I am currently finishing up my 3rd year of medical school and am trying decide on a specialty. I initially was very interested in pathology as it was the field I had done research on in college and medical school but now I just finished my psych rotation and really loved it for different reasons.
Lifestyle is an important factor for me as I have two young children and I was wondering if anyone could give me some feedback on the lifestyles of either psych or path especially in residency?
The psych lifestyle can be excellent but I would say psych can also be emotionally exhausting. Residency wasn't really that bad. You still have to do nights,weekends, etc but the heavy psych call tends to be loaded to the first 2 years. You also do medicine months, neuro etc and work hard on off service months as an intern.
One REALLY awesome thing about psych is there are so many different career paths you can take. Oh, and IMO you will always be able to find a job as there are too few of us. That being said, psych and path are so dissimilar. You should take some time to explore your priorities/interests so you can make the best possible choice. I wouldn't jump the path ship after just one psych rotation. Once you have a bit more psych experience you will be able to make a better decision.
I just want to second everything NWwnmom said (although I think that the frontloaded call may have changed with the new hours restrictions). Psych residency is easier than surgery residency by a mile (or twenty), but it is still residency, requiring in house call, late nights at times, weekends, trouble getting out post-call, and all the rest of it.
However, lots of career paths, VERY easy to find a job (especially a PT job if that's what you want), etc. I am employed with a hospital, and I do consults for them and have an outpatient clinic as a solo practitioner. All of my patients have my cell in case of emergencies. I am really happy with it.
I appreciate your life style. Yes This is a quite good field with lots of carrier opportunities. What I would suggest you is to take your time and think about what do you want to do. With such passion and handwork you sure deserve best in carrier.