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If hours and pay didn't matter...

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by Reaganite, May 2, 2007.

  1. Reaganite

    Reaganite Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    What specialty would you choose?

    I only ask because I just finished a sub-I in internal medicine at a county hospital, and it was awesome! Damn, if internal medicine isn't what being a doctor is about. I saw some of the most amazing pathology in my life. And yet, I ended up applying to and matching in one of the lifestyle specialties because I just couldn't accept the hours and relatively lower pay of internal medicine. Anyone else have a similar problem?
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  3. mgdsh

    mgdsh 10+ Year Member

    Mar 15, 2007
    You could be a hospitalist. Lifestyle is pretty good. Most Hospitalists end up working 15-16 a month and having the rest of the month off (usually every other week). In that time you could take part of your income and devote that to running a business on the side in your spare time. Or even moon light, etc. I'm sure doing something along those lines you could pull a pretty decent salary.

    Also your training would only be 3 years post grad and had you wanted to at the end of IM training you always have the option of subspecializing.
  4. Tired

    Tired Fading away 7+ Year Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    Which specialty did you end up in?

    My guess is Rads.

    Just curious.
  5. Bertelman

    Bertelman Maverick! 7+ Year Member

    Feb 11, 2006
    Had a Cooch
    I'd still do Anesthesia.
  6. lucky_deadman

    lucky_deadman Working Class Hero 5+ Year Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Southeast USA
    Still EM. It's just in my blood and can't really see myself doing anything else.
  7. Reaganite

    Reaganite Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    close...add an onc to the rads.
  8. Miami_med

    Miami_med Moving Far Away Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Guy who rides bikes and hikes forrests around the world. Is that a specialty?
  9. mig26x

    mig26x Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    Miami, FL
    It would still be IM for me.
  10. ajce9

    ajce9 Banned Banned

    Mar 31, 2007

    Thats great. I could work my a$$ off during the week and on my week off I could work my a$$ off running a business or moonlighting. :idea:
  11. sacrament

    sacrament somewhere east 15+ Year Member

    If pay didn't matter than I wouldn't work.
  12. danielmd06

    danielmd06 Neurosomnologist Physician 7+ Year Member

    Sep 9, 2006
    To paraphrase Animal Farm...some residencies are more equal than others.

    I picked my specialty because it's what I really loved most.

    If pay really didn't matter, I'd teach neurovascular anatomy to medical and undergraduate premedical students, world literature and ancient history to undergraduates, and go be an archaeologist in the summer.

    Oh yeah...and I would work part time as a librarian at the college I taught undergrad at, and would get to the gym and actually work out every other day.
  13. mgdsh

    mgdsh 10+ Year Member

    Mar 15, 2007

    I guess it just depends how much $$ you want to make and how easy you want life to be when your older. It also matters on how much you have a tolerance and knowledge for the business side of this world or if you have a close friend or family member you could go into business with.

    Theres plenty of doctors who do a similar type of thing where they consult at a hospital in order to build their private practice (aka business).

    You also fail to forget it totally depends on the type of the business you're running on the side, where some take a lot of time and effort to maintain, others don't.
  14. barelyawake


    Apr 4, 2007
    high risk OB

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