It's a field with a clinical component, a surgical component, and imaging as well (OCT, FA, anterior segment U/S). They come in on weekends and stay after hours because otherwise they will be fired and replaced. That means pathologists have no autonomy to practice in such a way that is efficient and effective for them, and have no leg to stand on when patient care issues arise. I love nothing more than freaking out ordering docs by showing the imaging findings and then describing why they match the patients clinical picture, (rad with a stethoscope - freaking out people since 2013). Both … In the radiology section of CPT 2005, the following changes to ophthalmic codes went into effect last month. In anesthesia for example, a product on the market was pulled partly because of poor sales and the opinion that replacing a human was considered too dangerous - technologyReview . They have worked to find solutions to that and done a good job - no one likes to lose a resident. Next you can retain income in your corporation which it can be invested in a semi tax sheltered state. I posted a long thesis that a grad student did here a while ago that outlines the history of pathology in Ontario. I'd argue that for the amount of work pathologists in this country do, they are extremely generously compensated. People are of course involved but a big part of it is done by a computer and before those tumours would have to be cut out. as for the job market my understanding is right now both are a little tight. However, as I mentioned above, many pathologists are part of a group pension plan (even a very generous defined benefit plan) which other docs don't have, which is worth a LOT of money over the years and in some cases means they actually make around the same as many radiologists. Plus it really is hard to argue 350K a year is not a lot of money (yes our time of training is high and loans very high - but there are a lot of professional schools have it worse). People are still talking about Windsor. I think it makes our jobs a lot easier, safer, but it doesn't mean it makes it more efficient. A radiologic technologist is a health-care professional who performs diagnostic imaging examinations of the body. They don't own shares, and didn't contribute to profit. That also you potentially to income split - in canada income tax rates increase at higher income levels - it is better to be two 200K people than one 400K person under the tax law. yeah I don't know why people keep saying path doesn't pay much...all the ones I know make $300-400K salary, do very light call, and have benefits and a large pension plan (similar to nurses, but obviously with a much larger benefit). to reinforce this I think every single one of the radiology and pathology residents on this thread has warned about the dangers of putting too much into the flat out income. Crabs in a bucket. If you want to earn more money I'm sure there are ways to do it in radiology or ophthalmology. PEople are still talking about Charles Smith.   Your link has been automatically embedded. It typically manifests in infants and young children. One probably reduces work, the other probably increases it. The program is tough, the 2 hours of teaching daily is tough, and man the call is tough. ), which one has better salary and employment opportunities, which one will less likely to "die" in 15-20 years, etc. CPT 76510 A new code, CPT 76510 ophthalmic ultrasound, diagnostic; B-scan and … IM (cardiology, endocrine, gastro) are all something I would consider. Next step is having the machine close all the fascia layers automatically. oh absolutely - I mean we can simply do more. The Ophthalmology Residency Matching Program sent an electronic mail invitation to participate in the survey to all 595 applicants who submitted a rank list for the 2012 match. [3] The credentials include a degree in medicine, followed by additional four to five years of ophthalmology residency training. The two fields are very different. The computers do play a role in the planning but our current AIs are terrible at contouring. The Difference Between a Radiologist & a Radiology Technician. In the radiology section of CPT 2005, the following changes to ophthalmic codes went into effect last month. For me, life style and $ are very important factors and after reading bunch of threads about how Ophtho is becoming a pretty bad specialty (Salary going significantly down, no OR time, etc.) We have to work the weekends - pathologists generally do not. Neuro-Ophthalmology Review Manual Seventh Edition Edition Practical Neuroophthalmology 1st Edition 2014-2015 Basic and Clinical Science Course (BCSC): Section 5: Neuro-Ophthalmology 1st Edition Neuro-Ophthalmology in an employment survey stated that 1/5 ophthalmology grads in the past 5 years do not have a job placement and 1/5 do not have OR time. Diagnostics, Imaging, and Therapeutics Residencies, Resources for Med School, Residencies, and Practising Physicians. That's my take on pathology. If so would we need 1/2 as many surgeons? … Journal of the American College of Radiology, Vol. This kind of reputation