Okay, here goes. I'm strongly considering family practice in the upper midwest (which to me is WI, MN, and the UP). Can someone enlighten me on these matters...... First of all, if your only source to US medicine was SDN (and for me, it has been so far!) you might think that family docs are the complete losers of medicine and that nurses will take over the entire field anytime soon. Someone please tell me that's not true! Secondly, I know residency is only 3 years. Does that mean that after 3 years you're sort of a free agent that could go anywhere? That seems like very little time to me. Is that right, though? How hard is it to find a job after residency? How important is it where you did your residency? What exactly will a "competitive" residency do for you? Will you make more money? How does it work 10 years down the line? Does it still matter? And finally, in some other threads people are talking about very short work weeks. What about residency? Pretty much the infamous 100-hour weeks all over? If someone actually decides to answer this, I'll really appreciate it.