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Hello everyone, I'm currently an AMG interested in EM, but is not yet sure. I hope I can get some answers from here. I really appreciate if you can help.

1) I heard EM docs can technically open general practice clinics. Is this true? I feel like when I'm 60 I may no longer want to work in an ER. Will insurance pay an EM doctor to manage hypertension , etc in a Primary care clinic?

2) I heard because fellowships after EM are not as competitive as certain other fields, therefore where you go to EM residency doesn't matter as much. My question is if I go to a small EM program in NYC like NSLIJ, will I have a difficult time getting jobs in places like Atlanta, Texas, or California? Or is it really important for me to go to a well known program? Or do I just have to go to a program in their area?

3) Does anyone feel like EM is saturating? Especially this year, It seems like half our class is going into Emergency Medicine, most for the lifestyle. My adviser told me EM is very competitive now, and is comparable to radiology, is this true?

4) On average, how many hours would you say the residents work per week? I know every program is different, but would like to have a general idea. As an attending, how many night shifts on average do people do per week?

I appreciate any answers. Hope this will help other medical students as well. +pity+
 

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Hello everyone, I'm currently an AMG interested in EM, but is not yet sure. I hope I can get some answers from here. I really appreciate if you can help.

1) I heard EM docs can technically open general practice clinics. Is this true? I feel like when I'm 60 I may no longer want to work in an ER. Will insurance pay an EM doctor to manage hypertension , etc in a Primary care clinic?

2) I heard because fellowships after EM are not as competitive as certain other fields, therefore where you go to EM residency doesn't matter as much. My question is if I go to a small EM program in NYC like NSLIJ, will I have a difficult time getting jobs in places like Atlanta, Texas, or California? Or is it really important for me to go to a well known program? Or do I just have to go to a program in their area?

3) Does anyone feel like EM is saturating? Especially this year, It seems like half our class is going into Emergency Medicine, most for the lifestyle. My adviser told me EM is very competitive now, and is comparable to radiology, is this true?

4) On average, how many hours would you say the residents work per week? I know every program is different, but would like to have a general idea. As an attending, how many night shifts on average do people do per week?

I appreciate any answers. Hope this will help other medical students as well. +pity+

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I'm going to give you honest answers to each of your questions, briefly:

1) not really. you can maybe open an urgent care if you want, but PCP, no way.
2) doesn't matter much where you go, as far as getting a job is concerned, as long as you aren't looking into academia.
3) Competitive, yes, saturating, no. There are plenty of jobs out there for EM trained grads
4) Residency hours per week, on EM, count on about 50-60, off service, who knows. Nights as an attending, all depends on your place of employment, ranging from 0 to about 1/3.

Short advice, go into EM because you love it, not for any other reason.
 
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1. no
2. no, no, no but it helps.
3. no, maybe
4. 50-60, depends
 
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