Lifestyle Issues: Oncology vs. GI vs. Cardio

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  1. bigfrank

    bigfrank SDN Donor

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    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

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    Wow this is the first I've heard about the changes going on the oncology field. Does anyone have any more information? Thanks!
     
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    Wow, nice resurrection. Almost a decade.
     
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    Interesting to see if those reforms came through, no?
     
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    ArcGurren only one will survive

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

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