I am in the 4th year of medical school, going through the gruelling process of electives and specialty decision. I basically want what many others do: good lifestyle/income, intellectual stimulation, patient care satisfaction, and flexible career independence. I have ruled out Surgery (not conducive to the lifestyle I desire), Radiology and Anesthesia (too much hospital based and not enough patient contact), Medicine (too much patient contact, "dime a dozen", treating the numbers and not the patient). So now after some research, I have come across a specialty that I know little about: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. So my question is the what are the lowdowns of this field? I have heard that the lifestyle is second only to Derm (too competitive for me and boring), the wide variety of intellectual pursuits, the field is wide open, and the income potential (stories of million dollar earners in rehab gym ownerships and procedures-EMG, interventional injection). Any input would be most appreciated.