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Which is the least rewarding specialty?

Discussion in 'Family Medicine' started by Erica Lewinski, Aug 22, 2004.

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  1. Erica Lewinski

    Erica Lewinski Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 20, 2004
    Which is the least rewarding specialty? in your opinion. IOW: What discipline has the worst street reputation, among candidate-MDs to pursue, as it may offer some of the lowest ratios for:
    1) dollars-earned / hours-worked
    2) satisfaction-achieved / hours-worked
    3) amount-of-intelligent-work-needed / amount-of-drudgery-work-routinely-required
    4) expected growth-in-income/experience-years
    5) deep-healthcare-issues-corrected_or_resolved / merely_helped_with_the_cosmetic_issues
    6) good_patient_interactions / number_of_patients_cared
    7) Hours_available_for_balancing_family_life / hours_awake etc.

    The bottom line is: I'm desperately looking for a place to work as a resident this coming year and I want to optimize my number of applications with a limited budget, to ensure an open door somewhere, no matter what discipline. Its almost vital for me that I find a match this last year. So, I have to ensure my success of a residency admission. Hence, I'm open for almost anything and anywhere in the nation. And I thought, with very limited choices open for me, it will be easier to find a spot that others dislike. Hence, the question. [BTW: I'm a US Citizen, ECFMG-Certified (USMLE-I & II) candidate].
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  3. dksamp

    dksamp Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 26, 2001
    Southeastern US
    ARE YOU FOR REAL??? You sound like someone with absolutely ZERO direction in life and just wants to enter something for the sake of being in something, and WHY IN DA HAILL did you have the nerve to post that in the FP board of all boards??

    Ya know, I can really go off on this fool, but I am WAY too tired AND on call tonight, so I will defer to the other participants of this board to offer up some of that Rick James 5-finger therapy.

    (Rick James to Charlie Murphy): What did the 5 fingers say to the face??

  4. Erica Lewinski

    Erica Lewinski Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 20, 2004
    Its not a question of zero-direction dksamp, but, just a question of despondency of
    the avg. US Citizen, ECFMG-Certified applicants like myself, of trying to find a residency
    spot. If slapping me would make you feel any better (I understand you were too tired last
    night), please slap away ... but, please help me find a residency spot. I'll really
    appreciate any help from you and you'll be rewarded! The ball will be in your court then,
    on whether to choose "a slap for me" as your reward or a cool thousand buckaroos from me,
    as your reward! :)
  5. VentdependenT

    VentdependenT You didnt build thaT Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Oct 3, 2003
    Get on the phone and start calling places. That's where I would start.

    There are plenty of rural and "less well to do" innercity community programs where I'm sure you can match. I'm sure there are a few places in the south side of Chicago that would at least take a look at you. Perhaps Alaska...almost guaranteed if you are female. :)

    Pretty funny post I must admit though. There are plenty of residencies where you can be miserable at here in America!
  6. PTP

    PTP 7+ Year Member

    Jul 2, 2003
    Well as bad as it sounds, if your that desperate and just want to get into anything, regardless if you like it or not the easiest spots to get into are public information. Just check out the last few years of match results. Heck I'll save you the trouble.
    IM, FP and Psych are probably the easiest. If you want to get easier, go for the community hospitals and not the university programs.
  7. erichaj

    erichaj Banned Banned

    Dec 28, 2003
    The American Board of Family Practice, publishes a phone number that lists the empty FP slots.

    Check with the www.abfp.org or www.abfp.com website, call the board, and they should be able to help you with that number.

    Good Luck.

  8. GeddyLee

    GeddyLee Bad-ass Guitarist 7+ Year Member

    Jun 24, 2003
    It may be hard to balance family life while asleep.

    However, if you find a specialty with a 1:1 sleep:awake ratio, let me know.

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