ndab Ah Yes, Medical School: NSWTHAMIGTDWML-O-Meter Update

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

NSWTHAMIGTDWML-O-Meter Update

At around this time, all third year medical students are supposed to seriously start thinking about their future careers because the preliminary fourth year schedules are due. The same fourth year schedules that you set up in the field(s) you are going to enter so that you can kiss enough ass in order to get good letters of recommendation. However, the fact that I have absolutely, positively no clue whatsoever what I want to do with my life (and whether that even involves being a practicing doctor at this point) poses a serious problem. With that set-up in mind, I invite you into my brain, to experience a little taste of the thought process going through my riddled, neurotic, strangely attractive Jewish self as I tried to fill out this schedule a couple of days ago:


OK I've put this off for two months time to get going and crap what am I going to do let me see here's dermatology really chill great pay no that's gross hate skin ok general surgery no all pricks can't deal but they get all the women so maybe umm no bad idea I'm too neurotic here pediatrics love kids they love me but not in that way dude that's disgusting $80,000 a year after all this no way can't do pediatrics parents whining all the time kids screaming painful. OK so far...nothing. Shit. First do internal medicine then do hematology-oncology no that's depressing but it's profound but it's sad you don't do procedures it's six years might as well do surgery if in school that long how about orthopedics no not a jock good pay tough training I have no research what's the point don't even care ob/gyn good times on ob but don't like gyn the smell oh the smell it's so awful some times fish tacos yuck do internal medicine then gastroenterology get to scope no don't like shit maybe urology get procedures good life all penis all the time no thanks good pay fuck don't think I want to be down there all the time head and neck surgery no way small spaces will mess things up no research crap crap how about dermatology no I hate skin...


Right. This could be a problem. I hope the updated NSWTHAMIGTDWML-O-Meter reflects this, and I hope I figure out something real soon. For the wealthy women out there (Natalie?), that something definitely includes marrying rich. Just thought I'd throw that out there

54 Comments:

Blogger Sarah said...

but the marrying rich...marriage might not work out need something to fall back on (esp. Hollywood marriages!) so back to square one plus already in med school...

you really seemed to like ob. your posts about delivering babies, you seemed the most excited. usually a joyous occasion but then sucky hours, hmmmmm i guess i'm no help

10:50 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

wait, i forgot about getting half from the Hollywood divorce...depends on the prenumptual i guess. ya ya, i know...you'd never divorce natalie! that's what they all say

10:55 PM  
Blogger sadielady said...

pick me, marry me! damn, i'm not rich. damn damn, i'm not jewish. let's just have an affair?

11:49 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Hey, at least you have some INKLKING of a direction that you want to take (ie: be a doctor). I got nothing except an MA in History - and I sure as hell don't want to teach history. So I feel your pain.

1:17 AM  
Blogger Mellie said...

hehe...I'd suggest psychiatry but that post just confirmed to me you shouldn't be around other crazies!

What about something like clinical immunology? Interesting/sexy diseases, normal-ish working hours, pretty good pay...

1:35 AM  
Blogger annabelle4884 said...

looks like you must've done exceptionally well to be even be considering derm, so CONGRATS!
i hope to be in your situation, too; i take boards in exactly two months today, yikes. obv i don't know you, but just from reading your blog, i see you going into internal and then deciding where to go from there. i just have an inkling you'd be a great internist.

3:31 AM  
Blogger Kyla said...

All your comments so far are from (what appear to be) women! So you're doing something right...

I vote for OB/GYN, cuz you'd get to deliver cute babies (and a few ugly ones) and you'd get used to the smell(s). However, it might turn you off to sex with your wife, or any female for that matter. I'd discuss that aspect with a straight male resident and see what his experience has been...

I have an "INKLKING" that you'll make a great doctor, no matter what you choose.

4:41 AM  
Blogger MamaChristy said...

The rally scary thing is that it is possible that my doctor might actually hate his job as much as I hated mine. I don't like to think of my doctor as "just doing his job." Uh oh. NOW I'm scared!

9:58 AM  
Blogger Fat Doctor said...

You're a busy (and apparently very popular) guy, but if you're ever really bored, check out my post from January with recommendations for choosing a specialty. Here's the link: http://fatdoctor.blogspot.com/2006/01/choosing-specialty.html

10:28 AM  
Blogger Old MD Girl said...

How about pathology. Sure you have to work with corpses and tissue samples, but corpses and tissue samples don't talk. And the hours are good and the pay isn't half bad....

10:30 AM  
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10:52 AM  
Blogger FUNKYBROWNCHICK said...

