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Surgery: Salaries, Jobs, and Prospects for Surgeons

General Surgery is a rigorous medical specialty that can overwhelm the unprepared. Because it is the ultimate option in curative therapy, surgical residents find their specialty to be among the most physical and psychologically demanding. Yet it is also one of the most gratifying and fulfilling paths a physician can take on the road to healing others. The route toward becoming a surgeon is lengthy and filled with a plethora of choices, from the initial decision to go into general surgery to choosing a residency program to opting for a subspecialty fellowship to establishing a career as a practicing surgeon. Each decision has far-reaching, life-changing implications.

Obstetrics & Gynecology: Jobs and salary information for ObGyn physicians

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, slightly more than half of the United States is female. Additionally, the country’s population is expected to increase by over 100,000,000 over the next 40 years. Based on these statistics, one can conclude that the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology is a field that will be in high demand for the long term. This fact, combined with the extremely rewarding nature of the specialty, makes OB/GYN an attractive option for new MD’s.

Resources for physicians / residents / fellows are numerous as well:

Finding Physician Jobs

Acquiring AIDS

Starting a practice: First steps and marketting strategies

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I spent the last 4 days in Hainan Island, China. Yes I’m Hainanese and I do speak the meagre basics of the dialect. I was there on a medical and social mission trip.

The attendance roll boasted 3 plastic surgeons, 2 anaesthetists, 1 dermatologist, 1 GP, 1 gastroenterologist and 1 MO. 3 medical students (2 from Monash – though I don’t know the other one) also joined in the medical ops in the village of Song Heng.

I initially helped out controlling the rowdy crowd outside the consulting rooms but soon I ‘upgraded’ to helping out in the makeshift operation theatre. You see, I have an interest in surgery so I was pleading and begging to get to help out there – for experience as well.

 We did just some minor surgeries but that’s where you start off right? – the small things first. So I scrubbed in for many lumpectomies, removal of sebaceous cysts. A reknowed plastic surgeon, an A/Prof to be exact, talked me through some of the procedures though he was reluctant to let me get involved.

I understood that it was because of public scrutiny of the operation and also my inexperience that was the reason. In missions, we have to serve wherever we can do best – and a medical student definitely can’t do his best in the OT.

But the tides of luck changed for me as another plastic surgeon allowed me to assist him in his operations. He too taught me plenty of interesting stuff.

 Best part – I got to do a surgery of MY OWN. Yes – flying solo. From incision to suture – everything. Though it was a small lipoma that I removed, I was ecstatic. Which holidaying first year medical student gets a chance like this. (Don’t worry, I did the job cleanly and well and the plastic surgeon looking over my shoulder)

What I Learnt:

1. Missions are good places for medical students to pick up experience.

2. You have to first love to serve before you can enjoy yourself like I did.

3. I will definitely sign up for the next big mission trip that comes my way!

Dr. Edward O’Neil, Jr., a practicing emergency physician at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston and founder of Omni Med, voices his opinion on serving where is needed most.

What will you once you get that MBBS?

World AIDS Day

Yes that’s right! AIDS is the disease alot of us will inevitably see as practitioners one day.

Let’s revise abit of microbiology here. HIV (Human immunodeficiency virus) is a retrovirus with 2 serotypes – HIV1 & HIV2. It infects CD4+ cells of our immune system such as T lymphocytes and macrophages. This renders the immune system less effective and the body less protected against invading microbes.

A vaccine or cure has yet to be discovered. I’ve had conversations with some of our own friends who strongly oppose the development of this vaccine. Their ‘Christian’ views see it as a deserved punishment and that God introduced this disease into our species to punish us for sexual immorality.

What about those people who were born with HIV? What about the people who did not know their spouses had the disease? Think of the medical professionals that got the disease from other patients? How about the few blood transfusions that go through undetected?

My stand on finding a vaccine is clear: we must push all out to find a cure or a vaccine for this devastating killer virus. We are slowly running out of antiretroviral drugs used to prolong the life of those suffering from it.

As with polio myelitis, HIV, as the name suggests, only has a human reservoir. We can vaccinate and eradicate this disease from the face of this earth. Learning from previous mistakes, mankind should not be stupid enough to ‘create’ another sexually transmitted disease that kills one another. (HIV was mutated from the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus 1 initially infecting only certain primates)

Also, let us not look at those HIV+ fellow humans with disdain. They are not neccessarily sexually deviant or immoral. Even if so, we should not judge them because everybody makes mistakes. 

To you prudes who have not witnessed the real world for all the evil it yields; not everyone is brought up in as controlled and protected household as yours. As the world westernizes and sexual freedom is ‘promoted’ we must not assume Asian values to be superior. We are not! No one is actually superior. We are all comrades in the never ending war against those we can’t see and can’t beat – microbes. (And some of you feel like you’re in some spiritual battle – good for you.) 

We must not allow Asian stigmatization of sexually transmitted diseases to inhibit a very well westernizing society like ours. Enacted stigma of HIV+ individuals is on the rise; as medical professionals actively taking part in this stigma is disgraceful.

We do not advocate irresponsible sexual behaviour but we MUST NOT commit the err of allowing our values to marginalize any sufferers of AIDS. We MUST NOT shun the very people we will take an oath to help.

Join me comrades, this World AIDS Day, to spread the knowledge of safe sex and discourage the negative labelling of HIV+ friends. Peace out.