I am an MSIII who has had an interest in PM&R for a couple of years now. However, I can't help but have some trepidation when every time I mention this as one of my preferred residencies, the listener invariably makes comments like "that's way too boring," or "they never do anything." I realize that these comments could merely come from a general lack of knowledge about the field, but coupled with the relatively uncompetitive nature of the residencies and purported low satisfaction among PM and R docs makes me wonder if there is something about the field I should be wary of. Is the field limited to working with the severely incapacitated, or is there a wider range of patients? Also, is the field sufficiently intellectually stimulating? Having said this, I think it would be a great fit for me, since I have a strong athletic background and have always been very interested in non-surgical management of musculoskeletal injuries (much to the chagrin of the orthopedists I have talked too). I fit the Orthopedic stereotype to a t, but I think Ortho would be too narrow for me (not to mention that it would destroy my back as I am circus-freak tall), and I am almost certain I am more medicine than surgery (I've always leaned more toward "thinking" than "doing.") In addition, probably my favorite class in the basic sciences was neuroanatomy/neurology, but I do not want the life of the neurologist, with all diagnosis and little to no betterment of the patient's condition. I have also heard different things about the lifestyle. Is it generally good with little call, or hectic with much call? Also, an anesthesiologist I talked to said that pain management anesthesiologists get paid twice as much as PM and R pain management. Is this true?