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To those that did a fellowship, what were your reasons?

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  1. anbuitachi

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    sounds like you were seriously getting underpaid.. especially if you were doing spine cases
     
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    It’s Vegas. Reimbursement isn’t good for the small groups. Was like 29 a unit or something. But whatever. Live and learn.
     
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    I wasn't trolling....
     
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    @facted did a regional fellowship. Maybe he (she?) will comment.
     
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  5. anbuitachi

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    i hope you at least made some extra money elsewhere in vegas
     
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    I feel like this has already been discussed at length in other threads. But personally, thought doing regional was great from a variety of viewpoints but most importantly, in a crowded job market (NE), it helped me land both jobs I've been at.

    Unless you want to do academic OB, OB fellowship I think it's absolutely useless.
     
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    Listen, I was making plenty of money to pay bills, have fun and travel. I wasn’t complaining about the money. I didn’t like the work, some of the surgeons, driving around and the hours.

    Me complaining of not making $450K is truly a first world problem.
     
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    Honestly, I am doing it because if will push me to stay on top of stuff. To keep my knowledge base current because that’s required in order to teach residents.

    I realized when I went back to fellowship how important that was and how I was getting out of date on stuff since I wasn’t reading as much as I should have been.

    So it’s a combination.
     
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    Every place I have interviewed has had either midlevels or residents. In the real world midlevels are everywhere not just in the ORs. They are truly taking over every aspect of medicine.
    I haven't signed a contract yet, but for the same amount of money would I rather work with NP's/PAs or residents?
     
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    Who will provide better care or be more willing to take advice and criticism? Residents are more malleable and atleast your knowledge will pass on to open ears and the future independent physicians
     
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    ;)
     
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    Exactly. No need to train my mid level replacements.
     
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    How is the schedule? 7 days on for 12 hours a day? The other week is 12hours night time?
     
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    Pretty much
     
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    The 7 nights straight is harsh.
     
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    Current Peds fellow here; I chose the field because I preferred the (generally) more amicable environment that a pediatric hospital can provide, from ancillary staff all the way to surgeons. It allowed to me to find a job in a geographically desirable location for my family, which is probably the most important. I (perhaps naively) cared less about $$ because I have no loans coming out of the military.

    If anything, jobs in major cities with large children's hospitals are getting harder to find because they are either not hiring due to a big staff influx over the past 4-5 years or hiring their own fellows [my own program included]. Private practice jobs that are 90-100% Peds (if that's what you want) do exist, but the few really desirable ones that come to mind hire very rarely.

    One final reason (though kind of secondary to actually liking the field) goes back to the geography issues and was that I came from a small community program; training at one of the more well-known name allowed me to find that job at a children's hospital that wouldn't have been available at all had I not gone into Peds while also circumventing the bias against smaller, lesser known programs many departments have.
     
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    It’s not set in stone. It can be whatever you need it to be, long as it’s 15 shifts a month.
    Nights don’t bother me. I have no kids and no problems sleeping in the day time.
     
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    nights are the best..
     
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