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What makes a physician's role fundamentally different from a nurse's?

I have to articulate my desire to become a physician, and I'm having trouble explicitly stating my motivations. I work in a hospital and have been shadowing doctors, so I know that they essentially use their understanding of medical science to make diagnoses and come up with a treatment plans. However, I'm curious to know how the "calling" differs between people who want to become physicians, and people who want to become RNs. [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Jul 6, 2014 - 15 answers

[Los Angeles Filter] Looking for a great OB/GYN and GP near Santa Monica

For the last few years I've been going to the Women's Clinic and PP for my routine exams, BC, etc. as needed but it's time to find a regular OB/GYN. I also need to replace my retired GP. Please refer me to your awesome doctors located in the Santa Monica/Venice/MDR/WLA area! [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Jun 28, 2014 - 3 answers

Toronto Doctor for Someone Scared of Doctors

I’m looking for a General Practitioner in the Downtown/Western Toronto area who is both accepting new patients and sensitive to issues of medical anxiety. Much much more inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 26, 2014 - 3 answers

150 MCG of Awesome in a 75 MCG Bag

In need of an awesome endocrinologist (for post-thyroidectomy medication management) in the Philadelphia area. Difficultly level: most of 'em seem to be either dogmatic curmudgeons OR vitamin-shilling charlatans. Little synthetic-hormone snowflakes within... [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Feb 3, 2014 - 3 answers

I might finally come to be worth something to society! Maybe...?

Hi Mefites. I'll be starting an online medical coding and billing course in January ( given by the AAPC), after graduating from a relatively well respected state school with a psychology BA in May and finding out far too late in the game that it would leave me with nil in terms of job prospects. After building up quite a bit of credit card debt and deciding that man cannot live on Hulu and Facebook alone, as I've been doing for six months, I decided to look into opportunities that required relatively little training to get started with, and happened upon medical billing, something that seems to fit me quite well. I'm tempering my enthusiasm however, because no amount of Googling seems to give me a clear sense of my path once the course is over. Help? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Dec 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Sure, have at the ladybits, but hands off the baby.

Can I fire my obstetrician for delivery, but keep her as a gynecologist thereafter? Do I want to? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 23, 2013 - 25 answers

No cell phone in doctor's exam room? Why?

Just called a friend with a severed tendon to see how his visit to the doctor went and he was still in the exam room. He said he had to get off the phone because there was a sign saying "no cell phones in exam room." I'm wondering why the sign is there. He was alone at the time, waiting for the doctor to return. Is the rule due to an equipment issue, or is it because of doctors being annoyed by rude patients talking on cell phones while the doctor is examining them, or something else?
posted by mediareport on May 31, 2013 - 24 answers

How to stay motivated as a 20-something facing years of MORE school?

Problem is that I'm losing steam at this point, facing many more years of school ahead of me if I'm accepted into professional school. How I can shake the feelings of uncertaintly as I keep plugging away? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Apr 7, 2013 - 20 answers

Alternative medicine ideas?

I am looking for alternatives for the standard "doctor sees you for five minutes and prescribes drugs for whatever ails you." [more inside]
posted by 7life on Nov 28, 2012 - 29 answers

is this how it's supposed to work?

Am I wrong about how primary care vs. specialists works or is my doctor's offfice badly managed? [more inside]
posted by Jahaza on Oct 23, 2012 - 22 answers

Looking for a pediatrician for a newborn near Reston, VA.

Looking for a pediatrician for a newborn near Reston, VA. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Doctor, Dentist, Indian Chief

Good afternoon. I am in the market for a doctor, of the general practitioner variety, a dentist and a new laboratory in NYC. Any referrals you could provide would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Aug 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Botox injections and neutropenia

Are there risks in having botox injections for a neutropenia sufferer? A relation of mine is determined to have botox injections to get rid of wrinkles, however, they suffer badly from cyclic neutropenia which means that their immune system is often weak and have white blood cell issues and consequently they get infections frequently. I am aware that botox is botulinum toxin and I have kept trying to persuade her to see her doctor before having botox injections, to check whether they are safe for her in light of neutropenia. She is desperate to go ahead with this and it is hard to persuade her to get medical advice on this. From a layman's perspective, I am concerned that this may be dangerous for her. Does anybody with medical knowledge, perhaps haematology, know if this botox is safe for neutropenia sufferers? Many thanks!
posted by conrad101 on Jul 20, 2012 - 1 answer

Lopressor?

