Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I can't imagine donating 100% of my life to this profession. A little background first: I'm a traditional female applicant from the southeast. Well I have been working this year since college was over but I'm only 22 so that makes me pretty traditional. I'll be going to a state medical school here in 3 or 4 months. I probably could have gotten into a 'top' school, but just wasn't interested in it. In fact, it was the only school I applied to. I've been thinking about a potential speciality, and anything surgical is out because I don't have any interest in working hard long hours to perfect delicate procedures. I'm also not very good with my hands and don't think I'd be very good at it. Dermatology sounds allright but there is no way I'm going to work hard enough in medical school to be competitive for that. I'm not interested in pursuing research opportunities or 'making connections' in such a field. Radiology sounds allright, but it seems a little too high-tech driven for my tastes, is also somewhat competitive than not anything like derm, and I don't think I'd be a perfect fit for it. IM is out because of the call schedule and the general mediocrity of the lifestyle, along with the fact that it basically seems like geriatric medicine and that's not what I'm interested in. A few others: neurology- I think too many people go into this field who are really gung ho about neuroscience and I don't think I would fit into that mold. I like the non-procedural nature of it, but it also seems a little depressing. Fp- Too much variety. Sometimes the lifestyle is only mediocre. I don't want to be known as the 'good ole doc'. Also the hassle of running a practice would drain me. gas- a little too procedural for my tastes. plus I don't want to be in the OR. Pathology- A possibility. I'll have to see how I can deal with handling tissue and spending time in the lab. Good hours, no procedures. But the smells of the autopsy room would probably not be great for me. Perhaps it would be a good fit if I eventually got a job in a community where I didn't have to gross in surgical path much and could just be a slide monkey. EM- I like the length of the residency, and the shift work hours. However, I would hate being in the ED. [email protected] another decent possibility. I don't know much about this but it sounds ok. But occupational medicine.......that seems like the ticket. Pretty noncompetitive so I wouldn't have to work hard coming from a decent american allopathic school to get a spot. Great hours and good lifestyle. No prestige but I don't really care about that. I could see myself doing a lot of physicals and tending to employee/employer health related issues. The money is not good for physicians(150-175k for most) but I'm going to a state school, the residency isn't that long, and I wouldn't have to worry about fellowship training or anything. And 150k still is a nice lifestyle in many communities, especially if I marry a professional man. Basically I would make mid/upper level executive money without all the pressure and competition, and it would be pretty much a guaranteed gig. I could even supplement my income by maybe working as a physician who reviews online prescriptions or something. Or maybe one of the physicians who works for a major HMO company and is on call to decide whether or not certain employees/patients get approval to go to the ER. Basically, I'm not looking for a lot of variety, challenges, or interesting pathology in my career, so occupational medicine seems like a perfect fit. But I didn't want this post to be about comparing different specialties as that would probably be more appropriate for another forum. Mainly I'm interested to see if anyone else is going into medical school with the attitude that they aren't going to 'give 100%' and try to make AOA. If I did just mediocre in preclinical grades, scored 210 on step1, and then put up a lot of B's and C's(or P's) during my core rotations I wouldn't be dissapointed. I'm not trying to be demeaning to those who are gunners, but I was a semi-gunner in college, by my stats at least, and that's over for me now. My goal is just to do enough to comfortably pass and slide into a benign occupational med(or pathology or pmr) residency. I wake up at 615 now every morning, and I'm tired of it. I think it will be possible to get through medical school, at least years 1 and 2, putting a lot less energy into it and having more time to do stuff I like than my current job allows. In that respect, I'm looking forward to medical school. Sometimes I read this board and it seems like I'm the only one who feels this way. I can't be right ?