I notice urology has been on your list for the longest amount of time ... Hmmmm ... something to think about.

1:48 PM  
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word verification: nnude - awesome! who's got a camera hidden in my house?

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go into cosmetic surgery and do boob jobs. Live in Newport Beach and go jogging by the ocean every morning. That's what I would do if I didn't love the ER.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Daphnewood said...

do neurosurgery! okay maybe I am a tad bias toward that kind of doc. I am sure you will figure it out. Just keep in mind that most surgical fields make you work the 80 hours a week while things like peds and internal med work 40 hours. After residency it seems to be switched. The poor family docs have to work 80 hours just to cover the bills while the surgeons need to only work a few days a week. Yeah okay. I'll shut up now. I see I am not helping either. uh...good luck?

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

one word. RADIOLOGY.

7:46 PM  
Blogger Eleanor Rigby said...

Pediatricians are the hottest!!!! Not that I'm biased....

I would totally go out with a pediatrician if he asked me. And working with kids--I'd trust him and invite him up for a drink after dinner, and....

Can't wait to see what you decide. But follow your heart.

8:58 PM  
Blogger sadielady said...

My dad is an internist, and he seems happy with his work. But he told me I should go to medical school and be a radiologist instead. For whatever that's worth. Of course, I decided to be a lawyer instead.

9:17 PM  
Blogger The Fed Ex of Funk said...

I'm just wondering if you're leaving anything out of the discussion. For instance, I dislocated a finger playing soccer a while back and had to see a hand specialist. I didn't even know there were hand specialists before that, but the guy really seemed to enjoy his work, and relative to the other fields, the injuries can't be all that gruesome. I bet he makes pretty good money as a surgeon, too. We'll see what my bill is like when it rolls in.

9:26 PM  
Blogger design42 said...

do the one you like the most. Better to be kvellin and semi-rich than miserable and filthy rich.

9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A MOHEL!

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously don't base it on the amount of money you are going to make ... money does NOT bring happiness

11:09 PM  
Blogger Tanya said...

Been a fan of your blog for some time and even have a link to it on my own blog (startwearingpurple - not Tastes Like Llama) . No, not Jewish, not even straight, sorry...

You should try get your blog published. Check this out: http://www.lulublookerprize.com/


Hell - if it was a book I'd buy it. You're humourous, intelligent and provide a unique view on the world.

That said, I am afraid I can offer no insight on your path in life. But hey - if you get published and make a million.....

3:32 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

You could go to Alaska and be the general doc for the wacky town residents. . .

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work for radiologists!! Do that, not kidding, they sit on their butts reading films, and maybe do a few procedures a day, no big thing, just joint injections. My docs gets one week a month off, only work about every 6th weekend and that is only from 8 to 5, after hours, everything gets sent to an a consultant. They make roughly 300k.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My advice is to leave the money out of the equation and go with your heart. Even in a lower-paid specialty, you'll still be pulling down a better salary than the average Joe.

Hmm, what specialties haven't been mentioned yet? Ophthalmology? Eyes are yucky but I suppose it's a thought. Neurology. Rheumatology. Cardiology. Endocrinology. Radiation oncology.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Carina said...

My hubby ran into the same thing and so started out in internal medicine (has the most options afterwards). He really liked just internal medicine and is quite happy doing traditional med (when the census isn't off the charts, that is).

You could try that, too. You also get better rotations in medicine, so you can start thinking eye doc, ID, rheumatology, stuff like that.

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geriatrics.......yupz, definately Geriatrics for you buddy.

ALL U CAN EAT BUFFET of old ppl problems, drag racing with them in wheelchairs......Your Destiny's calling........LOLS.

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Doclet said...

DOC DOC DOC
I have no advice for you wise one.
I do have a mirror.
Hoping to reflect some rays
when the light dawns upon you.
Caught in a similar situation.
Good luck to you.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Jonny said...

You can never go wrong on the R.0.A.D. to happiness (Radiology, opthomalogy, anesthesiology,and Dermatology)

12:59 AM  
Blogger Jetting Through Life said...

I recall you liking OB/GYN to a point...

Peds would be difficult... Don't think I could manage that one.


JTL

7:59 AM  
Blogger Darwin said...

Dermatology seems the most harmless. Have you considered plastic surgery? Depressing job but you get paid shitloads which might make it worth it?

Goodluck!

8:31 AM  
Blogger Monty said...

Ditch it all and become a bond trader, much better hours, and all you need to do is buy low and sell high. And the money can be a lot better than anyone has mentioned so far

5:25 PM  
Blogger GP said...

