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post Dec 14 2003, 08:33 PM
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First of all, if you're wondering, I'm not going to medical school quite yet, being 13 tongue.gif . But anyway, I want to be a pediatrician, and I know there's a part in medical school where you practice what you learned in school in real life. But, if you are trying to become a non-surgical type doctor (i.e. pediatrician), do you have to practice surgery in real life? Because, if you do, with my clumsiness, I might as well forget medical school. Besides, I'm squeamish...


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post Dec 14 2003, 08:50 PM
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I used to be a nurse, and from what i know of medical school here in England you HAVE to have surgical experience. All doctors train for a minimum of 6 years to qualify as a Senior House Officer, then they can take extra training in their specialist area eg surgery/medical. To be a pediatrician you will have to have surgical knowledge of children to some level. Peadatricians will be normally qualified Doctors with surgical experience who then choose to train in this area. Hope that helps! smile.gif


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post Dec 14 2003, 10:26 PM
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Um, I'm in dentistry, but I spend a lot of time with the med students, so here goes.

First you have to becom a GP (General Practictioner) which in Canada is a four year program. You cover everything -- this includes surgery, yes. The concept is that a specialist should have the basic concepts of all fields of medicine, not just the one in which he or she specializes. Basically, right from first year on you're practicing what you're learning... at least in a good school. And you'll probably have to dissect cadavers, or at least work with cadaver material. But really, you get over the squeemishness fast -- believe me, I am very squeemish, and I dealt with the cadavers -- given time. And you'll also deal with your clumsiness.


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post Dec 15 2003, 01:10 AM
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I'm more of worrying, will I have to do it on living people? With a cadaver the worst I could mess up would be ruining the cadaver, a real person however... yeah, you get the point.


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post Dec 15 2003, 03:24 AM
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QUOTE (Fluffy @ Dec 14 2003, 07:09 PM)
I'm more of worrying, will I have to do it on living people? With a cadaver the worst I could mess up would be ruining the cadaver, a real person however... yeah, you get the point.

Mmm, you'll probably be doing minor surgical procedures as a med student, but I can't be sure. I'd imagine you'd have to do tonsillectomies (sp?) and the like. I could always ask some of the med students if you want.


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post Dec 15 2003, 03:28 AM
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I could always ask some of the med students if you want.


Yeah, that'd be a good help. Thanks biggrin.gif .


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post Dec 15 2003, 09:56 AM
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Hey, that's similar to me. But I do want to specialise in paediatric surgery and am nearly 17 so now I'm looking at unis and doing work experiance etc etc (eek I'm growing up!!!)

But hey, what;s better than asking in a forum (considering its different in each country) is to go to your school's career's room and take out a book on the medical course in university. What you have to do before you specialise, all the different areas, what they entail.

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post Dec 15 2003, 11:08 PM
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Well, the reason I'm asking here is, well a.) I couldn't find it on the net and B.) I had never even heard of a career room until you mentioned it. But, I figure the library would be a good idea. But if anyone knows your advice is still welcome (I need the info for the U.S.).


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post Jan 11 2004, 08:42 PM
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You wanna be a medical student? Wow.. that'll take a lot of work. But I can help you though. I'm squeamish too. I have an idea! Try searching it online.


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post Jan 11 2004, 09:47 PM
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Yup, it'll be a ton of work. Eleven years of learning after high school. I looked it up on the net before, but didn't find what I was looking for. So, I just figured I'd ask my pediatrician next time I see him.


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post Jan 11 2004, 09:58 PM
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Yeah, my cousin's g/f is a med student right now, graduating this year, and she's going to specialize in pediatrics too. Or, well, hopes to be. She's looking around at different hospitals etc. to be a residential intern at, which is another four years, and then there's another stage or something... Takes a long time and a lot of work. I just wouldn't be able to spell any of those medical terms, so that automatically counts me out, ne? biggrin.gif; Oh well... Good luck!


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post Jan 13 2004, 05:09 PM
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QUOTE (saucy_tara @ Dec 14 2003, 08:49 PM)
I used to be a nurse, and from what i know of medical school here in England you HAVE to have surgical experience.

If you don't mind me asking, why did you leave nursing? it's just that i'm considering it and i really want to know all the good and bad points before i totally change my career?
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post Jan 13 2004, 05:35 PM
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No, course I don't mind you asking smile.gif
When my son was 5 months old I went back to work. Then, about 3 months later I was diagnosed as having M.E, a disabling conditon which means I'm exhausted all the time and in a lot of pain on on regular basis. It was just impossible for me to continue nursing aftre that, i 'd do a 6 hour shift, come home, and not be able to move for 3 days sad.gif
So it wasn't the nursing that made me leave, just my illness.
Good luck to you tho, it's an incredibly worthwhile career choice. Hard work, but worth it to make a difference to someones life smile.gif


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