Anonymous asked:If a 13 year old is extremely smart and interested in cardiothoracic surgery, what books can you recommend? Please don't list easy books, this 13 year old spends almost his entire day researching and watching mitral valve replacement, and ex vivo surgeries. Can you please help?
honestly, i would recommend forgetting about medicine for now and just focus on just living life.. medical school will be there no matter what.. and regardless of what you do beforehand, nothing prepares you for it.. plus, just watching surgeries all day doesn’t make you an expert at them.. the point of being a doctor isn’t doing the procedure.. rather, it’s about figuring out what is wrong and how to fix it.. watching 1000000 surgeries won’t teach you that.. so go and live life.. take it from someone who’s been through the ringer..
Anonymous asked:When you say that we will have no life outside of the OR, do you mean during residency? Or forever?
Forever sounds a bit harsh. But surgery is not a specialty that gets easier after residency. It is actually one of the few, if not the only specialty in medicine that gets harder after residency. Why? Because you have no more work hour restrictions. That means that you can spend all day at the hospital doing procedures if you want to and most of the time, to make a living, that’s exactly what you’ll end up doing.
Anonymous asked:Does surgery take time out of ALL of my family life?
Depends on the kind of surgeon you become. But it is straining on the family because surgeons have a lot of emergencies and get pulled into the office to save a person’s life. They are perhaps one of the most selfless individuals, but almost to a fault. So, to answer your question, it really depends.
Anonymous asked:If I'm looking for a fast-paced, interesting & exciting/intense career, is surgery really as close to that as they make it sound?
It’s not fast paced at all. Sure, it’s a rush getting to cut someone open and save their lives. But you have to love what you do, especially if you’re going to be a surgeon. You have to be willing to stand in the OR for hours and hours on end without a break in some cases. So, surgery is one of the extremes of medicine. It’s gratifying, but hard as hell at the same time.
When people die of a GSW, is it always because they bled to death?
Yes most of the time, but it depends on where they were shot. Most of the time it hits an artery and it unrepairable. Sad to see that.