Doctor Stereotypes by Specialty | Fact vs Fiction [Part 2]

Internal medicine doctors are dorks, emergency
medicine physicians are cowboys, and dermatologists care about nothing more than money. What’s the truth about doctor stereotypes,
and what is more fiction than fact? Let’s find out. Dr. Jubbal, You voted for it, and here it is. Welcome to part 2 of the doctor stereotypes series. In part one, we covered surgical specialties
such as plastics, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, urology, OB/GYN, and general surgery. Now it’s time to dive into the non-surgical
specialties. Internal medicine is the default – what most people think about when they think “doctor”. This is the specialty you go into for one
of three reasons. Either (1) you love the idea of being a hospitalist
or primary care doctor, (2) you plan on specializing after residency in fellowship such as cardiology
or gastroenterology, or (3) you didn’t fall in love with any other specialty, so you this
becomes the default. The stereotype of internal medicine, amongst
medical students and physicians, is that they love thinking and talking more than they love
doing. It’s often affectionately called “mental
masturbation”. The reason this stereotype exists is that
on inpatient medicine, teams spend several hours, sometimes up to half a day, rounding
on patients and discussing the minor nuances of which antibiotic to prescribe or the minutiae
of an obscure disease. Surgeon personalities, such as yours truly,
are often less enthusiastic about spending such a long time rounding and prefer to be
getting their hands dirty. But as with most stereotypes, that isn’t
fully accurate. Within internal medicine, there are two main
ways of practicing: inpatient and outpatient. Inpatient medicine is where you take care
of patients who are inpatient, meaning they are staying in the hospital. On average, these patients are sicker and
more complex from a medical management perspective. With outpatient medicine, you are seeing patients
in the clinic. When you think of going to the doctor, this
is generally what you think of. You have an appointment, go to the clinic,
wait an excessively long time, and then see your physician for 15 minutes to discuss your
concerns. In contrast to internal medicine, which is primarily focused on adult patients, family
medicine is focused less on a specific population, like adults for internal medicine,
or children for pediatrics, or women for gynecology, and is instead focused on the social unit
of the family. The differences and similarities between family
medicine and internal medicine are often confusing. Both residencies are generally 3 years. However, internal medicine has much more inpatient
and ICU, or intensive care unit, training. Internal medicine also has significant training
in internal medicine subspecialties, like endocrinology, rheumatology, infectious diseases,
cardiology, and the like. While outpatient clinic medicine is included,
it’s less heavily emphasized. With family medicine, outpatient medicine
is the primary focus, although they do receive a bit of gynecology, surgery, musculoskeletal,
and other specialty training. In short, family medicine places an emphasis
on outpatient medicine, continuity of care, health maintenance, and disease prevention. Internal medicine, given its deeper adult
medicine training, is often better suited for managing adult patients with complex medical
histories. The stereotype of family medicine is that
you generally go into the specialty if you’re not a particularly strong student. Compared to other specialties, it’s less
competitive, the average board scores are low, and the pay is towards the bottom of
the stack. That being said, I know several brilliant
medical students that went into family medicine because they’re passionate about the field,
not because they couldn’t do something else. And plus, a low or high board score is not
necessarily predictive of whether or not you’ll be a good physician. If you agree, let me know with a thumbs up
on this video. These next few specialties have something that most others don’t – a more balanced
lifestyle. Anesthesiologists get a bad rap for being
lazy, and it’s not hard to see why. During surgeries or other procedures, anesthesiologists
are busy at work at the beginning of the procedure, at the end of the procedure, and at brief moments
in the middle of the procedure. However, compared to surgeons who are constantly
“on”, there is a lot more down time. During cases in the operating room, I’ve
seen anesthesiologists browsing Reddit, checking email,
or watching videos on more than one occassion. Anesthesiologists often joke about the blood-brain
barrier, and they aren’t referring to the semipermeable border separating circulating
blood from the central nervous system within the human body. They’re talkinng about the drapes in the
operating room that separate the surgeons, the blood, from the anesthesiologists, the
brains. Being an anesthesiologist is harder than it
looks. When things are calm and steady, all is well. But when a patient is unstable and rapidly
decompensating, you won’t be envious of their position. It’s not surprising that given the stress
of their job and access to drugs, they have some of the highest rates of substance abuse. All in all, it’s a great specialty. Your hours are more flexible compared to other
specialties, pay is relatively good, it’s less competitive to match into, and you still
get to work with your hands doing procedures. That being said, there are two deal breakers
– ego and operating. If putting aside your ego is tough, it may
be hard being second in command in the operating room, or being yelled at by a cranky surgeon
who, quite frankly, has no business to be yelling at you. And if you love the art, challenge, and excitement
of operating, it’s tough to forever be on the other side of the curtain, too brainy
to get your hands dirty. If you like computers more than you like people, then radiology may be the right field for
you. Radiologists spend the entire day in dark
reading rooms looking over radiographs, MRI’s and other imaging . Some say radiologists
are vampires, but others claim to have spotted a lone radiologist walking outside the hospital during daylight. Sounds like Bigfoot if you ask me. If you don’t like patients and computers aren’t your jam, then consider pathology. Pathologists are stereotyped as lacking social
skills, highly introverted, and not keen on interacting with those pesky homo sapiens. While pathologists generally don’t have
patient interaction or continuity, they are regularly working with physicians of other
specialties, just as radiologists do. For that reason, you wouldn’t get very far
in pathology, or any specialty for that matter, if you couldn’t work with other people as
part of a team. If you love money but don’t like working too hard, dermatology is the field for you. Just know that there are many other people
like you, and for that reason it’s incredibly challenging to match into derm. If you want to call yourself a surgeon without actually doing any surgery, join the military
and become a General Medical Officer, or GMO for short. A GMO is essentially a primary care doctor
plus. They are colloquially referred to as “surgeons”,
such as flight surgeons, dive surgeons, etc. However, they are NOT actual surgeons. After completing their intern year, GMOs are
assigned to different units, where they undergo additional training to best support their
team. For example, Navy Flight doctors would go
to flight school where they will learn not only about the physiology involved in flying
fighter jets and helicopters, but they themselves will also learn to fly. If you enjoyed this video, you’ll love my
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of fun making these stereotype videos. While some information is factual, much of
the stereotypes listed here are just plain jokes. What other specialties do you want to see
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  1. People say I am very extroverted, but When working I usually prefer to go solo. I like to work at my own rythm, thats why I am very intrested in a carrer like pathology.

