|for the undecided: another plug for PM&R
||[May. 13th, 2009|11:27 am]
The AAMC has been doing a new feature on careers in medicine and their April feature was on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. PM&R is the field that I'm in and we're always trying to raise awareness about the specialty. Myself, I didn't find out about it till 1/3 of the way through my third year of med school, which hurt my application process. I'm now graduating from residency and I couldn't be happier with my choice of specialty.|
I wrote a post a while ago about what PM&R is, but I'd like to make a post now featuring 12 reasons why PM&R rocks. Many of these focus on lifestyle and money, but hey, let's not kid ourselves... there's a reason why derm is so competitive and it's not because med students have a burning desire to cure acne.
--In many programs, you can take call from home even as a PGY2.
--Weekends are generally free. In my entire three years of residency (post-internship), I have worked a total of less than 20 weekends (out of about 150 weekends in three years). I've worked maybe 4 holidays total. (After being grateful to get one day off during Thanksgiving weekend as an intern, it was so amazing to get all four days off three years in a row.)
--Straight out of PM&R residency, you can earn $200,000. If you do a one-year fellowship, you can earn upwards of $300,000.
--In three years, I have never had to say the words: "I'm sorry, but your family member is going to die." (or "you are going to die" or "they already died")
--I have a child and I got to put her to bed every single night during residency. (OK, there were one or two exceptions. Still pretty good.)
--If you want a cushy specialty like derm or rads, you need to be both very competitive and geographically flexible. If you are stuck in a certain geographical area and don't have the grades but you want to have a good lifestyle during residency, you can either go the psych route or the PM&R route. If you don't like procedures, you can do psych. If you like procedures, you can do PM&R.
--With all the injured soldiers, PM&R jobs at the VA are really hot right now.
--Lots of procedures, but no surgeries. Procedures are fun and they pay the bills.
--As the field is still relatively young, there are tremendous opportunities for research.
--If you want to do pain management, it's a much easier route than suffering through three years of anesthesia.
--When I have to be at work at 8AM these days, it seems REALLY early to me.
--There are so many aspects to the field (brain injury, spine injury, amputation, stroke, sports, neuromuscular/EMG, pain, peds rehab), it is almost guaranteed that you will find something you like enough to do it as a career. Hell, you could even make a career out of doing acupuncture or cancer rehab.
If you have any questions about the field, please feel free to ask me. See, we're also really nice!