My doctor prescribed Lopressor in place of an anti anxiety medication. Should I get a second opinion? [more inside]
posted by xbeautychicx on May 22, 2012 - 16 answers

Why can't duloxetine (cymbalta) be prescribed to me? Is there some kind of restriction in the UK.

Why can't duloxetine (cymbalta) be prescribed to me? Is there some kind of restriction in the UK. [more inside]
posted by conrad101 on May 17, 2012 - 7 answers

What sort of things were taught in medical school in the 1800s?

What sort of things did doctors learn in medical school in the 1800s? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Mar 29, 2012 - 16 answers

Good vascular surgeon/varicose vein doc in the Bay Area?

Does anyone know a good vascular surgeon/varicose vein specialist in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2012 - 2 answers

Should I seek a second opinion about possible physiological sources of my fatigue, depression, and anxiety before contacting a psychiatrist?

Should I seek a second opinion about possible physiological sources of my fatigue, depression, and anxiety before contacting a psychiatrist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Recovering from viral gastroenteritis

Some questions about recovering from viral gastroenteritis... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2011 - 9 answers

Do you know a good doc in Boulder, Colorado?

Looking for a good primary care doc in Boulder, Colorado. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi on Aug 12, 2011 - 1 answer

What's your life like as a doctor or pharmacist?

You are a Pharmacist or DoctorFilter: What it like to get into (and be) in these professions? [more inside]
posted by raccoon409 on Aug 8, 2011 - 12 answers

I need a doctor in brooklyn

[BrooklynFilter] I need a good GP, preferably in south Brooklyn, who takes GHI. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jul 18, 2011 - 0 answers

How to find concierge (private) doctors / medicine in Europe and Asia?

I'm looking to find doctors who practice private/concierge medicine in Europe and Asia. These doctors typically charge an upfront fee and gives you significantly more attention (ie, he has 500 instead of 3000 patients; is available immediately 24/7). They usually practice family medicine or internal medicine. This type of doctor is growing in the US, but I can't seem to find them elsewhere in the world...
posted by JiffyQ on Apr 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Can anyone recommend a good doctor in the Greenpoint or Williamsburg of Brooklyn?

Can anyone recommend a good doctor in the Greenpoint or Williamsburg area of Brooklyn? (A general practitioner, specifically.) [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit on Mar 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Why did I faint or collapse last night?

I collapsed this morning. I know you're not my doctor and I know I need to see one, but I can't afford to unless it's immediately life-threatening. Can you help me figure out what might be wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by Night_owl on Jan 23, 2011 - 74 answers

Solving healthcare one doctor at a time

What is the most efficient way to begin practicing medicine in the US? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Nov 4, 2010 - 22 answers

What kind of doctor do I need to see?

You are not a doctor, but you can hopefully help me determine which kind I need to go to. [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Sep 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Help me understand how the Internal Medicine medical boards are scored.

My little brother is re-taking the internal medicine medical boards and I'm trying to get a better understanding of how much he needs to increase his score. [more inside]
posted by petestein1 on Aug 17, 2010 - 1 answer

You are not my doctor, which is partly why I need one.

Looking for a new doctor in central or west end Toronto. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on May 27, 2010 - 5 answers

Mad-town Medicine

Can anybody recommend a great GP in Madison, Wisconsin, USA? [more inside]
posted by rbs on May 20, 2010 - 6 answers

What is it like to be a pathologist?

I have the opportunity to get into a pathology residency programme in Singapore. Does anyone have any idea what pathology will be like as a medical specialty? [more inside]
posted by ianK on Mar 24, 2010 - 5 answers

Paging Dr. House

Help me find a Dr. House in (or near) Los Angeles for my father. [more inside]
posted by ohyouknow on Dec 3, 2009 - 9 answers

What are the most useful iPhone apps for a newly qualified doctor?

