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Lifestyle Issues: Oncology vs. GI vs. Cardio

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by bigfrank, Apr 4, 2002.

  1. bigfrank

    bigfrank SDN Donor 7+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2002
    Hello SDN friends,

    Can anyone comment on the relative lifestyles of these 3 fields, all subspecialities of IM? I would really appreciate.

    Warm regards, Frank
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  3. Voxel

    Voxel Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Nov 5, 2001
    I'd say cardiology probably has the worst lifestyle hands down unless your sole job is echocardiography. Then it's a toss up between GI and Onc. Onc has a lot of inpatient end of life issues while GI get the GI bleeders. Onc and GI spend a larger percentage of time in the outpatient setting than cardiologists who tend to have spend lots of time in the hospital before and after clinic.
  4. droliver

    droliver Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    May 1, 2001
    No contest. Oncology is the most 9-5ish of these specialties. Be warned though, the feds have reimbursements for chemotx. delivery in their sights for large reductions which will savage the traditional high salary in this field.
  5. bigfrank

    bigfrank SDN Donor 7+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2002
    If these cuts for outpatient chemotherapy do go through, what will the average Oncologist expect to make then? Going from, now, about $225K --> ???

    Thanks, Frank
  6. tulip

    tulip Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    Wow this is the first I've heard about the changes going on the oncology field. Does anyone have any more information? Thanks!
  7. asprin81

    asprin81 5+ Year Member

    Dec 8, 2010
  8. scudrunner

    scudrunner ASAPAC Supporter 7+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Skimming the tree tops
    Wow, nice resurrection. Almost a decade.
  9. Morsetlis

    Morsetlis I wish I were a dentist 7+ Year Member

    Jan 22, 2010
    The "Garden" State
    Interesting to see if those reforms came through, no?
  10. ArcGurren

    ArcGurren only one will survive 2+ Year Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    Wow necrothread.

    Still, in any case, GI, Cards, and Onco all make a good amount of money (starting for GI is 300k in some places, if i recall properly)... onco can be kind of depressing a field but otherwise is a decent 9-6 sort of job. Cards depending on the way you practice can be a really rough lifestyle especially if you're in an academic institution, private practice is much better. GI is cake, work 9-6 most days from what i've seen
  11. gudog

    gudog 10+ Year Member

    Jan 16, 2007
    Oh yes, they came throught all right.

    Went from receiving basically retail on drugs administered in office to barely receiving the cost of the drug.

    Our Medicare MD rep told us that we should be happy "breaking even" on drugs administered in the office.
  12. Sheldor

    Sheldor 5+ Year Member

    May 21, 2011
    Happy breaking even? If the government told anybody else, IE welfare recipients, that they would only "break even" they would freak out.

    How about government contractors? How many people would still work as consultants for the government if they only covered the cost of gas for the person to get there?
  13. asprin81

    asprin81 5+ Year Member

    Dec 8, 2010

    Why Onc still make money comparable to GI and Onco, if drug admin money is gone

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