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I’m a soon to be fourth year medical student and was deciding between psychiatry and PM&R. Although these two fields seem so different, I love the personal relationships we can develop with our patients with in both fields. One question I had with regards to PM&R is how difficult is it to find a job in a more urban/suburban area in the US after residency? I understand I’m looking way too far ahead, as I’m still in med school, but was just wondering, as I am a little more picky about location due to some personal reasons. I currently live in Long Island and would preferably like to live in the tristate area. Is it really that hard to find a job after residency in this area? And does doing residency in this area tend to help with your chances of finding a job here?
 
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I'm only PGY3 but my understanding is it probably depends what you want to do within rehab. Inpatient jobs are way more plentiful then outpatient MSK based on what I'm seeing from recruiters and what I've heard.
 
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I'm only PGY3 but my understanding is it probably depends what you want to do within rehab. Inpatient jobs are way more plentiful then outpatient MSK based on what I'm seeing from recruiters and what I've heard.

This is a correct statement. Also without a pain fellowship more and more outpatient MSK jobs are a thing of the past as many/most of those jobs are bunched in with pain or done by orthopods.
 
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I was also torn between psych and PM&R as well.

Your concerns are valid-PM&R is a smaller field so there are just less jobs. There’s a shortage of psychiatrists and they are quite in demand currently, and can find a job essentially anywhere. It’s probably the easiest specialty to start your own practice in, considering how low overhead is.

Still, there should be a number of PM&R jobs if you’re looking at the frost are area. Do a job search for PM&R on careermd.com to get a bit of an idea of how many listings for PM&R there are in the area.I actually found my current job by just cold-calling the rehab hospital and asking the medical director if they had any openings.
 
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Hi everyone,
I’m a soon to be fourth year medical student and was deciding between psychiatry and PM&R. Although these two fields seem so different, I love the personal relationships we can develop with our patients with in both fields. One question I had with regards to PM&R is how difficult is it to find a job in a more urban/suburban area in the US after residency? I understand I’m looking way too far ahead, as I’m still in med school, but was just wondering, as I am a little more picky about location due to some personal reasons. I currently live in Long Island and would preferably like to live in the tristate area. Is it really that hard to find a job after residency in this area? And does doing residency in this area tend to help with your chances of finding a job here?

Too early to start worrying about jobs. Plenty of jobs in both specialists. There is a significant overlap between PM&R and Psychiatry if you do chronic pain. Even if you do TBI. If you like procedures and not just med management PM&R is for you. Doing residency in the area where you want to work definitely helps. The combination of alumni network and personal networking can go a long way. Tons of jobs are not listed and are word of mouth. First figure out your residency choice.
 
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Yes, where you do residency will indeed help open doors in that region.

Try to make the PM&R/Psych choice based more on unique qualities of those specialties rather on perceived job environment. Specialty will stay with you for a lifetime, job conditions evolve and change gradually and usually unpredictably.
 
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