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good $ in IM...what about a life?

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by realruby2000, Feb 28, 2002.

  1. realruby2000

    realruby2000 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2001
    IM generally makes more than peds of FP...and I just as easy to get into I heard...How good is the money IM and how are their hours after residency? If anyone can provide any info on this field, I'd really appreciate it.

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  3. bigfrank

    bigfrank SDN Donor 7+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2002
    Generally, FPs work about 5-8 hours per week LESS than IM docs. Now, keep in mind that FPs in very rural areas work more than IM docs.

    Also, as far as salary goes, it just depends. I know of several FPs that make $250K ++ per year but they are in VERY rural areas and work VERY hard (ER every other weekend, etc.).

    If you specialize in IM, there will obviously be a change in work hours and salary. In general, salary will go up up up, but hours may fluctuate. For example, cardiologists work around 2x the hours as a general internist but Allergy/Immunology guys work less.

    Good luck, hope this helps.

  4. flga

    flga Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 16, 1999
    You would be surprised at how much IM's make. If you go to, type in your zip code and it will tell you how much the various specialties make. Their ranges are between $217k to $289k. That is pretty good for only 3 years residency. It all depends on how much you want to work. As an IM, you will see a wide range of patients and I don't think there will be a shortage of them.
  5. dbiddy

    dbiddy Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 14, 2002
    I don't think that amount is accurate for internal med. I too have looked at that site. I think they include people who are boarded in IM, but have done fellowships. All the other salary sites list the IM mean as around $140,000 or so.
  6. Deeps02

    Deeps02 Junior Member

    Feb 18, 2002
    I guess gives a better estimate of salaries, u can check that out............. :cool:
  7. Soupbone

    Soupbone Member 15+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2001
    Where on do you see salary estimates?
  8. commymommy

    commymommy *reformed commymommy* 10+ Year Member

    Jun 22, 2000
    Try the medical student resource guide.

    <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

    IM salary averages are currently hovering around the low 100's-120's btw.

  9. Voxel

    Voxel Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Nov 5, 2001
    The 2001 AMG salary survey for general internal medicine specialtists (non-fellowship trained) goes as follows:
    Average: $144,264 Starting: $120,000, East: 141,200 West: 140,831 South: $153,600 North: $144,000

    Same survey for FP without OB:
    Average $144,290 Starting: $120,000 East: $136,622West: $146,367 South: $152,563 North $141,037

    Same survey for FB with OB:
    Average: 150,673 Starting: $122,500 East: $161,102West: $164,372 South: **** N/A North: $149,652
  10. realruby2000

    realruby2000 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2001
    can someone do an IM residency and practice for a few years to make some money and then later apply for a fellowship?....would someone that takes this path at any type of advantage or disadvantage when applying for competative fellowships?
  11. commymommy

    commymommy *reformed commymommy* 10+ Year Member

    Jun 22, 2000
    I don't know about whether or not it would be more difficult to get accepted....but I would think that the major factor would be whether or not after making $100K/year and doing something like buying a house, you would want to go back to earning 39,000$. After being your own boss for a few years..could you suck it up and be a fellow? That might be the larger question.


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