (biopsies, endoscopy, ascites drainage etc).
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    (Original post by liam__)
    Yup band 2.

    I did some shadowing on a GI ward; it's a strange mix of alcoholics and yellow people! Seriously though, it was very interesting and there was lots of procedures to see (biopsies, endoscopy, ascites drainage etc).
    Great, the sisters on my ward and other staff nurses are awesome, they know I want to go into medicine and invite me to chaperone or put me forward to chaperone doctors when they can. Then I can ask lots of questions and see more interesting clinical activity!
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    (Original post by qwerty123A)
    Are you a medical student btw?
    Yep.
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    What's the difference between Trauma and Orthopaedics and Emergency medicine?
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    Can anyone explain why people go into proctology? Who wants to be a butt doctor, and why?
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    (Original post by Rose Parton)
    What's the difference between Trauma and Orthopaedics and Emergency medicine?
    Well in a nutshell:

    Emergency medicine - all patients who present to the emergency department with (theoretically) acute conditions i.e. sudden onset. Encompasses the whole breadth of general medicine, surgery, psychiatry, O&G, paediatrics, etc. Patients are either treated there and then, admitted to a relevant ward in the hospital for further treatment or investigation, or sent home to see their GP/other healthcare provider.

    T&O - the branch of surgery related to the musculoskeletal system. Trauma surgery is a bit of a vague term in this country - someone who's sustained abdominal injuries following an accident and needs an operation wouldn't be operated on by an orthopod as that's not a musculoskeletal issue. The majority of emergency surgery is typically carried out by general surgeons.

    So, when a little old lady falls over and fractures her hip, she is initially taken by ambulance to A&E. The emergency department look her over, do the initial investigations, identify the fracture, stabilise her/resuscitate as necessary and refer her to ortho. Ortho come down, review what the A&E team have done, then take her for the necessary operation and keep her on the ortho ward until she's fit for discharge.
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    (Original post by navarre)
    Yep.
    Oh okay . I know this is irrelevant but, in my head, i read what you say with Lord Baelish's voice LOL
 
 
 
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