It's not just a question of disagreement -- it's not possible unless you did EM/IM or EM/FP.Urgent care. Cruise ship medicine (the pay is terrible from what I hear, though).
People often seem to think that you could become a primary care physician but I strongly (STRONGLY) disagree with that idea and think it's disrespectful to people trained in primary care to think we can do so without doing a primary care residency.
This is actually incorrect. There was a thread about this recently, specifically in regards to going into primary care. Legally you can practice primary care if you want, and there are examples of EM people doing that. Whether or not its a good idea is another topic entirely (there are good arguments on both sides IMO), but it is definitely, 100% possible if you wanted. Techincally all you have to do is a single year of post-graduate training (in anything) to be fully licensed to practice as a physician. Finding a job in major population centers will be difficult, but in rural areas where there are very few PCPs you can get a job easily. In a community near where I grew up there are general surgeons who do primary care in additon to their small-town surgery practice, so EM docs can definitely do it.It's not just a question of disagreement -- it's not possible unless you did EM/IM or EM/FP.
Well said. And although it might be unseemly to mention it, there's always the insurance companies. I know an MD who got tired of seeing patients, went back to his computer-nerd roots, and got into data analysis for a ginormous insurance company. I like to think that since he knows how things actually work, he can make them slightly less evil as he's crunching numbers and trying to track patterns of usage.many people don't realize they have these options and they lead miserable lives. And miserable people make for very poor clinicians.