carries over into clinical medicine, where my attendings on essentially every rotation asked me why a "normal" person is in pathology - other physicians generally expect pathology residents to be not so good IMGs or unbearably weird Canadians. Hard to have much perspective I admit when you are doing your 3rd all nighter in a week. In theory, technology can have a much greater role in health care. No other specialty has that problem. Not to belabor the point ha. But with the exception of one province (Quebec) where physicians are compensated as a whole a bit lower, I don't think that's the right number, it seems a bit low. Your numbers basically a bit extreme I would say - can a family doc gross 350K - yes, but things have to line up for that. 10 Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases, Vol. However on the flip side the residents there were trained extremely well (I am biased here of course but there is objective evidence for it) . 3) I think that job availability is a concern, particularly OR time. Their work just isn't for me, and I'd be miserable. first it is hard to miss that you picked two very high paying specialties - that is fine but be aware that the government is targeting both for reductions over time. Either way, the easiest job to overtake is a desk job that requires book knowledge and I don't believe that we will not have oversight from radiologists. Radiology, Ophthalmology, Anesthesiology and Dermatology listed as ROAD Radiology, Ophthalmology, Anesthesiology and … An 18-year-old man presents with bilateral gradual-onset ptosis and ophthalmoplegia and has a margin reflex distance 1 of −4 mm OU and a levator function of 0 OU. The other is diagnostic so focuses on DDx and figuring out the problem. When looking for an eye doctor, you may be deciding whether to go to a optometrist vs. ophthalmologist. Humans are advanced but static, computer are improving exponentially.). 17, No. general ophthalmology ophthalmic pathology & oncology vitreoretinal diseases neuro-ophthalmology ophthalmic imaging pediatric ophthalmology & strabismus cornea and external disease glaucoma ocular immunology and uveitis ophthalmic plastic surgery allied and associated ophthalmic personnel optometry ophthalmology series While I worry about the future of radiology, I don't believe anyone our age is going to need to worry. … (feel free to pm if you don't want to post publicly) Do you feel the better income justifies the increased work hours and call responsibility of a radiologist? The real short to mid term question is what if the machine can augment a person dramatically (like they did for opthomology by turning a 2 hour surgery into a 15 minute one, and other tech related fields. well exactly like rads and optho actually and how cataract surgery was sped up  - in theory we are actually  just one step away from the machine doing the ENTIRE operation on the eye. If anything the fastest robots could take over would be 20 years in my opinion and by that time we will all have had jobs and seniority enough that it will be the next generation who will have issues finding jobs. 3) I don't think the job market is as bad as Cain says. We are on overnight call, they are not. Ophthalmology vs. Optometrists. You also have to really like not seeing patients. You don't want to be myopic in your medical acuity. On a 300K income a year that is around 175K after tax to spend each year. Pathologists are salaried in general. Bottom line expect to work hard as a staff - very hard - and at many places full 24/7 staff service is probably coming relatively soon in some fashion.   You cannot paste images directly. Even though it was the surgeon that screwed up, it was the pathologist that lost her job, and part of that was because her peer pathologists strung her up. Some docs would be perfectly happy on salary - they find all of the billing and associate practice management annoying. I went by the nature of the work, liked my rotations and my mentors, but failed to determine the nature of the field itself, and I am disappointed. possibly because they are comparing it to radiology - which is very dangerous if for no other reason than radiologist income has and will extremely likely continue to fall in the future. It's a nice analogy of a pilot with regards to technology. In anatomy, the orbital septum (palpebral fascia) is a membranous sheet that acts as the anterior (frontal) boundary of the orbit.It extends from the orbital rims to … Google is funding AI robotic surgery right now as are many others - and businesses don't fund things they aren't hoping will turn profit at some point near.....ish term  I just watched a few days ago a robot sew up bowel in a way that no human could ever do, faster than we could ever do it, and do it flawlessly. Next result is we have being working harder and harder to stay where we were - new grads cannot to full time for 1-2 years usually as they would simply be crushed. 