best medical speciality for someone who likes diagnosis ( apart from GP)

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I like figuring out what is wrong, having a think. Like a detective, putting the puzzle pieces together.
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Radiology?
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Radiology?
why radiology?
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why radiology?
Radiologists interpret medical images and have to figure out what’s wrong. The images radiologists deal with are usually quite challenging
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Radiologists interpret medical images and have to figure out what’s wrong. The images radiologists deal with are usually quite challenging
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Every medical speciality is about diagnosis.
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Neurology?




But (1) they have very limited history, relying from the referrer rather than the patient and (2) they don't take part in the management. Personally I wouldn't want to be just "part" of the investigation process.
so there is more in neuro?
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Every medical speciality is about diagnosis.
lol you know what I mean
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There is more... what?
diagnosis. more about diagnosis
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lol you know what I mean
No, not really.
I don't know what you expect people to tell you.
You want something like puzzles? Try dermatology
You don't really like the outpatient character of derm? Try A&E
Not keen on talking to patients? Histopathology is all about spotting things.
Prefer children to adult? Any paeds speciality
Want to also solve patients problems quickly? General surgery
Decoding ECGs is your thing? Cardiology

There are endless options and if your only criteria is diagnosis you really haven't narrowed it down at all.
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diagnosis. more about diagnosis
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp...cine/neurology

Nature of the work
Neurologists treat any disease of the body’s systems that affects neurological function. High blood pressure, for example, is a cardiac problem, but if it causes a stroke (a sudden loss of blood supply to the brain) the problem becomes a neurological one as well.

Neurologists also treat infectious disease such as meningitis which can cause brain damage and lead to complications like epilepsy. They also treat peripheral nerve diseases which may result in weakness or sensory impairment.

In many cases, the diagnosis of new patients with neurological problems is by clinical assessment alone (taking a thorough history of the symptoms and physical examination), though in others there may be a need for further investigation such as blood tests, scans (CT or MRI) and electrical tests which measure peripheral nerve and muscle function. Patients are followed up either to clarify the diagnosis or alternatively to manage longer term problems.

Examples of conditions which require long term follow-up are epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

The process of diagnosis is becoming ever more sophisticated with improved imaging and other types of tests including genetic testing. Available treatments are broadening too with improvements in existing therapy as well as new treatments such as those to modify the disease in multiple sclerosis.

Over 5,000 neurological diseases have been identified.
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No, not really.
I don't know what you expect people to tell you.
You want something like puzzles? Try dermatology
You don't really like the outpatient character of derm? Try A&E
Not keen on talking to patients? Histopathology is all about spotting things.
Prefer children to adult? Any paeds speciality
Want to also solve patients problems quickly? General surgery
Decoding ECGs is your thing? Cardiology

There are endless options and if your only criteria is diagnosis you really haven't narrowed it down at all.
A&E doesn't really seem like something where you can sit down and think and work things out, like i said in the OP lol. seems a lot more fast-paced. looking for something where I can sit down, look at all the clues and come to a diagnosis. Want most of my job to be about diagnosis. Surgery is not about diagnosis either, that is the actual doing, the immediate fix, rather than sitting and thinking about what to do, surely.
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https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp...cine/neurology

Nature of the work
Neurologists treat any disease of the body’s systems that affects neurological function. High blood pressure, for example, is a cardiac problem, but if it causes a stroke (a sudden loss of blood supply to the brain) the problem becomes a neurological one as well.

Neurologists also treat infectious disease such as meningitis which can cause brain damage and lead to complications like epilepsy. They also treat peripheral nerve diseases which may result in weakness or sensory impairment.

In many cases, the diagnosis of new patients with neurological problems is by clinical assessment alone (taking a thorough history of the symptoms and physical examination), though in others there may be a need for further investigation such as blood tests, scans (CT or MRI) and electrical tests which measure peripheral nerve and muscle function. Patients are followed up either to clarify the diagnosis or alternatively to manage longer term problems.

Examples of conditions which require long term follow-up are epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

The process of diagnosis is becoming ever more sophisticated with improved imaging and other types of tests including genetic testing. Available treatments are broadening too with improvements in existing therapy as well as new treatments such as those to modify the disease in multiple sclerosis.

Over 5,000 neurological diseases have been identified.
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ecolier I have heard in neuro, often it is hard to come to a conclusion though on what the problem is.
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Not really, we always strive to come to a conclusion. There are puzzles (which I thought is what you are looking for anyway?) but then they only make you more interested in the specialty!
nice, yeah. i want to do the detective work.
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I think any medical (internal medicine) specialty would be good, but if you are looking as a "detective" figuring out what the diagnosis is, our specialty is probably one of the top in your list.

Dermatology is also one, :cry: that @nottie didn't mention neurology in her list...
part of me is crying inside for you too
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the problem is neuro and derm ( especially) ( and others) are all so competitive. got to do lots of stuff throughout medical school dedicated to one to show my interest.
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I'd say all the pathology specialties are very diagnosis oriented with some offering more scope for patient management and interaction than others e.g. haematology or immunology vs histopathology.

I think radiology is also up there and again has a reasonable amount of focused patient contact if that's what you're after.

Some general medical specialties do strike me as rather detective work-y too e.g. rheumatology or infectious diseases.
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I'd say all the pathology specialties are very diagnosis oriented with some offering more scope for patient management and interaction than others e.g. haematology or immunology vs histopathology.

I think radiology is also up there and again has a reasonable amount of focused patient contact if that's what you're after.

Some general medical specialties do strike me as rather detective work-y too e.g. rheumatology or infectious diseases.
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I like figuring out what is wrong, having a think. Like a detective, putting the puzzle pieces together.
I’d say neurosurgeon because they can plan and plan to figure out what’s wrong but once the skull cap is removed, the plan goes out the window because seeing the brain changes everything. It’s all about looking at the brain and figuring out how to fix it without damaging it. Like a huge puzzle. (That is if you wanna be seeing brains hahaah)
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