The Darker Side Of Medicine: Another Doctor Assaulted While On Duty

Being a doctor is a noble calling. All those years spent in medical school, then specialization, more studying, sleepless nights on duty, etc… Learning never really ends when you decide to commit yourself to this profession. It takes years, even decades for a person to become a good medical professional. But, not everyone knows how to appreciate all the efforts a doctor has to go through his/her education. Here is the story of Dr Mohammed Ruda, from Baghdad (Iraq). Dr Ruda is a resident in general surgery at the Sheikh Zayed…

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Which medical specialty is considered the most cerebral by other doctors? Why?

The question was asked on Quora byand answered by Liang-Hai Sie It Would Depend on the Specialty of the Doctor Doing the Considering. There is an old joke which goes like this: A GP doesn’t know anything and can’t do anything. A Physician knows everything but can’t do anything. A Surgeon doesn’t know anything but can do anything. And lastly: The Pathologist is always right, but arrives too late…. Of course, in the present day’s situation there is no truth to that joke, but it shows how different kinds of…

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‘Fear Not, This Is Normal’: Advice for Young Doctors

Medscape asked some of our contributors and our community to offer advice to soon-to-be residents. The responses that poured in went far beyond the expected tips to help achieve success during residency. Most submissions included insights from years of professional experience, along with wisdom to help all young doctors, not just those in training. In fact, the scope of the advice is likely to trigger reflection in those of all ages. Here are just a few highlights of what they had to say. Prime Directive One of the themes that…

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Why are lab coats and physician coats white colored?

The white coat gives a specific emotional response from patients. Traditionally, they were beige, but white is synonymous with innocence, being trustworthy, cleanliness and life. In the past, doctors wore their street clothes most often or black, reflecting the mortality and frequent deaths seen in their chosen profession. Today, the coats lend an air of professionalism and evoke feelings of a doctor’s superiority and intelligence in patients. Recently, my sister received her white coat in a ceremony held at her medical school. Many medical schools do this as a rite…

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Funny Moments of Doctors during their shift

1. A man comes into the ER and yells, “My wife’s going to have her baby in the cab!” I grabbed my stuff, rushed out to the cab, lifted the lady’s dress, and began to take off her underwear. Suddenly I noticed that there were several cabs -and I was in the wrong one. Submitted by Dr. Mark MacDonald 2. At the beginning of my shift I placed a stethoscope on an elderly and slightly deaf female patient’s anterior chest wall. “Big breaths,” I instructed. “Yes, they used to be,”…

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Average salaries for physicians depending on their specialty

According to the American medical group association “AMGA” report in 2006 this is a list of average salaries for physicians in USA. This list may help you if you are medical student or young doctor so you can choose the most suitable specialty for your capabilities and needs. Orthopedic Surgery – Spine : $688,503 Orthopedic Surgery – Joint Replacement : $605,953 Neurological Surgery : $592,811 Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery : $533,084 Orthopedic Surgery : $500,672 Diagnostic Radiology – Interventional : $478,000 Orthopedic Surgery – Hand : $476,039 Transplant Surgery – Liver :…

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What’s it like to perform surgery for the very first time?

Sure you’ll know what you’re doing and had plenty of practice on things that aren’t people. Sure you’ve watched others doing it. But what’s it like the very first time you cut somebody open to make them healthy? Is there extra fear of messing it up? Were you fairly confident? (This question was originally posted on Quora, and below is a selection of the best relevant answers.) Answers: Robert Gluck, Hand Surgeon, The Healthy Hands Center – Long Island, NY You’re one year old and taking your first steps. Your…

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Working Hours of Doctors According To Country

Resident duty hours around the globe: where are we now? John Temple Background image created by Luis_molinero – Freepik.com BMC Medical Education201414(Suppl 1):S8 DOI: 10.1186/1472-6920-14-S1-S8 ©  Temple; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014 Published: 11 December 2014 Abstract Safe and appropriate health care, especially in urgent or emergency situations, is the expectation of the public throughout the developed world. Achieving this goal requires appropriate levels of medical and other staff, appropriate training, and sensible working hours. Too often the brunt of such care, especially in out-of-hours situations, is borne by medical residents, who – to…

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How Smart are Medical Doctors?

OK, I know that’s a slightly contentious phrasing of the question 😉 I mean, is being a medical doctor an intellectually demanding job? Traditionally this is obviously true. Doctors have had to spend years learning a lot of information (about the body and its symptoms) and spent those years in education surrounded by other clever and ambitious people. Now that more of this information can be looked up in databases, more diagnoses rely on automated equipment (driven by radiographers etc.) and more treatments depend on prescribing a course of drugs…

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Why Doctors Are Unhappy

As a medical student, I was often unhappy. I would be stressed about the next exam, downtrodden after a surgeon just yelled at me in the OR, or worried that I may not match into the residency of my choice. These are just some of the feelings that doctors-in-training experience every day. Becoming a physician is no easy task. In the United States, it often takes 11-15 years of education after high school: 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and 3-7 years of residency. Along the way,…

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THE STORY BEHIND OUR PICTURE OF MESSY OPERATING ROOM

For those you know us and follow us, you may remember the image we shared on our facebook page that clearly describing what’s really going on in the operation room. Originally, the image was taken in ER in Israel but the exact location we didn’t share because of privacy reasons. (THE IMAGE CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT – You can see the image here.) The main goal and the purpose of the image was to raise awareness, not just to the medical stuff it self, but to all patients and family that are waiting in…

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Top 10 Things Your Doctor Wants You To Know

It may surprise you to know that doctors, in fact, get our most up-to-date medical knowledge from the National Enquirer (Man Gives Birth to Baby With Wooden Leg, Hospitalized With Splinters!), Sports Illustrated (Swimsuit Edition) and Reader’s Digest. The “I am Joe’s Pancreas, Kidney or Ovary” series personally got me through first year medical school. A recent issue of Readers Digest discussed ten things that doctors wish they could tell you but were too diplomatic. Included were admonishments such as: call if you’re canceling your appointment, wash up, be honest…

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How To Save A Life: 10 Most Disgusting Medical Procedures That Could Be Life-Saving

Medicine has evolved from the development of lab-grown body parts to fecal transplants, shaping the way patients receive care. Despite their growing advancement, some medical procedures are bizarre and have yet to become accepted. Alltime 10s’s video, “10 Disgusting Medical Treatments That Could Save Your Life,” compiles a list of the most disgusting medical procedures ever performed that may make your stomach turn, but can actually save your life. Nearly seven out of 10 Americans take at least one prescription drug, and half take two or more, with antibiotics being the…

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