Welcome! I'm an Emergency Medicine Physician. I have and continue to participate in interviews/rankings/etc and work closely with residency development issues. The EM forum is now open! Questions for Residents, Physicians, and other Professional Mentors 1. What do you enjoy most about your specialty? Emergency Medicine is a fast paced field that touches almost all specialties. I love the pace, the diversity and the team work that happens in the ED. Patients come in and you never know what they will have. Shift work is great as well. Its a nice lifestyle as well. 2. Is there anything you dislike about your specialty? Shift work has many good things but it does mean that you work a varied scedule, including nights. 3. How many years of post-graduate training does your specialty require? EM is a little odd in that there are 3 year programs, 4 year programs and a few 3 year programs that also require an extra one year internship. In essence, it is 3 or 4 years depending on where you apply. 4. What is a typical schedule like for your specialty? Are the hours/shifts flexible? There is no typical scedule in EM. You work shifts (anywhere from 8-12 depending on where you go). Most attendings work about 35 hours a week. 5. Where do you see your specialty going in five years? EM is not going anywhere. Its a growing field with plenty of job security.