If I knew that subspecializing wasn't ever going to be an interest, I would go 100% family medicine.
If you're OK with women and kids, FM is by far the better way to go for primary care. Job prospects are better too, because UCs and a lot of hospital systems prefer FM docs because they can see kids too. Pay is pretty similar for general IM and FM.
Not sure how that's related to the post you replied to, but that is generally true. That said, IM has a pretty broad range of non-competitive programs. Its not a stretch to call many FM programs more competitive than certain IM programs. As far as research, again it varies. There are a lot of research heavy FM programs out there, and lots of FM docs participate in clinical research - usually related to delivery of care, prevention, education, etc.Yeah - less competitive than IM (lower step scores, 0 research fairly common [for those who match]).
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Ftfy.For adult inpatient medicine, internal medicine is the best.
All those folks with diabetes, heart failure, copd, ckd, etc that happen to be less than 70, or 60, or whatever all have to see someone, and the average internist sees plenty of them in clinic. Old people get sicker and need more meds so they're a big part of the patients you give care to, but unless the internist really likes old people and selects for them, it's a far cry from actual geriatrics.Your experiences are atypical.