My friend in med school is a bit rotund (actually, ball-shaped). He/she has had various problems throughout med school: 1) During M2 pathology lab, he/she was unable to see into the multihead microscope eyepieces without standing up. The TA would be pointing out stuff and we would be looking into our eyepieces, but he/she would have stand with knees bent to look, often moving our table in the process. Also, the chairs would creak and bend under the strain 2) During M3 OB and surgery, he/she was never able to see into the surgical field because his/her stomach protruded too far 3) During IM, he/she would try to run to codes with us, but he/she would get really winded and flushed in his/her face. He/she would look ready to code themselves 4) There is a pretty steep ramp on a hill outside our school. When he/she would walk down it, going faster and faster, I would think: one false move, and he/she will start rolling and flatten anyone in the way Now, he/she is looking to specialize. He/she finds it awkward to have to tell patients to exercise and lose weight, and even to stop smoking. Pathology, surgery, and OB are pretty much ruled out. He/she does not feel competitive enough to try radiology, and also balks at the sedentary lifestyle and at sitting in a dark room all day. Any ideas? Also, should med schools look into taking more such students? After all, the morbidly obese are really underrepresented in medicine - something like 1-2% of med students. Perhaps they can offer understanding for the 30% (roughly) of Americans who are morbidly obese; after all, African-Americans and Hispanics are given extra consideration to represent and serve 10-15% of the population. Obese kids need role models, too; they don't have firemen or NBA players to idolize. Also, should Obesity Medicine be a specialty? They could be experts on the care of the obese. Any thoughts?