Here is a short list of some of the specialties available to Sr. Apprentices and Jr. Journeymen to choose from:

  • Botany/Herbology/Pharmacology
  • Dentistry
  • Diseases
  • Emergency/Trauma
  • General Practice
  • Geriatrics
  • MindHealing (Psychology)
  • Obstetrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Radiology*
  • Surgery

* - Radiology is a secondary specialty only, and can only be pursued by those already specializing in Surgery with at least a rank of Journeyman. This is used for X-Ray medicine only.

More will be added as time and need permits.

Specialties FAQ

Q. Where did the Respiratory Therapy specialty go?

A. It is our opinion that the respiratory sciences that have evolved in the real world are not advanced enough on Pern to warrent a specialty of its own. While there are certainly a number of respiratory ailments to be had, the medical science on Pern has not evolved enough.

Q. Obstetrics is up there, what about Gynecology?

A. Much of what makes Gynecology a valid and useful science in the real world has no bearing on Pern. There are no STDs, for instance, and pelvic exams are taught to healers as a part of their general education.

Q. Where did diagnostics go as a specialty?

A. Cause Of Death on Pern is fairly straight forward. Without the sophisticated testing equipment that RL uses for such investigations, diagnostic medicine is rendered moot.

Q. I would like to see X added to the list of specialties or would at lease like to pursue it individually.

A. Contact HEC Staff with your specialty and the reasons why you believe it would be a viable addition to the craft, and your request will be reviewed.

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