Hi all, Spent quite some time reading this forum, and found it useful. I'm posting b/c I'm a little confused at the moment. I'm in the middle of a family medicine rotation, and in short it is just amazing. i have an awesome preceptor and i am essentially functioning at an intern/resident level thanks to her supreme teaching abilities. i had never considered family medicine before, but after the past few weeks i have really, seriously been thinking about this as a career. i love how my preceptor knew the patients so well, had continuity of care and just connected so wonderfully with all the patients. i had thought that the cases would get monotonous/boring/you'd end up referring everything but i can honestly say each day is so different and fulfilling (even if you see lots of diabetes and htn, each pt is still so different and unique - that's what brings the variety) i actually really enjoy talking to patients and that's what is so neat about this rotation. and...finally I love the fact that you can treat all members of a family, look after a pregnant woman (even if you don't want to deliver), take care of the newborn (yay babies!), watch the child as it grows up, take care of the grandparents, etc. etc. As a physician I really want to start some sort of clinic for underserved/homeless patients, and FM seems like the perfect avenue to do so. I guess, in short, i think i love just about every aspect of what i've been doing this month. So the only thing is, I have had some people dissuading me from my initial thoughts of going into this, saying that "i can do better" based on board scores, etc. etc. People have told me that IM is a better route w/more respect, better earning potential, etc. I guess the reason I'm confused is: it seems as though FM docs have the option of doing so much and getting trained in a huge variety of things but nevertheless experience a general sense of low prestige, low compensation, and a lack of popularity. I just can't seem to understand how/why this is the case. (Is this really the case? this may just be a misinformed m3 speaking...) given the fact that they may well do the same things as an ob/gyn, GI doc, etc. procedure-wise, and are trained in a variety of things, why are they paid/respected less than those counterparts? And then, two more questions: First, i was wondering if some of you could shed some light as to the level of work in the FM residency. I am really hoping to have time to raise kids, pursue outside interests, volunteer, etc. etc. What is the residency like in terms of workload - is this doable? And secondly, what are some of the top programs out there in FM? Sorry for the naive questions, but i have a feeling this board is the place to ask. thanks for any help you can provide!