  2. I've noticed as I have been studying for the MCAT, and applying, that the Canadian medical application process has a few differences from the American application process. I was wondering if you could make a video about Anesthesia in more depth; any major differences between practicing in Canada vs. U.S.?

  3. Dr Jubbal, did you take a gap year between undergrad and medical school? If so what did you do, and would you recommend taking gap years to pre-meds? Also thanks so much for the helpful and interesting videos.

  4. I was kind of against family medicine but after this I think I may enjoy it, even if I think pathology would be my best fit.

  5. Not everyone need surgery, surgeons might think they are doing the “dirty work” and think the rest of the specialist aren’t good. I think oncology get hit hard than them, to get patients going through chemo are hard. Likewise for other speciality in neurology, nephrology, cardiology, which some or major issues surgery aren’t helpful at all in solving their problems. Is more of a biochemistry thing

  6. If you do another one of these, could you possibly cover ENT? I feel like it’s one of the surgical specialities that isn’t talked about that much.

  7. Can you do a video on OB/GYN? The insights and the level of difficulty? I really want to specialize as a REI

  8. Sounds like I’m gonna love anesthesiology. 👏🏽 I’d also love radiology, pathology and internal medicine. In that order. 😆😌

  9. I was just watching the old stereotype video about surgeons and I was thinking, where the next video was. 1 hour later you posted this. Amazing video keep up the good work 🙂

  10. This video was rushed I mean the part 1 was dope but in this one the exit was not expected it wasn't a good flow

  11. The distinction between specialties is blurring I feel. As a GI doc in advanced endoscopy, we are managing diseases with procedures surgeons used to manage. Likewise we are spending more time doing procedures than most other internal medicine specialties!

  12. This video is hilarious! Thanks for helping people get into medical school! And entertaining the rest of us! 🙂

  13. Thanks for this! I am about to take the MCAT soon and want to get into infectious diseases. Also, these videos help me understand stereotypes for when I write my next fictional book

  14. I like dermatology because I like skin, not because I like money. If I liked money I'd go and be a software engineer (something much easier to achieve than going to med school).

  15. Anesthesiologists can do so much more! I get to work with amazing mentors and instructors in pain research, Critical Care (SICU), regional blocks/pain team and rapid response teams. Cardiothoracic anesthesia and transplant anesthesia might also seem like stressful choices for further specialization, but you'd never know watching an experienced and calm anesthesiologist. It's very satisfying watching them work so closely with the surgery teams and perfusion techs.

