I hear that rads applications are down overall this year about 10-15 percent (on a side not, I hear from a friend that urology is also down as much or more) but the overall quality of applicants is at a near all time high (maybe self-selection?). So does all this mean that people are shunning the specialties in favor of primary care due to some empty promises for increased reimbursement. I would personally play the odds. Odds being there is a 80-90 percent chance that rads will be heads above primary care in 10-15 years. Thoughts?
Probably self-selection or else med schools are starting to admit people who are unlikely to be interested in rads (i.e. more former EMTs/paramedics, more former nurses, more emphasis on community activity and shadowing and less on sheer stats, etc.)
Speaking as someone in primary care, if you go into primary care with the belief that you will somehow be making more under ObamaCare, you're deluding yourself. Getting away from any political commentary on how the administration has yet to deliver on a single campaign promise, going into a field on the basis of projected income potential is just stupid. If you do that and get burned, well, you got what you deserved.
I've heard a number of things about rads from radiologists - don't go, the field is about to implode; no, it's great, no patients; don't go into it, salaries are bound to fall; we're heads above primary care in terms of reimbursement and we're going to stay that way. Who knows? I honestly don't think anyone can truly predict what's going to happen. I know in some states neurologists do read their own scans and bypass radiologists....who knows if that's an outlier or a sign of a future trend?