This thread/question is aimed for pre-medical students and medical students.
Hey guys, so I was wondering would you guys change your mind about a specialty you have in mind because of family? Let's say you found a girl/guy you really love in college or medical school and you guys get married and probably have 1-2 kids during college or medical school. In addition, before any of this happen you had in mind of becoming a neurosurgeon or any other rigorous time-consuming residency. Would you still pursue it or would you find another specialty that is lifestyle friendly that you like as well? This question is also aimed for lifestyle after residency. For me, I don't know the answer yet. I mainly like surgical specialties which include neuro, cardio, and ortho. Those are really time-consuming. They keep you away from the family, but if I had to choose one of those to spend a little more time with family it would be orthopedics. What I have heard cardiovascular/thoracic and neurosurgeons live off their pagers anytime there could be a call. Also, they have the highest divorce rate, so I've heard, but don't take my word for it. Non-surgical specialties I like are radiation oncology and anesthesiology. You might say, Mr. Buff how can you narrow down your choices if you haven't even gone to medical school? I have visited a lot of different specialties several times for family appointments, I know what they do.
P.S. Would it be harder for you to choose a specialty if your wife/husband was also a doctor? (Both of you guys at the same level)