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Nonstressful Medical Career

thegreatgatsbythegreatgatsby 118 replies43 threads Junior Member
edited May 2005 in Careers in Medicine
Is there such thing as a nonstressful medical career?


Is it possible to be, say, a surgeon, AND

- have regular work and eating schedules?

- high salary?

- work "only" 5 days a week, 9 am - 5 pm?

- low stress?
edited May 2005
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  • PSedrishMDPSedrishMD 601 replies111 threads Member
    Dermatology might do the trick. They get to do some limited surgery, work good hours and make above average salaries.
    Stress, per se, comes from the individual, not from the job. I know quite a few really stressed out folks (they might say it's from their job) in pretty laid back jobs; the reverse is true as well.
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  • bigndudebigndude 1051 replies3 threads Senior Member
    Any type of medical job nowadays will not let you work 9-5 and have weekends off. Making 10 different posts on this subject will not change the answer. If you want hours like that become a medical researcher, not a doctor.
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  • SSJ2MysticGohanX1000SSJ2MysticGohanX1000 257 replies25 threads. Junior Member
    Pharmacy might be the answer. They can work part/full time, high salary, relatively low stress, and can get a job anywhere.
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  • audiophileaudiophile 2485 replies133 threads Senior Member
    I'm a dentist, have 3 out of 4 (not low stress, but manageable); podiatry and optometry would probably also meet your criteria.
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  • glucose101glucose101 4585 replies679 threads Senior Member
    Radiologists?
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  • audiophileaudiophile 2485 replies133 threads Senior Member
    Radiologists?

    High risk of outsourcing.
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  • SSJ2MysticGohanX1000SSJ2MysticGohanX1000 257 replies25 threads. Junior Member
    Radiologists = high risk of cancer.

    think about all the radiation ur exposed to.
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  • bigndudebigndude 1051 replies3 threads Senior Member
    Um, not really, but if you think so... Do you have proof of it.
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  • SSJ2MysticGohanX1000SSJ2MysticGohanX1000 257 replies25 threads. Junior Member
    where do you think the word "radiologist" come from? RADIATION.
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  • bigndudebigndude 1051 replies3 threads Senior Member
    Once again I say proof. The levels of radiation are extremely low level. Also radiologists usually only look at the films, sometimes they actually do them. Xray techs actually do them. Plus you stand outside of the room when it is being done as not to get radiation into you.
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  • glucose101glucose101 4585 replies679 threads Senior Member
    First off, he never said anything about risks!

    Secondly, you are just as prone to health risks as a doctor (bodily fluids, etc.).

    Thirdly, the chances, if you use correct universal precautions, you won't have these problems. (There is some chance, as you probably are going to try to prove, but the reality, it is VERY VERY low. I'm going to say like less than 1%-2%.)

    Fourthly, you will have risks at any job...get over it!

    I'm not an idiot guys, I go to a medical magnet school, and we're lectured about this all the time!
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  • bigndudebigndude 1051 replies3 threads Senior Member
    "First off, he never said anything about risks!"-glucose
    Um..........


    "Radiologists = high risk of cancer."
    SSJ2MysticGohanX1000

    Your confusing me.
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  • PSedrishMDPSedrishMD 601 replies111 threads Member
    We will keep the discussions here civil and totally devoid of any personal insults or the offending posters will vanish.
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  • SSJ2MysticGohanX1000SSJ2MysticGohanX1000 257 replies25 threads. Junior Member
    1-2% higher risk than the average person is not good. remember that radiation accumalates in the body after a long period. so if you work there for like 30 years, you're in danger.
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  • glucose101glucose101 4585 replies679 threads Senior Member
    I still don't agree with you. Plus, I think you're looking for an easy way out of becoming a doctor.
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  • afanafan 1681 replies5 threads Senior Member
    Gamma radiation does not accumulate in the body. Some nuclear medicine studies use radioisotopes that can accumulate in the body, but one would have to take these intentionally to be exposed.

    If you do not want to work doctors hours, it is simple, do not go into medicine. If you really do not want to do this job, then even if you find a relatively easy niche eventually, premed, med school, and training will be torture.

    Medical researchers also work very hard. They do not have clinical work imposed on them at all hours of the night, but they are expected to be very productive of research, quality and quantity, or they are out of work.

    There are service elements to radiologist work that are difficult to outsource.
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