Oh don't get me wrong from my post above - if I had to go back, I would choose OB again. Just be sure that it really is the only thing you will be happy doing!
That's how I feel about OB. I think I might have been able to like anesthesia almost as much, but deep down I knew I would always miss OB. (Notice I don't say gyn ... I'm in the camp that wishes they were separate specialties sometimes).
I just want to say most of us did love surgery and OB. But it is a differnt thing to live that life style. If you expect your spouse to be there for everyone at home with the meager salary they pay you as a resident, esp with you not being around at all, he may not like the idea. Make sure to tell him exactly what it will be like.
Anyhow, you are much younger than me and thus, may not see things the same way.
Hi, I tried to keep an open mind through all of my rotations. After doing all the core rotations and some electives, I realized I had the most fun working in the ED because I felt like I actually got to do things tangibly -- see someone, order tests that come back quite soon, do some procedures, and dispo them all in the same day. It was a huge plus that emergency medicine lends itself to part-time work, which was key for me. I'm not sure what I would have done if neurosurgery had seemed best. I think I would have tried to find something similar but with a better lifestyle... Good luck with your decisions!
Re: the terrible lifestyle of "surgery" - yes, all surgical residents have a pretty bad schedule but if you subspecialize in a surgical field you can actually have pretty nice hours as an attending. Plastics, breast surgeon, some ENT surgeons...Great money, not bad hours. So keep that in mind in case you end up thinking you want to do surgery