Best specialty for being able to work wherever you want?

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  1. Neuroguy887

    Neuroguy887 2+ Year Member

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    What if my main concern is finding a job in an awesome place like SoCal, hawaii, or miami, is any specialty so in demand that you can find a job basically anywhere you want/there isn't saturation in these great places?
     
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  3. AlmostAnMD

    AlmostAnMD 2+ Year Member

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  4. alpinism

    alpinism Give Em' the Jet Fuel 5+ Year Member

    Are you willing to work for 150K per yr?

    Then yes.
     
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  5. happygilmore

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    Some people in FM earn 200 or 250k.

    Imagine if a FM resident worked as hard as a surgical resident on applying business principles to their practice and learning how to maximize income... they could earn 250k.

    Most FM earns closer to 200k anyhow.
     
  6. J ROD

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    EM maybe. Psychiatry is another one that is often overlooked. There is usually a demand. FM is so general I would not think so.
     
  7. witzelsucht

    witzelsucht 5+ Year Member

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    EM is very saturated in Hawaii; not sure about miami or socal
     
  8. earf

    earf 5+ Year Member

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    Urology is pretty much needed everywhere and you have lots of flexibility and a great lifestyle. Radiology is also another good one.
     
  9. evilbooyaa

    evilbooyaa 5+ Year Member

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    Telerads. Live anywhere and read anywhere you get a job.

    I've also heard that FM/OP IM is in pretty high demand even in big cities.
     
  10. tco

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    Radiology is not a good one to work wherever you want. It's difficult to find jobs right now.

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  11. SunsFun

    SunsFun VICE president 5+ Year Member

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    I wish there was a website to see demand/supply for different specialties by region.

    From what I heard, most high end specialties with low number of residency spots like derm, ENT, rad onc will have more openings that offer competitive salary in popular cities. You can normally find a job anywhere, it is just that you will not get paid much in SoCal comparing to Alaska for over saturated specialties like Cardiology or Hem/Onc.
     
  12. WaylonS

    WaylonS 2+ Year Member

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    Yeah, probs not radonc
     
  13. Kahreek

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    you see it is not all business, cutting gives more money, assessing and talking to people and figuring out their minor or major problems doesnt. If the said surgical resident applies those said "business principles" he will be more like in the half to a million zone.
     
  14. Kahreek

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    The true answer for the thread, if you really dont care, and location is everything, anything goes, every specialty is an option. Does it make sense.
     
  15. Darth Doc

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    A few possibilities I've seen:
    - start an obesity clinic, low testosterone treatment and/or pain management and make it cash pay only.
    - open a lyme disease clinic and move around whenever you start worrying about losing your license for sketchy medical protocols.
    - hire as many mid-levels as possible and make them work like dogs
    - train your staff to do only procedures that pay well - for example apparently certain types of laceration closures pay much better than traditional simple sutures. do only well-reimbursed procedures even if cheaper easier ones will work just as well.
    - fire all patients that don't pay in full within 90 days.
     
  16. Lavan

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    Psychiatry and FM are in need everywhere. Psychiatry in particular is incredibly flexible and can run a cash-only practice with nominal overhead.
     
  17. happygilmore

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    True. Yet, the issue is time. It's harder to apply business principles when you work 30 hrs more a week than the other guy.
     
  18. TheWeeIceMan

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    I would assume general IM would be pretty good for mobility.
     
  19. sazerac

    sazerac rye sense of humor 5+ Year Member

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    Judging by our resident forums, both pathology and radiology are good choices... you can have your unemployment checks sent wherever you want.
     
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    Neurosurgery. Needed pretty much everywhere or so I hear. Some regions can't retain them and offer upwards of 7 figures and still can't get anybody to come.
     
  21. Darth Doc

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    If someone offered me that much, I'd be extremely suspicious that it would be a toxic work environment or that the area would be so underserved that I'd be on call 24/7.
     
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    Housekeeping.
     
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    Working in an Urgent Care might be easy to find too. FM, IM and EM can usually get in there.
     
  24. Lavan

    Lavan 2+ Year Member

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    It's probably never prudent to choose neurosurgery for lifestyle reasons/location etc.
     
  25. circulus vitios

    circulus vitios 7+ Year Member

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    I know that neurosurgery residency is inhumanely brutal, but I've read that attending life can be decent. :shrug:
     
  26. Lavan

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    Attending life in any field *can* be decent, though the amount of call varies widely and can still be undesirable. But the certainty of money and the possibility of reasonable hours doesn't make 7-8 years of residency doable if it's not something you are passionate about (esp if you want to enjoy your 20s/30s, start a family, etc).

    Picking a field for lifestyle alone is almost always a terrible idea.
     
  27. Kahreek

    Kahreek 2+ Year Member

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    yes, because at some point you will have to work hard anyway
     
  28. Trismegistus4

    Trismegistus4 Worried Wellologist 10+ Year Member

    Because psychiatry doesn't involve touching the patient, telepsychiatry is a growing method of reaching underserved areas. You may be able to sit in your comfortable office in SoCal or Miami and see patients in North Dakota.
     
  29. tco

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    Going into rads. This made me literally laugh out loud.

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    Bariatrics. There's fat people everywhere!
     

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