Day 149: Brief musing on specialties

Today’s inane image of the day:

This was the sky’s “Good Morning” today — this photo was taken from a study room in O’Dowd [I highly recommend these rooms early in the morning… so peaceful to watch the sun rise].

For our PRISM session next week, each of us is required to complete the 150 question MSPI-R assessment on the Careers in Medicine website. Not surprisingly, the speciality it said I was most compatible with was OB/GYN. Huh, you ask? Haven’t you been raving about interest in anesthesiology, radiation oncology and cancer genetics? Why did you know you would get OB/GYN [beside the fact that the survey asked predictable questions]?

Well, first and foremost, I really enjoy working with the female population [which is probably why I was so involved in the Society of Women Engineers and now the American Medical Women’s Association]. Women indeed have different needs and I find it fascinating how distinct males and females react to problems or emotional expression. I love the connection and the firsthand understanding. And babies are absolutely magical.

But, I don’t know if I really want to dedicate the rest of my life to women’s reproductive health. Maybe after my clerkship I’ll change my mind. Or maybe it’ll push me more toward breast cancers. Or maybe I’ll be back here exactly where I started [hopefully not that last one!].

Bah! It stresses me out not to have a more concrete idea of where I want to and hope to be after medical school.

6 thoughts on “Day 149: Brief musing on specialties

  • January 11, 2012 at 2:29 am
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    You’re just starting out, so don’t beat yourself up about the fact that you don’t know what you want to do yet. I started off wanting to be an internist, then changed to Ob/Gyn in the middle of third year (and considered all specialties, too)… amazing how you grow and learn about yourself as time goes on. Just be open-minded about different specialties once you start your rotations. Keep us posted! And, if you have Q’s about Ob, shoot me an e-mail 😉

  • January 11, 2012 at 3:24 am
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    Are those study rooms open to all Oakland Students??

  • January 11, 2012 at 3:27 am
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    @”Dr.” G: Thanks for your comment. I’ll definitely turn to you with questions about OB/GYN…plus, by the time I *really* have to decide, you will be at least a couple years into your residency making you a very good person to ask!

    @Anonymous: Only OUWB students have access to these wonderful study rooms… which makes complete sense when you consider how much our tuition is.

  • January 11, 2012 at 3:38 am
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    Darn, they seem really convenient!

  • January 11, 2012 at 3:41 am
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    @Anon: Yeah they’re pretty fabulous — fully equipped with large flat screen TVs, whiteboard walls [YES YOU CAN WRITE ON THE WALLS!!!] and plugs built into the table. Next time I’m in there I’ll snap a couple of pictures to show everyone.

  • January 11, 2012 at 3:52 am
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    Wow that sounds amazing! Sounds like they are way better than the stinky ones at Kresge with the tiny counter… BTW I don’t know why I’m submitting as anonymous… probs cuz its so much faster ha

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