**Continuing a trend of semi-controversial topics (with more to come -- I clearly am not working right now).** On SDN, in the hospital, and at my medical school I have met six different types of people interested in/applying to EM. 1. The Genuine - Those who absolutely prefer EM to all other fields, who have considered other options, who have met the stresses and deemed them (hopefully) tolerable, and who try to have a serious understanding of emergency care and it's place in the larger system of healthcare. 2. The Idiots - Those who have filled out ERAS and are interviewing in EM and who still seem to have only the vaguest idea of what exactly EM docs do. In case I am accused of creating a straw-man I have at least n=2, one person who said they were going into EM "because they loved trauma so much" and another who said that she "could only deal with really sick patients, ambulatory stuff just pisses me off." 3. The Backups - Those who are applying to something else as their first choice but "also really like EM" and so wish to use our specialty as a backup. 4. The Fearful - Those who have a passion for another field (often GSurg) but decide it's just too much to handle and so apply to EM. 5. The Latecomers - Those who train for awhile in something else and then switch into EM. 6. The Prospective Latecomers - Those who plan to train in something else, see if they can handle it, but say "if it doesn't work out I'll just do EM." Maybe this is no big deal, maybe it is a function of the youth of specialty and it's fairly pay/time ratio. I tend to think it is a big deal. I often find myself a little irked at the thought of working alongside a group of people who include especially #2, 3, 4 and 6. I am mainly curious to hear input from the attendings/residents. Do you feel like you meet Idiots, Backups, and Fearfuls on the interview trail? Does it denigrate the seriousness of the specialty that it seems to be a fall back option for relatively so many people? Do you notice a difference in quality among residents who trained in another field for 1-2 years (either positive or negative)?