4) Cain obviously regrets his decision to pursue pathology, but the vast majority of trainees do not. Display as a link instead, × Radiology. Ophthalmology is not exempt from AI learning (actually one of the cooler parts I'm interested in!). It's very rare for individual ophthalmologists now to start their own clinic independently. You have little legal defence if you go outside of standard of care) . Job market is a hit or miss like many other Royal College specialties. The pathology residents are mostly FMGs and very awkward, and very easily picked on. Sometimes fistulas can form in a large venous lake behind the eye called “cavernous sinus”. When this happens, the eye … Some staff I know would even support the change. But this query sounded to me innocent enquiry of a young doctor standing at the crossroads seeking direction. I do agree with you on the ECG part. Point is to reinforce the idea that radiology is no longer a walk in the park - not during training, and not after. Pathologists are persona non grata in the news. WHAT IS a NEURORADIOLOGist? Pros-GREAT PAY-Not very many patients-Always have a steady career. to reinforce this I think every single one of the radiology and pathology residents on this thread has warned about the dangers of putting too much into the flat out income. It makes no sense to me that my corporation should give dividends to any adult children that eventually are in my future. Not trying to "sell" path here but that is a job without call, and absolutely busy and stressful yes but still relatively 8-5 type job. Hospitals and for-profit corporations make the decisions to hire. I would pick a specialty I enjoy 7/10 with a 8/10 lifestyle, then one I like 8/10 with a 2/10 lifestyle. either but I think I can do minimally invasive surgeries (like microsurgeries in ophtho or in IR) and I did enjoy when I shadowed a few radiology residents in Toronto. The parallel is how they replaced a huge fraction of our factory workers - almost without people really paying attention to it. × I cannot see how if someone does one thing somewhere it's worth ZERO while if they do it elsewhere it's worth X. I don't get that. The degree is awarded by both surgical and medical subspecialties and usually includes a dissertation component involving original research. But if they rush, they might make errors and get vilified in the press. Don't concentrate on trying to match to it though since it is so uncompetitive anyone can, no matter how stupid, somehow unprofessional, autistic or unqualified. BHD (the most pathologist username ever, by the way!) They could just spend their complete salary and know they would be fine. Another help me decide post! Diagnostic radiologists use a variety of imaging procedures to see inside the body and assess or diagnose the patient’s condition. I guess what I'm saying is that do it only if you really can't see yourself tolerating anything else. I agree that I have to pick what I enjoy the most but knowing myself, in the future, I really would like to have the time to spend with my family/children so life style is as important (if not more) as how much I enjoy my work when it comes to picking between the different specialties. I only applied to path residencies. but to answer the question if both took out the full amount of 400K in a given year they would both make exactly the same (or at least that is the idea - on a year to year basis there are minor differences as you have to continuously update the rates which sometimes as a bit of a lag. The tenuous political status of pathology, the absence of autonomous practice, the lower recruitment standards, and its history of often being marginalized and stigmatized are more important. I can talk shop with almost any doctor - can and actually have to. Ophthalmology is a broad surgical specialty, with avenues for further detailed subspecialty practice. A lot of people do fellowships and locuming is common. Welcome to our new vlog! How much does one typically save by incorporating vs salary? Residency only lasts so long, ha. Anatomical pathology is oversaturated. They simply had fewer docs doing more procedures for maximum pay. Coloboma is a collective term encompassing any focal discontinuity in the structure of the eye, and should not be confused with staphylomas, which are due to choroidal thinning.. This should tell you that pathologists are as a group fairly insecure and will do anything to preserve their status quo, even if it involves dragging down one of their own. Exactly...e.g. http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/topic/13226-radiology/?p=104317. But remember tax laws change, and reimbursements change - and rather quickly at that. Others are so bad I honestly wonder if they are actually physicians from other countries, or if they are somehow fraudulent. It may precede the onset of abnormal thyroid function, occur concurrently, or commence following its onset. (feel free to pm if you don't want to post publicly) Do you feel the better income justifies the increased work hours and call responsibility of a radiologist? The field also is always changing to you are always retraining (new technology I was reading for instance may soon replace all chest xrays - ha, that is mess some people up ) . One went to peds with an