Doctor & Surgeon Stereotypes (by Specialty)


Plastic surgeons are sleaze balls, neurosurgeons
have massive egos, and orthopedic surgeons are dumb bros. Unless you’ve gone through medical school,
you probably believe these stereotypes and have a distorted perception of the personality
types of each surgical specialty. Some stereotypes are true, but most are not. This is the truth about each specialty. Dr. Jubbal, MedSchoolInsiders.com. Going through medical school, I recall being
surprised on multiple occasions how the stereotypes of a certain specialties differed from reality. I have cross referenced this list and received
input from several physician colleagues to make this list as accurate as possible, but
bear in mind this is our opinion, and if your experiences differ, let me know down in the
comments. How do you know if there is a neurosurgeon in the room? Easy. They’ll have already told you. The stereotype of neurosurgeons is that they
have a massive god complex, they’re hugely egotistical, and neurosurgery is incredibly
delicate and nuanced. All three of these are mostly false. Sure, you’re bound to find egotistical personalities
in any specialty, but I wouldn’t actually place neurosurgery higher on the list than any other surgical
specialty – the level of ego seems quite comparable between all of them. The stereotype that is true is that neurosurgeons
are some of the hardest working people in the hospital. They work the most challenging and demanding
hours, and their lifestyle is nothing to be envious of. As the saying goes, neurosurgeons make the
most money, but they have no time to spend it. Neurosurgeons have some of the most hilarious
and dynamic personalities of any specialty. It makes perfect sense. Neurosurgery patients have terrible outcomes
— think about it, do healthy people ever need brain surgery? To deal with such tragedy on a regular basis
and stay sane, healthy coping mechanisms are a must. Healthy defense mechanisms include altruism,
sublimation, anticipation, and humor. Some of the funniest personalities I came
across in medicine were on my neurosurgery rotation. Surprisingly, neurosurgery is not nearly as
nuanced or meticulous as most people think. This is actually a big reason I opted for
plastic surgery instead. I go over how I decided between neurosurgery,
orthopedic surgery, and plastic surgery on my vlog channel. Link to that video is in the description below. When removing a brain tumor, there often isn’t
a super clear cut demarcation between tumor and healthy tissue. In spine surgery, there’s a lot of elbow
grease and less precision than you would think. While certain aspects are highly meticulous,
as a whole I was surprised how crude neurosurgery could be. Speaking of crude, most people think of orthopedic surgery. When you think ortho, you probably think of
bros, bench presses, and no medical management skills. And that’s… well… mostly true. But within orthopedic surgery, there are some
much more nuanced sub-specializations, like hand, that require more precision and elegance. It’s not all bros either. While the specialty is dominated by men, many
of whom have an affinity for picking up heavy things and putting them back down, I’ve
come across several kickass female orthopedic surgeons. Just because they don’t bench as much doesn’t
mean they can’t impress you with their strength. (Leverage and torque for the win) ← write
this on the screen. In terms of medical management skills, or
lack thereof, I’ve heard tales about how orthopedic surgeons forgot basic management
or even what a hemoglobin A1c is. When people think plastic surgery, they think ## Plastic Surgery
When people think plastic surgery, they think cosmetics. While aesthetics is a sizable portion of plastic
surgery, there’s so much more to it than that. that](https://youtu.be/Gyqu5AER7gg). Within plastic surgery, there’s craniofacial,
where you fix things like cleft lip and cleft tissues around the body and reconnect blood
vessels or nerves with the help of microscopes. tissues around the body and reconnect blood
vessels or nerves with microscopes. It’s the closest thing we have in medicine to science
fiction. It’s the closest thing medicine has to science
fiction. In terms of personality, most people think
of plastic surgeons as slimy or money minded. $100 from a hospitalist by putting it under