    This is a fun specialty where the biochem and physiology come to life instead of staying in the textbooks. Hoping to specialize and divide time between sub-specialties and also do research!

  16. It is definetly true that surgeons do not care about medication in comparison to their internal medicine colleagues!

  17. I would love to hear about psychiatrist stereotypes, or anyone in speacilizing in mental health. This is the specialty I am aiming for. 🙂 Also, I love the videos you make!!

  18. board scores def not predictive if you will be a good physician. One of my colleagues from another country was in the 100th percentile in boards but it doesnt show in the field.

  19. I think the “stereotype” videos would be better if you had more perspective or maybe they should just be titled “stereotypes from a surgeons point of view.” I’m sure there are plenty of funny stereotypes out there on internal medicine that aren’t comparing them to “getting their hands dirty,” which you mentioned several times. Hopefully you’ll include a broader perspective on the next one.

  20. I thought it was a really clever video. It had humor, interesting facts, and kept you wanting more which is an effective way for his audience to keep watching. You have have a tremendous talent with making these videos and I love your voice and insight!

  21. Please do one more video on
    Cardiology, gastro, pulm, critical care, emergency med, endocrinology, nephrology, psychiatry and Neurology!!

  22. I want to go into forensic pathology, and I was hoping that there would be something more in depth on pathology in general

  23. Doc, I am not a med student or have any ambition to working in healthcare. But I have subscribed because your content is entertaining and also beneficial for my self development. Thank you and keep it up!

  24. I think the take away is to match your medical specialty to your integral personality. ❤️💲🏁 – Theodore Alexander Vegh, B.S.

  25. Thanks for watching everyone! I received some feedback on this versus the Part 1 video, and I'll be keeping that in mind when I prepare for Part 3.

    Let me know what other stereotypes you want me to cover in Part 3 =)

    And as always you can find the timestamps to sections of the video in the description:
    00:31 – Internal Medicine
    02:02 – Family Medicine
    03:40 – Anesthesiology
    05:22 – Radiology
    05:43 – Pathology
    06:09 – Dermatology
    06:21 – General Medical Officer

  26. Hi, can you make a video about the pros and cons of the Affordable Care Act? I’d like to hear it from a physicians point of view.

  27. I recently shadowed radiation oncology and found it interesting. Could you share some of your thoughts on some of the oncology units such as radiation oncology, nuclear meds? Thank you

  28. I wouldn't consider anesthesiologists to be 'Second in Command' to surgeons in the operating room lmao. They have different jobs, surgeons do not hold domain over what they do

  29. Anesthesiology is best summed up as :

    "Hours of boredom, and moments of terror" 😂

    Also no surgeon can do all types of surgery, but all surgeries (except for the really, really minor ones) needs an anaesthesiologist.


    Some people think that the anaesthesiologists' job starts when putting the patient to sleep and ends after waking them up.
    That's it's really easy and with good pay
    Most anaesthesiologists seem to just sit and play with their phones during surgery, but they are often more perceptive than you may think..

    If the patient's condition drops rapidly, for whatever reason, bleeding, embolism, airway spasm, anaphylaxis, cardiac dysrhythmia , etc .. the anaesthesiologist is the one who goes all nuts and directs the resuscitative measures, and trust me.. it's a whole different kind of terror ..

    It's a literal split second decision and action , or the family/relatives/friends waiting eagerly outside for the patient will have to accept the fact that the patient is gone forever.
    It is not easy at all..

    And besides , every patient in the ICU requiring ventilation will require an anaesthesiologist to manage them, and they are usually the first ones to respond to , and arrive at any and all code blues.

  30. Hi I was wondering if you would be able to make a video about md vs MD-PhD? I really like your videos and think they are super insightful and would like to truly understand the difference between both career paths before committing to one.

  31. The top people in medical school tend to be weird. I know one who went into family medicine.
    Neurosurgeons: Socially awkward from all the time in school and very anal
    Anesthesiologists: Boring job. Some fall asleep on the stool.
    ENTs: hands on, creative, and you have a life outside of work
    Dermatologists: easiest schedules and treatments, but very competitive because of this
    Radiologists: If you don't like dealing with patients. For the most part useless
    Urologists: life outside of work
    Neurologists: don't see patients as often and there aren't as many quick fixes
    General surgeon: your bread maker is removing appendixes

  32. I think part 3 should be about fields that have minimal invasive procedures, such as Intervention Radiology etc.. or maybe general info about them

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