SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Ok, so this is probably a dumb question, but i have been struggling with this all year, and it's 2 days before my list is due and I still can't decide! I've always wanted to be some sort of a pediatric surgeon, but was a little turned off by the long road and tough lifestyle of peds surg (esp. for a female wanting a family). So i thought pediatric plastics sounded like a good alternative. However, after a couple of plastics rotations, i felt that it was too superficial for me, and i missed the diagnostic challenge and the visceral organs of general surgery! I ended up interviewing for both programs. If i do end up in general surgery i would only be happy doing pediatric surgery, a 9 year commitment with no guarantee of getting in. If i do plastics, it's 5-6 years, and i can still operate on kids (granted, the job opportunities are probably less to work only at a childrens hospital), and the lifestyle is more manageable. But i don't want to give up an opportunity for a plastics spot as a PGY-1 and regret it later. Any insights, esp from someone else interested in peds surg. Is it really worth it???