the dressings, but you can’t hide $100 from $100 from a hospitalist by putting it under
the dressing, but you can’t hide $100 from a plastic surgeon. Sure, plastic surgery attracts some with those
priorities, but many pursue plastics for reconstruction, Plastic surgeons do tend to be more neurotic
and have obsessive compulsive tendencies, Plastic surgeons tend to be more neurotic
and have obsessive compulsive tendencies, which makes sense, since it’s such a meticulous
field. Urology is the specialty focusing on the male ## Urology
Urology is the specialty focusing on the male reproductive system. If you like dick jokes, these are your people. Ob-Gyn stands for Obstetrics and Gynecology. ## Ob/Gyn
Ob-Gyn stands for Obstetrics and Gynecology. Obstetrics focuses on pregnancy and delivering
babies, and gynecology is to women what urology is to men. The stereotype I’ve heard is that Ob-Gyn
isn’t real surgery or that they are a miserable Look, cesarean sections aren’t quite surgery
in the same sense that urology, plastics, Look, cesarean sections aren’t quite surgery
in the same sense that urology, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, general
surgery, or any other type of surgery is… well, surgery. Cesarean sections are incredibly crude, closure
techniques are not conducive to favorable On multiple occasions I was concerned that I would
get stuck by a flying needle or scalpel. On multiple occasions I was concerned I would
get stuck by a flying needle or scalpel. But just because obstetrics is like that doesn’t
mean gynecology isn’t real surgery. During my time on Ob-Gyn, I was lucky to see
some awesome laparoscopic cases. And regarding the stereotype of OB/GYN docs
being miserable. I think they’re a nice group of people,
they’re just sleep deprived because of a Several decades ago, prior to the sub specialization of various types of surgery, general surgery
was actually general – it was quite broad. But since then, general surgery has mostly focused
on surgical interventions of the gastrointestinal Since then, general surgery has mostly focused
on surgical interventions of the gastrointestinal and endocrine systems. 1) First, because general surgery is compensated
less than other specialties, is the easiest surgical specialty to get into,
and deals with a lot of more nausea-inducing surgical specialty to get into](https://medschoolinsiders.com/medical-student/top-5-most-competitive-specialties-in-medicine/),
and deals with a lot of more nausea-inducing pathologies, I’ve heard other medical students
or doctors suggest that general surgery is for people who couldn’t get into a more
competitive and “better” surgical specialty. are known as masochists, meaning they love the
pain and suffering. Now do some applicants opt for general surgery
because it’s less competitive? Do some applicants opt for general surgery
because it’s less competitive? Sure, but many also pursue general surgery
because they are undecided on a surgical sub-specialty, or because general surgery an avenue through
which you train for other surgical sub-specialties Apart from neurosurgeons, general
surgeons are some of the most medically inclined, Second, apart from neurosurgeons, general
surgeons are some of the most medically inclined, orthopedic surgery colleagues usually aren’t
involved in difficult medical management. orthopedic surgery colleagues usually aren’t
involved in as much medical management. While the average general surgeon may not
have the nuance and precision in the operating room compared to a plastic surgeon, I consider
it impressive to both operate and manage challenging medical issues. is being a thrill seekers or being quite adventurous. is being a thrill seeker or quite adventurous. And that’s a wrap! What other specialties do you want me to cover? Let me know down in the description below. If you enjoyed this video, you may also like my
content on Instagram @kevinjubbalmd and @medschoolinsiders. I’m thinking about doing a video on the
non-surgical specialties, like cardiology, internal medicine, pediatrics, etc. I need to gauge interest, so let me know if
you want to see it with a comment down below. Thank you all so much for watching. If you liked the video let me know with a
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100 thoughts on “Doctor & Surgeon Stereotypes (by Specialty)

