Which medical specialty should I go into?

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I would be interested to know when you decided on a subject. Were you sure from the start or did the decision only develop in the course of your studies or did you even change your mind again later? I would be particularly interested in how consistently you have geared your clinical traineeships or doctoral theses towards this.

I am in the midst of this crucial question. Dissertation (@RadioDoc: I'm not too fine to invest time and work here; but it doesn't have to be years) and clinical internship will be organized accordingly.

I'm going to do my second in the summer and I'm still not sure which subject I want to do in the end.
I used my internship to simply look at a few subjects. Internal and surgery have therefore already been ruled out - I can look at them in the PY for longer than I'd like. So better to get a taste of the unknown ... you never know which corner your dream subject is still lurking around ...
As for the doctoral thesis: I would always look for a topic that interests me and that I can imagine working on intensively over a long period of time. This does not necessarily depend on the subject you are aiming for. On the contrary: What use is it to you if you have a totally boring and maybe badly supervised job in your chosen elective?

So don't worry about your elective. Just take a look in the clinical traineeships in the subjects that might be of interest to you and then you will see what your subject will be. (By the way, that's a recommendation that some docs gave me back then.)

Fire look

Of course, I would be interested to know which subject you are considering.

I haven't even made a rudimentary decision, for me it currently works according to the principle of exclusion:
Derma, eyes and gyn fall away with me, let's see what remains in the end ;-)

I'm thinking between eye and pediatrics.

Hi fire look,

I also find eyes interesting. However, it's a very special subject, which in turn scares me a little. Otherwise, consider Ortho or Neuro.

At Ortho, the question is to what extent this subject will still exist in the future - is supposed to go to a specialist in traumatology with trauma surgery.

I actually find neuro very exciting, it's just a non-surgical subject. I am a bit worried here that it is probably pretty "competitive" and that I imagine it will be difficult to get a decent position.

Let's see.

What do you think of radiology (my current favorite, as you must have guessed)? It seems that many doctors are not so good at talking to radiologists.

@ rolexralf: I have to say that I trained as an orthoptist before studying, so I am interested in ophthalmology "from home", as it were.
I don't find neuro bad in itself either, but I am frightened by the many really bad care cases post apoplexy.
Ortho is not my thing. Although I didn't find the subject bad in the internship, it wasn't that great ... :-))

@ Radio Doc: I don't find it uninteresting in principle. All the doctors who supervised our internship were also very impressed by their specialty. But as a woman who may wish to have children in the radiation department ... no, then rather not ;-)
Have you already done an internship on the radio?

Fire look

@ feuerblick

I haven't done any internship yet. Still, I am pretty sure that I will choose one of the radiation subjects, as I am very interested in physical and technical questions, and I think that I will find a good combination of medicine on the one hand and technology / physics on the other.

I have a question about that: to what extent can you actually make this choice freely? I mean, if I were to consider studying medicine now in order to later become an anesthesiologist for my sake, I can be sure that I will get the chance to do so, or is it not more likely that you will take it after graduation, where to get a job?
Would be very grateful for answers.
Best wishes,

@sammy: that should be a question of your own mobility, perseverance and full motivation for a subject. Will moves mountains (or something like that).

How much insight do you get into the subject areas? After all, there are over 40 specialists, if I'm not mistaken. You can't do clinical traineeships in all of them and whether the job will look like what you got to know during your studies ...
How do you get exotic things like tropical medicine? And what possibilities are there to combine medicine with something social / psychological? There is such a thing as a postgraduate course in epidemiology, for example. Can somebody say something about this?

Hi Janine!

Well, you don't necessarily have to look at all of the subjects. With some subjects you know from the start that you definitely don't want to do them. Internal surgery and surgery are done in the PJ anyway. Some other subjects are more or less good internships during the semester, so that one or the other can be excluded.
Well, and what is left over can be seen in clinical traineeships.
As for the exotic things: Inquire at the institutes (e.g. for tropical medicine) whether they accept trainees.

Fire look

@radiodoc: I would still do an internship in the radio. It could be that you find it deadly boring despite the great interest. This is how I felt with the anesthesia ... :-))

Eye, radio or cardio ...

At the moment, the eye is winning. But have a look after the elective ...;)

Well, I actually wanted to do neuro or radio when I was in the 1st clinic. had sniffed into the clinic for the first time.

I then decided to do a thesis in experimental neuroradiology (great combination, the mega-exotic subject !!!) and after almost 3 years I still can mess around with it. Of course, I also did an internship in the two subjects: Neuroradiology was badly missed after sitting in the dark in front of the computer screen of the MRI from 7am to 6pm throughout August. I did neuro for 2 1/2 months during my ERASMUS year in Paris, learned a lot, but still had a stupid feeling, because therapeutically you can't do anything therapeutically besides corticoid bolus, here and there IgG or Parkinson's and epilepsy medication. Diagnostically a brilliant subject, which challenges you, but ...

Now I'm just about to stex and meanwhile I'm wavering between derma, children and of course still neuro. : - ???

Radiodoc can only recommend you to famulate on the radio, because then it becomes clear to you whether you really want to watch screens for the rest of your life. Imaging is still exciting and important; everyone has to check his own interests.

Good luck to everyone with the difficult choice !! :-)

@sammy: That you can ultimately do what you want depends a lot on your commitment. But whether you stick with the subject you imagined at the very beginning is a completely different question :-)

@ hi capucine

I find what you are writing very interesting because I am also very interested in the radio / neuro editing area. I have two questions for you?

1. Where are you doing your doctoral thesis? "Experimental neuroradiology" sounds extremely interesting, I could well imagine that it would interest me.

2. Do you have any experience with the extent to which imaging procedures are routinely used in neurosurgery? What I would be very interested in is the radio / neurosurgery interface. I read about intraoperative MRI and image-guided surgery. Do you know anything about it?


hi @radiodoc

To 1: Yes, "Experimetelle Neuroradio" is probably rather rare. I did that in the Charite in Berlin on the subject of "Supraparamagnetic KM in experimental brain tumors in the rat"; this is a sub-area of ​​so-called "molecular imaging": The attempt is made to depict immunological processes using imaging technology, and it extends to the coupling of gene therapeutics to viral vectors (some Americans have published on this).

RE 2: Well, of course the neuroradios work closely with the neurosurgeons; I don't know what it looks like in general with intraoperative MRIs. In the case of brain tumors (I now know my way around), everything for the operation is of course reconstructed by the radiation therapists in 3D based on MRI and CT. Nothing works without imaging, that is clear. I know that there are experimental approaches for the intraoperative localization of iron oxides (a type of supramagnetic CM) that are already on the market. These are taken up intracellularly, thus remain in the tissue and can provide information about smaller tumor cell islands scattered from the main tumor.

Hope I could help you. :-)

As a medical technician, I am mainly interested in radio and anesthesia, only what scares me off last, I don't know whether that will be for my nerves for a lifetime ...
the change between dead boring and super-stressful
I also find Gyn and Päda very interesting, and I think you should always deal with the two subjects, no matter what you do because the psychological problems there are very difficult ...
And as a hobby lawyer and civil rights activist, law and occupational medicine remain as exotic subjects ...

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