SDN Members don't see this ad. About the ads. Merry Christmas everyone! I have a small dilema that I told myself I would resolve during winter break..by small I mean what I'm going to be doing for the rest of my life hopefully. Title basically says it all. I originally narrowed it down to psychology, pt, or physiatry but i decided I didn't really want to work with mentally insane patients (no offense to any psychologists..or patients). I've narrowed it down to a list of pros and cons for both options but then again lists only go so far and I want some people with more knowledge(experience) to give me their opinions. A TLDR of pros and cons would be.. Physical Therapy: Pros- Shorter amount of school Only learning about what I'm interested about Less loans Getting paid to travel Actually performing the techniques and excercises Cons- Less control in a hospital setting Cannot order X Rays Cannot prescribe meds (I don't believe meds should be used as much as they are now..but obv in some cases both physical therapy treatments and meds together can achieve better results than either alone) Physiatry: Pros- More $ More control Can do more procedures than pt (injections, meds, x rays) Easier to open up a private practice Cons- A tremendous amount of school (8 years after undergrad is a little daunting) Tremendous amount of student loans I have to take orgo and calc 2 (not a huge con but still a difference if I go Physiatry route) I was lead to believe they do more managing and not much actual clinical treatment (tell me if I'm mistaken) Residency (Fill me in on the average res hours for physiatry) Learning a lot about things I'm necessarily not intrested in.. TLDR: Is the tremendous amount of school worth it in your opinion to become a physiatrist over a physical therapist?