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Curious question: What is the best paying medical specialty when taking into account all opportunity costs? Opportunity costs include years spent living off a resident salary, hours worked per week, benefits, etc.
 

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Why is this in the EM forum?

Also, might want to get into med school first before discussing income potential by specialty.
 
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Ortho for surgical specialties and derm for all others.


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Curious question: What is the best paying medical specialty when taking into account all opportunity costs? Opportunity costs include years spent living off a resident salary, hours worked per week, benefits, etc.
In order per a Medscape 2016 Physician Compensation report:

Ortho
Cards
Derm
GI
Radiology
Urology
Anesthesia
Plastics
 
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In order per a Medscape 2016 Physician Compensation report:

Ortho
Cards
Derm
GI
Radiology
Urology
Anesthesia
Plastics

You have the link for this?


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In order per a Medscape 2016 Physician Compensation report:

Ortho
Cards
Derm
GI
Radiology
Urology
Anesthesia
Plastics
Well, I didn't look at the compensation report, but this seems like a strong list for what the eventual income potential will be. But, does it factor in residency / training length? I feel like I've seen some good graphics that show projections of lifetime earning by specialty (and with variables like total student loan debt, age, etc - kind of like the "when would you break even" estimate).

Although - thanks for the link - that's helpful
 
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1) But, does it factor in residency / training length?
2) I feel like I've seen some good graphics that show projections of lifetime earning by specialty (and with variables like total student loan debt, age, etc - kind of like the "when would you break even" estimate).
1) No, the list provided is ranked by average annual compensation.

2) If you run across it, I'd be interested to see it.
 

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It really wasn't a joke if you take into account # of years in residency and # of hours worked per week. Read the OP.
ER is one less year of residency, work around the same hours and generally make more.

Derm is the same length residency, work around the same hours and generally make more.
 
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