Don't you think this as well? Aside from the obvious lifestyle choices that make picking any field over pathology a silly and futile exercise, there other possibilities, among them are: 1) Pathologists have (at least it appears to me) a wider knowledge base than almost any other specialty. 2) Better sense of humor. Pathologsts don't get as ticked off when they are made fun of, and don't take it out on poor unsuspecting residents or patients. 3) More free time, and thus more time away from the hospital. Thus, every frame of reference does not revolve around the hospital. 4) Much more of a sense of the history of medicine and the fascinating things that come along with that. 5) A "weekend off" does not mean having to be on call saturday and having from 5pm saturday until monday morning off. 6) Everyone calls you to get the answers, not the other way around. 7) People love their jobs, and are not doing them just to get it over with. 8) Pathologists don't have to deal with drug reps quite as often. and of couse, 9) Minimal Poo exposure, which goes along with the attractiveness thread and is explained there. Is it more fun to be around someone who smells like poo or someone who does not? Only a surgeon would say the former. Poo and flatulence are the surgeon's noble substance and gas. p.s. we have officially been passed by ophtho. Oh well. It was fun while it lasted. Let them have their fun, they have to deal with eyes as a career.