  1. Orthopedic doctors are fucking smart as hell, but have a relaxed attitude and very funny people, but get very annoyed by urgent care because they don't do their work and act very stupid most of the time.

  2. How can an orthropedic surgeons be a "dumb bro" when it takes about 14 years of hard work and schooling to become one?

  3. You can tell you were in plastics. Its the only surgical field that got "meticulous!". To debunk a stereotype in my specialty, my Urology residency is >50% female and out of the 8 fellowships offered after a Urology residency only one is penis related (andrology). Soooo yeah females have kidneys, bladders and ureters too 😉 but I do agree lots of dick jokes lol

  4. Do one for functional medicine/integrative medicine, osteopathic medicine, sports medicine and trauma surgery

  5. I have a serious attraction to general surgery because of how it appears to be that magic bridge between the medicine and the cutting but I feel as id be shooting my lifestyle into a million pieces. I like sleep :/ is there a happy medium?

  6. Yes pls do another video about dermatology and whether DO can still choose dermatology for their specialty….

  7. Interacted with physicians for 38 years as a health care professional. They ALL are egotistical. Their sole purpose is to treat as many patients as possible in the shortest time. With physicians, it’s about money. Unfortunately they believe their own BS about how dedicated they are. Suppose I would act similarly if I went through the grind it takes to be a specialist; it sucks the humanity out of anyone. If physicians were truly concerned, the third leading cause of death in America today would not be iatrogenic.

  8. Honestly my long term goal is to become a neurosurgeon n I will get there and achieve it. love your Channel💖💖

  9. The video is biased towards plastic surgery (duh). Neurosurgery is extremely delicate, the example you mentioned is applicable to specific types of brain tumors (gliomas), these cases are actually done by the residents. Cerebral bypass, aneurysm clipping, skull base tumors, These procedures require extensive and delicate microsurgical skills and takes sometimes more than 18 hours to complete.

  10. A discussion was underway about clean (eg orthopaedic) surgery and dirty (eg gynae) surgery. "Haha!" someone laughed. "What about all the sweat and drool and bits of flying bone chips when the orthos are hammering and sawing etc?"

  11. I actually applied to general surgery because I initially wanted to do internal medicine, but I also thought it would be cool to become a surgeon. Later in the beginning of residency I wanted to switch to plastic surgery, but kinda changed my mind as I learned more. Laparoscopic surgery is very difficult to get good at than microsurgery since it requires using your instruments in very unnatural positions no tectile feedback and requires impressive knowledge of anatomy and the ability to oriented yourself. May not be as delicate as plastic surgery, but it isn't as easy as many people think. I had so many colleagues from other specialties calling GS easy, disgusting and a stupid choice. One intern told me he could pass the general surgery board without studying. I love general surgery and I wish we could get more love.

  12. OMG! I'm an orthopedic surgeon in China and what he said about orthopedic surgeons is the truth, lol. It's very interesting that people of the same type chose the same specialty.

  13. The most toxic part of medicine in-fighting is how competitiveness of specialities falsely correlates to the quality of a doctor.

  14. Orthopods ARE in general are the jocks. The absolute best characterization of orthopedic surgeons is in a video called "Orthopaedia v. Anaesthesia." Even the orthopedic surgeons have to admit that the characterizations are spot on

  15. Yes because having to memorize the entire musco-skelectal system, take 12 years of rigorous schooling, and having to study long and hard for a test that averages on $1,000 to take would all be tasks accomplished by a dumb person. Who made up this rumors? And angry Karen unsatisfied with her medical bill?

  16. Good morning Doc. How about Pathology? Or Podiatrist? But differently EP Cardiologist. Would be Great. Loved your informative video.

  17. "keep in mind, this is our opinion" then why would I care? what a way to avoid all potential criticisms, nice safety net,

  18. Could you do a video on Radiology & Pathology? I’m an aspiring Interventional Radiologist & would highly appreciate if you could make video on the specialty. For some reason Radiology & Pathology aren’t talked about as much.

  19. Ppl see ego as such a bad thing but these doctors and surgeons should be able to be egotistical like man they’ve worked so hard to get there let them think and talk about their achievements- coming from a student in high school

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