here is a joke surgical residents are fond of telling.
“What is the worst part of being on call every other night?
– You only get to do half of the surgeries.”
Most jobs in requires people to use their minds, some jobs require learning a physical skill. A few lucky individuals, such as musicians or artists, use their mind and physical skills simultaneously. You can add to this exclusive list a Medical Specialists that do procedures. Many years of intense eye-hand training, coupled with extensive knowledge of anatomy, disease processes and physiology are needed to perform complex medical procedures and intricate surgery. The training is very difficult, the level of skill can be extraordinary, and years of experience are required for mastery. Feel free to visit their website at check it out for more details.
Surgeries, Angiograms, Bronchoscopies, Endoscopies, and myriad other procedure are challenging, and exhilarating. Patients can walk without pain following a hip replacements, can see after cataract surgery, and can live after a Coronary Stent placement. Seeing these incredible results adds to the positive reinforcement Specialists get from performing these procedures. (Giving cancer chemotherapy does not require physical skill, but it does qualify in every other regard) Doctor’s who don’t perform procedures, GP’s, Internists, and Pediatricians rarely get this kind of positive feedback, or the high compensation.
The fact that doctors are paid handsomely for doing these procedures further motivates specialists to do what they are trained for. The revenue these procedures generate also induces hospitals to build operating rooms and outpatients centers, with dedicated personnel and expensive imaging services for support. All incentives are aligned to do more of these procedures, at great expense.