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  • #46
    This is crazy. If you're burned out by working too much, simply take fewer shifts now, heck, take 50% make 200k for ten years and you'd probably still come out far ahead of doing a whole nother residency that will not bring you what you think in the most likely scenarios.

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    • #47
      Originally posted by IMMD View Post

      I think one could be happy in more than one field. I'm sure there are many EM docs who could have been good and happy GI, cards, etc docs and vice versa.
      I dont disagree with that, and can think of probably at least 5 that seem intellectually super interesting to me compared to what I now do (i dont dislike it but its def routine in comparison). However, no way I'd take a massive pay cut or be a resident again, the path is just way too painful and frankly not worth it. If that werent the case heck I might consider it just to learn/do a new area, good times, but reality being what it is.

      Its just too hard to switch as a dr, if you were an NP/PA, no problem, which makes all the sense ofc.

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      • #48
        I am curious how many EM interviews you went on last year and how much time and money you are going to invest in fellowship applications. And how open you are geographically to matching at less competitive programs. It’s been over a decade since I went through that process and it seems way worse now, especially with traveling being nightmarish. I also am much less eager to spend 3 years of my life in an undesirable part of the country now that I’m no longer in my 20’s.

        I hope if you are successful in this endeavor you seriously consider a guest blog post after you match.

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        • #49
          The main issue is you don't have any medicare funding left for training. So you need to find your own funding, which is tough, but if you find it, it will make you very attractive to the training program.
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          • #50
            Originally posted by The White Coat Investor View Post
            The main issue is you don't have any medicare funding left for training. So you need to find your own funding, which is tough, but if you find it, it will make you very attractive to the training program.
            Is this actually true? I mean there are plenty of people who would train for free in the field of their choosing. Some would even be willing to write a check to the program every year to cover the cost of the resident (some of which would be paid back to them in salary). If this happens, I haven't heard of it.

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            • #51
              Talk about a financially disastrous move. Sheesh

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              • #52
                At my place, we could not have a "free" trainee. We have to tell people who would want to do such training that it is not allowed. All trainees must be treated the same, including being paid on the same scale.

                Occasionally we get someone who is willing to pay the full cost including salary benefits and admin costs. They can train with us.

                For them, it is usually a one year fellowship, not an entire residency.

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