I have friends in dentistry who have part-time university appointments and also have private practices. I don't see why you couldn't do this in medicine, as well.MesoCompound said:Is it possible to join a private practice - and rake in the dollars - while also having a university affiliation and conducting bench or clinical research?
Praetorian said:I'll admit that I'm enticed by the lure of a big paycheck- and one of the major reasons that I refuse to do primary care is the disparity between pay and the level of responsibility (the primary reason is that it's such a boring job). I never said I love patients anymore than anyone else- but I am surprised that someone would be so straightforward, albeit pleasanty so.
I was being facetious (though it may not have come out that way).
Basically, the point of my question - which of course I proposed quite callously is this: can you have your cake and eat it too? Im not in medicine for the money, though money certainly is an enticing reason that further draws me to the profession. Being able to treat patients, get paid well, and continue conducting research what I would like to ideally do, but again, I think academia will be the route for me.
I wonder how cardiothoracic and neurosurgeons specialties that are so time-consuming are able to devote time to writing grants and conducting research? What is the salary for surgeons that join academia?