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    I have been lead to believe that
    the following specialities allow you to have predictable hours without emergency calls that drag you out of bed at night or force you to cancel your dates. You punch in, you punch out, your shift is over and no one will bother you until your next shift:

    E.R.
    Dermatology
    Endocrinology
    Radiology
    Psychiatry
    Neurology

    Does this list sound right ? Have I left out any, or is any on this list that should not be there ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by docemesis
    I have been lead to believe that
    the following specialities allow you to have predictable hours without emergency calls that drag you out of bed at night or force you to cancel your dates. You punch in, you punch out, your shift is over and no one will bother you until your next shift:

    E.R.
    Dermatology
    Endocrinology
    Radiology
    Psychiatry
    Neurology

    Does this list sound right ? Have I left out any, or is any on this list that should not be there ?
    ER, Derm, Rads are pretty good. ER is shift work. If you do Interventional Radiology you will likely have a few rough nights. Psychiatrists can have a bad lifestyle, depending on the practice situation. Endocrine is generally pretty good. Anesthesia oftens has pre-set hours, but there is almost always has pre-set hours. Neurologists are often really busy. I'm an internist, I work about 42 hours a week. G
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    Quote Originally Posted by teratos
    ER, Derm, Rads are pretty good. ER is shift work. If you do Interventional Radiology you will likely have a few rough nights. Psychiatrists can have a bad lifestyle, depending on the practice situation. Endocrine is generally pretty good. Anesthesia oftens has pre-set hours, but there is almost always has pre-set hours. Neurologists are often really busy. I'm an internist, I work about 42 hours a week. G
    Hi Teratos,
    Sorry for being nosy,but...
    Is your 42 hr week in private practice or in the hospital setting, or may be both?
    What do you think about the future lifestyle who is almost invariably going to do FM or IM, possibly in some multi-specialty outpatient place, and wants to incorporate some of the other more holistic modalities from their privious prof life?
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by billydoc
    Hi Teratos,
    Sorry for being nosy,but...
    Is your 42 hr week in private practice or in the hospital setting, or may be both?
    What do you think about the future lifestyle who is almost invariably going to do FM or IM, possibly in some multi-specialty outpatient place, and wants to incorporate some of the other more holistic modalities from their privious prof life?
    Thanks
    Private practice. Office based (mostly). I am in a group practice. We have a very good set-up. G
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    Quote Originally Posted by teratos
    We have a very good set-up. G
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    That is a good question teratos! I would like to know some more input if anyone has any. My father is a general and vascular surgeon. He works like, man, 90-100 hrs per week easy. ALWAYS on call! He loves surgery, but when I ask him that if he had the chance to do it all over again, he always says, " man, radiology, derm, or FP. He says that he'd probably pick something that is less stressful and less demanding. Not that der, rad, and FP isn't demanding but compared to general surgery, yes. Anyways, I would like to know any others opinion. Especially someone who is in residency or practice. I know that we are going to work extra hard because of our profession but I would like to choose a field that works a good amount of hrs but also has time for family life, and yes the less stress the better! Any others besides rad, derm, and FP?

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    Psychiatry....bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by teratos
    ER, Derm, Rads are pretty good. ER is shift work. If you do Interventional Radiology you will likely have a few rough nights. Psychiatrists can have a bad lifestyle, depending on the practice situation. Endocrine is generally pretty good. Anesthesia oftens has pre-set hours, but there is almost always has pre-set hours. Neurologists are often really busy. I'm an internist, I work about 42 hours a week. G
    Hi teratos....can you elaborate on the bad lifestyle of a Psychiatrist....for my benefit.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Myxomatosis
    Any others besides rad, derm, and FP?

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    I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned pathology yet. Little or no call, very low average hours per week (I think it's like 45-50) and working 16 hours straight is usually as bad as it gets (not even close to the 30 hour maximum). Of course alot is dependant upon where you do your residency, too. I know that UW's path program is significantly more demanding than the averages given on the Frieda web site, and I've read a few threads at the SDN where a few path residents were saying that their average work week is 60-70 hours per week. But there are also alot of residents working 7 am - 3 pm , Monday - Friday.
    Did I say that out loud?

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    Quote Originally Posted by justdoit
    Hi teratos....can you elaborate on the bad lifestyle of a Psychiatrist....for my benefit.
    Thanks!

    They CAN have a bad lifestyle. Most have an excellent lifestyle. If you do hospital-based psych, you will get called at all hours, and sometimes have to go in to the hospital. You can get slammed with admissions, even on the weekends, and especially around the holidays. There are psychiatric emergencies. You will also be called on weekends to eval medical patients in the hospital for competence etc. I think evaluating competence is nerve-racking. Some of the people shrinks call competent are scary.

    If you are strictly office based you can have an excellent lifestyle. Call your own hours, no weekends etc. A lot of shrinks have the patients pay cash and then let the patients deal with their own insurance companies for reimbursement. That cuts down on staff, and increases your income. It can be great. There is a huge need for goo psychiatrists. Patients have a really hard time finding them, at least in my area (Baltimore).
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    Quote Originally Posted by krysmj
    I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned pathology yet. Little or no call, very low average hours per week (I think it's like 45-50) and working 16 hours straight is usually as bad as it gets (not even close to the 30 hour maximum). Of course alot is dependant upon where you do your residency, too. I know that UW's path program is significantly more demanding than the averages given on the Frieda web site, and I've read a few threads at the SDN where a few path residents were saying that their average work week is 60-70 hours per week. But there are also alot of residents working 7 am - 3 pm , Monday - Friday.
    Yep, excellent point.

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