Let me start by saying I will be starting med school this fall, so I am not sure that in four years I will a. still want to do orthopedic surgery and/or b. have the board scores/grades to pursue it. With that being said, I will be attending Mercer University, a small, private school in middle Georgia. Mercer has the stated mission of turning out doctors who are committed to practicing in rural Georgia. I come from a small Georgia town and ultimately my desire is to return there to practice. For those of you who are residents or even M3 or M4s considering orthopedics, what is your take on being a rural orthopedic surgeon? I'm sure many of the pros and cons discussed in "General Surgery" apply here, but there will also be some differences. For example, ortho is not technically considered a primary care specialty. I'm not sure how that would affect things like call and trauma, but I'm willing to bet if there was one general surgeon and one ortho in town, the ortho surgeon would sleep more at night. What do yall think some of the pros and cons would be?