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    Where is my question on FP vs IM?

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    Where is my question on FP vs IM? Anyone can enlightment me on the pros and cons of FP and IM?

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    Re: Where is my question on FP vs IM?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecoli
    Where is my question on FP vs IM? Anyone can enlightment me on the pros and cons of FP and IM?

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    EColi:

    Sorry that your original post was lost. I will attempt to recite my original answer to you question, "Which is better between FP and IM?"

    Most specialties run through IM, meaning after 3 years of IM residency, you are eligible to go into a specialty program (cardio, nephro, pulm, etc.). Although IM is itself a popular specialty, a good % of IM residents use it as a stepping stone to reach their specialty. Sort of like a Chemistry major in college can choose to remain a chemist, or can go on to medical school or elsewhere.

    FP does have a couple of post residency options, but not nearly as many as IM. FP typically has a higher clinic / hospital ratio. FP also deals with Peds and OB/Gyn, where IM usually does not. But the tasks of an FP can vary greatly depnding on location. For example, an urban FP is very similar to IM, but rural FPs might "specialize in everything" because they are "the only show in town".

    The bottom line is that what might seem like the better choice for one, may not be for another. So it depends on what you want to do. The most important thing is to do whatever makes you happy. Good luck.
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    Re: Where is my question on FP vs IM?

    Just to add to what Doc said.... In FP you do roughtly a year of medicine, a year of Peds and a year of OB. You have a well rounded background, and can do a variety of things. Much of your practice will focus on outpatient stuff, but some Fps, especially in more rural areas, do a lot of OB etc. There is not much opportunity for fellowships. You can do sports medicine and a few others. If you don't like the idea of OB and peds then FP is not for you. IM focuses only on medicine in adults. 3 years of nothing but adult medicine. I have no idea what to do with a pregnant woman, and wouldn't touch a kid with a 10 foot pole. From IM your optons in terms of subspecialties are wide open. Cadiology, nephrology, pulmonology, etc. If you want to subspecialize you must do IM. Best of luck. G
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    Re: Where is my question on FP vs IM?

    I have no idea what to do with a pregnant woman
    Thanks Dr. Durst. I think you deliver them
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