the future of heme onc

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  1. hsans23

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    I know heme onc took a hit a few years back with chemo reimbursements, i think, but what does the future hold for the specialty as the size of the cancer population continues to grow?
     
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    there's a growing shortage of oncologists and increasingly more cancer each year, plus a number of promising new targeted therapies with lots more to come. As such, I believe the future looks bright for oncology.

    I'm not convinced about the reimbursement problem either. From what I've heard, people are getting hired at $300-400k right out of fellowship in the Southeast. Of course, academics pays much less. In any case, I wouldn't recommend oncology if you're in it for the money...that's a perfect recipe for burnout with how hard they work and all the pain and suffering they generally see.
     
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    The salaries are still very high, but the workload is incredible. Since there continue to be many pipeline agents in the field of oncology, this is a very exciting area in terms of drug development and pharma/biotech. Hence, many oncologist are also getting pulled into non-clinical positions since more and more opportunities are opening up.
     
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    When you say the workload is incredible, how does that compare to Cards and GI. Can someone realistically attempt to maintain a normal family life in the field?

    Also, is there any way to do research in private practice?

    thanks for any help.
     
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    i know several attendings with very nice lives - 5 day weeks with weekend call every 3 or 4 weekends depending on how many partners in the group. they split their days half clinic half hospital and are normally there 8-5. very nice lives IMO, probably not as cush as GI on average and much cushier than cards in general.
     
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    does anyone know what an academic oncologist makes?
     

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