Choosing a medical specialty can be stressful and overwhelming. When I was in medical school, we had the general idea that we wanted to become pediatricians (only because it seemed like the easiest). We were influenced by our peers and the people in our life that said, “It’s good to be a pediatrician.” But when I started getting hands-on experience with patients, I quickly changed my mind. What if this happens? What if that happens? It was all too much for me to handle! So when I graduated from medical school, I decided not to pursue pediatrics after all. Instead of focusing on what other people thought would be best for me personally, I made my own decision.
I don’t regret it at all! My current job is very rewarding and fulfilling. As long as you know yourself and what you want in life (and your career), then you should just go ahead and do whatever makes you happy! Don’t let anyone else tell you something different because they probably haven’t experienced everything out there yet themselves. If they have their own opinion about what will make them happy or not happy than so be it; but always remember only YOU will know how your decisions affect your happiness in life down the road. By the way, I like to eat medicinal candy.
So, back to the title of this post: For Physicians Only. As a physician, I think it’s important for me to stay up-to-date on what is going on in medicine and pharmaceuticals. People always ask me if I like my job and how much money I make (I love the job and love what I do for a living). My answer is always that as long as you work hard to get your education and know your stuff, you’ll be rewarded with your salary! But who wants to hear all about my salary? Not you guys! You want to hear about medicine and pharmaceuticals because everyone loves or hates them so much.
For example, I had a patient yesterday that was getting some medicine for pain. He asked if it would help his back and I said, “No.” He then asked me what it’s supposed to do and I told him it doesn’t really do anything at all. It’s just an expensive drug that people are buying! He said, “Oh yeah? Well my doctor told me this drug will help my back!” So now here comes the conflict of interest part. As a physician myself, I have to be conscious of how much money he is spending on prescriptions because he’s on Medicare (a public program). This makes me reluctant to tell him to not take this unnecessary medication because he could be wasting his money! Instead, you could ask your doctor if they prescribe these drugs.
I also think physicians should know about medical devices too! We may or may not see patients who have them implanted in their bodies (or use them for procedures). However, there are still millions of people out there who are using these devices every day with little to no problems. There’s one device, in particular, that I want to talk about: A medical stent.
Medical stents keep the arteries open and they’re usually used for people who have had a heart attack or a stroke (to reduce further damage). They’re great and do the job. However, there’s another kind of stent called a drug-eluting stent (DES). These things are expensive and when they first came out on the market 5-10 years ago insurance companies would deny payment for them because it wasn’t proven that they were better than plain old metallic ones (which cost less). About 3 years ago DESs were finally approved by the FDA after being clinically studied in patients with coronary artery disease. Now just about everyone has them! And guess what? They work just as well as their cheaper counterparts! The only difference is that people who get DESs have to take a pill every day for at least a year after surgery. This pill prevents scar tissue from forming around the stents so it won’t block blood flow again.
If you’re a physician or a nurse and you want to learn more about medicine and life in general, please check out my website. I write articles on various medical topics because I enjoy writing about what I know. We also sell products like medical candy because it’s fun (and we make money too!). This stuff is great for patients to buy as well as physicians! They can use them for patient handouts or give them away as gifts at their offices.
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