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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by the prodogy, Mar 14, 2007.

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  1. the prodogy

    the prodogy 7+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Becoming a doctor is, like many of you, my dream. But I've got to say that growing up and having a family is more important. So I'm looking to specialize in a field that has good hours. So for you guys, what specialty has the best hours?
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  3. Dr.Inviz

    Dr.Inviz Banned Banned

    Oct 1, 2006
    Rads, Derm, Anes, IM/FM, to name a few.

    Again, just get into medical school first ....
  4. Jamers

    Jamers Sexy Man 10+ Year Member

    Dec 6, 2005
    North Carolina
    EM as well. As an EM doc told me, "I punch out and the rest of the world can go to hell..." hahaha, I LOVE IT!!
  5. Dr.Inviz

    Dr.Inviz Banned Banned

    Oct 1, 2006
    You're right, EM too.
  6. dctrgreen

    dctrgreen Junior Member 2+ Year Member

    Jul 29, 2006

    "..and the rest of the world can go to hell." i love it. that is hilarious. reminds me of this one particularly grouchy ER doc i worked with and he said of one of the patients "hell, what he is complaining about. i am sicker than that son of a b..... and i am not complaining."
  7. Dr.Inviz

    Dr.Inviz Banned Banned

    Oct 1, 2006
    Those that consider surgeons to be a$$holes should spend a day with an EM doctor, now THEY are complete a$$holes .... :laugh:
  8. HunterGatherer

    HunterGatherer HunterGatherer Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Oct 13, 2005
    The Lone Star State
    you can add PM&R and Radiation Oncology to that list. Possibly Opthalmology also.
  9. Pansit

    Pansit 5+ Year Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Emergency Medicine for sure. You work 12 hour shifts, something like 7am-7pm, for 4 days a week and have an average salary of around 180-200k. Every single week you get at least 3 days off. 12 hour shifts sounds long but you get used to it, and if your hospital is busy it goes by fast. Other than that, I would think anything relating to a private practice is pretty family friendly because you set your own schedule, but medical liability is a much greater risk.

    VALSALVA sh*t or get off the pot 7+ Year Member

    Apr 19, 2004
    We disagree about IM and FM having good hours. Most internists work long and unpredictable hours. FM is more variable, but most work pretty long hours as well with some unpredictability (unless you run a 100% ambulatory practice).
  11. DoctorMom78

    DoctorMom78 Sky Glory 2+ Year Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Speedwell, TN
    I just found out that rheumatology has great hours too and it is largely an outpatient specialty with very few emergencies. :thumbup:
  12. Dr.Inviz

    Dr.Inviz Banned Banned

    Oct 1, 2006
    I guess you don't live in a southern state not including FL.
  13. Slane

    Slane L|E|C|O|M-Erie LDP 5+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2007
    My mother worked in EM for a number of years, and the shifts that she worked were 24 hours on and 48 hours off. I guess it depends on where you end up really, but either way, you're still looking at 3-4 days off per week (Some of which you'll be using to try and recoup from a 12 or 24 hour shift.)
  14. froggiepremed

    froggiepremed not "Pre" any more 2+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2006
    Harrogate, TN
    The ER thing totally depends on where you live.

    I worked in an ER for 2 years, and I prefer the big hospital with 9 hour shifts. It also depends on salary vs. patient reimbursement.

    I knew a young doc, who saw 40 pts/night ( a lot) in a 9 hour shift, and only worked 10 shifts per month!

    12 hr shifts didn't do it for me, too boring!
  15. MaximusD

    MaximusD Anatomically Incorrect 10+ Year Member

    Again, I'll say it...

    Group practice!!! You share patient load and you have on-off hours. While it is not guaranteed to be 9-5, it is still likely that you will not work ridic hours lal the time... you also share call with the other docs in your group from what I learned in my experience shadowing two pediatricians...
  16. DocFox

    DocFox Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 2, 2006
    The ED I work at has 8 hour shifts for the docs-very nice. Also, pathology is supposed to have great hours.
  17. GreenShirt

    GreenShirt 10+ Year Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    Don't forget, working part-time is also an option.

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