What are the most useful iPhone apps for a newly qualified doctor? [more inside]
posted by ianK on Oct 13, 2009 - 13 answers

Should I go to podiatrist?

My feet are in pain. What kind of doctor should I go to? I've heard that podiatry is sort of a dubious branch of medicine. [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on May 19, 2009 - 17 answers

Need Help finding a good orthopedic doctor.

Where can I find references and referrals for a good Orthopedic / Sports Medicine Surgeon [more inside]
posted by mi6op on May 2, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I avoid a fight between my doctors?

How do I handle my doctors' disagreement about what medication I should be taking? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2009 - 9 answers

What branch of biology studies the environment to advance medicine?

What are some in the field jobs that involve studying the environment seeking medical advances? A friend asked me the following question, and I looked around and was stumped by it. A couple basic things came to my attention, like tracking the spread of different illnesses in developing countries and passing out vaccines, but I hope I'm missing something. "What branch of biology encompasses the outdoor study of plants, animals, environments, and whatever else in order to find medical advancements? You see in movies people hunting in the amazon for weird plants in order to cure diseases. Is this a real profession? Could I really go to Africa to study a plague because the genetic information found within it could lead to a cure for cancer?"
posted by Tres on Feb 24, 2009 - 11 answers

Best Way to Get Healthcare While Back in the US

I will be returning briefly to the US after 6 months abroad and I would like to partake in some of that wonderful US healthcare before I head back abroad. I have a couple of questions. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Feb 18, 2009 - 13 answers

Apparently I have scalp psoriasis. What should I do now?

Apparently I have scalp psoriasis. What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Jan 13, 2009 - 15 answers

Finding doctors in NYC

What's the best way to find doctors in NYC? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Nov 2, 2008 - 8 answers

Have medical license, will blog.

I'm a doctor in private practice. I love to blog, just not about medicine. I like to do more personal writing, post photos and links, creative projects, write about recent trips, my city, etc (i.e. nothing political, offensive). How would you feel if you found your doctor's personal blog? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 26, 2008 - 33 answers

Real diagnosis in general practice

US doctor question: do general practitioners practice real diagnosis anymore? Every doctor my wife and I have gone to in the past ten years has turned out to be incompetent or disinterested in doing more than the bare minimum. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Aug 11, 2008 - 28 answers

Switch from OTC to prescription meds

Will my doctor switch me from an OTC medication to prescription if I just ask nicely? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF on Feb 12, 2008 - 15 answers

Ghost Doctor?

I am going to visit a doctor, but my Bluecross Blueshield/billing will not show his name and instead will show the doctor he reports to (according to the frond desk person), since he isn't in today. Sounds kind of strange to me. Is there anything I should be asking/should be aware of? (Or is this normal?)
posted by parma on Dec 6, 2007 - 6 answers

Two Docs in the Box

What is the difference between a DO and an MD? Is one particularly suited to treat certain types of illnesses/conditions better than the other?
posted by dancinglamb on Oct 3, 2007 - 13 answers

My doctor has inflated my bill.

How do I fight an inflated doctor bill? [more inside]
posted by NortonDC on May 16, 2006 - 14 answers

What does Board Certified mean for a doctor?

Seeking a new internist, family doctor, and wonder what Board Certified means as relevant to credentials [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Apr 10, 2006 - 6 answers

Why were they so leechy-keen?

While reading this excellent thread, an interesting question popped into my mind - why was bloodletting so popular for so long when it so obviously doesn't work? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Dec 23, 2005 - 27 answers

Where are permanent medical records kept?

Where are permanent medical records kept? [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean on Jul 9, 2005 - 19 answers

Help me deal with my condescending doctor!

Need help with a condescending doctor. This may be girls-only so if you have a problem with words like "ovaries," goodbye. It also involves my being a fat girl, so if you have the HURF DURF BUTTER EATER attitude, goodbye as well. [a lot mi] [more inside]
posted by u.n. owen on Feb 16, 2005 - 76 answers

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