SURGERY kicks every other ass with no doubts!! - It's what I'm looking into. One of 2 that is :)

5:53 AM  
Blogger Emilian said...

Why don't you come to Africa and have it all (except, I guess, the 6-figure pay, & no jewish brides here). People here need anti-clitoridectomy generalists like you!

Great blog, keep up the good work.

6:28 AM  
Blogger The Red said...

I dated a urologist for a year and as a result spent many lovely dinner parties with his group and lots of wine. They are a blast - and probably the most job-satisfied surgeons I know (and I know a lot). General surgeons are morons, neurosurgeons are pricks. By the way, there is a ton of research in head and neck...submandibular gland transplants? We just did a few.

How about Emergency Medicine? Then you get to do a bit of everything and if the patient needs something you don't want to do, you call a consult. :o)

7:31 AM  
Blogger verbsleuth said...

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8:41 PM  
Blogger verbsleuth said...

..."You could go to Alaska and be the general doc for the wacky town residents. . ."

That's not a bad idea. We're not that wacky, despite that old, inaccurate TV show. We have ungulates walking about town, spectacular views, clean air, and desperately need internists. Or veterinarians. Do you like dogs and moose?

8:50 PM  
Anonymous 3rd year med student said...

How bout packing it in and starting a rockband?....atleast that's what I've thought about everyday for the last 3 months....3rd year sucks ass and it doubly sucks when you have no idea what to do with your life at all. Why don't they just assign us jobs because really, does it matter in the end? I'm still going to want early retirement no matter what!

7:48 PM  
Blogger Nikki said...

I take it family medicine is out?

What about general internal med? Then you'd get a little more variety.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, this is something out of the subject but why have you put up a picture of yourself. being that your have killer looks and all. lol. I really enjoy your blog. Your really funny. Keep up the good work.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry the question was, why haven't you put up a picture of your self. Yes I am guilty of not proof reading heehee!!!

1:31 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

I just found your blog. Awesome. I'm impressed with how much of medical school experience, from the sketchy characters in class (we have a Ms. Stinky and a Question Girl too) to the deliberations over specialties, is the same. Heck, we might even be at the same school.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Joyjoy said...

Just come do your residency at UF&Shands Jax. I work on trauma with all the surgeons and yes they do get all the ladies.

2:16 PM  
Blogger kidwayz said...

why not invasive cards if u like procedures.. no jackass surgeons to deal with.. u make a killing too..
i hated procedures so im going into nephro or normal cards..

7:56 PM  
Blogger kidwayz said...

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7:57 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

What sort of things do you like or dislike doing? Parts of your job, I mean, rather than particular specialties.

Also, while I'm here - I don't know whether you get comments e-mailed to you, so I thought I'd point out that I added my 2c to the comment thread in the previous post (because I'm sure you were just dying to get the opinion of yet one more total stranger on the subject).

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just a thought, but maybe medicine is not for you

10:17 AM  
Blogger Squeaky Dear said...

Maybe a bit late for another comment, but anyway, here goes.

Like someone else pointed out, you sounded pretty happy during ob/gyn... And it has to mean something that urology is still in your top 3 - has been for a while. Something to consider at least.

And read BigMamaDoc's post, it's a good one.

Just think about what you like (duh) - during what rotations were you happier (or less miserable) when you woke up in the morning?

Will certainly be interesting to see what you end up with.

And ignore the comment before mine, by anonymous - it definitely sounds like medicine is for you. A doc with a sense if humour - always a good thing!

1:34 PM  
Blogger betty said...

Okay, this is just too funny. I thought I was the only one who was insane and indecisive.

I love kids and they love me too, but you're right, that doesn't necessarily mean one should go into peds. I thought about urology too, but not only am I female but I'm Chinese too and I wouldn't want to explain "I look at penises all day" to my old school parents. Anesthesia? Look, I already feel that I'm fully capable of killing somebody by just doing nothing. General surgery? Do I look *that* crazy?!?

I take it you like procedural work, which is what I like too. Ever thought about interventional radiology? Besides the fact that who the hell would want to admit they're a radiologist or hang around them, it might hold some promise. Maybe you could liven the field up.

Good luck.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, so peds is awesome. I'm a peds intern (actually, we don't work 40 hours a week as previously posted...try 90) but I love every minute of it. I always am happy to see my patients because they want to get well. All of them. Interesting phenomenon, wanting to get well. Don't see a lot of that in adult medicine.

7:50 PM  
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