SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) From what I've seen with medical specialties, it is usually hard to have both lay and professional prestige. For example, EM Physicians have lots of lay prestige because of dramas like ER and documentaries like Untold Stories of the ER. But amongst medical professionals, EM docs are basically seen as glorified triage nurses. On the flip side, Radiation Oncologists have lots of professional prestige because of the highly intellectual and tech-savvy nature of their work and emphasis on cutting edge research. But they are a virtual unknown amongst the lay people. One Radonc resident I know says that when he tells people that he's a Radiation Oncologist they think he's a radiation tech or something. The only specialty that I see which has both lay and professional prestige/respect is Neurosurgery. Are there any others?