Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Should be a Facebook Quiz: What Medical Specialty Are You?

Thanks to FreshMD, who works in a refugee clinic and writes a wonderful blog, I decided to take the University of Virginia Medical Specialty Aptitude Test while waiting to see if the surgeons are doing an appy tonight or not.

The results? Drum roll, please...

Anesthesiology is, indeed, one of the top 5 things I should have considered as a medical student embarking on choosing a specialty. It came in at #2 behind dermatology, of all things - a specialty I never really felt attracted to.

I remember when I took a similar test in medical school offered by GlaxoWellcome, I was SHOCKED to see that my top result was anesthesiology; at the time I thought I was headed for a career in pediatrics. I didn't know enough about anesthesia going into medical school to even have the specialty on my radar screen.

I guess the people who design these things know what they're doing...or maybe it's the power of suggestion?

The one other specialty I could see myself practicing would be neonatology which, as one of the neonatologists I know once said, is in many ways a cousin of anesthesiology. But that wasn't on the UVA test.

4 comments:

Kirti said...

Hmm...I'm going to have to check that out...

T. said...

Let me know what it matches you up with!

Alice H. Cash said...

I just took the quiz (didn't realize it would 130 questions!) and it says I should be a plastic surgeon!! OK!! That's interesting since I'm really a clinical musicologist but you know of my interest in music and surgery and I think my invention will probably start out mostly with plastic surgery! Cool!

Regina said...

Wow thank you for the link. I seem to have chosen the right one. Oh my, does it mean I have to go back... makes me think. #1 is emergency medicine, close 2nd nuclear medicine, tied in 3rd are derma, prevmed, ob/gyne, pulmo.