i had a heart to heart with my dad (an ob.gyn), about the state of ob.gyn and what lies in it in the future. i'm off telling him what's really popular and competitive these days (derm, rads, ENT,etc.) and he was telling me how back in his day applying for residency..things like general surgery and ob.gyn were popular and competitive while getting into fields like rads wasn't as bad. it just kind of made me think of the cyclical nature of things. albeit, specialties like neurosurgery and ENT are perennial competitve specialties but it's interesting to think how things can fluctuate over the decades. one thing particular of interest was how we discussed how there is an overwheming majority of females in ob.gyn, and how we theorize that the average work-hour output will decrease due to females comprimising work hours for raising families, etc. With this, super-imposed with decreases in ob.gyn graduates....one could suspect a scarcity of ob.gyn's in the market when the current practiontioners retire. on another note, i'm kind of torn up right now about thinking of what kind of specialty i'm going to end up in. i've been quite hard-core into ENT,..good grades/publications/presentations,etc... and now all of a sudden i'm thinking about other career opportunities. now i'm thinking about things like being able to live close to my parents so i can take care of them when they get older, high salary, californian weather, and other things...and i'm struggling between deciding to go do this academic researcher head-neck surgeon thing versus a community ob.gyn close to my family in california and with higher pay.