I had a thought regarding a difference I had noticed between surgeons and other doctors, and was hoping somebody could tell me if it’s a true difference or a false generalization on my part.
The non surgeon mds/dos (mostly em, many fm, one cardio) I have had the opportunity to observe in their practice seem to treat medicine as a job. They go in, do their hours, and go home to their second life. It’s like the learning and improving has mostly stopped after they were board certified. Many have expressed they do the same thing day in and out. The cardiologist I talked to even flat out told me his post residency career has been totally monotonous.
The surgeons I have been around (mostly ortho, one cardiothoracic) seem to be less complacent with their career. They tend to have a constant drive to learn and improve their practice. One has described surgery as a trade that he is constantly learning how to become better at.
This difference in mentality seems to be more obvious when you considered the stratification of these two areas. Ive been told a good high volume orthopedic surgeon can make millions per year, around 5-10x what the average ortho makes just from their practice, not from royalties or other things. I’m not sure that other physicians have such a big variability in their income from practice.
I’m asking because I’m a M2 thinking about my future specialty. One thing I like about surgery is the absence of the ceiling I see for non operative practices in terms of how good of a practice you can have. E.g. a well trained cardiologist is equal to every other well trained cardiologist. Whereas, there seems to be more tiers of surgeons as defined by their operative ability.
I have heard surgeons are very hierarchical. Is it justified?
I appreciate all input. thanks everyone
Edit: sorry for my naivety. I really wasn’t trying to be facetious
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