I was speaking last night with an Anesthiologist who works at an academic hospital. He is a family friend. He asked me what I want to go into, and I said tentatively PMR. He said, "I've never heard an American graduate say that before.", which I was kind of expecting. I told him I liked PMR for its clinical and procedural aspects, as well as predictable work hours, low stress, and lifestyle - and I told him I wasn't "desperate" to get into something, because I have above average board scores. I could do IM specialty or Anesthesiology or ER, but I wasn't interested in those things that much. Anyway, I asked him exactly what he didn't think was favorable about PMR, and he said he thought Orthopedic Surgeon's in the future would try to encroach on PMR's business. At his hospital already, PMR is part of Orthopedic Surgery. Now that just scares the **** out of me. I'm a 3rd year student coming off 2 months in Surgery, and the only worse than working with those people is working under them. They treat their nurses and scrub techs like absolute dirt. And in the trauma bay, I've seen Surgery interns slap around 50 year old ER attendings. Of course, these guys were General Surgeons, but I don't think Orthopedic Surgeons are all that much different. How much truth do you think there is to Orthopedic Surgery trying to take over PMR? And in general, on the job how much do you have to deal with Surgeons? I understand there's a fair bit of face time with surgeons involved, but how much power do these guys have to order you around? And how much dependent on them are you for business?