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Hey @yesiknowbut
I have read some of your posts and have noticed you are an ENTP pursuing orthopedic surgery. I’m considering pursuing ortho myself. I wanted to ask you for your feedback on pursuing this. How’s your experience been? Would you recommend it to another ENTP?
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Hey @yesiknowbut
I have read some of your posts and have noticed you are an ENTP pursuing orthopedic surgery. I’m considering pursuing ortho myself. I wanted to ask you for your feedback on pursuing this. How’s your experience been? Would you recommend it to another ENTP?
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It's appealing to those who use Ti, I guess. Lots of physical problem solving and engineering. Also good for a shortish attention span, as few surgeries take more than 2 hours, and also as a discipline, you solve problems and move on. And very few people under your care have cancer or die, so the emotional load is not heavy. Mostly you are receiving peoples' pain, or restoring their physical abilities, so it is feel-good work. In terms of communication, most orth surgeons are fairly chatty and not terribly sensitive so you can have a good time at work and not piss too many people off (except the physicians, but they don't "get" us....)
I've found over the years that it doesn't really adequately satisfy my need for creative thinking, and I've made sure the stuff I do outside work is very arts/creative to balance it. Have felt a lot better since realising that and acting on it.

The thing about orth is that it is quite a broad church as well, so there's a home for most types of people. The thinkers tend to gravitate to shoulder/elbow or foot/ankle. The ones who want to be rich and drive high-status cars replace hips. The workaholics do spines, the carers do kids, the adventurers do trauma....

That said I am the only ENTP in my department. There's a couple of INTPs, one ESTP, couple INTJs, one ENTJ, couple ESTJ one ISTP. Only one Feeler. He suffers.
 

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I wanted to be a surgeon but dropped it after getting lack-luster grades in undergrad. If I were to do it now, I'm sure I would do great, but I'm kinda old now so going through another 4-6 years of school doesn't seem appealing. But yeah, I feel like surgery would be good because of my hyper-focus tendencies when under pressure, but creative problem solving has always been my thing so I dunno.
 

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I wanted to be a surgeon but dropped it after getting lack-luster grades in undergrad. If I were to do it now, I'm sure I would do great, but I'm kinda old now so going through another 4-6 years of school doesn't seem appealing. But yeah, I feel like surgery would be good because of my hyper-focus tendencies when under pressure, but creative problem solving has always been my thing so I dunno.
You could go to a PA program and could work in surgery:) Or be an orthopedic PA and do both:)
 

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Considering the variation and fast-growth in orthopaedic technology, I think it is suitable for an ENTP like you.
 
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