ophtho acceptance in hand. It is kind of fun doing microscopic work and trying to figure out diagnoses. A lot changes in that time. The documents and resources housed within this section are provided by the Review Committee for Ophthalmology and its staff at the ACGME to assist ACGME-accredited programs and those applying for accreditation in this specialty area and its applicable subspecialties. Ophthalmology (/ˌɒfθælˈmɒlədʒi/)[1] is a branch of medicine and surgery which deals with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders. In the community - where most of us go - there is call coverage that extends to all hours etc as a result. well there are differences of course. This is an excellent post from Ian Wong in 2006. For guys like Rmorelan, there might be nothing better than enjoying an interesting anatomical variation and reporting on it with clinical correlation required (lol, sorry). I have never considered Psych to be honest - I enjoy physiology/anatomy a lot more than studying mental disorders and I'm more of a technical person. The Surgery (BWH) , Ophthalmology & Radiology (HMS) Department at Brigham and Women's Hospital on Academia.edu Besides the life style aspect, I think I really value having a private clinic in the long run. I don't know. 27 votes, 43 comments. Clinical exam skills are important but they really have diminished in importance with all the images (I can tell you if there is appendicitis with at least 98% accuracy vs all that 60-70% accuracy physical exam stuff. It is the most complete reference of human anatomy available on web, iPad, iPhone and android devices. made this determination and stuck by it, and is happy, and that's great. Pathology's best comparison is radiology, and from what I know about both fields, the latter is a far better choice in all ways except perhaps lifestyle (though I do know some 'mommy-track' radiologists who work four days a week at echo chambers or outpatient clinics and still earn more than full time pathologists, so it's not as bad as people think). My reasoning is that surgery is still incredibly complex and I don't believe we will be able to just press a button and expect the robot to do the surgery from start to finish with all the complications that occur and surprises that we find. That being said, I know/of a number of people who got jobs after one fellowship (or no fellowship at all) at the center of their choice. It's also worth bearing in mind the variability in types of positions within a field as well. Let's face it - salary is simple. You don't get to do that on salary. But if you go in worrying about that picture, it's going to cloud your judgement on what you see yourself enjoying at the worst of days. Search. Most wouldn't support it. 10 of the many reasons why I chose Radiology as a specialty/why I decided to go into Radiology Residency! Sight-stealing eye disease can appear at any time. The following specialties offer advanced positions (some of these may also have programs which offer categorical positions): urology, ophthalmology, dermatology, diagnostic radiology, radiation oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, psychiatry and anesthesiology. How feasible is this and how often is it done? Pathology has to be the only thing you want to do, and that you have ruled out imaging entirely. Another finished his PGY2 year in ophtho at a large midwestern eye institute program and transferred to become a PGY2 at a prestigious diagnostic radiology program in St. Louis. Then they do more and more etc. Thank you to all of you, I really mean it. the acuity drives the lifestyle. The work is interesting. I think you really need to immerse yourself into the field and decide early if this is the right specialty for you. If radiologists had not been so rightfully proud of themselves, they'd be in the same boat as pathology.   Pasted as rich text. However, fees are being cut (especially in Ontario). The coordinator will not assign SPs to the ophthalmology component until they have completed the vision component. In that document I linked a while back, a few northern Ontario pathologists tried to fight it legally but coudn't  beat the government or the lab corps. For some people that really is not fun, and it's 10 minutes of explaining something that's not billable. It is a fairly competitive specialty (but nothing compared to derm, plastics) if you look at the CaRMS stats this year, so it's important to get started early if you can. Radiology is a popular training programme and this is reflected in the competition for places (competition ratio around 3.5 for the last few years). This is a personal preference for people, but in general most residents I know would rather never have to personally deal with formalin or decomposition. Calcification of the globe has many causes, varying from the benign to malignant. Rads is definitely being targeted now - IBM among other is putting a lot of money into it. With pathology, since interest is basically nonexistent, any IMG can find a position somewhere, and they will since programs get money for resident training, and program