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Question about practicing

Vhsmith37Vhsmith37 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
edited November 2012 in Careers in Medicine
I am wondering if I can practice in more than 1 field? I really like orthopedic surgery, but I want to practice internal medicine as well, so is it possible for me to practice both Orthopedic Surgery and Internal Medicine at the same time after getting out of residency and fellowship? Thank you!
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  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown Forum Champion Brown Posts: 8,253 Forum Champion
    those two fields...unlikely unless you took the time to complete residencies in both which would be a waste of time. There are some combined residency programs but the fields are usually more similar (e.g. psych/neuro, or peds/psych. See: https://www.acgme.org/ads/Public/Reports/ReportRun?CountryId=1&ReportId=10&CurrentYear=2012&AcademicYearId=2012). A faculty member at my school was double board certified in medicine and pathology but i'm pretty sure he did that on his own.

    Unless you're in medical school it's too early to worry about what specialty exactly anyway.
  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Registered User Posts: 9,866 Senior Member
    One of D1's clinical supervisors this summer is triple board certified--but all in related fields. He's board certified in Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics. (He's also a certified orthopedic surgeon in his home country, but isn't licensed as an ortho in the US.)

    And surgery and IM are so different-- completely different mind sets/attitudes/approaches. I have a tough time seeing one person being happy doing both.
  • texaspgtexaspg Forum Champion Pre-Med & Medical Posts: 16,715 Forum Champion
    Is OP in high school?
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