I was ultimately choosing between and IM and family. What really did it for me was realizing how much I love inpatient medicine, and realizing that while I could easily do a clinic-heavy sub specialty or primary care through Med-peds, family removes a ton of options and makes inpatient medicine difficult. It also doesn't prepare you as well to deal with the same kind of complex patients as does Med-peds.Hey all Med-Peds residents! I am still struggling to decide between Med-Peds, Peds, and Family Medicine. Yet I can't help but gravitate toward Med-Peds, as it seems to offer the best options and in the end I could end up practicing just primary care, just peds, or specializing in peds/med/both. I don't see one more year of training as a huge compromise, and it appears you get better training than FM, and if you pursue primary care, you see more peds than FM does.
My career goals are not clearly defined at this point, as I like both inpatient and outpatient, want to work with peds and adults, and may want to do primary care but don't want to rule out specializing further. I did like OB/GYN, however I don't know how much GYN Med-Peds physicians do? And I'm not sure I would want to give up the extra training and opportunity to do fellowships to hold onto OB through FM (especially when it seems that it is so hard these days for FM doctors to really have a "full-scope" practice!).
Can I ask what made you choose Med-Peds? Especially to those who struggled with coming to a final decision (rather than those who have a very specific plan, such as treating diseases that continue from childhood to adulthood -- just because that is more clear cut -- I'm looking for those who were more in my place as an upcoming fourth year who has to apply for residency in 3 months!
Thank you for all of your help in advance!
Hello! I'm nearing the end of my M2 year and am really set on doing Med-Peds. I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts on attending an NMPRA conference? I could likely make it work to attend one of them this year (I think the West Coast one, but possibly one of the others instead) but before I book plane tickets I was curious to know if anyone had thoughts on whether or not they are a valuable experience. Would love any insight!