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Would you recommend a career in Thoracic Surgery?

I’m considering going into medicine, but I don’t know what specialty is right for me. I would like a career where I can tackle important problems and make people’s lives better. What do you guys think? Would this be the right specialty? I’m trying to figure out which one is right for me. medicine healthcare career career-choice doctor

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Rachel’s Answer

I would recommend shadowing this specialty. Thoracic surgeons perform interesting surgeries, but they also operate on very ill patients. Thoracic surgeons still need to complete cardiothoracic training (either as a 2 year fellowship after a 5 year general surgery residency or through an integrated CT residency). With newer technology thoracic surgeons are able to improve some of their patient outcomes by using minimally invasive surgery.
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Richard’s Answer

Yes, thoracic surgeons have the opportunity to help the sickest patients and save lives. With new technology they are also doing some interesting procedures like TAVR.
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Christina’s Answer

Hi Shawn - My son is currently attending medical schools at the University of Arizona. He is in his second year. He was 12 when he told me he was going to be a cardio thoracic surgeon. Fast forward to medical school he is still not 100% sure what he will practice in - he says it is all fascinating now. A few things he did to help him understand the medical field better. He read books about doctors, at 16 years old he volunteered at Hospice - caring for patients who were dying, in undergrad he sought doctors that would allow him to shadow them. After viewing his first open heart surgery and brain surgery to remove cancer - he stated he knew medicine was what he should work in. As he studied for his MCAT he worked as a scribe supporting physicians. This really opened his eyes to all facets of the medical field in different ways. The best part is he did all this pre-med. My point is I am not sure there is a clear answer to this question. It takes a lot of research, time and patience to find the answer. Wishing you the best of luck, it is a journey....
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Blake’s Answer

Hey Shawn.

I would recommend trying to get an internship with a surgery clinic to get a better idea of what you would be doing.

Thanks,
Blake
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Estelle’s Answer

CT surgery is a fantastic specialty. You will have the chance to save lives and treat life threatening diseases daily. The training and lifestyle require intense dedication and hard work. Good luck!
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