director promotion hinges on fully recruiting residents. You think ophthalmology being compensated five times more than neurology for the same amount of work is fair? That's my take on pathology. Cons: More cheap and accurate screening = more people to be treated, either currently with panretinal photocoagulation or anti-VEGF injections. Even if a radiologist makes a mistake that gets published in the news, their hospitals and professional soceities are quick to silence it. Radiology and anesthesia, two other background fields, aren't so stigmatized. I mean I know that is probably hard to process earlier on but by the time you get closer to the end (which for some reason I just kind of noticed - gezz I am only 16 months away from graduating) concern shifts more to overall lifestyle rather than just focusing on one single factor. I wish I had a credible source to cite here. Because of the continuous deluge of pathologists, from Canadian residency programs, the USA, and foreign countries, hospitals can be unfair and abusive because there will always be a replacement. Or, we can revert back to primitive times and just let the pigeons do it. I think it's amazing that computers have come this far, but we're still taking baby baby steps towards replacing MD's in total. now for the real differences - with incorporation you get to play two big things - one is you can potentially income split but having your family as members in your corporation under specific rules (not just everyone ha). Have you considered that? If a pathologist diagnoses a GI biopsy in a hospital, he bills zero. Will it be like the ER doc shift work model, where doctors work a 10-12 hour shift constantly rotating through days and nights? By Doctors also have a lot shorter time to pay for retirement (big loan to pay off, start a family has to happen relatively soon upon graduating (say in my field if you start university at 18 by the time you are a full radiologist you are 32 minimum - could be longer than that of course quite easily). At our service almost no one will admit to their service without some imaging backing up the diagnosis. With ophthalmology incomes in decline, some ambivalent candidates go elsewhere. Thanks for your perspectives everyone! I mean I know that is probably hard to process earlier on but by the time you get closer to the end (which from some reason I just kind of noticed - gezz I am only 16 months away from graduating) concern shifts more to overall lifestyle rather than just focusing on one single factor. The former is carcinogenic (with the tumors being such wonderfully fatal ones as AML and nasopharyngeal carcinoma), the latter is disgusting. Ophthalmology Orthopaedic Surgery Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Pathology Pediatrics Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Plastic Surgery Preventive Medicine Psychiatry and Neurology Radiology … Thank you guys so much for your time, you guys are amazing. I didn't take a closer look at imaging until midway through internship and I liked it more than path. You'll see it in residency programs too. Each clinical case scenario allows you to work through history taking, investigations, diagnosis and management. I'm assuming you are an ophthalmology resident - if so can I ask you for your thoughts on life style/$$$/job availability of ophthal? As a current radiology PGY-1, I would love a block on caring for pigeons. These two fields are similar in several ways (visual, diagnostic, cerebral). Also, what are your thoughts on teleradiology? The days are very busy - when the government cut the fees the rads responded by just doing more work as there was simply more work to do over time. That was my residency program - and I would not say it is an easy program. Current 3rd year- just finished with an ophthalmology rotation and really enjoyed it, but not … LMAO at “other specialties don’t tell you how to … To that effect, I'd again advise consider people to do an actual rotation in pathology and figure out if it is right for them. For the first (left) eye, code 76519–LT. They also have a far worse job market than us (they come here, not the other way around like it is for all other specialties). Often vision changes are unnoticeable at first and difficult to detect. For the second (right) eye, you only can bill for the professional component of the A-scan. I know of several residents who have switched from competitive residencies into path, and none have looked back. That's why I am warning students. But, I think the same concerns of replacing humans will be always there, just a question of what kind of adjustment occurs. Ask an Ophthalmologist. 26 Frontiers in Oncology, Vol. It is clearly under attack. × The OMA did nothing. Ophthalmology is very different from rads, and you need to spend as much time possible shadowing to see if the things you are seeing under the slit lamp make you excited to come back. I saw people earning in seven figures per month from ophthalmology but it takes time to reach at that stage. There is just no end of potential. 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