Sunday, March 30, 2008

But I'm an indecisive Libran!

I stole this idea from Polly, Miss-G-, and yay...

It's a list of possible medical specialties, and my current level of interest in them as a career. In Australia, you really don't need to make a decision about your career path until resident year (i.e. second year out of uni), but it'd be nice to have some idea before then.

I should preface the list by pointing out that I'm in my early-to-mid 30s, want to have kids (no current prospects though), and don't want to still be training deep into my 40s.

Here goes...
  • Surgery: No - long and boring and repetitive.

  • Emergency: An outside chance, but probably ruled out from a lifestyle perspective.

  • Cardiology, Respiratory, Neurology, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Oncology, Immunology, other -ologies: I don't have the motivation for the long physician's training program, plus none of these really grab me.

  • Haematology: Blood is a wonderful thing, but not as a career for me.

  • Orthopaedics: You mean carpentry? Um, no.

  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology: I have some interest in this, but enough to sustain a career? I think not.

  • GP: Currently second on the list. Good lifestyle.

  • Dermatology: Not really interested in skin.

  • Ophthalmology: Very interested in eyes, but this is down the list due to the pain involved in getting onto the program in the first place.

  • Paediatrics: I agree with yay - could do GP training then sub-specialise in kids.

  • Anaesthetics: Currently top of the list - can't really explain why I'm interested in it, but I enjoyed my rotation, and am planning to do an elective in it. Very very good from a lifestyle point of view. Actually it might be something to do with my anal retentiveness - I do like how organised everything is. Like these wonderful stickers:


  • Radiology: My cousin is a radiologist, and I respect his career choice. But I find radiology to be a tad dull.

  • Pathology: God no.

  • Intensive care: I don't think so.

  • Palliative care: Requires physician's training, so no.

  • Psychiatry: With my psychology degree, I have some interest in this, but not enough to push me into doing it as a career. Like paeds, I could do GP training, then sub-specialise in psych if I really wanted to.
I wonder how much this will change in a year's time...

8 comments:

Dragonfly said...

So true....I have a list of "top 7 choices". I would have thought that by now something would have grabbed me and sucked me in completely....
And re ortho - one of my classmates just finished ortho (and Hated it), and described the orthopods as malignant people with cluster B personality disorders who were essentially carpenters who had done well in school.

KT said...

Heh. The orthopods I've seen haven't been that bad personality-wise, but still I know it's not the career for me.

E said...

hey i was just wondering, do you also go by GG sometimes??

KT said...

I do indeed E. You found me!

E said...

cool! i never knew this was you. do you mind if i link to you on my blog roll? if you want me to take it down, i will. also, thanks for the nice comment. i'm glad we made it through! :)

KT said...

Link away! No need to ask.

Anonymous said...

There's a back door into Palliative Care via the RACGP. You needn't run down the RACP path if you don't want to...

Polly said...

I must say those nice little colourful stickers make anaesthetics all the more enticing. I suppose I could get my sticker-hit in ED though... :)