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Featured Being a doctor with Asperger's - Can this work?

Discussion in 'Education and Employment' started by Dadamen, Jul 25, 2020.

  1. Dadamen

    Dadamen Well-Known Member

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    I hadn't been offically diagnosed with ASD, but I highly suspect it, maybe it is the best to keep it to myself and only try to improve my social skills and emotional intelligence.
     
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    Jumpback Well-Known Member

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    In some ways I can see the medical profession as a good career for some on the autism spectrum, especially if one can find find a position with structure and not too much paperwork and confusing unknowns. At least I have seen general practitioners and felt that I could never do the organizing and so on of front desk person who deals with insurance and appointments and so on, but maybe I might enjoy the constant problem solving of the general practioner.

    But maybe I underestimate the amount of paperwork or general uninteresting “busy work” all MDs must face...I just like the idea of going from one creative problem to the next.
     
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    Kalinychta Well-Known Member

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    Yesterday my sister told me about one of the doctors she works with in the emergency room (she’s a nurse). She said he’s the best doctor there and the most well-respected—and she strongly suspects that he is autistic. In fact, she thinks that many of his Asperger’s traits are responsible for making him so good at his job. She also mentioned that patients and family members really like him because he’s so straightforward, no-fluff, and “here are the facts.”
     
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  4. Au Naturel

    Au Naturel Au Naturel

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    My wife and I were just discussing doctors who paint a rosie picture that is really the very best possible scenario and not like what is likely to happen. She had cataract surgery and the doctor said she'd have perfect vision and be recovered in a week. Two weeks later and not so perfect. Yes, it is an improvement over what she had but not perfect by any means. Her eyes are dry which means a constant low-grade irritation if she doesn't keep her eye drops up. Still needs reading glasses. Haloes around bright objects at night. A bit of research and we learn that it takes months to fully heal and recover, not a week.

    When I had knee surgery the doctors said I'd be out climbing mountains again in a month. A year after that and I was finally able to start hiking again. I could barely run at all. It never did heal fully. Similar experience with a hernia surgery.

    I get it. The rosie scenario **** is to keep your morale up, alleviate anxiety. I'd rather be told the truth upfront and not be sandbagged by reality later.
     
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    Bolletje Overly complicated potato V.I.P Member

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    @Dadamen if you like reading I’d suggest Adam Kay’s book “This is going to hurt”. It’s the diary of a modern day doctor that does a pretty good description of what life is like for us.
     
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    Alexej Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Apparently a lot of top doctors are on the spectrum. It the ability to focus that gives them the edge. I think it was Tony Attwood who said this.
     
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  7. Dadamen

    Dadamen Well-Known Member

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    Thank you all for your support and good predictions. Yes, ASD makes people focused and sometimes even overfocused which is often good for jobs. But to be a good doctor you need to have a good comunication and empathy to make patients like you.
     
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    Crossbreed Neur-D Missionary ☝

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    According to autism expert, Uta Frith, autistics don't lack empathy (which is distinct from "theory of mind").
    Theory of Mind - Uta Frith
     
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    paloftoon Well-Known Member

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    Aspies are definitely capable to do "anything", but we have to work harder to figure out what works for us to achieve certain things. Only we can determine that There are too many life choices and some may be more feasible for one individual than another. Each person is different. It's up to us individually ultimately to figure out what can work for us, but we can seek help along the way.
     
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    Kalinychta Well-Known Member

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    Patients don’t need to like their doctors. Medical treatment isn’t a friendship. They need to trust their doctors.
     
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    Dadamen Well-Known Member

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    Don't know for others, but I feel empathy, but can't show it properly, so other people think I'm lacking it.
     
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    Transgressivecharm cheese in a can

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    Hi @Fino, true dat, if one can muster enough bandwidth despite cognitive interruptors. That is to say, I'm generally quite knackered off meds. But since being on them (prozac, buspirone, vyvanse) I'm able to actually do more than watch tv for a change. Been studying facial bits and body lingo lit. Gotta say, now I'm simulating with the best of 'em.
     
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